Success Stories

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

McKinley County Humane Society: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

The cat scratchers are a big hit with our shelter cats! The cats LOVE them and take advantage of this unique product designed especially for the needs of shelter cats. They provide mental stimulation and promote exercise in our cat population.

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

The cat scratchers are enjoyed daily by the shelter cats and kittens. They relieve boredom and stress for these confined kitties. The scratchers take the place of trees and grass that free-roaming cats would use in the natural world and the various cat-scratching devices that some pet owners have in their homes for their cats. They were easy to install in each cage and are made of recyclable, environmentally-friendly materials.

We cannot THANK YOU (PETFINDER FOUNDATION) ENOUGH for this fabulous opportunity for our shelter cats, who experience so much stress being in a high-intake shelter in rural New Mexico.

How many pets did this grant help?

500 cats and kittens as of this date. Many more will be benefitting ongoing.

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

Lucky was a Siamese-type cat who came in with a head wound (probably from fighting other tom cats). We got him vaccinated, neutered, and treated his wound. It took awhile, but we finally got him transferred to a high-adoption-rate shelter in Colorado this week. The cat scratcher in his cage helped him pass the time while he waited.

Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $45 was applied to our veterinary account at Kenai Veterinary Hospital.

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

It helped us treat a dog named Buddy. He was shot in the rear leg -- from behind. Buddy is a very sweet neutered male, about 2 years old, a Dalmatian mix, who would not hurt a fly. The owner was unable to afford the surgery. Neighbors called us and we convinced the owner to sign him over to AELAS.
His right rear leg was broken in addition to having a small bullet lodged inside the bone. The surgery went well and he now has a long pin and wire that will hold his bone together until it is fully healed in about four months. He is recovering in our kitchen with three of our old resident cats. The vet bill to date is $1,320. When he is all healed, we will adopt him out for a $150 donation.

How many pets did this grant help?

We dedicated the entire $45 to Buddy's vet bills.

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

Buddy was shot by someone while he was walking to his home. He was in his own yard. The shooter was never identified. Buddy's owner could not afford to take Buddy to the vet. Concerned neighbors contacted us and we drove four hours to Homer and back to go and help him. When we arrived we saw Buddy sitting next to his porch, wagging his tail. That is when we found out that Buddy had been shot six days before anyone called us! We immediately called our vet and rushed him back to Kenai for treatment.

The surgery was a complete success. Buddy now has a long pin and wire holding his right rear leg together. He should be completely healed in four months.

The pictures speak for themselves: Even after all he has been through, he is a happy, smiling dog! Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for making this program available. Thank you to all who donated and those who may donate in the future!

Meet Buddy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29077624/

Hope Rescues: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

It was a disaster-relief grant that paid for repairs to the frozen pipes to help get our water running and our heaters working again.

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

It is vital that we have fresh water and heat for our pets to live in the winter months. This grant helped us make repairs to keep the pipes from freezing up again.

How many pets did this grant help?

18

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

During the polar vortex the pipes to the water and the heating system froze up, causing the heating system to stop working and the water to the buildings not to work. Hope had to call out a repairman as we have 10 puppies in the affected building. The repairmen reran the pipes to the heating system and insulated the water pipes on the outside of the buildings to keep them from freezing again. During this time, Hope had to board 18 dogs because their building was not usable.

Zach's Rescue: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

The cat castle cat carriers and perch helped transport our cats to be spayed, to be taken home and for sick visits. Also to be transported back from the shelters. This has helped many cats be rescued and sent to safety.

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

The carriers eased our load of carriers to be taken. All carriers have to be disinfected and washed after each use. This has been a very good time saver for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

150 so far

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

One lady who was to be our foster had around 20 cats dumped on her property. We made appointments to have them spayed and vaccinated. She had no choice but to bring four in a cardboard box. Thank goodness for these carriers, as she was so happy to bring them home in our Cat Castles!

Canine Estates, Inc.: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Medical expenses

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

We take in many pets in poor condition. This money helps pay for the medical expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Piper's story starts in the streets of Miami, where he was left to fend for himself, only able to drag himself from place to place for food and shelter. He was taken to animal services. Canine Estates, Inc., agreed to take Piper but had no way to make the five-hour drive north to Clearwater, Fla. A group called Pilots and Paws flew Piper to Canine Estates, Inc. Piper was named after the Piper aircraft he flew in on. Piper spent many weeks in a physical therapy center learning to walk again. Once he learned to walk again, he became more and more self-assured. We continued to love and reassure Piper until he was ready to be adopted. Piper has a wonderful life now. He has two humans who love him. He lives on the water, goes for boat and car rides and walks, lives in his own house and takes care of his own yard. Hard to imagine he was once one step away from death's door.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was applied towards a mastectomy for April, our sweet little Dachshund girl.

