Success Stories

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

York Adopt-A-Pet: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Chill pads are being used to provide comfort for the adult/senior dogs.

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

We previously used blankets for the older adult dogs in the shelter and the Chill Pads provide much more comfort.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, three dogs are sleeping on Chill Pads. Our younger dogs tend to chew and tear up their beds so we will use the wonderful Chill Pads for the dogs that will get the most benefit from them.

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

A Chill Pad from P.L.A.Y. was put in Cecil's kennel the day we received them. He immediately went to check out his new bed. Once he had sniffed it enough he curled up on the bed and went to sleep. The Chill Pad provides much more comfort and warmth for Cecil than his prior bedding.

Glenn Ista Shelter - Humane Society of Richland and Wilkin Counties: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was donated for Channing the cat, so the money ($22.50) was used towards his medical bills (vaccinations, etc.).

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

It helped to offset the cat's expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One - Channing the cat

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

The Sponsor a Pet money was donated for Channing, a sometimes cute, sometimes bedraggled-looking domestic longhair black-and-white young cat. He looked like the cat in the cartoon Kit 'n' Carlyle. The funds were used towards his medical bills (vaccinations, etc.). He has since been adopted to his forever home.

Oregon Humane Society : Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

• OHS found homes for 11,110 pets. We celebrated an overall 98% save rate for all animals, finding forever homes for 99% of dogs, 97% of cats, and 96% of small animals.
• The Animal Medical Center once again received top marks and re-accreditation by the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, performing 12,585 surgeries, 7,426 medical exams, and providing two- and three-week clinical rotations for 88 senior veterinary students.
• OHS Humane Educators reached 14,704 individuals and visited 52 different schools.
• Our Behavior Outreach Program—a free helpline—responded to 1,769 calls from pet owners to help resolve the common behavior problems that lead to pets being relinquished to shelters.
• OHS’s Investigations Team opened 1,212 new cases, rescued 583 neglected and abused animals, and responded to 3,539 calls to our complaint line. In all, 3,383 animals were directly assisted by the Investigations Department.

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

The Petfinder Foundation's gift provides homes, healing and hope to thousands of pets! Whether these animals were surrendered by owners who could no longer keep them, rescued from abuse and neglect by our Humane Investigators, or brought to us from overcrowded shelters throughout the region, we work tirelessly to offer them a second chance at the loving, forever home they deserve.

Because the Oregon Humane Society receives no tax dollars or government money, it’s the generosity and compassion of people like you that allows us to continue our lifesaving work. With your continued support, we'll be here making a difference, one animal at a time, for many more years to come.

How many pets did this grant help?

11,110 pets. We celebrated an overall 98% save rate for all animals, finding forever homes for 99% of dogs, 97% of cats, and 96% of small animals.

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

Cricket, a 3-year-old corgi/terrier mix, came to the Oregon Humane Society from another shelter. Unfortunately, the other shelter cannot keep pets for very long if they are not adopted. Thanks to generous donors like you, we are able to bring pets like Cricket to our shelter, where hundreds of people visit each day looking for their furry new family member. Once Cricket got here, it didn’t take long for this cute, active dog to find her forever home!

Animal Care Center of St. John: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Dog food purchases

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

It helped feed our abused and neglected dogs that come in as strays or were taken by the police.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 dogs

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

How beautiful is baby Blue? About a year old, she is turning into a wonderful girl. She would do best in a single-dog home. It's not her fault she was tied up outside and had to do her best to get food among other dogs from the information we got. She is wonderful on walks and very playful and happy. Consider giving this girl a great home. Meet Blue: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29713501/

Central PA Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to purchase chew toys for our dogs. These will provide hours of enjoyment and assist with our enrichment program.

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

The chew toys purchased will assist in the enrichment program our shelter is building. The happier our animals, the more appealing they are when potential adopters come in to visit.

How many pets did this grant help?

All of our dog population, which is approximately 45.

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

One of our scared Pit Bull dogs now looks forward to having her kennel opened, as she is associating people walking by with receiving a frozen Kong filled with peanut butter. She is becoming more trusting and will even greet you at the gate. Prior to this, she was very timid and scared with people. A huge success for our Laney :)

Meet Laney: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29708135/

Furry Friends Network: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donation was put towards the medical expenses incurred for Angel, who was diagnosed with bilateral luxating patellas. She had her first knee repaired Oct. 28.

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

It helped us with medical expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

When just a 4-month-old puppy, Angel was chained to her front porch in downtown Harrisburg and left there to endure both cold December days and nights. Thankfully a neighbor cared enough to find help for Angel. Angel spent a year in foster care without any luck in finding her forever home. As she matured, it was evident that Angel needed training beyond what a foster parent could provide and entered the Hounds Of Prison Education (HOPE) on Nov. 4, 2012. She stayed there until she was adopted on June 28, 2014. Without the HOPE program, who knows what would have happened to Angel? Angel is adjusting to life outside of prison, and is continuing to work with a trainer as she learns to live without bars. Sadly, Angel has been diagnosed with bilateral luxating patellas (her knee caps move in and out of place). This is a very painful condition and extremely expensive to fix. Angel is only 3 years old and has a lot of romping to do!

