Success Stories

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

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!

Delta Animal Shelter: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for surgery on one of our cats, Wish. He needed an ear ablation and bullae osteotomy procedure, which removed the entire ear canal along with the lining of the bullae.

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

This grant helped us get Wish the surgery he needed for the growth in his ear. We wouldn't have been able to afford this procedure if not for this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

One cat, Wish.

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

Wish came to us as a stray in December of 2016. After his stray hold was completed, he was neutered and put up for adoption. He was adopted in February of 2017 and went to a very loving home. We were contacted by his adopter in December 2017 and told that he had a growth in his ear. The adopter could not afford to bring Wish to the vet for care. He was surrendered back to us and we had our vet check on the ear. She removed what she could of the growth. Unfortunately, it started growing back. After further testing, it was decided that he would need more extensive surgery -- a surgery that could not be done locally. We were referred to Dr. Allen Dunbar at Packerland Veterinary Center in Green Bay. Because this was going to be an expensive surgery, we filled out the application for grant support from the Petfinder Foundation. Thankfully, our application was accepted and we immediately scheduled Wish for surgery. Wish had his surgery on Feb. 23, 2018. He then went into foster care while he recovered from this extensive surgery. When he was medically released, we put him up for adoption. He was adopted on March 22, 2018. Wish is doing fantastic in his new home and getting all the love and cuddles he could ever ask for. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation for this amazing grant!!

SPCA of Hancock County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money we received in March for the Sponsor A Pet program was used to support the care of the dogs and cats at our shelter.

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

The Sponsor A Pet program helped us with the cost of care for animals at our facility, and is also generating more interest in adoptions and donations from our online followers. March was the first month our shelter participated in the Sponsor A Pet program, and we are pleased that our community is so eager to sponsor our adoptable animals! The response we've seen so far is very encouraging, and we are delighted to be part of this program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four pets received sponsorships in March

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

We have a very special pair of dogs named Jemma and Layla available for adoption at the SPCA HC. These two dogs grew up in the same home, and although they aren't biologically related, they are definitely "sisters from another mother." These two are inseparable, and although it takes more time to find a home ready to adopt two dogs, we know we need to keep this bonded pair together. They've been looking for a home since September, and some of our Facebook fans have been following them right from the start. As soon as we posted the Sponsor a Pet link to Jemma's Petfinder listing, we received a sponsorship for her! Jemma and Layla are still looking for a home. Meet them: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39432633

Lord Butterworth (second photo) is a 2-year-old cat who came to us from an overcrowded house with many of his siblings and children. He is a darling cat who loves to sit in the window and watch the birds. Lord Butterworth is stressed here at the shelter, and has been overgrooming (licking his fur too much so that he gets hot spots). We used the funds from the sponsorship we received to defray the cost of a trip to the vet to get him some medicine to help resolve his skin situation. We still think the best cure would be for someone to adopt him so that his stress levels go down and he's able to stop overgrooming. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41221135

MJ the cat (third photo) received a sponsorship and was promptly adopted! Hooray MJ!

Liam the cat (fourth photo) is still looking for a home. He is a great big love who gets along with every cat he meets, whether they are a rampaging kitten or curmudgeonly senior. He received a sponsorship from one of his fans, which will go toward the cost of his care while he continues to search for a home of his own. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41226737

Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The emergency medical grant was used for Little Stevie's intensive surgery in which his shattered pelvis was rebuilt, a three-day emergency-room stay, the medications he required, follow-up appointments with his specialist, and physical therapy.

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

The emergency medical grant that the Petfinder Foundation provided helped lessen the blow of such a large expense for us right as the new year was starting. We have many dogs in our care on our campus, and medical bills that reach into the thousands of dollars are a constant strain on our finite resources.

How many pets did this grant help?

One special little guy!

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

On New Year's Eve, we received a call from a motorist who had just picked up a Shih Tzu from the road who had been hit by a car. The motorist had stopped when the little dog ran in front of his car; unfortunately an oncoming driver did not, but ran over the little dog and sped ahead. Our good Samaritan drove around the block to rescue the little dog from oncoming traffic and was surprised to find him alive. He googled Shih Tzu Rescue, called us, and asked if we’d help. We asked him to take the poor little dog to the hospital, where he arrived in 24 minutes, unable to move around. The vet told us that our dog appeared to be a young male, but he was so severely matted they’d have to cut some hair away before they could determine the extent of his injuries.

The Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are probably the most frightening holidays of the year for dogs, many of whom are absolutely terrified of the noise of fireworks. Poor Little Stevie, obviously the victim of horrific neglect, was likely trying to get to a safe place without fireworks. It is a MIRACLE that an individual, with plans of his own on the holiday, intervened so that Stevie didn’t die scared and alone on the side of the road. Meet Stevie: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41099457

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

Meja - medications, vet bills, and general care.

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

This grant went directly to one of our seniors, Meja. She has been diagnosed with Addison's disease and requires expensive medication to keep her alive. We are hopeful that she will find a forever home! When she does get adopted, Fayette County Animal Rescue will pay for her medication for the rest of her life. Since this grant will go towards Meja, this gives us the opportunity to use other funds/donations for our other rescues in need and we will be able to help more and more dogs and cats in our community! Thank you so much!!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Meja is one of our sweet, special senior girls! She is still available for adoption and we would love to find her forever home. Here is her story: Meja was a very thin stray roaming the streets, and luckily a good Samaritan spotted her and brought her to us. She was heartworm-positive, so it took a while to get her healthy, but she has fully recovered now and she's looking for her forever family! Meja is a very sweet and affectionate girl; she just loves being with people. She likes some other dogs, but she prefers dogs around her size or larger and she would prefer a home without cats. Meja is housetrained and will make great addition to the right family! Her date of birth is Sept. 10, 2011 and she weighs about 55 lbs.

