Success Stories

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

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

Friskies Party Mix Cat treats were used for cats in our care and as part of our adopter packs for welcoming their new cat home.

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

Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats are favorites of all sorts of cats in our care, from the shy and quiet types to the bold and talkative ones! We use them to help the cats feel comfortable when they first arrive. For cats who are particularly frightened, these treats are a fabulous way to coax them out of hiding (in fact, two of our most shy cats now come running when we just shake the treat bottle). For happy cats who are used to shelter life, we use the treats as habitat enrichment, hiding them around their rooms so they can hunt for them.

Because the treats are known to, and loved by, the cats, we send a bottle home with every adopted cat, as a little piece of familiar comfort while they adjust to their new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

We expect this grant to ultimately help up to 200 cats!

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

We received some terrified cats who had been living with a woman who, sadly, had dementia and was unable to properly care for and socialize them. When Brooklyn and Brier arrived, we couldn't get them to come out of the various boxes and hidey-holes around their cat room. Our volunteers began working with the cat treats, utilizing time and temptation to slowly lure the girls out of hiding. Until they started responding to treats, we weren't even able to photograph and list them! After training them to come for treats, they became friendlier and friendlier, and we were able to get photos and this great video (which shows their love for the Friskies Party Mix treats): https://youtu.be/NNVpMzK-EYs

Meet Brooklyn: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35766007
Meet Briar: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35765976

Cache Humane Society: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Cache Humane Society officially opened our 2.5-acre public off-leash dog park on June 25, 2016. We celebrated the outcome of a three-year capital campaign with a fantastic day of live music, dog agility competitions, and product demos in our brand new Valley View Dog Park. The dog park includes pathways, picnic areas, and built-in agility challenges. On July 19, 2016, someone dropped a lit cigarette on a patch of wood chips inside the dog park. The fire destroyed a shed containing training supplies and 40 feet of fencing. It also damaged the electrical box controlling sprinklers. We were forced to close the dog park immediately and seek funding for emergency repairs. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to begin rebuilding within days of the fire. Volunteers helped remove thousands of pounds of damaged material to prepare for new construction. We immediately repaired the electrical damage and began work on the fence. With the Petfinder Foundation's support and a generous donation of materials from Home Depot, we were able construct over 40 feet of new fence and reopen the Valley View Dog Park less than two weeks after the fire.

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

The Valley View Dog Park is one of only two off-leash dog parks in Cache County, home to an estimated 22,000 companion dogs. Our dog park provides a safe and welcoming space to socialize, exercise, and train shelter and community pets. We work with K9 Unleashed, a local positive-behavior-training company, to provide on-site socialization, obedience, and agility courses. Our animals are more adoptable because of quality time spent in play groups, and public dogs have a comfortable and fun place to go for training and socialization. Petfinder Foundation support was instrumental in allowing us to quickly recover from the fire that destroyed fencing and equipment. The Valley View Dog Park re-opened less than two weeks after the event, with over 40 feet of new fencing and a fully functional sprinkler system.

How many pets did this grant help?

60 shelter dogs and countless public animals

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

Leona was a beautiful young Staffordshire terrier mix who struggled to find the right home. She spent more than six months in our facility, with multiple failed adoptions due to behavioral issues. She was loving and responsive with familiar people, but new faces and unfamiliar environments made her nervous and reactive. Leona finally found her person, a young returning U.S. veteran looking for a companion. Their frequent visits to the Valley View Dog Park provide them both with friendly and fun socialization in a welcoming environment. We've watched Leona become a confident and happy dog through her participation in dog-park playgroups. The Petfinder Foundation's support allowed us to quickly re-open this valuable community space after an unexpected and costly disaster.

New Hope Animal Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

1. Kennel cards for each dog kennel
2. Treat pouches and treats for each dog kennel
3. Pop-up tents for adoption events
4. Cage muzzles to help test dogs to see who they are compatible with

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

The kennel-card holders have helped New Hope make it easier for potential adopters to get a lot of information quickly on each dog. Occasionally we have volunteers show our dogs and sometimes they might not know the age or name of a new dog. The kennel cards have totally changed this for us.

