Success Stories

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

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

To vaccinate our in house cats and the ones brought in by Animal Control.

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

We did not have to purchase them which saves us money to purchase other needs for all of our Shelter Residents.

How many pets did this grant help?

Appx 50 so far....we were able to help certain pets when the people could not afford the shots.

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

This is Peanut and Horton...Our Copy Cats! They have been at the shelter at least a year. Peanut was adopted not long ago and is Horton still waiting on his furever home. They were both vaccinated with the complimentary vaccines from the grant. Thank you.

Humane Society of Elkhart County: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

HSEC used the product to vaccinate cats that came into the shelter as strays. We also used the product to vaccinate cats that were going up for adoption or being sent to a rescue partner.

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

This grant allowed our organization to save more lives! We were able to vaccinate cats and keep them healthy while in our care. This grant also helped us stretch our vaccination budget. Which in turn means we are able to vaccinate more cats and or kittens and make sure they stay healthy!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Bam-Bam came to the shelter after his owner couldn't afford him. He is a DSH black and white cat. Bam-Bam had the perfect personality and couldn't wait to find a forever home. HSEC prepared him for adoption and his found his furever home! Bam-Bam is completely healthy lounging around in his new home today! Stefan came into the shelter with no mommy at a very young age. With a little TLC, vaccinations, and time Stefan was available for adoption! It seems like as soon as Stefan hit the adoption floor he found a forever home. Stefan is a playful boy who received a shot at life and couldn't be happier!

Haven Humane Society: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for cats rescued in the Clover Fire. Cats were burned and owners had not been identified when they came into our care. We treated them and found foster homes for those who were never reunited with their owners.

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

It paid a significant portion of the medical costs for the cats' pain medication, bandages, subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and burn cream during their treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight cats

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

Our Animal Control Officers were out in the burned area looking for animals that had survived the fire. Officer Mitchell came upon a residence that was burned to the ground; nothing was standing. He saw a small pond surrounded by boulders on the property and went to check for animals. About 10 cats were hiding under the boulders. He captured three of them; the rest ran from him. He loaded them into his vehicle and brought them to our veterinary clinic. The orange cat was severely burned on his face, paws and tail. The clinic staff named him Burney. Burney's injuries were so extensive, they were beyond what we could treat on a long-term basis at our Spay/Neuter Clinic. We transported Burney to VCA Animal Hospital, where he could get more extensive treatment. One of their veterinarians fell in love with Burney. Since she couldn't adopt him herself, she made a pledge to find him a forever home and to offer Burney free medical care for the rest of his life.

Preventing Euthanasia Through Rescue (Maine Coon Adoptions): A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To vaccinate rescued cats prior to adoption.

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

We always vaccinate our rescued cats before placing them with adoptive families. We received 150 vaccines, which saved us around $300 in vaccination costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped between 50 – 75 cats (baby kittens need 3 vaccines, kittens and adult need 2).

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

Jackson and Quincy (3-4 months old) came from the Wasco shelter (east of Bakersfield). Shy and tentative, they are thriving in foster care and are ready to go home. Lulu, who is 5 – 6 years old, came out of a hoarding situation in Merced county. She loves to play. She'll be looking out the window and all of a sudden will dive bomb the nearest toy on the floor or start batting papers around. Avy is an older girl, 12+ years old, who came out of the Los Banos shelter. She is super shy, so we hired a professional kitty behavioral consultant to help our foster work with Avy to bring her out of her traumatized state. She has a ways to go but she is responding well. Jupiter, a big boy at 15 lbs., is from the Santa Clara County shelter. He's got a classic MC personality -- laid back, easy, mellow. He loves other cats and grooms his fellow foster kittens.

Johnson County Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to inoculate kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. The money saved from not having to purchase our own product was used to rescue injured animals from [open-admission] shelters and pay for their medical care.

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

The monies we were setting aside and using for vaccinations is now able to be used to pay medical fees for newly rescued abused and neglected animals from [open-admission] shelters which we could not afford to do without the grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far 35 animals have benefited from the vaccinations and 10 from the saved money.

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

Shea - Shea was dying of Parvo when we rescued her. She had to have IV fluids 3 times daily. CiCi - She was another rescue that benefited from the vaccinations and had to be shaved due to severe matting and fleas. Vaccination kittens - just a sampling of the kittens that received the vaccinations. Mopsy - She was a shelter rescue who has benefited from the dog vaccinations and we were able to get her groomed and she has the perfect home now!

