Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Paws Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to pay for medical expenses for a rescued dog, Ester, who needed surgery to amputate her injured front leg. The veterinarian believe the damage to her front leg was caused by a steel trap. Ester was found by a family one evening and we arranged for her to be taken to the vet the next day for an exam and surgery. Ester fully recovered from her surgery.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant helped Paws Rescue cover expenses related to the amputation that were not “planned” expenses. The expenses for the surgery were above and beyond the usual vaccination and spay or neuter that most of our rescued cats and dogs require upon intake. The surgery helped restore Ester’s health and allowed to her to continue growing and developing as she was only 3 months old when she was found. In turn, by rescuing Ester and having the surgery performed, she was far more likely to be adopted now.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

During a severe thunderstorm on the evening of February 28, 2016, Ester was found by a family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The family heard a whining cry coming from outside, and they found Ester in their driveway. She was soaking wet and severely injured. Part of her front right leg was missing and she was not able to walk on it. The family called Paws Rescue to see if we could help the dog, and they offered to foster her until she could be adopted. We made arrangements for them to take Ester to the veterinarian clinic the next day. The veterinarian examined her and determined she was only 12 weeks old and that the injury to her foot was not recent. Based on the nature of the injury, it appeared that her leg had been caught in a steel trap at some point during her short life. The veterinarian recommended amputation of the leg since she was not able to use it. They performed the surgery that same day and everything went well. Several days later when she was ready to leave the veterinarian clinic, Ester went to stay with her new foster family for the rest of her recovery. Ester fully recovered from her surgery, and by late April, she was spayed, fully vaccinated, and ready to be adopted. However, her foster family had fallen in love while taking care of her, and they decided they had to adopt Ester. It was a truly a happy ending for everyone!rn

Dobies and Little Paws Rescue AKA Doberman Pinscher Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to have entropion surgery done on two adoptable dobermans in our care, Justice and Sherman.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Justice and Sherman both had entropion that required surgery to relieve discomfort and allowed them to be healthy enough for adoption. Entropion is a condition where the eyelids curl in and constantly irritate the eye. If left untreated in can cause major damage to the eye, including blindness. It can be an expensive surgery so the grant money allowed us the ability to afford the necessary vet bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Justice was a young female who was surrendered to us by her owner because the other dogs in the home were beating her up constantly. She is an incredibly sweet girl, well behaved, housebroken, good with other dogs and great with kids. Behaviorally, she was ready to find a new home but her health needed some work. She had a mild case of demodectic mange, a non-contagious form of mange, that responded quickly to treatment. We noticed constant eye discharge though and closer examination revealed that she had entropion in both lower eye lids that required surgery. Not surprisingly, only a couple weeks post surgery she was adopted into a loving family where she is pampered every day. Sherman came to us from an upstate animal shelter where he had one of the most severe cases of demodectic mange we have ever seen. We couldn't even tell what color he was under all of sores and open wounds. Thanks to a foster home and good vet care, he healed really well and his gorgeous copper fur grew back beautifully. Sadly, he also had one of the worst cases of entropion we had ever seen in a doberman and his eyes were constantly irritated. Our vet did a beautiful job on his surgery and he healed without any problems. Sherman is still waiting for his forever home but now he has a full coat and perfectly healthy eyes.

Local Animal Shelter Support Inc. (L.A.S.S.I.): Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Geriatric exams, hw treatment for one senior dog, s/n surgery, joint supplements

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our rescue serves a very rural farming community and this grant enabled us to provide the needed geriatric care for 6 dogs. Within a two week period 6 senior dogs were surrendered to the rescue and all had varying degrees of medical problems.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Slyk, a 10 year old spaniel mix, was surrendered to the rescue, along with his two siblings Gussy and Buddy, after being used as a sled dogs. He was used to give customers rides in the winter time. All 3 of the dogs are 10 years old and had varying degrees of medical issues but Slyk also presented as being hw positive. He is currently undergoing his treatment and will be available for adoption soon. We are incredibly grateful for being selected to receive these funds and all 6 of these dogs benefitted from it. Flower did get adopted and Gussy, Slyk and Buddy are currently available for adoption. Thank you!

The Pet Rescue Center: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used for pre-adoption expenses for 24 dogs saved from euthanasia at high kill shelters in Southern California, from late April to mid-July. Expenses include, but were not limited to: deworm, flea treatment, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchipping.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Pet Rescue Center is entirely dependent upon grant funds, corporate donations, and individual donors to cover the costs of our Rescue.Rehab.Rehome program. It is a huge gift to our organization to have the pre-adoption expenses covered for approximately 25% of our annual intake of dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

24

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Pizza was rescued in early June from a local shelter. We are always amazed at their transformations, but these two pictures were just taken 1 day apart. Pizza was a charmer and quickly found his forever home.
Jane is an adorable Malti-Poo. One of our staff members posted her photo on a community Facebook page in response to someone looking to adopt. Although that individual found another dog to adopt, a previous adopter from The Pet Rescue Center saw the post, and thought Jane would be the perfect addition to their family - they are pictured with Willie, whom they adopted last fall. Their son also adopted from us back in 2012...so it's a family affair.
Alfalfa is a young terrier mix that came in as a stray to the shelter. A vet tech at the animal hospital where he was neutered knew that he was the perfect match for her friends that had recently moved to Orange County. They adopted him in May, and now Alfalfa is living a wonderful life with his dads. The vet tech has two Pet Rescue Center dogs that she adopted - the three of these pups are now best buddies and spend hours together playing non-stop.

