Success Stories

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

Wanderers' Rest Humane Association: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to entirely fund the materials that will be used for all participants. Flyers, school mailing and supplies, printing for all custom-designed humane-education flyers, stickers, logo for program, rack cards to go out into the community, coloring sheets for students ages 6-8 and color flyers for ages 8-14, as stipulated in the grant. Also included were printing supplies and paper/card stock to do a direct mailer for all schools in the county.

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

This grant immensely helped our shelter as it funded our humane-education program and got it from nothing to great now. We were able to set up all handouts and offer a 15% discount to all parents of students who were visited by humane-education services to schools, camps, youth groups and civic groups, in the shelter and on-site in school classrooms.

It has increased exposure and many teachers are already visiting the shelter. Many of our in-shelter tours result in parents returning with their families to adopt. It has helped many pets via people sharing stories on social media and giving the shelter much more exposure. The number of pets it has helped cannot be measured, but the exposure has helped in many ways, such as monetary donations, which have helped some animals with direct animal care such as medicine, and we have collected from many donation drives through our humane-education program -- which would have been nothing if we did not receive this grant as now we have printed media that we needed desperately.

I will be submitting in another report the breakdown of all the funds used as I spent the entire $7,500 on supplies and actually went over by about $78. Will send in a separate report scans of all invoices.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless: The community has been sent numerous messages through press releases to local newspapers, and we have used social media and creating a direct mailer to all schools within the county. People have come in from shelter tours with youth and adopted. Many animals have been adopted because students have seen a cat, dog, kitten or puppy they wanted and returned with their parents to adopt. It will help many more as we are now able to get a custom shelter coloring book printed designed by myself which includes a 15% adoption discount to all students and their families. This will be an incentive to adopt!

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

The humane-education grant helped one pet in particular who was a cruelty case that went to court. This elderly dog is being adopted by a local animal control officer and is now a shelter mascot brought to schools for visits. At right are photos of his first school visit. We were able to sway the courts into giving our shelter custody of the dog for these purposes. We were also able to help him with medical costs thanks to people's donations. This case had gone to court and then was rescheduled, but in the meantime the animal control officers told the court that the dog was going to be a shelter mascot and a local ambassador to schools and youth groups!

Kitty City Cat Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used (and is still being used for) the veterinary bills for Shire, a cat at our shelter who desperately needed an empty eye socket closed and the tear duct repaired. He also needed to become healthy enough for that surgery -- he came to us as a sickly kitten, and he has incurred a year's worth of costly vet bills. He had surgery in late October, and he will need another surgery, as part of his surgical site has opened a tiny bit.

Shire was seen by Dr. Grice at Northside Wesleyan Animal Hospital in Macon, GA. So far, his bills have totaled almost $800, and he has another surgery to be scheduled in the next two weeks.

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

This grant has helped us immensely. We are a small cat shelter in central Georgia, and we survive solely on donations. Shire came to us weak and at death's doorstep. It is our mission to help all animals in our care become completely healthy and adoptable, but sometimes that comes at a great cost. Before receiving the Petfinder Foundation grant, we had not been able to schedule Shire's surgery due to the cost of care. After his upcoming second surgery, he will be adoptable! Receiving funding for his care has also allowed us to be able to better care for other cats in our shelter who have additional veterinary needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Shire came to us as a very sickly, emaciated kitten in January 2016. He came in with his much-healthier sister, and honestly we did not think he would survive. He had an empty eye socket that constantly remained infected, and it also caused him to have sinus infections since the tear duct wasn't draining properly. Shire went into foster care to see if he could become stronger outside the shelter, and he thrived! He returned to the shelter, but he was still plagued with sinus infections which required antibiotics and nasal medication daily. We applied for the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant in the hopes that we could provide our sweet Shire with surgery to close the eye and repair the duct, and we received funding! Shire had his first surgery in late October and it was very effective. A small part of the surgery site has re-opened, so he will need surgery again in the coming weeks to close the eye. After this surgery, we are hoping Shire can find his perfect forever home -- he is such a loving, rambunctious teddy bear of a cat and we would love to see him happy with his very own family. Meet Shire: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34227957

Wadena County Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money granted to enroll in PetPoint shelter management software and to place our first order of microchips through 24PetWatch.

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

One goal I had for our organization was to track the welfare of our animals not only while in our care but after adoption. Unfortunately, our record-keeping previously was done by pen and paper and there was no microchipping done. This meant if an animal were brought to a vet to be euthanized or a pet lost from its family, there would be no way for us as a shelter to track our animals and provide a safety net should they lose their family. Now we are pleased that every animal leaving the building has a microchip that will help their family keep them home and allow us to intervene should our pets ever be at risk due to unforeseen causes.

Furthermore, we now have the database to track adopters, to flag do-not-adopt persons, to keep a medical record of each animal for continuity, and to track measures such as length of stay. The benefits to these tools will be felt not just now but for years as we progress.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant is helping all of our pets because we were not microchipping before and are now microchipping all animals. We have approximately 40 animals a month assisted by this grant.

