Success Stories

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

The ANNA Shelter: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The Wahl shampoo grant, valued at $385.95, was used to give a "clean start" to the dogs that were brought to our shelter by animal enforcement. Before the dogs were spayed/neutered, they were given a bath to give their coat and skin a healthy new start.

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

Many of the animals that are brought to our shelter are suffering from skin infections, cuts, scrapes, wounds, and poor grooming. With the grant from Wahl, we were able to use a high quality shampoo on each of the dogs that were suffering from one of these problems. We firmly believe that an overall healthy animal starts with a clean coat and skin. We are always amazed by dogs like Khleo (photos attached) who are shy and sad at first and blossom into energetic, happy dogs when their outside feels good again.

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Khleo was a stray brought in by animal enforcement. She was a fancy dog who did not get fancy care. Her coat was long, tangled, matted and full of dirt. The mats were so close to her skin that she had sores forming that oozed and bled even with gentle brushing. Further inspection revealed that her tiny feet were balls of matted fur that disguised terrible, long, toenails that were also causing her pain. It was decided that the best plan for Khleo was a shave! The volunteers carefully worked to shave off the matted, soiled hair with Wahl clippers. Once the hair was removed, her toenails were manicured. Finally, Khleo was treated to a warm, soothing bath with Wahl shampoo. We rely on the gentleness and balance of shampoo designed for a dog's skin, like the products that we received from the grant. Once Khleo was towel dried, her true personality shone through and in just a short time she was able to find a new, loving family to call her own.

Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Sanctuary: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Three trays of 24 each FVRCP vaccines. Used to vaccinate cats/kittens to prepare them for adoption and make them more adoptable. Cats get one vaccine plus one booster, kittens get one vaccine plus two boosters.

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

Huge help in providing required vaccines and boosters to our intake population. Helped us rescue 100% more kittens over last year.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 so far

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

Pandora was rescued from a busy street where cars were driving right over her little body ... Thank goodness she wasn't hit! A good Samaritan stopped traffic, called us and we took her in right away. Jojo and his six siblings were found abandoned behind a hardware store. An employee of the store contacted us and we took the babies in. One of the seven did not survive, but all the other "J" kittens have now been adopted into great homes.

This grant has helped Wild Blue double the intake and adoptions of kittens in our area over last year. We provide this vaccine and two boosters of it to each kitten we take in to ensure they are well-vaccinated prior to going to their new homes. This takes a lot of vaccines to stay on top of this protocol, and this grant made it possible for us to do so much more than in previous years! Attached are several photos of kittens this grant has helped. All of these babies are now in their "furrever" homes!

The Animal Foundation: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to vaccinate cats on intake into the shelter.

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

We see over 40,000 pets entering our doors each year. In accordance with strict shelter best practices, we vaccinate every animal upon arrival. This can pose a huge expense for our organization, but we are committed to protecting the health and well being of every animal in our care. The grant helped us help more cats by providing a very necessary vaccine.

How many pets did this grant help?

300

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

Bonito, a 1-year-old small, fluffy male cat came to The Animal Foundation under sad circumstances. His family had just had a new baby and unfortunately baby and Bonito were just not getting along. On Nov. 8, Bonito was brought to the shelter. Through the Petfinder Foundation's generous donation, he was able to get his shots and head over to adoptions, anxiously awaiting the perfect new family for him. Just 11 days later, Brian came to the adoption center and fell in love with Bonito. It was a match made in heaven and he is happy and healthy (thanks to the vaccines) in his new home!

Humane Society of Stillwater: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The Wahl Shampoo grant that gave our shelter dog shampoo.

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

The wonderful smelling Wahl Shampoo was used to make sure our dogs were smelling and looking their best for potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

The Humane Society transfers animals in from our local city shelter. They are not bathed during their short stay at the city shelter so they come to us smelling pretty bad. Once the animals are in our care, we do our very best to make sure they are looking and smelling their best. The Wahl shampoo has helped us tremendously to keep our dogs fur-ever family-ready. Many of our volunteers have commented on how great the product smells and have loved the free samples that were sent with the shampoo! Thank you very much!

CHAAMP Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Grooming

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

We are a rescue for Alaskan Malamutes. Large, furry dogs :-) The majority of the Mals we pull from shelters, have been running at large, or if owner-released, have not been in a good situation. Several times their fur has been so matted, the only course of action is to shave them. All of the Mals appreciate a fresh bath and smelling clean, and they really enjoy the soothing massage when the shampoo is applied. Obviously it also helps when showing the dogs to potential adopters if they are clean and fluffy. The shampoo provided with this grant, Wahl Oatmeal Formula and Coconut Lime Verbena, we will definitely purchase. It lathers up nicely and the moisturizing additive left the Mals' coats soft and shiny.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least a dozen. We still have some shampoo left.

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

Cain, a senior Malamute we pulled from a rural shelter, was so matted he could not walk properly, as the mats at the top of his legs were restricting him. Sadly he could not go to the bathroom either as the mats were so thick. While shaving him, we found an assortment of items embedded in his fur. Everyone loves Cain's sweet personality! He's been adopted and lives the happy and comfortable life he deserves.

Beast, a 2-3-year-old Malamute, was transported to Virginia from South Korea!

Wolfie developed an eye infection when he was about six months old. Rather than take him to a veterinarian, his owner turned him into [an open-admission] shelter. Because the infection was not treated, Wolfie became blind while still a puppy. Our rescue had him for a little over three years before he was adopted. Wolfie loves his new family and we're very grateful to them.