Last Hope Cat Kingdom: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Severe illness & injury medical care

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to provide surgery for a young kitten with severe eye infections and a dog with spinal nerve damage

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cher was one of a litter of unweaned kittens with severe eye infections found outside an auto body shop in Merced, CA. One was adopted by the shop owners, and Cher came to us, followed a few days later by her sister, Sunny. Sunny had eye infections also, and required treatment as well as bottle feeding, but Cher had to have her eyes removed. Totally blind, she is a happy, snuggly kitty who loves to play with toys. She and her sister are now looking for their forever home, hopefully together. Bruce is a dog whose foster mom calls him "awesome and sweet." His owner was a murder victim, leaving Bruce behind and on his own. A neighbor took pity and brought Bruce to our rescue, where it was immediately apparent that something was terribly wrong with one of his front legs. The vet determined that Bruce's inability to use that leg was due to spinal nerve damage, origin unknown, and the leg had to be amputated. He is a friendly and fun-loving guy, waiting for someone to take him home forever.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter was super excited to have received the All – Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Through The Petfinder Foundation. 17 homeless shelter dog adoption fees were sponsored.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant sponsored adoption fees helped the 17 canines find their forever homes faster and saves the shelter money on health and behavioral problems that may have developed over a lengthy stay. The grant was truly a great blessing. No matter how much money people make, they love a great deal, so being able to apply the grant to sponsor their adoption fees was a huge incentive for folks to adopt. In return, they spent the money they would have spent on the adoption fee on their new family members! We sold more toys, crates and treats and have found 10 of the cuties forever homes so far.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Chance, a Beauceron/rottweiler mix, had been at the shelter for almost six months. He kept getting overlooked for smaller, less-energetic dogs. His freedom day came when a young man -- also named Chance -- walked in our front doors. He had seen Chance on a Facebook post talking about his adoption-fee sponsorship and wanted to met him. Soon after, the two Chances were off on a new life adventure together.

DogsHome: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for several dogs veterinary care to prepare them for adoption.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant was used specifically for veterinary care that included wellness exams, vaccinations, micro chipping, spay and neuter as well as cherry eye surgery and removal of cysts.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

BUDDY is a treasure of a dog! He’s a sweet, 2-year-old Mastiff-mix who will melt your heart! He was found in an abandoned house and taken into a local high-kill shelter. Buddy’s cherry eye needed medical attention. With the support of the petfinder grant, his eye is looking good and he's ready for adoption. https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34867943?rvp=1

The Rescue Train: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant of $1,000.00 helped the rescue and rehabilitation of three dogs that had been dumped in a rock quarry in an isolated area of Los Angeles.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant covered the vet care of these three abandoned dogs, including spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchips and minor medical needs to get them ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three dogs.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We were notified that three dogs were dumped in a cage by an industrial area dangerously close to the highway. They had been trying to survive for over a week. The first two dogs were easily rescued but the third little pup gave Rescue Train Volunteers a run for our money. She was bolting under a fence and had easy access to traffic so we had to go slow. She was out on her own for several nights until finally she was so weak and exhausted she let us bring her to safety.

Meet Raulie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34924321

Meet Raquel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34924329

Hart County Animal Rescue, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We used the 10 Chill Pad Pet Beds to help make our rescues comfortable in their kennels. Some, or most, of these dogs have not ever slept inside, let alone on a comfortable bed

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The impact on our budget was a big help: We did not have to purchase padding for the kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple dogs used these mats; they are so easy to wash and sanitize after a use that we just keep using them.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have so many touching stories, finding the one that touched us the most is difficult. We have about 10 volunteers and I asked each of them which was their most heartwarming story. They all said the same thing: Stella and Josie. Stella was found with six puppies; she was starving and the pups were hungry and crying. We took her in and bathed her, fed her and started the puppies on puppy food. We took Stella to the vet and had her fully vetted; thankfully she was surprisingly healthy except for the malnutrition. As the days went on, several of the volunteers starting saying that Stella was the best dog we have ever had. She was happy, gentle, and took to every dog we brought into the kennel. Right away we knew Stella was one of the special dogs. She is so loving, has the cutest bounce when she walks, and her demeanor just radiates happiness. We are having a hard time putting Stella up for adoption -- she has become the matriarch of the kennel. She has free run of the kennel and watches over the other dogs. She is always there to great new dogs; she loves to greet any company that comes to the kennel. She is always happy and ready to show you how much she loves you.

Angel's Wish, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Dry and wet cat food

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We go through a large amount of cat food to feed all of our foster cats with quality nutrition.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The grant was given to us for Blackie Boo. She was a very sweet cat, a 12-year-old with thyroid problems, who had to be surrendered by her owner due to a move. She was able to stay in her owner's home and brought to us for adoption events until we found a forever home for her. Because she was in her owner's home, the medical and care costs were low. This grant we received was able to be used to purchase food for 10 other cats in our foster care network and Blackie Boo was provided with a wonderful forever home.