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

Marvin was separated from his owner and magically reunited two years later when his owner began volunteering at our shelter and ended up seeing Marvin enter the shelter. This time Marvin had a safety net. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to microchip Marvin, and this time Marvin's adopter knew she would never lose her baby again -- and if she did, she could contact the microchip company and be alerted by shelters. Marvin is just one of the many pets who now have a safety net thanks to this grant! Below are pictures of Marvin and also other pets who benefited from being microchipped.

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

Dental surgery for one of our rescue dogs.

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

Without it, other areas of our operation would have been negatively impacted by the diversion of funds. In its absence, we would still have done what was needed to eventually raise the money, but I am quite sure Delilah is relieved it happened sooner than later. I cannot express enough my gratitude for your foundation’s aid and assistance.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Delilah, one of our current rescue dogs, needed dental work, and the grant money covered the expense. With this grant we were able to provide Delilah the relief she needed. Delilah is ready for her forever people. She is one of the most gentle souls we've ever met. You know, one of those special ones. She is shy at first, but we don't mind. It's like she's telling us part of her story. She loves her kitty friends and does well with dogs. She snorts to let you know how much she appreciates your love.

Watertown Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

$488.20 was used to help a young kitten, Sam, who had been hit by a car. $63.30 went towards Sam's adoption fee and $48.50 towards Meatloaf's adoption fee.

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

The money was used to help a young kitten, Sam, who had been hit by a car and sustained damage to the left brachial plexus, the bundle of nerves for the left forelimb. Sam had no reflexes in the left forelimb and the muscles of the left leg had all atrophied. Sam would never be able to use the left forelimb and therefore the leg was amputated. A portion of the remainder of the money was used towards Sam's adoption fee and the rest will be used towards the adoption fee for Meatloaf, who tested positive for FIV.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

The Watertown Humane Society sincerely thanks the Petfinder Foundation for the Emergency Medical Grant that we received in July. This money was used to help a young kitten named Sam who had been hit by a car and sustained serious damage to his left forelimb. Sam had no reflexes in his left forelimb and would never be able to use that leg. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to amputate Sam's left forelimb so he can now have a better quality of life. Sam has been in a foster home and as soon as he recovers from his surgery, the foster family will be adopting him. The Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant program is used to assist Petfinder members caring for a pet who needs special lifesaving veterinary care in order to become adoptable and we can't thank you enough for your support.

San Antonio R.O.C.K.S.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant was used for medical expenses related to an injured dog we pulled from the local shelter.

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

See story below ...

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Toby

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

Toby was picked up as a stray by San Antonio’s Animal Care Services; it is believed he was suffering from injuries sustained from being hit by a car. Oftentimes, many of the dogs at our local shelter who require immediate medical care are overlooked by adopters and other rescues because of medical needs.

“We receive so many requests to save dogs with medical issues, but after being made aware of Toby’s extensive injuries, we realized that if we didn’t save him from the shelter, it was likely no one else would and he would be euthanized, and we couldn’t let that happen,” says Telma Garcia, San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. director and Toby’s foster.

The shelter’s clinic noted that Toby was presenting swelling in the left and right legs, with weight-bearing lameness in both hind legs. X-rays indicated his injuries to be quite extensive – he had bilateral fractured femurs to both hind legs (five total breaks) and a broken pelvis. San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. stepped in to help save him from the shelter and to treat his injuries.

After picking him up from the shelter, it was apparent he was in severe pain and he was immediately driven to our veterinarian for a full exam and treatment. His surgery was scheduled for the following day. Our veterinarians performed an extensive surgery to repair the five fractures with pins and wires, including two femoral head osteotomy (FHO) procedures. He spent a few extra nights at the vet clinic for observation and to receive therapy; then he was released into a medical foster home where he received the rest and care needed to complete his recovery process. He has since been adopted!

“At any given time, we have three to four medical cases, of which at least one is major,” says Elissa Heatherly, a San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. director. "We are beyond grateful for grants from organizations like the Petfinder Foundation -- which allow us to care for these animals who would have likely been overlooked in the shelter -- rehabilitate them, and place them in forever homes."

Animal Aid for Vermilion Area: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vetting for an injured animal. Pet supplies including cat litter, cat food, and litter boxes. Medical supplies including wormer and vaccinations.

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

This grant provided much-needed supplies during this time of disaster. It also provided vetting to an injured animal.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 55 pets

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

Buffy was surrendered to [an open-admission] shelter after her owner was cited for animal hoarding and unsafe living conditions when authorities were contacted to perform a flood-damage assessment on the home. While it was not the best home for Buffy, it was the only thing she knew. She was very scared and unsure in the shelter environment.

To make matters worse, the recent massive flooding in Louisiana has caused snakes to seek shelter everywhere, and shelter workers didn't see the snake lurking in the long grass near the outdoor kennels. While in the outside kennel, hiding in a corner away from the chaos, Buffy was bitten by a snake on her front paw. When the volunteer made his way to Buffy, he noticed she was favoring the paw and not putting any pressure on it. By the end of her volunteer interaction session, Buffy's paw was very swollen and the swelling was traveling up her leg.

