Success Stories

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

Ozark Haven Rescue: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

Many of the dogs that come into our rescue program have suffered abuse and neglect. While in our foster program they receive rehabilitation, love and care and live as part of a family. Many issues can be overcome, but the fear of thunder and loud noises such as gunfire, fireworks, etc., are sometimes issues that need to be addressed in a special way. These Thundershirts have been a very useful tool in our foster homes in helping the ones with this overwhelming fear to feel calmer and safer, therefore helping them to avoid undue stress.

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

Each of our foster homes has at one time or another had a dog with fear of loud noises, thunder, etc. Having the Thundershirts available has been a great asset in helping keep them calm and feeling safe, which contributes to their overall well-being.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Abbey was a sweet lab girl who ended up for whatever reason in [an open-admission] shelter. She was adopted, but the person did not understand why she was acting so scared all of the time and just left her outside and spent no time with her. Someone told them of rescue and we were contacted about Abbey. Once she entered our foster program, it became apparent that Abbey was afraid of loud noises, particularly thunder or gunfire (which is plentiful here in this rural area). Her foster mom tried a Thundershirt, provided by your generous grant, and the difference was amazing! During a storm while wearing her Thundershirt Abbey remains much calmer, no shaking or trying to hid under anything available. She can now lie calmly, feeling safe in her Thundershirt. Her life has seen a big improvement due to your wonderful organization.

Labs N More Puppy Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. The donation didn't cover all the expenses, but every small donation helps. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

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

See above and story below.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

One of our volunteers was approached by a restaurant employee while eating out one night. Seems word had gotten out that our volunteer was a dog rescuer. The employee had unaltered dogs, one male, one female. As a dog rescue volunteer we know puppies are a sure thing with two unaltered adults. We learned that they had just had their second litter -- seven babies this time. The first litter had been given away “for free.” We knew we had to help not only get the pups to safe homes but to prevent another unwanted litter. The family was kind and loving to their dogs but simply did not have the financial ability to spay/neuter or provide vet care for the pups or their parents. They also did not have a car to get to/from vet appointments. Our volunteer offered to be their driver.

The first step was providing the mother dog with lots of food so she could produce milk. When the pups were age-appropriate, we also started deworming them. During this time we decided not to take any chances and had the daddy dog neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Fortunately he was in good health.

Mother dog was not as lucky. From having a chronic untreated ear infection, she had a hematoma on her ear that required surgery. After months of our volunteer driving the owner and mother dog to the vet, she was finally spayed, current on vaccinations, and healthy (with her ear infection cleared up).

Unfortunately, two of the pups were given away. Our rescue took in the remaining five and did the usual altering, deworming, microchipping, and vaccinating. We learned that a family member of the owner had one of the pups that had been given away. We were able to arrange and pay for that pup’s vet care and neuter as well. One of the five in our rescue developed a UTI that had to be treated. All have found wonderful homes and are healthy. We are getting happy updates!

In summary, eight dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, fed, transported and examined. Two were treated for infections. Three of the eight dogs were never part of our rescue but were helped anyway. Cost? Not sure, never added it up. We just knew we had to do what we had to do and paid the bills as they came to us. We have never regretted it. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your help!

Crossroads Animal Rescue - CARE: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

The Thundershirts are used for any dog in our rescue who appears anxious. This is usually short-term as they first adjust to a new environment, but may be used long-term for dogs with severe anxiety. They are also used when pets are anxious during blood collection or vaccination.

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

The Thundershirts we received have been a big help for our anxious shelter dogs. We have used them many times as we get in new adult dogs who are initially very nervous. The shirts help the majority of patients to relax and adjust more easily to their new environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Uncertain of the exact number

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

Morgan, a Boxer mix in the first photo, was very nervous when she was turned in to our rescue. She was anxious both in and out of her crate. We put her Thundershirt on and she immediately began to relax. She gradually became less anxious in her new environment and soon was able to stop wearing it at all.

Bliss, a Lab mix, has always been an anxious dog and benefited greatly from her Thundershirt in both her foster home and while she was at our shelter. She wore it while meeting new adoptive owners and it helped her to relax enough to show her great personality. She has been adopted and her new owners have a Thundershirt for her to help her relax when she encounters something new.

Siouxland Humane Society: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

Thundershirts were received from the Thundershirt grant.

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

We were able to use the Thundershirts to help us calm and socialize and make adoptable dogs, many times the smaller ones, that come into a scary new environment with lots of new smells and noises from the other dogs barking. This helped us help the dogs in a big way. We were then able to make them adoptable quicker and also get more adopted because of the help from the Thundershirts.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had 27 dogs: 24 small dogs and three medium-size dogs that benefitted and we will see many more in the future benefit as well.

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

Sassy was a small older gal who had spent her entire life with one owner. He was moving into a nursing home and had to give her up. He told us she was very protective and did not like to be touched or picked up. She became even more fearful while here. The Thundershirt seemed to give her added security and she had a big turnaround while here. She is now in a home where she loves to be petted and they have said she lets them pick her up and now is becoming a lap dog. Great success story on placing a hard-to-place dog!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary expenses

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

The funds helped with the expense of returning a golden retriever to health so that he could be adopted into a permanent home.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Lexray (now Lex) was an outside dog. He has a beautiful red coat, but entered our program as a very sick boy. Lexray was heartworm-positive and had a severe ear infection. Lex received TLC from his foster who got him on the road to recovery and to his new home. His adopting family previously adopted from GRRA, and Lex’s canine sister, Nadia, is a GRRA alum.

Humane Society of Muskegon County: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This $1,000 grant allowed for the purchase of cat and dog Capstar and Drontal medications.

