Success Stories

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

Doberman Rescue of Nevada: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

Spay and neuter

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

Offset costs for spay and neuter

How many pets did this grant help?

So far two

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

The young female Doberman stray picked up by animal control and taken to a southern California shelter wouldn’t get up in her crate. She was sweet and friendly and apparently had just weaned a litter of pups. But if the shelter couldn’t get her to stand, let alone walk, they would put her down. Nothing showed up on the X-rays, so vets didn’t know what to treat. Could it be Wobblers? Could be a cruciate injury? A shelter volunteer got the word out to local rescues who then spread the word throughout the western Doberman network.

With the wheels in motion to try to find a rescue group to pull her, the shelter gave her time and Tuesday was now Thursday. By Friday, this black and tan beauty was a little stronger. And by Saturday, she was standing when DRNV’s volunteer came to see her and make arrangements to pull her on Tuesday to bring her to Las Vegas.

The shelter vet joked that maybe she heard all the commotion about being euthanized and she realized she needed to stand up for herself – literally. Or perhaps, she simply had a badly bruised leg – maybe had been hit by a vehicle – and needed a few days for the soreness to subside. But when she arrived in Las Vegas to be spayed, she was up and around walking on all fours and you would never had known this was the same Dobergirl who one week earlier was nearly put down just because she couldn’t get up.

She is now spayed and ready to find her forever home. We posted her photo on our Facebook page while she was in transport and we already had an applicant by the time she arrived in her new city – before we even posted her on our own website or Petfinder! Plus a possible adopter from our list of already approved applicants. So life is finally looking up for Dottie and she should be in her forever home soon. A meet and greet is set for this weekend. All paws are crossed!

Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter Co. Inc.: Tractor Supply Company Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Farrier services, equine feed and equipment.

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

By paying for the majority of the equine expenses for this period and allowing us to pay a horse feeder.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Two of the horses at our barn were Artimus and Appy. Artimus came to us a year ago as a stallion and was gelded immediately. he has never exhibited typical stallion behavior. He is a little shy but stands well for the farrier and the groomer. Appy is a sweet 12 yr old mare. She was part of a large scale confiscation of neglected horses we took in almost 5 years ago.. Both horses were visited by potential adopters last week. They couldn't make up their minds and decided to take both horses! Takes for your help in getting them into exceptional condition!

Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc.: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

We used this money to help subsidize spay and neuter surgeries for dogs rescued from euthanasia in area shelters prior to adoption.

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

Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing this money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Leah was a two year old blue pit bull type dog who came to us from a high kill shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But in true bully style she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone new who she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming's shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull mix dogs. But unfortunately those shelters have not yet taken steps to address the needs of these dogs in their population. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year. Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York state over the summer with her foster family where she learned to run off leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don't be deterred by her serious expression, she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer adopt-a-thon.

Humane Society of Southern Arizona: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The provided camera, lens and photo editing software is used to take portraits of our adoptable animals for petfinder, our website, social media sites, publications, media spots, etc. Grooming products were used to spruce up our dirtiest residents.

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

One Picture Saves A Life has helped us show off our pets in the best light. Captivating, quality portraits are able to convey a positive message about shelter pets and motivate more people to consider welcoming an adopted animal into their lives. The tools and knowledge offered at One Picture Saves a Life enables us to take the best pictures possible under the inherent constraints of working a fast-paced animal shelter. The provided Rebel T3 with 50mm is lens ideal for taking a beautiful photo with ease. Seth Casteel did a thorough job of making sure we understood how to use the camera and how to bring out the unique personality of each animal. I am so grateful for the inspiring opportunity to hone my skills to help more pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since attending the workshop, I have taken more than 100 pets' photos to be featured throughout the community.

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

1.) Keet the parakeet was immediately adopted by someone who saw her photo on facebook. She now enjoys the perfect life with another parakeet and plenty of room to stretch her wings.

2 & 3.) We receive plenty of senior pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (like Shelby and Spencer). Better photos help us highlight these wonderful companions in all of their grace and splendor.

4.) We recently ran out of peanut butter for our enrichment program. Within hours of putting out a plea on facebook with a cute photo, we received more than 50 jars of donated PB!

Humane Society of Pensacola: SNAP-X
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/Neuter surgeries

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

We operate a no-kill shelter in an area where the County Animal Shelter euthanizes approximately 3,000 dogs every year. A large portion of those dogs are bully-breeds and pit mixes, due to the difficulty of finding suitable adoptable homes for those breeds. With the help of this grant, we were able to transfer two pit mix mothers, with their litters of puppies (14 total!), from the County shelter to our no-kill facility, where they were able to receive the time they needed to wean their puppies and be adopted to loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 pitbulls and pitbull-mixes

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

Dixie was a very timid pitbull-lab mix that was transferred from a kill-shelter to our no-kill facility. When she first arrived at the Humane Society, she wouldn't walk on a leash at all, only lay down, and she had to be carried everywhere in order to go the bathroom, play in the yard, or go to the vet. At the time of transfer, she was very pregnant and within a week, she gave birth to nine healthy puppies!

