Success Stories

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

Tree House Humane Society: Cat Castles
What was the money or product used for?

Primarily for kitten fosterers and low-income clients to use as houses and carriers

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

At our spay/neuter clinic, we deal with many low-income clients who have absolutely nothing for their cats and often show up with the cats in their arms or in a cardboard box. Also we used them to give to fosterers of small kittens so they'd have not only a carrying case but also a play house!

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 30, but kitten season has just begun and we will start using them twice as quickly.

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

In the past few days I have been out in the field working with low-income clients in a very disadvantaged area of inner-city Chicago. I went to see a great lady, her husband and their handsome cat, Lilly, whom they named Lilly when they thought he was a girl and never changed his name! They live in an illegal basement apartment and had nothing for their cat, who is an indoor/outdoor cat (very common in these neighborhoods). I gave her one of the carriers so she had something to transport the cat in if she ever needed, and it will double as a playhouse for him as well.

Grant County Animal Outreach: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money is going to help a cat with his surgery.

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

This helped pay for a surgery for a cat that had come in with a collar embedded behind his leg.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had a beautiful, young male cat come in with a pretty badly infected wound. The cat had to immediately be taken to the vet. It was discovered that if the collar had been left much longer, his leg may have been severed. He had his surgery and is now on his way to healing.

Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

16 puppy mill dogs: Spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchip, grooming, blood tests, x-rays, medicine.

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

Help provide spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchip, grooming, blood tests, x-rays, medicine and food to the puppy mill dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

We were notified by the Longview, Texas, Animal Shelter that a breeder was releasing all her poms to them. They could not hold them in their shelter so they called us. Our team went to the breeder's house and pulled each pom from its cage and hauled them back to Garland, Texas. The Poms' ages ranged from 2 to 12 years old, but they all looked really old, with horrible teeth, ticks in their ears (that resulted in infections) and every one of them tested positive for hookworms and Coccidia (another parasite infection). Most of them could be spayed and neutered right away, but some were too sick to tolerate surgery. In fact, one passed away after numerous attempts to help her. Her name was Honey Bee and she was the cutest of all of them. She was a sweet girl that deserved a chance in a great, loving home, but she never made it out of the hospital. We are broken-hearted over the loss. The rest of the kids are doing great, though they are struggling with the parasites. It takes a long time to get rid of parasites. They are adjusting well and thriving. Our volunteers have been working with each kid to socialize them and get them used to all the noises of a normal household. It's a work in progress.

Fresno Bully Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care

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

This support helps us continue to give the dogs in our care the necessary medical attention and care needed and required.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped one of our resident senior dogs receive his monthly arthritis care. He requires joint supplements and prescribed inflammation and pain medications.

Humane Society of Amherst County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to save an emaciated young dog in danger due to the condition he came in.

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

We were able to get him vetted and back to a good/healthy (normal) weight. With meds, his hair came back nicely and he returned to the beautiful dog he was before the neglect.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Dragis (renamed Dakota) came in horribly emaciated. His hair was thin. He was found on the side of the road by a Good Samaritan. He was standing beside his brother that was hit by a car and died. It was a very sad story. We got him healthy and a Malinois rescue group four hours away took him into foster care. His foster mom KEPT HIM!!! He is now spoiled rotten -- we get updates and he looks BEAUTIFUL!!

Pima Animal Care Center: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

Last year, the Petfinder Foundation generously gave us a grant so that two of our most devoted volunteers could attend the One Picture Saves a Life photography workshop in Las Vegas. These volunteers brought back lifesaving photography equipment, software and skills!

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

As our community’s only open-admission animal shelter, Pima Animal Care Center takes every lost, abandoned and ailing pet who comes to our doors. They number nearly 24,000 every year, and thanks to generous support from the Petfinder Foundation, we are saving more of their lives than ever before!

Volunteer Kelly Comstock, who attended the One Picture Saves a Life workshop, manages a Facebook page that’s devoted entirely to networking our pets (http://on.fb.me/1hpfkLT). Her personality-revealing, One Picture-style pet photos have found homes for hundreds, if not thousands, of our community’s most at-risk pets. She made a video showing how much the grant helped her lifesaving work, and you can see it here: http://bit.ly/OnePictureSaves.

The One Picture training has helped folks beyond those who attended the workshop, as we are utilizing the lessons on Pima Animal Care’s official Facebook page, too (http://on.fb.me/1lFSbc5). While we are still always working to improve our intake and adoption photos, the lessons our supporters learned at the One Picture workshop have proven truly invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for your support!