Meja has been in a foster home and her foster mom says she is "the best dog ever!" She is extremely good and doesn't need a crate because she behaves so well! We just discovered she has Addison's disease, but it is controlled with medication. Meja has been spayed, is current on all shots, is on flea and tick prevention and heartworm prevention, is microchipped, and comes with a 30-day pet-health guarantee. Her adoption fee is $95 with an approved application. Visit fayettefcar.com to fill out an application. Meet Meja: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28878525

Empire Animal Rescue Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were given to fosters to use with their foster dogs as they wait for a family to adopt them into a forever home.

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

The availability of the Kong items helps provide our fosters with a way to engage with their foster pups and also helps to stimulate the dogs and keep them busy when their foster people are not able to be with the pet throughout the day. Inserting treats such as peanut butter into the Kong helps keep the dogs content and helps reduce their stress during the periods when they are not in direct contact with their fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

30+ pups have gone through the foster homes that were provided with the Kong toys that we received as a part of this grant. They will continue to benefit our pups throughout the years since they are such a wonderfully durable dog toy.

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

Buttons and Hamlet both had a rough start in life and haven’t had the luxury of having toys available to play with. They are just getting used to the idea that they are now able to play and enjoy their new life that all dogs should have the opportunity to live. No longer will they worry if they will have food or a safe place to lay their heads at night. Buttons is a little guy but his favorite toy became the Kong bone -- which was quite large for his little body, but he just wouldn’t give it up. When offered other toys, he immediately went back to the Kong bone every time. It was so nice to see his tail wagging as he chewed away happily. His foster mom claims he was smiling, and we are sure that, if Buttons could talk, he would shout out a big “thank you!” for his new toy. EARS is very appreciative of your amazing support of our organization’s dogs and puppies as we provide them with care, love and temporary homes as they await their forever families.

Rescue Animals in Need: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were given to our foster homes to use for the dogs in our rescue as enrichment and for training and play.

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

We have seen improved relaxation when they are in their crates and reduced anxiety during the foster process and at events.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, 10! And hopefully many more to come.

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

Hendrix (first photo) is a 3.5-month-old male boxer/pittie mix that RAIN picked up from a municipal shelter when they called for a rescue. He was completely bald with Demodex and massive skin and ear infections. Hendrix has been recovering in a foster home since then and has begun opening up and playing with toys. And having a treat-filled Kong with him in his crate has helped distract him, and as a result, reduce the scratching caused by his itches. Thank you so much!

Meatloaf (second photo) was hit by a car and brought into a municipal shelter. He'd a pretty tough life: He was emaciated and had a massive skin infection, mange, wounds from the car accident, and double ear infections. The 1-year-old pittie is now fully vetted, heartworm-negative, and ready for a new home. He is crate- and housetrained and good with cats, dogs, and kids. He is working on basic obedience and leash manners. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41231193

Animal Care Centers of NYC: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used by ACC's Canine Enrichment Team for in-kennel enrichment of NYC's shelter dogs.

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

Kongs are one of the first items we turned to as we were developing our in-kennel enrichment program, and they remain a constant presence in our weekly enrichment schedule. We make hundreds of Kongs each week in our three care centers. They are filled with a variety of goodies; we then freeze them and hand them out to the dogs in our care to help keep them engaged with their environment, physically and mentally stimulated, and having fun while eating. The donated Kong products have been immensely helpful as we seek to meet the behavioral needs of hundreds of dogs each week in a high-stress environment where dogs spend significant amounts of time in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

600

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

King Kubiak came to Manhattan ACC after his homeless owner had paid for him to be in boarding for four months, only surrendering him when she had no other options left. He has now been at ACC since the 6th of March, 2018, and we have discovered that he really loves his Kongs! When King Kubiak is in his kennel, he often whines and shows anxious behaviors, but when he sees a Kong, that anxiety changes immediately to excitement! He hops up on the kennel door while he waits for it to be opened, then in goes the Kong and he is a happy boy for long periods of time. First he goes for the frozen peanut butter and stuffing, but once that is done, he will chew and chew, and finally start nosing it around the kennel for a little extra play. The enrichment provided by the Kongs improves his quality of life so much, and he is just one in a long list of other dogs whose ears perk up and lips are licked at the sight of a Kong.

Louisa Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to purchase enrichment items for the dogs in our care: iCalmDog music, slow-feeder puzzle dishes, and puzzle games.

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

We often are searching for enrichment items for the dogs, especially the hounds in our care who need to be motivated to do more than run and bay. The items purchased help with keeping them challenged. The iCalmDog also helps to provide a soothing atmosphere when they are left alone when the foster parents go to work.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs currently in our care, but the items will be used for future dogs and puppies too.

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

Hershey is a very active 2-year-old redbone coonhound mix. The slow feeder works perfectly to keep him challenged while he's eating, while slowing him down so that he doesn't inhale his food. The puzzle toy works to engage him in an exercise that rewards him for pushing and pulling the levers and sliders, again challenging him. He is still available for adoption; his Petfinder link is www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41180413

Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

KONG toys were used for cats at our cat cafe, The Scratching Post.

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

The toys introduced some new, stimulating options for the cats to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

We'll keep the toys at the cafe as long as they last, so 12 so far, but there will be more!

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

Radar is a petite gal initially estimated to be about a year old, but who, we now suspect, may be an older cat. Radar likes to sleep and get treats, but generally had not been very playful ... until she got her paws on a KONG Cat Scrattles Mouse (that's her playing with it in the first photo). The Scratching Post is currently partnered with another rescue in our area, Animal Resource Center, so she Radar be found on their Petfinder account here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40735286