Success Stories

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

Humane Society Calumet Area: KONG
What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used as part of our enrichment program for shelter dogs. The dogs in our care receive Kongs, toys, aromatherapy and positive-reinforcement training every day.

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

The shelter is a stressful environment for the animals being housed with us temporarily. Enrichment is so important to us and to the lives of all animals at HSCA. By receiving the grant of Kong toys, we were able to ensure that each dog had enrichment daily during their stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs continue to help dogs in our care on a daily basis!

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

Fruit Loop is a young heartworm-positive pitbull that was brought to the humane society as a stray. He received little training before arriving at our shelter and has lots of energy to use; however, because of his heartworm-positive status, it is imperative that he stay as quiet as possible while we treat him. Daily KONGs keep him happy and quiet in his kennel -- he has learned to sit and down for his KONG. Without KONGs, Fruit Loop would not receive the kind of enrichment that he needs to stay on the road to recovery.

Autumn is an adult pitbull that has been at the shelter since November. Due to some ongoing, unexplained lameness in her hind legs, she is restricted to leash walks and limited time outside. KONGs have given her something to do and she looks forward to her daily KONG time to settle down for a frozen treat.

Lucina has been passed up for adoption time and time again; she is a lovely dog and a staff favorite, but due to her fence jumping, she is unable to participate in playgroups each morning. She loves to spend time in an office with a stuffed KONG to help pass the time after her morning walk! Without KONGs, she wouldn't be able to tolerate the stress of living in a shelter for the last nine months.

Dog4U, Inc: Orvis Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis grant was used in its entirety for vet bills/medical care and was paid to Wateree Animal Hospital of Camden.

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

The grant award of $1,000 was used for vaccines, emergency medical care, surgeries (spays and neuters), exams, blood work and medications. The veterinary care provided helped the animals under our care receive the necessary treatments that made them healthy enough to be placed in forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

19 dogs: Savannah, Brownie, Laurel, Vance, Rosie's litter (five puppies), Baxter, Rosie, Buster, Coco, Spencer, Harrison, Baxely, Pinky, Odin, and Panda

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

One example is Savannah. Savannah was brought in at 6 p.m. on emergency after having been injured while in foster care when she found a bungee cord attached to a fence. Savannah pulled on it, playing tug of war while the children in the home played in the yard. The bungee cord snapped back and the plastic hook lodged itself in her palate. While accidents are rare, they do happen. Savannah was rushed to Wateree Animal Hospital bleeding profusely; she was sedated to have the hook removed. Her foster parents were absolutely devastated to find Savannah in severe distress. Thanks to to diligent care of Dr. Andrew Lavasser, the staff at Wateree Animal Hospital and the Orvis grant, Savannah is now in Massachusetts with her forever family! She was adopted by a young couple who absolutely adore her. The rest of the grant covered standard medical care provided prior to the grant award and after the award was received.

Mansfield Animal Control: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Mostly vet bills for shelter pets.

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

To pay for vet bills and safe lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In July 2014, Goldie was found as a stray in an area that is known as a dumping ground for pets in Mansfield, CT. This small Golden Retriever mix was skinny, filthy and had matted fur. She also had a big tumor hanging off of her belly. Nobody claimed her. The vet diagnosed the tumor as a mammary-gland tumor and removed it. Goldie is recovering nicely and will need a second spay surgery in a couple of weeks. The Petfinder Foundation check was used toward her first surgery, which cost almost $1,000! We were grateful we could save her life! She will be up for adoption once fully recovered.

OAIC, Inc. Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Grant monies were used to provide additional health benefits -- beyond our mandatory spay/neuter, yearly vaccinations, rabies vaccination, heartworm testing and worming -- for our rescued dogs. It was sed to pay veterinarian bills, therapy charges, supplements and heartworm and flea monthly preventative medication.

