Success Stories

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

Compassion For Cats of New London County Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

For food and litter for Aslan

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

It helped pay for a small amount of food and litter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This $25 grant was for Aslan from someone who would liked to have adopted him but couldn't, so she gave money to help out until he went to his new home, which he did. From his Petfinder profile: "Aslan is an orange-and-white Maine coon/tabby mix. He is feline-AIDS-, leukemia-, and heartworm-negative, neutered and up-to-date on shots. Aslan is a big boy, very easygoing, handsome, friendly, affectionate, playful and sweet. He loves everyone, and doesn’t even mind being held! He gets along very well with people, cats, and nice, gentle children."

Central New York Cat Coalition, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter

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

It helped to pay for a cat to be spayed/neutered so it could be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

A donor sponsored a special-needs cat we had for adoption who was later adopted by someone who saw her on Petfinder. This grant was used to pay for the spay/neuter of another animal who was able to be saved since she was adopted. The sponsored cat was Misty. From her Petfinder profile: "Hi, I'm Misty! It's hard being a black cat, as not many people look at us. It's even worse being a black cat with a food allergy. That's my dilemma!

"I was abandoned in the freezing winter and trying to stay alive under a shed until I trusted my rescuer. Pictures don't do me justice, as I am stunning in person! I have shiny, soft, thick black fur with the most gorgeous emerald eyes. I am looking for a quiet home with someone who has a sunny window to sit in and would love to have me sit next to them on the couch stroking the softest fur you will ever touch! I'm a pro at using my scratching post and not furniture. I also have good litterbox manners. I am looking for a special adopter who will feed me my Hill's Digestive I/d. As long as I am on this food, I am happy and healthy. I am a princess and would love to be your one and only pet. I would love to meet you!"

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

This money was used to pay a large medical bill for one of our cats.

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

We rely on donations and adoption fees to cover our medical, housing and food bills. Grant money is always appreciated to help with these costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one pet.

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

On Jan. 2, 2018, we received Chino, a yellow-and-white domestic shorthair cat. Both of his back legs were broken. The rescue that found him didn't have the means to care for him and asked if we would take him. We did, and took him to our regular vet, who said we needed to take him to a vet who could handle his severe injuries. The left leg had a dislocated femur and the other leg had been fractured in two places. The plan was to amputate the leg with the two fractures. Chino had surgery on the dislocated femur. This was successful, but while the left was healing, the right leg with the two fractures also healed. When he went back to the vet after six weeks, the vet was in awe that he could walk on both legs! Chino has gotten better and better and is being adopted. After all he has been through, he is a very loving cat. I will miss him.

Flock Together Bird Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used mainly for Boots, our Congo African Grey who has no feet. We bought her several toys and some Nutri-Berries and Avi-Cakes, which are her favorite treats and which she shared with all the other birds.

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

It helped provide toys and treats for all the birds, which they usually get only occasionally.

How many pets did this grant help?

59 exotic birds (parrots)

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

The main bird helped, and whom most people want to help the most, is Boots, our Congo African Grey with no feet. You can meet her at www.petfinder.com/petdetail, but she is not adoptable, as it states in her description. From her Petfinder profile: "Boots came to us about seven years ago in order to prolong her life. While she was in her nestbox, mice are believed to have got in and chewed off her feet. After about a year, the breeder couldn't keep her anymore because of the special care she requires.

"She lives in a special padded house, with padded perch platforms so she can climb up and sit. Even with all the precautions, she is still prone to bumping a 'nub' or getting a rubbing sore and bleeding. Just recently, our vet had to cauterize a spot she had injured.

"She is very special because she can not only talk clearly but can sound exactly like every sound she has ever heard!
She loves broccoli, carrots, and any type of bread or crackers. She plays with her toys and loves to chew holes in her bottom towels that have to be changed regularly!"

Los Angeles Animal Services - West LA Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Donations to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund enhance the quality of life for shelter and other animals by funding animal supplies, medical equipment, improvements to animal shelters, and other animal welfare-related projects undertaken by the Department of Animal Services.

How many pets did this grant help?

unknown

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

The Department of Animal Services is currently in the process of purchasing neonatal incubators for our unweaned kittens via the Animal Welfare Trust Fund. This will assist in lifesaving efforts for the animals in our care. Every donation to our Animal Welfare Trust Fund is used to help the animals and better the conditions in which they are maintained. One of the pets sponsored was Carmela, pictured. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41361247

Los Angeles Animal Services - North Central Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Donations to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund enhance the quality of life for shelter and other animals by funding animal supplies, medical equipment, improvements to animal shelters, and other animal welfare-related projects undertaken by the Department of Animal Services.

