Success Stories

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

Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned - HALO: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

We were able to waive $150 adoption fees for three senior dogs and $65 for one senior cat.

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

We were able to waive the adoption fees for our senior pets. I believe this helped get the pets adopted quicker, as they went to homes where the adoption fee may have been the deciding factor for adopting a dog. Each animal went to an adopter who absolutely adores the senior animals. Since receiving this grant, we have started a program, "Seniors for Seniors," to help seniors adopt senior companion animals. We also provide food, flea and heartworm preventative, and anything else the senior needs to be happy and healthy with the senior citizen. We believe this is a need in our community and we thank you for giving us a jump start with our program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four: Dogs Margo, age 6; Dulce, 9; and Eddie, 7; and cat Maggie, age 7

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

Margo was found sitting on the yellow line in the middle of a busy street. A good Samaritan saved her and contacted Halo. We found that poor Margo was not in good health. We spayed her, removed many tumors, and gave her a dental before we placed her up for adoption. We also discovered that poor Margo had severe loss of eyesight. Despite all of her medical issues, Margo was full of life and so loving that everyone at Halo fell in love with her. When she found her forever home, we knew she was just as happy as we were. We hear from the family often and we get the cutest pictures of Margo doing what she loves to do -- lying on a pile of blankets, napping (second and third photos). We love to see the little sweaters that she wears so stylishly! Thank you for allowing Halo to waive her adoption fee. We believe that, because of this grant, Margo was able to find her perfect forever home!

Volunteers of Muskegon County Animal Control (dba Pound Buddies): Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Play yard renovation for additional room for our furry friends to play safely.

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

The playgroup program is the MOST beneficial and important enrichment and stress-reduction program we offer. Rather than one animal, this helps (literally) EVERY, SINGLE DOG that is housed at the shelter. The fencing provides more opportunity for us to get dogs out to be social and to reduce stress. The additional fencing also allows us more meet-and-greet areas for potential adopters to interact with the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

We take in an average of 1,500 dogs annually.

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

From our Executive Director, Lana Carson: "To limit this response to one dog I feel would be a gross understatement of what this fencing provides for the animals! Again, literally every single dog will benefit from this grant! We do have dogs who are timid and some are a little more rambunctious than others, but once they are introduced properly, they soon learn to play, play, play."

Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Skeeter's sponsorship money was used to help pay for his medical care for the skin condition that he had. He required a prescription ointment to clear up the condition.

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

Skeeter's skin cleared up and he was adopted into his permanent home a few weeks later.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Skeeter is a lovable and mellow guy who was found as a stray on the streets. Because of his age of 11 years and an unknown skin condition at the shelter, no other rescue requested him. Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue focuses on senior dogs and those with medical problems. When we took Skeeter in and had him evaluated by our vet, we found out that all he needed was some ointment to be applied twice daily to the skin eruptions he had. A few weeks later, his fur was growing back in and he was adopted by a loving family.

Tender Loving Cats, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for veterinary care and medicine to treat Luis' eye condition.

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to help Luis receive the appropriate medical care to become adoptable with his sister Louise and find their forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Luis and his sister Louise were found outside by a young man, but he was unable to care for them and found our rescue to take them in on April 19, 2018. They were only 8 months old. Luis clearly has some Siamese in his background, as he has the classic wedge-shaped head and the coat color and blue eyes of a Siamese. Luis was fortunate to come to our rescue, as he was born with eyelid agenesis, a congenital defect of the upper and lower eyelid, and required surgery to correct it and make him more comfortable and able to see.

The surgery was successful! But after the surgery he was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection called clostridium. Thankfully, after being treated, Luis and his sister were feeling better and were ready to take the trip to Newtown, PA, where they found their furrever home -- together! It cost us over $1,300 to provide these two kittens the medical care they needed. The Petfinder Foundation grant was used to help defray the cost of Luis and Louise's medical care.

Rescue Animals in Need: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to pay for tail amputation surgery for our kitten Dory.

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

Dory was able to get the lifesaving procedure she needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dory was rescued from an open-intake shelter as a 12-week-old kitten by RAIN. During her examination, it was discovered that Dory's tail had been completely broken off internally from the rest of her spine. This meant she was not be able to move it, causing pain and open sores on her rear legs and rectal areas. Now that she has had the tail-amputation procedure, she is living a pain-free life and is just waiting for her forever home. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40931656

Forever Friends Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant helped Arya, our 13-year-old senior cat. It was used to waive her adoption fee and supply 18 months of her medication.