The treat pouches and treats are helping us work with our dogs when adopters come in. Volunteers regularly walk up to a kennel, pull a treat from the pouch and ask the dog for a basic command. When the dog sits/lies down/etc., they receive a reward. This helps teach basic obedience and it's much easier for potential adopters to come meet calm, quiet dogs.

Our pop-up tents have been used at adoption events in our community. They have allowed us to take more dogs to events because they provide the shade needed on sunny/rainy days.

The cage muzzles were our final purchase and something we thought long and hard about. We have dogs come in from all different situations and wanted a safe, kind way to test them with cats, children and other dogs. They are still able to drink and take treats and are not confined in these special muzzles, and we have tested several dogs and found out their preference in other animals and people. This helps us better match dogs to potential families.

How many pets did this grant help?

74 in the last three months, and it will continue to help more dogs in the future.

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

Gracie was a beautiful black Lab mix who had been consistently overlooked for more than six months. She was just a puppy at 11 months old, and we were stumped that no one had come to adopt this awesome girl. We began working with Gracie on basic commands thanks to the treat pouches, gave her a kennel card and did several tests with her with the cage muzzles. She quickly learned how to sit and we discovered she was great with other dogs and kids. After months of waiting, Gracie finally found her perfect family in July. They have another dog and lots of love to give, but wanted to make sure their new addition was good with other dogs and children. We were able to tell them with full confidence that Gracie was wonderful with both because we were able to safely test her.

Pets Alive, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to feed and care for Jasper, a dog being boarded at Pets Alive in Middletown, NY.

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

This money was used to feed and care for Jasper, a dog being boarded at Pets Alive in Middletown, NY. It helped to offset the cost of boarding and caring for him.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jasper is a 5-year-old dog who was returned to Pets Alive Westchester because of behavior issues. Jasper is now part of an Improving Adoptability program and is working with a trainer in hopes that he can overcome his behavior issues to make him more adoptable. He would do best in a home without children and with someone with prior dog adoption experience. Meet Jasper: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33893592

St. Animal Pet Adoptions: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to send three of our dogs to training.

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

It helped the dogs to listen and also the handlers to understand the dogs' issues and handle them better.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Lindy has done great in class. She is only 7 months old so she has lots of energy and this has helped her to control herself better. She knows a few commands and this has also helped her to not be so mouthy. She was in a foster home when her training started but since that time she has been returned to the shelter. Lindy gets to go to our adoption events regardless of where they are because she behaves herself so much better now. We haven't gotten any applications on her, which is very surprising because she is not only a loving, friendly girl but very striking in her appearance. She will continue with training if we can get another volunteer to take her. Meet Lindy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35566685

Washington County Animal Shelter: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

Cat enrichment. We received Party Mix treats that we used for enrichment for the cats as well as promotional material to help increase adoptions and awareness of the shelter.

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

By increasing quality of life for the cats staying in the shelter and by increasing adoptions!

How many pets did this grant help?

100-150

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

We have a very shy cat named Pearl. She was very scared and didn't interact well with humans. With time and Party Mix treats we were able to win over her affection. Meet Pearl: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35842108

West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays
What was the money or product used for?

This product was used to help socialize our shy cats and also as a welcome treat for cats just coming into our care.

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

The majority of the cats our organization takes in are special-needs. Sometimes they are physically ill and sometimes they have psychological problems. We use foster homes to help heal and stabilize the cats, which in turn helps them become more adoptable. Our shy cats are sometimes semi-feral and require much patience to help them become more adoptable. Through the use of treats to lure them our of their hiding places, and more treats to reward them, our process has improved their chances. Our physically sick cats often have little appetite. Having the treats to offer them can entice them to begin eating again.

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

Chett and Bat Girl, who were just adopted recently, were part of a colony of 60 cats we rescued. They were unsocialized and needed help trusting that humans can be okay and even good at times. The treats were used to help them learn to trust. Their personalities opened up and, although they were from different litters, they bonded at their foster's house. They were adopted together. The treats played an important role in helping them learn to trust.

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

See below.