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

The more funds one has to work with, the better the job can be done in providing good care to those in need. With the additional funds provided by the Mohawk Company Operational Grant, we were able to provide a higher quality of care for those individuals that needed additional help without depleting our general working funds allocated for food and daily care of our rescued dogs. Each rescued animal comes in with different medical needs; we do not have the unlimited funding needed to save every heartworm-positive dog or other issue, although we do try by fundraising for that dog's vet bill. So when we are fortunate enough to receive operational grant monies, it makes a huge difference as to what services we can provide for those in our care needing a little more without taking away from the needs of the many. We do so appreciate the help and support, and thank you for choosing our rescue as a benefactor of your kindness.

How many pets did this grant help?

22 (six individual cases that needed additional veterinarian help, plus Revolution treatments for 16 dogs)

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

Kayla is a beautiful senior split-face female Border Collie who suffered a severe, acute attack of pancreatitis, which in itself is very painful and debilitating. When added to the clinical findings of chronic intervertebral disc disease, spondylosis and osteoarthritis, it paints a very bleak future picture. Kayla will remain in our care, becoming one of the ISBCR Silver Muzzle Country Club Members, and we will do all that we can to help her live a full and painless as possible life. Kayla was already blind when she came into our rescue, which was the reason she had not been adopted out prior to this recent medical emergency.

Kayla's Story: "Raaroo, I'm Kayla, a spayed female Border Collie, and I'm just now starting to feel better because of all the help I'm getting. And did I mention the great-tasting food, too? But that sure wasn't the case a few weeks back. I woke up one day and could not move. I couldn't even get off my bed to stand up to go outside and I really needed to go outside to potty! They noticed that I was having trouble right away and the people here had their hands all over me and then I was picked up, wrapped in a towel and put in a car and the next thing I knew I was being rushed into a dog hospital. The towel was wet and I was embarrassed but they cleaned me up fast before we got inside. The lady vet and her helper were really nice and gentle as they held me up and moved one leg, then the other, then picked up and pinched each of my paws. They felt all over my spine until I wrenched in pain and cried out and collapsed onto the floor. Their voices were so kind and they kept telling me how sorry they were for having hurt me. Then they took me to another room and laid me on a hard table and had to move my legs and back until I cried out again, but I knew they were trying to help. They were taking pictures and I'm used to having my picture taken back at the rescue because they say I'm so "photogenic!" Well, my belly and back must be photogenic too because we were there for a long time and there was a lot of people interested and talking about my pictures. Then they took me back to another room and pinched my neck and filled tubes with the red stuff coming out of my neck -- that hurt too. Then they let me lay down and I fell asleep shaking even with the warm blanket they put on me. When I woke up they had to do another pinch and then they talked a long time to my caregivers and one carried me to the van while the other stayed and talked some more. In a little while we were headed back to my home at the rescue and they gave me some pills and some water and put me in a special bed and put the most wonderful warm light on me. For the first time all day, I finally stopped shaking and my head got fuzzy and I felt relaxed and sleepy. I wasn't afraid anymore and the pain started to go away with each pulse of the warm, pretty lights. I fell asleep knowing that I was loved and cared about and that tomorrow would be better because there were people who cared."

Rueger
Diagnosis: Came into rescue with neck, shoulder, spine, hip and leg damage due to prior car hit. Action taken: Digital x-rays, mobilization, pain medication, water therapy (swimming, healing, strength-building), Glycoflex added to diet. (Adopted)

Shamie
Diagnosis: Acute attack of colitis, inflammatory bowel disease due to a coccidial protozoan infection. Action taken: Abdominal cavity x-ray, stool samples, naturopathic pain meds, light therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, two types of antibiotics used to combat infection, and diet change.

Kayla
Diagnosis: Severe, acute attack of pancreatitis. Chronic conditions found: Intervertebral disc disease, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. Action taken: Physical exam of range of motion and use of body parts, radiograph digital x-rays of spine and organs, pre-surgical full-panel bloodwork, SNAP pancreatic lipase K9, additional lab work, three pain medications, enzymes, vitamin E and milk thistle and joint- and bone-support supplements added to diet change.