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

Receiving the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to post that we would supply 18 months of the medication that Arya would need PLUS waive her adoption fee. In just a few days, she found her forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

We are so thankful that we received a Senior Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation on behalf of Arya, our sweet, 13-year-old calico lady! She was left at the Edmond Animal Shelter by owners who thought that, because she was drooling, she was in liver failure and dying (first photo). Well, we got her to our vets at Harvest Hills and they pulled all her teeth except for her canines -- she had stomatitis! Once she was feeling better, she blossomed into a total lap cat love bug (second photo)!

We waived her $50 adoption fee; her initial medical bill of $250 covered removing her teeth, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, and testing, but Arya was so malnourished when she was surrendered that it had done a bit of damage to her internally. Medicine for this is around $25 per month and supports her kidney function; she also needs a special type of canned food since she has no teeth.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for reaching out to help groups who rescue, love and adopt out senior cats! The grant allowed us to ensure that Arya will receive the medication she needs monthly and with this, she now has a new mom, Patti (third photo), who has given Arya a chance to live a good life in a forever home!

Bond County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funding was used to waive Ellie's adoption fee and provide her medications for a year. BCHS purchased the majority of her supplements prior to adoption. A portion of the prescribed medications were also purchased. The remainder of the prescribed medication would be purchased at a later date to ensure the medication would not expire.

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

It allowed our organization to redirect the funding used for Ellie's medication to other animals in need without sacrificing her well-being. The grant allowed us to also waive Ellie's adoption fee without negative impact to the organization's financial status. It improved Ellie's adoptability. It also covered some of the past veterinary expenses associated with diagnosing Ellie's condition.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Ellie was originally rescued by Bond County Humane Society from an animal control facility in southern Illinois. The animal control person had thought Ellie was pregnant because she had a distended stomach. BCHS had x-rays done nine days after her arrival to determine her medical status. At that time, there was no sign of puppies. The x-rays were repeated in two weeks. Again there was no sign of puppies. Ellie was then spayed. A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with atypical Cushing's disease. An ultrasound was conducted and results from that indicated that Ellie had an enlarged liver and spleen. It was also determined that she was 8-9 years old, much older than originally thought. The veterinarian recommended that Ellie remain on the prescribed supplements and medications for the rest of her life.

Later on, Ellie was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism and prescribed a medication that would be required for the rest of her life. There was also a suspicion that Ellie had an adrenal tumor, but surgery was not recommended because of the fatality rate, and side effects if she survived. Ellie was a happy dog and always ready for a walk and sniffing out rabbits. Ellie was living in a foster home until she suddenly passed away on June 26, 2018.

Best Chance Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to get meds and all the vetting needed for our senior dog Scooby.

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

This grant helped with Scooby's medical bills, allowing a rescue in another area to take him in and find him a wonderful new home in an area where he was more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Scooby was a dog whose owner had died, leaving no one able to care for him. He was at least 12 years old, heartworm-positive and intact; he also had a yeast infection on his skin. Once we got him up to a particular state of health, a partner rescue in a high-adoption area stepped up to take Scooby in.

Humane Society of York County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The dollars went toward our Medical Fund, which is a constant resource for incoming pets. The dollars donated during Q4 2017 went to Marley. Pictures show the amazing work of foster care.

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

By contributing to our Medical Fund.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The dollars went toward our Medical Fund, which is a constant resource for incoming pets. The Q4 2017 donations went to Marley, who came into our facility with serious skin issues. The pictures show Marley in the fourth quarter of 2017, as he started his journey in foster care, and in the first quarter of 2018 as he left and went to his furever home. The photos demonstrate the amazing impact of foster care.

Wish Bone Canine Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We were the recipients of 20 Chill Pads offered through P.L.A.Y.'s Warm Bellies Voters' Choice Poll.

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

Being able to have these comfortable landing spots for the dogs in our care has enhanced and enriched their lives, not only at the shelter, but also out in the community. We use the beds in the crates at our weekly community adoption events so that, even while they're crated at an event, the dogs are on comfortable beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helps 20 dogs at a time and as dogs get adopted, the Chill Pads are assigned to new dogs.

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

Oscar came to us badly matted and needed to be shaved down. His skin had sore spots from scratching at the mats. He was pretty miserable. The Chill Pads enabled him to have a soft spot to lie down instead of on the kennel floor or the bare Kuranda bed. When we took him to his first community adoption event, we took along his Chill Pad. He absolutely loved it and, because he was so comfortable, he made a big positive impression on all the people he met. Oscar was adopted by his forever family that week!