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

With the purchase of these medications, we were able to instantly provide relief to animals that suffered from fleas, along with beginning to treat intestinal parasites that often go hand-in-hand with fleas.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 115 cats and dogs benefited from this grant for Capstar and Drontal.

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

Eddie is a 5-month-old kitten who was found abandoned inside a local Petsmart cat-adoption room recently. He had been smuggled into the store and then quickly tossed aside while the customer fled without a word.

Eddie arrived with the heaviest flea load that we have yet to see on a cat, much less a vulnerable and tiny kitten. His white fur was speckled with dozens and dozens of black spots, giving him the appearance of a Dalmatian. Yet for Eddie, these spots were not pigmentation but instead scores of hungry and itchy pests. We bathed him five times during his first hour with us, to instantly rid some of the fleas from his body, and combed his fur to remove even more. But it was the Capstar medication that made the difference in allowing him to finally experience comfort and reduce the strain and toll on his health. Within a half hour, the drug was at work and dozens of fleas had already begun to die off. Without the Capstar, we would have had no way of truly ridding Eddie of these debilitating parasites.

Eddie's personality exploded once he no longer had to worry or focus on constant scratching. He quickly became the comical spotlight in our cat room, and with his silly demeanor, caught the eye of an amazing family looking for a new feline friend to add to their lives. No longer itching or feeling scared, Eddie was free to ram around and snuggle -- and this newfound energy and enthusiasm were exactly what his new family was looking for. Eddie's painful story came to a very happy and loving conclusion as he was officially adopted and went home, where he is currently thriving!

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

This grant allowed us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term resident cats.

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

By allowing us to lower the adoption fee on one of our long-term cats, we were able to spotlight him and encourage adopters to pick a cat they normally wouldn't consider. By lowering adoption fees and promoting specials, we are able to bring in new adopters who may not have opted to adopt in the past, thus increasing our adoptions and saving more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lincoln, a 4-month-old black kitten, was the kitten specifically helped by this grant. He had been with us since he was just several weeks old. Unfortunately, his litter arrived with severe upper respiratory infections, and after weeks of medical treatments and antibiotics, Lincoln missed his chance at the adoption floor while he was a "cute" kitten. Adopters came in looking for really young kittens or older adults -- never the awkward teenagers. Lincoln wasn't a flashy cat due to his black coat, but he was one of our sweetest! We reduced his adoption fee with the help of our Sponsor A Pet grant, spotlighted him, and within a couple of days his new owner came across him and immediately adopted him. We couldn't have asked for a better ending!

York Adopt-A-Pet: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The sponsorship money for Linus was used to help pay for dental work he needed. Additional money received was used for general care.

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

This sponsorship made it possible for YAAP to provide Linus with the dental work that he desperately needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Linus is a three-legged Siamese cat who was found in 2012 roaming the streets of York, Neb., several times. The first couple times he was brought to York Adopt-A-Pet, he was claimed by his owners. The final time he was brought to the shelter, his owners never came to pick him up. We do not know how Linus lost one of his legs but it has not affected him in any way. Linus has a mind of his own and was having a hard time adapting to shelter life, so a foster home was found for him. He has spent the last two years living in a beautiful backyard with a heated and air-conditioned shop to come and go as he pleases. Life is grand for him. A few months ago his foster mom ask YAAP if it would be possible for Linus to have some dental work done. His sponsorship could not have come at a better time, as the dental work would have been done but the sponsorship money lessened the financial burden on YAAP.

Habersham County Animal Care & Control : P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Product was used to give animals bedding, which is not provided by shelter. Animals that needed a little extra security of love were the first to use the beds.

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

These beds were able to be used well in the kennels and cages. Most of the fluffy larger beds turn into chew toys, with stuffing all over. The dogs did not want to shred these beds! It gave the pets a warm and soft place to lie in their kennels. I believe this reduced stress in the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

Thalia is a current pooch at our shelter. Thalia was rescued from a neglect case, where she was locked in a concrete building and starved. Thalia had lived on concrete flooring most of her life, and it seemed a shame that she had to continue to do so here. We tried to give her fluffy beds, but her separation anxiety just caused her to destroy them all. We were concerned about her ingesting the stuffing from the other beds. When she was given a P.L.A.Y. bed, she immediately put it to good -- and right -- use!

Another dog that greatly benefited was a small Chihuahua. He had a horribly infected head from an untreated wound. He had also been taken from his home by Animal Control. He needed somewhere soft to lay his head. Enter P.L.A.Y. beds!

Tullahoma Animal Shelter: Mohawk Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 was spent to spay/neuter shelter dogs and to provide much-needed medical care for the animals in our shelter.

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

This grant helped our shelter by ensuring that all dogs who needed vet care received it. It was also used to help fund the alteration of animals which makes them easier to adopt and also decreases the pet population in our area. Several animals benefited from this grant and have a chance at a better life because of it.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 dogs were spayed or neutered with the grant money and we were able to get medical treatment for another 10 dogs! So 35 lives were changed.

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

Pine was hit by a car and because of the funds we received, he was treated and made a great recovery. He had neurological damage so his head still tilts, but he is so sweet and loving. Pine (first photo) was saved and adopted by a great family with a little girl to call his own.

Sally and Kleo (second photo) were turned in to the shelter after their owner passed away. The grandchildren did not want to care for these senior girls. We were able to vet them both and place them in a great home together.

Rocky (third photo) entered our shelter after his family moved and left him behind. We were able to get him vetted and he was adopted to a great home!

Sweet Pea (fourth photo) was brought in as a stray and was ready to give birth at any time. We immediately took her to the vet and she had her puppies that night. Without these funds, she would have been stressed having her babies in the shelter. We were able to keep these babies at the vet's office until they were ready to be adopted!