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

We would have had to euthanize Charlie because of lack of funds to care for him and his extensive medical needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Charlie's legs evidently were broken at some point in his life. They were never repaired. They healed incorrectly, which made walking very difficult and painful. Charlie's back leg was re-broken and pins were placed in it to secure it and help with proper healing. Unfortunately, one of the pins shifted, so a second surgery has occurred. Without this grant, we would have had to euthanize Charlie because of lack of funds to care for him and his extensive medical needs.

From his foster mom Shari: "Charlie had two surgeries. The first one didn't work as well as we wanted. Charlie ended up moving a pin and breaking part of the bone, so a second surgery was needed. I have attached that picture. He is doing so great now. He barely limps, and loves to run and play with the other dogs. There is no real follow-up needed. I do want to bring him in one more time to make sure that his band is still okay. Charlie is VERY active and even though he is healed, it will ease my mind."

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant of $750 was used as follows:

$129.22 Apoquel for allergies
$32.98 Terbinatine to treat fungal infection
$66.00 ProtaTek Lab (intake)
$330.30 Intake tests (heartworm, fecal, urine, fungal culture, CBC and chemistry serum panel)
$40.75 medical exam
$29.10 Heartgard preventative for three months
$95.47 fungal culture (retest at three months)
$66.00 ProtaTek lab (retest at three months)

$789.82 Total expenses for Victoria

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

Victoria was turned over to Animal Control in Tulia, Texas, in early May by a coyote hunter. She had a large open wound on the right side of her thorax, most likely caused by a barbed-wire fence. She came to us very thin with other skin issues, as well as an infected left eye. Victoria had a positive high titer to Ehrlichia Canis, as well as a high parasitic infestation of hookworms and a fungal infection on her skin. Victoria was quickly placed in a foster home so she could receive daily cleansing of her wound and application of medicine to prevent infection. As of early July, Victoria completed her treatment for Ehrlichia Canis and had a negative PCR test as well as a negative fecal. Her wound has healed and her skin condition has cleared; she will be available for adoption soon. (http://galtx.org/hounds/victoria2.shtml)

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Victoria

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

Victoria came to the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) as a surrender from a coyote hunter to Animal Control in Tulia, Texas. Victoria had a large open wound on her chest that required immediate treatment. Upon intake it was determined that she had other skin conditions, an eye infection and hookworms and she tested positive for Ehrlichia. The light in her eyes was gone. GALT's creed is "no grey turned away," and it was obvious that Victoria needed us. We immediately found a loving foster home so she could begin the intense treatment she needed for the open wound. Being in a safe environment with other greyhounds bolstered her spirit and she responded well to her new surroundings. Victoria put on weight, her wounds healed, the parasites were cured and the tick-borne disease was treated successfully. Over the course of three months, she found her playful side, enjoying the life she likely never thought was possible. Attached are two pictures from when Victoria was a broken soul when she first arrived, as well as two beautiful "after" pictures showing her fabulous recovery. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping to put the sparkle in Victoria's big brown eyes!

Pals for Paws, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to provide dogs in rescue with a soothing toy for times when they were in kennels.

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

This grant helps us provide the animals in our care awaiting their forever homes something to focus their energy on during the times they are kenneled. Many dogs who don't have something to attract their attention when in a kennel will become barky and jumpy. This causes others to also become anxious and can become quite chaotic.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have an average of 20-25 dogs in our facility at a time. We used all 17 Kongs, and the great thing is they can be soaked in a sanitizer and used for the next dog who comes in, meaning each Kong can help several dogs!

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

Kong toys are a wonderful way to engage puppies and high-energy dogs during kennel time. The Kong grant helped many of the dogs we have in rescue by giving them somewhere to focus their energy when they are in their kennels. We fill the toys with peanut butter and give each dog their own toy. Pictured is Sadie. From her Petfinder profile: "Sadie is a very playful, happy-go-lucky, 5-month-old, 35-lb. hound dog looking for a new family. She loves everyone: kids, cats, and other dogs. She is very playful and will do best in a home with a fenced-in yard for her to play in. She is a smart girl and she loves to please, so she learns very fast. She will make a wonderful companion for any family." Meet Sadie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32590343