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

Helped pay for surgery for April.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one very special girl in need.

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

April was a breeder throwaway. She was used for as long as she was useful, then dumped at animal control. She is an absolute sweetheart! April is 7 years old and has mammary tumors up and down both sides and needs two mastectomies. April had a great recovery from her first mastectomy and her second will be in May. We'll clean her teeth at the same time. She'll be ready for a home in June. She'll spend the rest of her life as part of a family instead of an asset in a business!

April is being spoiled in foster care and learning to love, trust, enjoy stuffed animals and soft beds. She's a special girl and this donation helped to heal her. We couldn't be more grateful.

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

We used the grant to help us pay for surgery on Shawn.

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

It went towards a very large orthopedic surgery bill for Shawn.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Shawn was adopted out from Furry Friends Network in 2005 as a puppy. He was surrendered back to FFN in February 2014 due to his human family's divorce. Shawn's human planned to euthanize him because she figured no one would want him. Not only did he have some anxieties, but also a torn ACL. However, it is amazing what some love and medical care will do.

Shawn is a fine and distinguished gentleman (at 10 years young) who enjoys spending time with his foster family of adults and dogs. Shawn is friendly, loving and enjoys being outside. He looks forward to returning to his daily walks. Shawn loves to be with his people, adults and children, and finds comfort with other dogs as well. He especially feels comfortable with females, both the two-legged and four-legged varieties. He would do best with a family that is home the majority of the day as he gets anxious when left alone for long periods of time. He is housetrained, has excellent house manners and barks very little. Shawn should be back to his energetic self soon. Other than his repaired ACL, Shawn is in excellent health, and is full of life. Because of all his recent changes, he will need extra time to transition to his new home to make him feel safe and loved through his senior years. Do you have a space in your home and heart for Shawn? He is looking for his perfect match so he can finally unpack his suitcase and stay awhile.

Volunteers For Animals: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

We received 200 Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers through your CatsRCool program.

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

The Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers have given our cats another texture and toy in their cage. They provide a whole different texture for them without taking up valuable floor space like other boards. They provide great exercise also!

How many pets did this grant help?

200 cats

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

Pumpkin was one of our first cats to receive her scratcher. She was one cat who received two scratchers! Pumpkin was given her scratcher, which we attached to the cage door. When we came in the next day, her scratcher was ripped to pieces with cardboard all over her cage and the floor! She was thoroughly entertained with it. So we gave her another which she is pictured with -- you can see the tattered edges of the scratcher. Thank you so much for this generous grant -- it has been nice for the cats and entertaining for us!

The Haven: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Cat Castles in our 12 cat adoption room kennels. Each cat was given a Cat Castle. The Cat Castles were also used as carriers for new cat owners to take their new friends home.

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

The Cat Castles helped provide extra room for our cats and an enclosed space where our cats could hide out and feel safe. They also helped separate their litter box from their food and water station, helping to create a cleaner environment for the cats. The Cat Castles also provided carriers to new adopters to take their adopted cats home safely.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since receiving the Cat Castles, approximately 85 cats have come in and been adopted our from our cat adoption room. Each of these cats has used a Cat Castle.

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

Mr. Pounce-a-Lot was a 2-year-old domestic short hair that had been in our shelter for several months. He was very reclusive and introverted. After being moved into a kennel with a Cat Castle he began to feel much more secure and slowly opened up to everyone in the shelter. This helped him get adopted!

Doodlebug Manor : Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

We utilize the castles to send home with our adopted kitties! It gives them a carrier, but then also a little reminder of 'home' while they are new and adjusting to their forever homes!

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

Immensely: When adopters come and choose a cat/kitten, they often think of everything they need except a carrier. By having the castles, they are gaining a temporary safe way to transport their new feline home, and once home, it gives the cat a 'safe place' to retreat to that has the familiar scents and space they played in at the shelter. We also add to the castle floor a baby blanket which we also use in the rescue to give our cats that added touch of homey feeling while they adjust. We have a huge adoption event every October sponsored by a local pet food manufacturer/distributor; we have set aside 25 of these just for that event, so when people choose to adopt one of the cats/kittens, they have safe transport out of the fair and home!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, five. We have 25 slated for the October event and are in the midst of placing 11 kittens now. Each kitten will receive their own castle to go home with!

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

We are currently working a foster mom who is caring for a litter of six kittens. We have been blessed with pre-adoptive parents for ALL the kittens, meaning they are adopted, and once they are a little older and fully vetted, all of these kittens will go home with their very own castle as part of their adoption package with our group! These will be the perfect play houses for them!