Success Stories

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

Wish Bone Canine Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money donated went toward the veterinary bills for Arturo's surgery.

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

This grant enables us to continue to provide veterinary care for the dogs we rescue. Without grants such as these, we would be unable to rescue and rehome pets in need. Our veterinary costs are our biggest expense, in particular since a high percentage of the dogs we save have medical and surgical conditions. We receive no governmental funds, so we rely on donations and grants to continue our work.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Arturo was injured prior to coming into our program. Our vet speculated that he was likely hit by a car. One of his front legs and one of his hind feet were severely injured. He was in [an open-admission] animal control facility prior to coming to us. Despite his severe, painful injuries, Arturo was a sweet little guy, so we couldn't leave him there to be euthanized. After rescue, it was determined that Arturo's front leg could not be saved, so it was amputated. His hind foot was saved, but the damage required removal of his toenails. Arturo did well following his surgery and was adopted by a loving couple.

Partnership for Paws, Inc.: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our grant was used to help us cover some of our expenses for care of our pups. In turn, we were able to help a few more dogs find loving, happy, forever homes. We helped three by reducing our adoption fees to make them more desirable to potential adopters and one by covering a portion of his vet care when he came out of the shelter in very poor health.

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

We were able to save an extra four lives because of this grant. We were able to help two young hound mixes who found themselves on death row in a rural animal shelter. Next, we pulled a beautiful black pit bull mix who hasn't found a home yet but is working hard to get a family of his own. Lastly, we pulled another dog who was on the euthanasia list at a rural shelter and used some of the grant funds to help save his life when he exited the shelter and went straight into emergency vet care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to directly assist four dogs with the funds from this grant.

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

We saved Bowie from euthanasia at a rural shelter in Jones County, GA. At this shelter, they do not vaccinate any of the animals upon entry. In fact they don't even routinely worm them or do any type of preventative care for them at all. Bowie came in a bouncy, happy guy who appeared to be a little skinny with a poor coat, but he showed symptoms of illness. Once we pulled him, he was taken to a local vet where he was vaccinated and neutered. Then he was temporarily boarded while we waited for his transport the next week. After one night of boarding we received a call to tell us he was vomiting blood and had bloody stools. It was described as a very bad scene. Then we found out that another dog that came out with Bowie had tested positive for parvo that day. Our worst fears were that Bowie too had parvo, so the doctor started by testing him for parvo. He was negative, but they suggested a second test the next day.

In the meantime, he received the medical support he would have gotten if he did test positive for parvo. Luckily for us, he tested negative again and was then given another fecal test where they were able to detect that he was loaded with hookworms. He recovered well and has found himself a home in Stuart, FL, with a wonderful family. Thanks to the Orvis grant we were able to help pay for some of his medical care so we didn't have to deplete our operating funds, which would have meant we couldn't help as many dogs. We are forever grateful for having been blessed with this grant.

Neenah Animal Shelter: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money is being used to help offset the cost of Rayne's medication once she is in a forever home.

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

This grant has helped the Neenah Animal Shelter promote Rayne for adoption. Since Rayne's medication is rather expensive, NAS felt she was getting overlooked for a home for that reason. The grant will allow her new family a transition period as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Rayne was brought to NAS as a stray in July and was originally thought to have a bad case of fleas because she was missing a good amount of fur on her sides and tail. Once she was fully treated for fleas and her fur was not growing back, another vet appointment was scheduled. She was then diagnosed with Cushing's disease, which affects her hormone production. Rayne has been on the proper medication since September and her health has improved greatly. Her completely hairless tail now has a cottontail look as the hair grows back. Her intense thirst has decreased some and she is no longer having accidents when out of her kennel. All in all, Rayne is happier now too. She is still searching for her forever home and we'll keep looking. Meet Rayne: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37151315

A Pathway to Hope: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Our rescue, A Pathway to Hope, does not have a physical building that we use for our rescued dogs. We rely on a wonderful, dedicated group of volunteers to foster the animals until they are adopted. Many times our fosters are full, or we take in a dog with special needs who can't be with other dogs. We work with two wonderful boarding facilities that will take care of our rescues for us for the reduced rate of $10 per day. While a wonderful discount, this still amounts to $300 per month per dog. We have one particular dog who has been in boarding for 2 1/2 years, so these costs can be a drain for the rescue and some assistance would greatly help us continue our work.

With the grant money from Orvis, we were able to fund three months for three of our foster dogs in boarding. Because of that, they were able to live happily, thrive and attend adoption events. And several of our dogs in boarding were adopted after we were awarded the Orvis grant money. We are so lucky to find such generous companies that give back to the rescue community.

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

Our dogs in boarding were able to live a happy and comfortable life for three additional months thanks to the Orvis grant. It also allowed the rescue to feel comfortable rescuing more animals in need. Several of our dogs in boarding found their forever homes this past year and that would not have been possible without the Orvis grant. A Pathway to Hope is so grateful for your help. Jack, Tigg, Hope and Kiwi and Calista were adopted to happy homes and now have loving families.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Tigg (first photo) is a big, lovable lug who was found running in the street as a stray with his brother. They were both in rough shape from living and defending themselves on the street. A Pathway to Hope rescued them together, but Tigg's brother did not survive. Tigg went into one of our boarding facilities but was not adopted right away. Tigg lived for over a year in boarding and we are thankful for the Orvis grant which helped subsidize the cost. Tigg was finally adopted and found his happy ever after with a loving family!