Seminole County Animal Services: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

X-rays for Short Tail, who suffered from shaky rear legs

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

See below

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Short Tail (who actually has a long tail!) came into the shelter as a stray with her littermates after being found by a lawn-maintenance worker under some bushes. The litter was lovingly raised in foster care to get ready for adoption. Short Tail suffered from shaky rear legs and for a while we thought she was just scared with new situations. When her situation continued, it was decided to have an x-ray done to see if there was something medically that needed to be taken care of. We used the money from the Petfinder Sponsor a Pet Program to have the x-ray done. We are happy to report that Short Tail did not have anything major wrong with her and the day after her x-ray she was adopted into a wonderful family that promised to follow up with her vet care and make sure she had the best life possible, shaky legs and all! Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Harris County Veterinary Public Health: Orvis Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To help increase adoptions, funds had been raised to build the Puppy Playground on the grounds of Harris County Veterinary Public Health Shelter. The playground was built because there is limited space in the shelter for potential adopters to visit with the dogs. The playground is a meet-and-greet area that measures 60 by 125 feet, and is divided into four fenced areas. Even with shade canopies, in the summer months the heat is oppressive. To allow the playground to be used year round, and to ultimately maximize pet adoptions, we installed a water misting system on the fencing to help keep the area cooler.

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

Besides helping to increase adoptions, we have also observed that the dogs tend to relax and behave differently in a grassy open area than when they are inside the shelter. To celebrate the Puppy Playground, a grand opening was held which resulted in a slew of media coverage, both on the day of the event and leading up to the grand opening. This has helped to promote our location and the fact that we have lots of highly adoptable pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

136 dogs were adopted in the month of October at Harris County Veterinary Public Health.

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

Kit, a 6-month-old terrier mix, was adopted the day of the Puppy Playground Grand Opening. A high-energy puppy, Kit was brought out from the shelter to help showcase the playground and to, hopefully, find her forever home. A visitor to the event saw her running around in the playground and could not resist her "radar ears" and exuberant personality. Kit went to her new home that very day. That's Kit in the first photo.

Animal Protection Society of Person County, NC: Orvis Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay vet bills for four dogs - Muffin, Caleb, Fudgie and Sophie.
MUFFIN: Total $518.97 (wellness exam, kennel cough treatment, tumor removal, UTI - Clavamox, spay)
CALEB: Total $113.24 (wellness exam, vaccines, neuter)
FUDGIE: Total: $147.15 (wellness exam, spay while in heat)
SOPHIE: Total: $385.34 (wellness exam, vaccines, spay, and doxycycline for heartworm treatment)

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

In order for these pets to be adopted, they have to be healthy. Having help with paying vet bills means we can save more animals. It allows us to take in animals that need more medical care than the basic vaccinations and spay/neuter. Our adoption fees never cover any extra medical care for the animals who are sick.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped four Chihuahuas who we rescued from [open-admission] shelters.

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

Fudgie was turned in to a rural North Carolina [open-admission] shelter as a stray. She was terrified of the shelter and snapped at the vet on her first visit. After being in a foster home for a few weeks where she was shown lots of love, she blossomed into a loving "cuddlebug" and was adopted by a couple who had lost their beloved Chihuahua last year. They just "love her to pieces"!

Muffin (second photo) is a 3-year-old special-needs girl. When she was taken for her wellness exam, a tumor was found on her leg. We had the growth operated on and sent for analysis and it came back as cancer. She is also heartworm-positive and has a heart murmur from the heartworms. She is halfway through her heartworm treatment. When she is finished, the doctor will evaluate her medical condition and see if she would be strong enough for a leg amputation. She is a real trooper, taking all this in stride and remaining loving and playful. She is really a special dog.

The third photo is Caleb; the fourth is Sophie. Meet them here: http://bit.ly/1obMJnh

All Our Orphans - Friends of Randolph Animal Pound: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to offset the cost of special reduced-price adoption to help have more cats and kittens adopted from our shelter.

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

All of our cats and kittens are vetted, vaccinated, combo-tested and spayed or neutered. We ask for adoption fees to help offset the cost. With this money, we used it to help pay some of the vet bills for the spay/neuter and adopted out cats and kittens at a discounted rate to attract more adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight cats were adopted are our special event (many were adults who had been in our shelter for a long time).

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

Miss Kitty had been surrendered to our shelter six months ago because her owner lost her home. Miss Kitty became very depressed and stopped eating. She had to be hospitalized. We put Miss Kitty in a foster home and she was adopted on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, for $6 Sunday. She is very happy in her new home. Picture No. 1 is when Miss Kitty first came into our shelter. She was depressed and sick. Picture No. 2 is after six months of foster care and adoption!