Hoss
Diagnosis: Chronic osteoarthritis in spine. Action taken: Radiograph digital x-ray, implemented light therapy and naturopathic pain medication, water therapy, swimming and Glycoflex supplement.

Gavin
Diagnosis: Dewclaw infection and partial tear. Action taken: Dewclaws removal, stitches, 14-day bandage, pain medication, 10-day antibiotics, 4-way SNAP-test bloodwork. (Adoption pending)

Wyatt
Diagnosis: loss of energy. Action taken: 4-way SNAP-test bloodwork with positive Lyme result, 30-day round of antibiotics. (Adopted)

Purchased: Two 6-pack plus two free boxes of Revolution (heartworm/flea monthly preventative) provided one month of protection for 16 rescued dogs.

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue: KONG
What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used to entertain and train our foster dogs. They are often filled with goodies and given to the dogs when they are first put in crates. This helps ease anxiety for dogs during crate training as it gives them something to distract them.

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

All of our dogs are kept in individual foster homes. Kongs serve as great, high-quality, durable toys for the dogs. They serve as good training tools to teach our dogs appropriate toys to chew on. They also stand up well to some tough chewers! Filling them with goodies also makes them more interactive and helps the dog with problem-solving skills.

How many pets did this grant help?

at least 10

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

Jewel is a dog who has been immensely helped by the KONG grant. When we got Jewel, we learned that BOTH back legs had torn cruciate ligaments, meaning this poor girl would need two ACL surgeries, each one followed by 4-6 weeks of crate rest. Being a younger, very playful dog, I knew she wouldn't handle crate rest well. We keep our freezer stocked with multiple Kongs filled with peanut butter, yogurt, carrot pieces, kibble, bananas, and any combination of the above. Freezing them makes them last longer. These frozen goodies are great for entertaining Jewel and letting her get some physical and mental stimulation while confined to a crate. She goes through 3-4 Kongs per day! The Kong grant really helped us be able to ensure that we had enough Kongs to make her crate rest a bit easier on her and us! Attached is a picture of her confined in her crate enjoying a yogurt-and-carrot Kong. The other picture is also of her, pre-surgery. She is such a sweet girl and I am so grateful for Kong's help in making her rehab a bit more manageable.

Misfits, Mutts and Meows: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased insulation/soundproofing for our transport van as well as circulating fans to ensure the well-being of our animals in transport to adoption events, during mobile adoption showings or as needed to transport during emergencies. We also purchased wood, connectors and welding supplies to repair donated Priefert kennels and a back exercise yard fence.

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

The van upgrades have allowed a safer, more comfortable place for the animals that are being transported to events or into our rescue. The van is now easier to heat and cool and is much more soundproof. We are now capable of transporting in individual cages eight dogs large to small with cats in carriers on the floor.

To be able to purchase the wood and welding equipment needed to repair the Priefert kennels and the fence is helping us set up outdoor play runs to allow for deeper cleaning of the indoor dog runs. This area is home to 22 dogs and, once complete, would allow more dogs to be outside to play at one time while ensuring they are safely separated.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant has helped overall our whole rescue. The van helps about 10 animals at a time that we transport to events. The yard/kennels, although still in the works, will be an asset to the 22 dogs in our indoor garage area.

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

This past weekend we had an adoption event in a town 45 minutes away. We took six dogs and five cats. We were able to transport all our tables and fundraising items, as well as show cages, to the event. Of the kids we took, we had a pair of kitties adopted, Chips and Squeeker, and one dog named Scruffy. Having the capability to transport everything we need for our different events in one vehicle makes our day much easier.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: KONG
What was the money or product used for?

We received 30 Kongs for our dogs in residence!