Tail Wagger's 1990: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The FVRCP vaccinations were used to vaccinate 50 cats that visited the Tail Wagger's wellness clinic during one of our clinic days this year. We were able to reach out to new clients and provide necessary medical treatment for their animals.

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

Tail Wagger's 1990's mission is to help people help animals. The vaccined that we received from the Petfinder Foundation along with Boehringer Ingelheim enabled us to provide 50 cats, most of whom had not been vaccinated in 2+ years, with updated vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant funded vaccinations for 50 cats.

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

On one of our busy clinic days, a new client brought in her cat, who had unexpectedly birthed a litter of nine kittens. The frazzled pet owner was concerned about the health of these 8-week-old kittens and the cost of vaccinating the litter. With the help Tail Wagger's 1990 received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to successfully vaccinate the kittens and the new mother with their first distemper shot. Receiving this grant had made an impact on cat/kitten owners in our immediate surrounding community and allowed Tail Wagger's to carry out our mission.

Home for Good Dog Rescue: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

Home for Good Dog Rescue received a grant of WAHL shampoo products valued at $123.45. The product was received about one month ago. Home for Good transports dogs from high-euthanasia shelters in the South to New Jersey to find forever homes. Each week, our rescue transports approximately 20 puppies and dogs to our offices in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. On transport day, our dedicated volunteers walk, bathe and groom the dogs and then the dogs are medically checked by our veterinary technician. At the end of transport day, each dog is picked up by their loving foster family, who they remain with until adoption. When the dogs arrive on transport day they are in dire need of a good cleaning! Our volunteers used the WAHL shampoos on our recent transport days.

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

This grant provided wonderful shampoo products for our organization to use on transport days. As a non-profit organization, any granted products or funds make a huge difference. The WAHL shampoo grant will enable us to spend money on other aspects of our organization, such as spay/neuter, transport, medical, etc. It is also a great help to the pets in our care. Thanks to the WAHL shampoos, the dogs were clean and silky smooth, which made them look extra beautiful in their Petfinder photos, which are taken on transport day. A good Petfinder photo helps the dogs get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 75 dogs so far.

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

Home for Good rescued Oscar from [an open-admission] shelter in Swainsboro, Ga. When we found him, he was running around back with a group of other dogs. Some of the dogs he was with were food-aggressive, which is why he was so thin when we found him. Oscar arrived at our offices on transport day, dirty and very thin. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and WAHL shampoos grant, Oscar was bathed and ready for his Petfinder photos (shown in collage). After a few weeks of TLC in his foster home, Oscar gained weight and was ready to find his forever home. Oscar was recently adopted! We've attached his adoption photo. We are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers, foster families, adopters and supporters for making these miracles come true!

The Pet Rescue Center: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

These products were used to bathe dogs that had either been saved from the shelter or relinquished by their owners to The Pet Rescue Center.

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

We are using these products to bathe all of our rescued dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Specifically, seven dogs were adopted in November. All pets are bathed prior to being sent home to their new families.

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

Sarah is an 8-year-old Cocker Spaniel who had been dumped at the county shelter by her owner after years of neglect, and was scheduled to be euthanized on the day we saved her. She needed double cherry-eye surgery and multiple teeth extractions. When we rescued her, she was matted and infested with fleas. Although we shaved and bathed her when we brought her back to our center in June, she of course needed grooming prior to being adopted. She just went "home" at the end of November. We are so happy for this sweet girl to have a second chance.

Hurley was relinquished to our center in October -- he and his "brother" had been living in the backyard for the past two years since the birth of a child. With another baby due, the family concluded that this was no life for these 4-year-old dogs, and sought our help. Hurley is a Maltese mix. He was bathed and groomed and quickly found his new forever family.

Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven Society: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The grant covered “above and beyond” veterinary fees.

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

The Shelter Challenge grant came along at just the right time. In addition to our regular costs of caring for an average of a dozen miniature horses at a time, we had a mini with a serious issue that carried extra veterinary costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

13+

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

Echo was a Reserve Champion last summer, and then dumped at an auction in the fall. He caught a bug at the auction house and his health did a downward spiral. He came dangerously close to being put down. The Shelter Challenge grant helped enable us to aggressively treat Echo’s sinus infection with the procedure and aftercare that it required. He was valiant throughout and this has given him his best shot at a full recovery.

South Utah Valley Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

A Shot At Life vaccination program helped us to vaccinate 150 cats.

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

We were able to vaccinated 150 cats and kittens to help to keep them healthy until adoption or rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped us to vaccinate 150 animals. All of the vaccines have been used and we have placed 70 of those animals to Rescues. We have also placed 30 through adoption. The remainder are still awaiting an outcome.

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

Tootsie came to our shelter as a stray. She was vaccinated and held in an isolation room until she was big and healthy enough to be placed up for adoption. This domestic longhair chocolate point was rescued by one the many wonderful organizations we work with and placed into her forever home. Sully also came to our shelter as a stray. He is a beautiful flame-point domestic longhair. He was underweight and cold when he got here. We vaccinated him and housed him in our isolation room until he was big enough to be adopted. He is now in his forever home. Safari came to us as a stray. He was full of curiosity and a big personality. We vaccinated him and kept in our isolation room until a rescue group came to take him to his forever home. Mocha also came to us as a stray. He is a big beautiful 7-month-old taupe and white seal-point kitty. He was vaccinated with the help of the Shot At Life vaccination program. He was kept in our isolation room until he was healthy enough to put up for adoption. He was adopted into his forever home by a wonderful family.