The volunteer agreed to foster her and rushed her to the emergency clinic half an hour away. Once the doctors had examined her, they determined it was from a snake bite. A few hours in the ER and Buffy was as good as new. Buffy, being the awesome dog that she is, was adopted within hours of her first appearance at PetSmart. Her family is madly in love with her!

Rescutopia: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to fix four dogs who belonged to displaced flood victims and two additional dogs who entered our program who were abandoned during the flood, fix and vaccinate four cats displaced during the flood, and buy food and medicine to help the pets of flood victims who lost everything.

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

This grant allowed us to help our community -- humans and animals. This flood has changed the lives of many, including three of our main foster parents. Thankfully we have been able to switch gears from just animal adoptions to community outreach, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten animals directly and a total of 40+ pets indirectly (food and medicine)

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

While we helped many cats and dogs, 5-year-old Lazy was the most memorable. Someone contacted us that they found her on top of a dog house as their house was flooding. The guys on the boat swam to her and got her onto their boat. After they got to safety, they housed her until we could bring her into our program. We spayed her and treated her for heartworms, and after a month in one of our foster homes, she found the perfect forever home. Due to her heartworm status and her age, we were unsure of when she would find the perfect home. But things happen for a reason. She is happily living her days out on a couch with lots of love.

Ferret Association of Connecticut, Inc.: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Microchips and reader. We were able to obtain a wonderfully inexpensive universal reader for only $100, plus $30 for a case. The chips themselves are only $3.99 each, including the registration and free shipping. We pay $20/implant to a certified veterinary technician to administer the microchips.

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

We have been able to "get with the times" and have our adoptable animals microchipped! The company we chose, Nanochip, offers a "mini-chip" easily injected by a vet tech. Since ferrets are so small, it is unnecessary to anesthetize before injection with these smaller chips. Their program offers a permanent "secondary" registration to the shelter. So even if the adopter chooses not to purchase primary registration, the animal is always traceable to us. Knowing that if one of our adoptees is lost or surrendered to another shelter, we will be informed is very reassuring. What we didn't realize is that it's also a terrific marketing tool. By promoting our ferrets as microchipped as well as having all their vaccinations, we are able to clearly demonstrate the value of adopting. Combined, shots and chip would cost an owner $150-250 at a vet's office. Being able to tell people that, sure, they can buy a baby in a store for $150 but they'll pay an EXTRA $200 for those services makes adopting a ferret a bargain as well as a great way to help animals! Subsequently, we decided to raise our adoption fees to a base of $100, which is STILL a bargain compared to getting their pet anywhere else, including from "free" ads on places like Craigslist. We've seen little pushback; in fact, people seem impressed and appreciative that we make the extra effort for their new pet's security and safety.

How many pets did this grant help?

Initally, it will chip 30 animals. Since this summer, we have already chipped 24 ferrets.

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

Ralph and Rocket are one pair of ferrets micochipped thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant. Now, neither of them might agree with this assessment, as even small microchips being implanted hurt some and THEY'D be just as happy without them. However, for us humans, it's really helped -- Ralph and Rocket are nearly identical and if we're ever unsure which is which, we can just scan them! We learned this trick from the MSPCA -- like us, they keep all their ferrets loose together and they told us that having everyone chipped ensures they are adopting out the right animal. We also used this trick last week when an adopter was interested in a little girl with a lookalike in the shelter. (Some ferrets look a LOT alike and even shelter directors can make mistakes!) Meet Ralph and Rocket: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36785792/

Rotten Rottie Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Liability insurance for our rescue

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

We were able to enter into a partnership with our county shelter that allows us to pull dogs from the shelter at no cost, and without limits. Prior to our partnership, we were only allowed to adopt two dogs per year from the shelter. It took a while for everything to go through, but even though we have only had it the partnership in place for a couple of weeks, we have been able to rescue Francis (www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36766616), Gummy Bear (www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36766567) and Betty Boop (www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36766497), as well as Chandler and Elliott, who are both very sick, so we have not have them posted on Petfinder yet.

Furthermore, we have also applied to become partners with PACC911, which is a non-profit that holds some of the biggest adoption events around where we live. They also do major fundraising and will grant us up to $5,000 a year or more to help us pay medical bills. They will not be accepting any more partners until this January, but insurance is a requirement and now we are hoping to be able to take advantage of partnering with them! Thank you so much to Orvis and the Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, five, but we believe it will help about 100 dogs a year!

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

Without our partnership, we would not have been able to rescue a 6-month-old male rottweiler named Elliott. He had been dumped at the pound by his family because he was extremely sick. The shelter called us to ask us to take him, because otherwise he would be euthanized. Our regular vet also suggested that we euthanize him because he was so sick. We took him to a specialist and now he is well on his way to recovery.