How many pets did this grant help?

Unknown

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

The Department of Animal Services is currently in the process of purchasing neonatal incubators for our unweaned kittens via the Animal Welfare Trust Fund. These will assist in lifesaving efforts for the animals in our care. Every donation to our Animal Welfare Trust Fund is used to help the animals and better the conditions in which they are maintained. One of the pets sponsored was Kevin (pictured). Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36868712

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

We have had numerous medical expenses that the money donated has been used for.

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

We were able to reduce our euthanasia rate to 2.8% in 2017 because of grants such as these. We provide top-of-the-line medical care for all our shelter animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five

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

Bruno was dropped in our shelter yard with no additional information. He was a very friendly, blind boy of approximately 9 years of age. Unfortunately, when his bloodwork was done, we learned that he was in kidney failure and had to be humanly euthanized. We were able to provide him with two weeks of love and devotion -- probably more than he had at any other point in his life.

Alley Cat Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money received was used to support the adoptions of Jughead and Archie. Since both are special-needs kitties, it went toward covering their adoption fees.

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

The grant assisted Jughead in finding a forever home. Since he is an FIV-positive kitty, getting him into a home environment is crucial to decreasing his stress. Archie is still at the rescue, but has a promising future in a local government office where he will be placed soon.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Jughead's new dad came into the rescue looking for a kitten for his wife. When he started looking for his kitten, Jughead (first three photos) approached him, jumped right into his lap and began cuddling him. The adopter had no choice but to Facetime his wife and show her how wonderful Jughead was. She wasn't sold completely, but once Jughead arrived in their home, all he did was follow her around. She is now in love with him. Jughead has truly found his forever home thanks to our partnership with the Petfinder Foundation.

Archie (fourth photo) came to our rescue after being saved from euthanasia at an area shelter because he's FIV positive. He loves to snuggle with one of our other FIV-positive cats, Idalou. He is a shy boy, but will love you once you give him pets and attention. He is very laid-back and loves to sleep high up on our cat shelves. Meet Archie: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39481342

Needy Paws Rescue: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

All money received helped Needy Paws Rescue defray the costs of heartworm treatments. In 2017, we rescued 780 dogs, and of those, 37 were heartworm-positive. Our estimated cost for these 90-day treatments averages $500 per dog. We do not turn away a dog because they are heartworm-positive, and we know that after treatment they will then be able to find their forever family.

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

As we save stray and abandoned dogs from [open-admission] shelters, we sometimes ask the shelters to test them for heartworm first. When we they tell us the dog is heartworm-positive, we usually take them anyway. We know that these dogs are adoptable and need to live in our foster homes instead of a shelter. With this in mind, we know that all donations and grants received can help us continue to save these dogs, regardless of the cost of heartworm treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?

We used the grant to help us with heartworm-treatment costs and were able to use the funds for dogs going through treatment. I have attached photos of two of our dogs who went through treatment and were then able to find furever families.

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

We got a call that a momma dog had had puppies inside a burned-down house in Cahokia, IL. We rescued her and her puppies, taking them to a foster home so they could be comfortable. After they were weaned, the puppies were adopted and Tahla began her painful 90-day heartworm treatment. After completion of treatment, Tahla was adopted to her forever family! Evie was found with another dog in Salem, MO. The family moved and left them behind to fend for themselves. The neighbors had been trying to care for them but could no longer handle it. The dogs were transported up to Needy Paws Rescue. Evie was heartworm-positive and the sweetest dog ever! After her treatments, she was adopted but then returned. She had to find a home without cats. While waiting for her new family, she tested heartworm-positive again, but will get retested in four months. In the meantime, she has found her forever family and is a very happy dog!

Animal Friends for Education & Welfare, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Boarding fees for Brooklyn.

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

We were able to pay 1 days boarding for Brooklyn.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

iTunes has it all wrong: Brooklyn is the hottest single of the year! Brooklyn is a good dog; she is loyal and dedicated to her owners. She likes to go for walks and car rides and play fetch, and she makes the cutest faces and head tilts when she hears a dog toy squeaking, so we think she would like a home with a fenced-in yard, tennis balls, squeak toys and forever parents to throw her toys and take her for car rides and walks. Brooklyn is a member of the “only-child club,” as she needs a home where she is the only pet so she doesn't have to share your attention. She was spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and tattooed with funds provided by Animal Friends for Education & Welfare. Pictures courtesy of Tom Myers of Bundle of Paws Photography (donated to help the A.F.E.W. animals find homes). Thank you, Tom, for the photo shoot!