Calista is another rescue pittie girl who was surrendered to A Pathway to Hope because of a neglect case. Her owners were intentionally starving her death -- it was a tragic story (the second photo shows Calista when we first met her). Luckily Pathway rescued her and she lived in one of our boarding facilities for almost a year; she got healthy and happy and was eventually adopted (third photo).

Des Moines County Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

To provide a comfortable sleep and rest area for shelter pets as they wait for their forever homes.

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

The beds make the animals MUCH more comfortable in their kennels. They gave them a safe, warm bed to sleep and rest on.

How many pets did this grant help?

20-30 pets have already used the beds.

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

This sweet boy came to us as a stray. He was approximately 10-12 years old and deaf. As you can see, he greatly enjoyed the comfy bed he was given to sleep on. He was at our shelter for approximately three weeks before being adopted to a wonderful fur-ever home!

Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Remi's medical bills

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

These fund were directly used to help pay for Remi's medical bills. This grant helped free up $1,000 in funding that was able to be used to help pay for medicals such as spay and neuter and vaccinations for other rescues in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1-4

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

Remi’s doctor said that Remi may need to have bone removed from his sinus area because the antibiotics are not reaching the spot where the infection is hiding, so we give him antibiotics and he responds well to that and then when the antibiotics stop the infection just starts leeching out again. Remi is the sweetest little Yorkie and we continue to care for his needs. He will make a wonderful pet. He is being fostered in Tennessee with a loving family that is able to care for his current special needs. We are currently hoping this next round of antibiotics does the trick. Remi is a happy boy and we don’t want to put him through any more pain. Meet Remi: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35448455

Oglala Pet Project: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Foster animals

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

It helped keep foster animals comfy while in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple pets and still using

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

We had a litter of puppies come in who came down with parvo. They used a P.L.A.Y. pad in their kennel while they were sick. Thankfully both Astrid and Apricot made a full recovery. The first photo is Apricot with hew new forever family. The second photo shows the girls with their sister.

Newberg Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The pet sponsorship money was used to pay for a surgery to repair the lip of a dog with a facial wound.

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

This sponsorship helped us to cover costs above basic care and kept a dog from potentially having more severe medical issues or difficulties in the future.

How many pets did this grant help?

We received a sponsorship for one pet. Those funds were used specifically for that pet's needs.

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

A neighbor of our shelter manager's ailing grandmother (who lives in another state) sponsored a pet whom she was not able to adopt. The sponsored dog, Theo, was in need of facial surgery to repair a torn lip. The surgery was a success, and the dog was adopted two weeks later after his stitches were removed.

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Hip surgery for Delilah and heartworm treatment and nostril enlargement for Donner.

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

Delilah has been with us for almost two years. She has been in pain and walks with a limp. This surgery will help her finally get her forever home. Donner has had potential adopters ask about him. He has multiple medical issues and no one is willing to adopt him until the issues are corrected. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we have helped these two dogs get healthy. They will be listed as ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Delilah (first photo) came to us with her sister almost two years ago. Her sister was adopted, but Delilah was in pain and walked with a limp. The vet told us that she needed surgery on her hip. With the Emergency Medical Grant, we scheduled her surgery. She is now recuperating and getting physical therapy (second photo). Next month she will be featured on social media as a healthy, happy dog ready for a forever home. Meet Delilah: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31792464

Donner, a shar pei (third photo), came to us with multiple health issues. He was heartworm-positive and his nostrils were too small, causing problems breathing and possible lung problems. There was lots of interest in Donner until his health issues were explained. With the Emergency Medical Grant, Donner has had his nostrils enlarged and started his heartworm treatments. Donner is now in a foster home while he recuperates from his medical treatments.

Scratch My Belly: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

When we rescued Miles (with his pal Millie), he was very sick. Upon his arrival from the shelter at San Diego Bay Animal Hospital, we were informed that his lungs were completely filled with fluids. What was initially treated as common pneumonia during the first few days of hospitalization was escalated to a severe type of bacterial infection. The actual cost of treatment and hospitalization time were well over three times what was expected. With this grant we were able to cover about 25% of the costs we had with Miles's care so far.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Miles and his buddy Millie were "residents" at Baldwin Park. Our rescue had made a commitment to save Millie before we knew Miles had come into the shelter with her. Upon their exit from the shelter, we knew Miles was sick, and both pups were taken immediately from the shelter to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital in San Diego to be treated. Upon examination, it was determined that Miles was very sick and, after X-rays, it was confirmed that his lungs were completely filled with fluids and he needed to be hospitalized immediately. The first few days of treatment, Miles showed no improvement with the standard medication used for pneumonia, and after being reevaluated, he was put on a very strong medication which could possibility affect his liver. Miles spent several days on IV and nebulizer treatment, and received daily injections and other drugs to help clear his lungs. After exiting the vet, he relapsed and had to go back, as the medication was affecting his intestines too. Without the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we would not have been able to give Miles the treatment he needed and deserved, and we are now patiently waiting for his loving home to come along. Thank you! Meet Miles: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37084927