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

At any given time, we have between 50-100 dogs in residence. These dogs, coming to us afraid and uncertain of what their futures hold, are prone to suffer from anxiety. Our animal behavior and rescue coordinator has personally noticed a reduction in the anxiety levels of all of our dogs [thanks to the Kongs]. Most love the peanut butter-filled treat, while some simply love the comfort of chewing on the hard rubber Kong. Regardless of how the dog is using the Kong, there is a noticeable decrease in anxiety. In addition, the fact that we only give them their Kong while in their kennel has resulted in a positive association linked to being in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Each of our dogs available for adoption receives a Kong filled with treats, peanut butter, etc., on a daily basis!

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

One example of a pet helped by a Kong is Hope. She is a Pit Bull Terrier who was surrendered by her owner. She's about two years old and is beautiful (note the lovely pink scarf!). Unfortunately, she is stressed and confused. Her Kong gives her a project and helps relieve her stress. Included are four photos: one of Hope in her pink scarf and three of other dogs enjoying their Kongs. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION & KONG!!

G.R.A.S.P., Inc.: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to help cover unexpected veterinary costs for 20 cats who were pulled from a hoarder situation in our community.

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

Our organization is used to working with Greece Animal Control and helping with a few cats at a time, but when we were faced with the situation of having to care for 20 cats from one location, we were faced with a huge drain on our budget.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped cover the costs for 20 cats.

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

This grant assisted us by allowing us to properly vet the 20 cats that were pulled from one house in our community. We have included pictures of just three of the cats who were helped by this grant. Each of these pets was able to be fully vetted and has now been adopted into a permanent, loving home. Their futures are now much brighter than they had been thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation!

LARAS House: KONG
What was the money or product used for?

We put the Kong toys in our dog pens for the dogs to play with. Our volunteers also used the toys to interact with the dogs.

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

They provided a fun activity for our dogs and enriched their environment. They also provide a toy for our volunteers to play with the dogs with, increasing socialization time. We are a no-kill shelter and many of our dogs (particularly some of our bigger dogs) stay with us for a long time. Toys are expensive and we are funded mostly from donations. Grants of multiple toys help to make sure that all of our dogs get something to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have large, multidog pens, so the grant helped a little over 100 dogs.

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

One litter of pups had to be separated due to some dogs having dominance issues. These toys gave the pups something to keep them busy since they could not all be penned together. It also encouraged volunteers to play with the pups more since they had something to teethe on. Achilles, Hera, Venus, and Achilles are pups from this litter. Pups Iris and Electra are also available from that litter. Pups Cayenne and Rachel are penmates and were enjoying their toy together. Rachel's sister Sophie was watching the action and is also available for adoption! All pups shown in the pictures are available for adoption. See them on Petfinder.com!

Animal Shelter of Pell City, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The 500 doses of Naramune and DuraMax were used to treat dogs and puppies being readied for possible adoption. We do not adopt out canines until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered. We vaccinate for everything needed for the age of each animal so we have to spend a lot of money on meds. Your products helped protect our dogs and puppies from disease while our volunteers were trying to find homes for them.

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

ASPCI functions as the impoundment facility for our county as well as a shelter where owners can surrender pets they are unable to keep. We know nothing about the medical history of the 2,500-plus animals we get each year from animal control officers. These medications were essential in controlling infectious diseases in the dogs and puppies being held in hopes of finding new homes. We have to spend a lot of money on vaccines and medications to maintain a healthy shelter population. These vaccines lasted over two months and helped immeasurably in controlling our costs and, more importantly, keeping our animals healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 195 dogs and puppies.

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

Brimer was a 3-year-old black pug mix. The staff fell in love with her wonderful disposition. After being vaccinated, heartworm-tested and spayed, she was adopted by a family who already had three dogs. They just could not resist her charm. Pinky was three months old when brought to the shelter. After two rounds of vaccines, she was able to be made available for adoption and was quickly taken home by a family with a little girl who fell in love with her. Patricia was a beagle mix only one month old when she came to us. After being vaccinated and tested, she was placed on the adoption floor. A wonderful family looking for a companion for their other dog picked her at first sight, found that she got along fine with the resident dog, and took her home.