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds have already been helped by this grant, and it will help thousands more in the months and years to come.

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

PePe, a 5-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix (first photo), was surrendered to us when his family moved into an apartment that would not allow pets. Understandably, small PePe was frightened by shelter life, and this scared little boy was not showing well in his kennel. His initial intake picture was not flattering, too. Thankfully, our One Picture-trained volunteers were able to shoot his new photo, which showed off PePe’s personality and helped to find him a home!

A Staffordshire Terrier mix, Pinky (second photo) first came to us as small and underweight puppy in summer of 2013. After we nursed him back to health, Pinky was adopted, but unfortunately, he returned to us again as a stray in January of 2014. While his first intake photo made Pinky look frightened and unruly, his One Picture-style glamor shot showed him for the handsome and gentle gentleman he is. We are happy to report that the photo helped Pinky find a home that’s stuck!

Photo 3: After adopting this 2-year-old Australian Shepherd mix from another area shelter, Sally’s first family surrendered her to us because she was playing too rough with their other dog, who suffered from a skin condition that was being exacerbated by the rough play. Our adoption counselor volunteers report that Sally’s terrific photo helped her find a new forever family that is willing to work with her needs!

Photo 4: Cricket first came to us in 2013, when our Animal Care Officers rescued her from a family that had been neglecting her. She’d recently had puppies, and she was lactating. She was adopted, and then a month later, she was returned. Cricket finally found the right family with help from her gorgeous glamor shot. Instead of her intake photo, which was grainy and unappealing, her One Picture-style photo showed Cricket grinning ear-to-ear and helped her find a home!

Three Sisters Pet Rescue/Ohio Hound Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Specific, special-needs pets.

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

By paying for extraordinary veterinary care and expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

4+

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

We were able to help with the care of several special-needs cats like Jet (first photo), who is nearly blind; two heartworm positive dogs: Star (second photo) and Charlie (third photo), and one dog with a large mammary tumor, Queenie (last photo).

UPDATE June 11, 2014: Jet is ADOPTED! He is a lucky boy!

Cat Association of Topeka: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Sponsor a Pet money is used for the care and feeding of the cat chosen by the donor. All funds go directly to their daily care.

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

The grant money is a big help in contributing to our operational costs to provide proper nutrition and veterinary care to the cats in our shelter. We are a small no-kill cat shelter, so some of our cats are long-term residents with special needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

The cat the donor chose, Bumpers, has been in our care for several years. The donations made to sponsor him will help with his care and food for three months. This is especially helpful since he is a senior cat on a prescription diet. He is doing very well, and was recently moved to a larger room with lots of climbing shelves and a large sunny window. We are still hopeful that someone will open their home to him. In the meantime, he is very content and happy! We agree with the donor's comment: Senior cats rule!

Seminole County Animal Services: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The donations we have gotten from the Sponsor A Pet Program have been and will be used to spay and neuter some of our shelter cats. Typically an adopter pays for the spay or neuter of the cat they choose when they adopt. But we find that if some of the cats are already spayed or neutered and the adopter is allowed to adopt and take the cat home that day that it will give some cats the edge they need to get adopted. Our county shelter is not budgeted to pre-spay or neuter animals available for adoption, so this grant will help us to do this and get some cats adopted that may not have been.

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

It will help some of the cats we have get adopted quicker, so they can start their new lives in a home rather that spending more time at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

A $90 grant will neuter three male cats or two female cats with $10 left over.

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

Andy is a really friendly grey tiger cat that has just passed his two-month anniversary at the shelter. He is an awesome cat and gets along well with other cats but still he wasn't adopted. Andy and two of his cat friends, Junior and Django, will be neutered using the grant money.

Hearts United for Animals: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

It was used for the veterinary care for a rescued puppy-mill dog named Ghirardelli.

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

The grant was used for veterinary care of a puppy-mill dog that had serious health problems.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Ghirardelli is a little puppy-mill Pomeranian who arrived at HUA with many health problems. She required extensive veterinary care for pneumonia and other respiratory problems before she could have routine health care, and support was very important for her care. She became a happy, healthy little one after she received the care that she needed. We learned that she had been debarked, and that caused damage to her trachea which would not be overcome. Ghirardelli had a tendency to snort when she was doing active things. She was soon adopted and went to a home where her canine siblings are bulldogs. Since they all snort, too, Ghirardelli fit right in. What is most important is that her home is a very happy one for dogs, and Ghirardelli is very loved.