Dixie stayed with a wonderful foster family while she nursed and weaned the puppies. They brought her out of her shell, housetrained her, and taught her how to play fetch. Now, you will never find her without a favorite toy in her mouth. She is still learning how to walk on a leash, but with her new, trusted owner, she has made remarkable progress. Thanks to funding through this grant, Dixie, only a year and a half old, was able to be spayed and adopted to a wonderful home!

Castaic Animal Care Center Los Angeles County: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

Taking photos and grooming animals

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

It was very beneficial to take photos that would bring potential adopters to the Animal Care facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

undetermined. everyone that gets a great photo.

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

It helped our older cats get adopted by being more photogenic.
Lulu the Senior Scottish Terrier was seen online by a friend of the adopter. The friend came in and just because of the great photo, adopted her.

San Clemente Dana Point Animal Shelter/Pet Project Foundation: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

Camera and lens that is used to take intake photos of shelter animals (dogs and cats)

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

Provides better, more captivating photos to entice potential adopters to shelter

How many pets did this grant help?

At time of this report, approximately 100

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

A little too early to have a specific story as of yet.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region : Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant supported the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) Black Forest Fire relief efforts during June 2013.

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

The grant enabled the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) to care for over 1,200 animals and rescue 672 animals from the evacuation zone(s) during the Black Forest Fires in June 2013.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 1,200 animals were helped as a result of disaster relief funds from multiple agencies, including Petfinder Foundation.

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

Animals, like escape artist Kali, were recipients of care during the recent Black Forest Fires in June 2013. Kali escaped both her carrier and her owner's vehicle as they were evacuating. Days later she was found singed but alive. She was brought to HSPPR where staff cared for her and treated her wounds. Once the word was out, her family recognized her immediately and responded within hours to be reunited with their beloved cat.

Jason Heigl Foundation: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

The Canon EO5 we use to get transport photos and Heigl Hound photos to place on our website and social media.

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

To get more awareness out there with transports and raise awareness to adopt from the shelters and rescues that rescue these dogs from the local shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

We received a call from Baldwin Park Shelter about a neglect case. When we first saw Penny, she only weighed in at 6 pounds, with two holes in her mouth and it looked like she had her mouth wired closed. We have been able to get photos of Penny's progress with the camera from Pet Finder Foundation. With taking amazing photos of Penny, we have been able to bring more awareness about neglect and cruelty cases that happen right in our backyard. We have been keeping people posted on Penny's journey. At the moment, she is at the specialist because she has two autoimmune diseases that have also compounded her healing process.

L.E.A.N./All Vegas Horses: Tractor Supply Company Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Purchasing direct services and supplies for our horses, as well as educational materials and organizational expenses. Staple items are always the first to be skipped, but are so important for sharing our mission and maintaining a streamlined operation. We were unable to reprint our distribution materials until we received funds from Petfinder Foundation. With this grant, we immediately secured new booth materials ($165), handouts ($60), ink/stamps/office supplies ($100), and new software ($150). We were also able to secure a large supply of psyllium at wholesale cost, which is a supplement used to help avoid sand issues in horses who live in the desert. We also purchased a joint supplement that our arthritic horses do well on, but was cost prohibitive to purchase in bulk. Petfinder Foundation allowed us to secure enough to treat our two most critical horses for several months.

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

Being able to effectively communicate with our supporters encourages their continued support. Petfinder's grant allowed us to re-invest in organization staples we needed to share our mission and grow our rescue. Our horses benefit from the professionalism our rescue projects with these new materials and the sharing of information to others. Additionally, all ten of our current horses in rescue and two arthritic horses were able to receive extra supplements to help ease pain and encourage healthy digestion.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Lucky was found wandering in East Las Vegas, severely malnourished and alone. Obviously abandoned by his previous owners, he was simply skin and bones. After several months in L.E.A.N.'s foster care, Lucky had regained much of his lost weight and was making a great comeback. However, the added weight and vigor revealed that he was also arthritic. When the veterinarian came to perform a dental, she donated a pail of joint supplement that worked very well. Unfortunately it was cost prohibitive to continue this supplement for Lucky every month, until the Petfinder Foundation grant was received. We have now been able to buy Easy Willow for Lucky and his progress is nothing short of spectacular. He is available for adoption and a new life with his return to health and comfort.

Branch was a stallion over 20 years old when he was dumped at Animal Control. This elderly gent was gelded and has been in foster care with L.E.A.N. for nearly 9 months. He has a blown knee that cannot be repaired and it pains him to do more than walk or lightly trot. He also needed the relief that joint supplements can bring, as well as the benefit of a good sand-prevention protocol and grain additives. Petfinder Foundation's grant has allowed us to put Branch on a regimen of Easy Willow for his joints, as well as psyllium and extra grain. His comfort and continued good care will enable us to more easily find Branch a forever home.