Partnering for Pets, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received product of FVRCP vaccinations for cats. The primary mission of our organization is to help shelters and shelter animals. As we are able to pull cats, each one has been given a vaccination, in addition to testing and spay/neuter, before going up for adoption.

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

Most of our funds go toward vetting and testing of each pet before they go to adoption. The vaccinations we received from the grant helped us stretch our dollars to cover the costs involved in helping each cat be fully vaccinated and ready to go to their forever home. When we have a pet that needs extra care, such as one that requires a dental or special treatment, those stretched dollars are very important to be able to give care to the really needy cats that otherwise would not get a chance.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

Duchess. As I reflect over all our kitties in the past couple of months, this is one dear to my heart. Duchess was left at the shelter by her owner. She was 8 years old. Most older pets do not get the chance to go up for adoption because people tend to shy away from adopting older cats, but since she was a Persian mix, she was given a chance. After staying at the shelter for a while, we pulled her into our organization. She had lots of fleas, and even after given a topical application, she still had live fleas the following day. We had her groomed and flea debris washed off, but still - live fleas! It was like they were super fleas! We also discovered that she had an abscessed tooth and were able to provide a dental for her and tooth was pulled. She was a very loving cat and would give hugs, almost like she was saying "thank you for giving me a chance." She went on to find her forever home. This may seem like an irrelevant story but as stated above, every time we can stretch our dollars, it can sometimes mean that we can go a little bit extra for a cat like Duchess with a special need. It is absolutely the most wonderful feeling to know that with the help of the donated vaccines, we could save the life of a needy senior cat who deserved a second chance. Thank you for that opportunity to help the cats in our care.

Tanner's PAWS: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

To pay vet expenses and provide care to the dogs.

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

It allows us to continue rescuing and saving animals, because without the funding we would not be able to pay our vet bills and rescue animals. We are a 100% volunteer organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Cubby came to us with no hair and extreme emaciation. His bills alone ran hundreds of dollars to save his life. Without this funding we would not have been able to give him the care he deserved.

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

The FVRCP vaccinations are being used to vaccinate our cats and kittens when they are due for their shots.

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

As a non-profit, no-kill shelter, ACS relies heavily on the financial support received from the community to help us succeed in our mission of giving displaced dogs and cats in our community a second chance at finding the love and happiness they so deserve. Without this support, hundreds of dogs and cats would have a very bleak future. With this grant of FVRCP vaccinations, we are able to vaccinate fifty cats and kittens at no cost to us. On behalf of all the dogs and cats who, because of our efforts, are already enjoying their new lives as much-loved pets, as well as the thousands more hoping for a similar future, thank you for your contribution.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help 50 cats or kittens.

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

Since receiving this generous grant, we have adopted out 24 cats and kittens. We also brought in a very pregnant cat whom we named Tina. The same day that Tina came in to the shelter, she went home with one of our wonderful fosters. Two days later, Tina gave birth to a large litter of 8 kittens. There are 4 boys and 4 girls, named: Tulip, Telulah, Talia, Tilly, Theodore, Thaddeus, Thatcher and Thayer. Because we had your grant of FVRCP vaccinations, Tina has received both of her FVRCP shots, has been spayed, and is now living comfortably at the shelter until she goes to her furever home. She actually has an approved application on her, but because we don't adopt out black cats in October (because of Halloween), she will go home on November 1st. Tina's kittens have received all 3 FVRCP shots and are at the shelter ready for adoption. They are happy, playful, healthy kittens ready to find their furever homes. Thatcher has an application on him and he will hopefully be going home soon. Attached are some pictures of Tina and a few of her kittens. We genuinely appreciate the gift of this grant and for everything the Petfinder Foundation does for the animal community. Thank you.

D&R Rescue, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received 150 doses of FVRCP in August 2013. The product was and is being used on felines that we pull from an animal control facility and from free-roaming cats that are brought to us by the public.

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

We are a small organization and we place several hundred felines each year along with 200-250 dogs each year. We sometimes when we get into the adult cat season keep them longer in our facility before they are adopted. With the help of this grant it has cut our costs dramatically so we can concentrate on taking in more cats that need our assistance. With this grant we were able to vaccinate and if we kept them 2-3 more weeks prior to adoption we were able to booster them with the 2nd dose which is required when you have them in the public for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

As of this date Oct. 19th, this grant has vaccinated 55 felines and we just took in 8 kittens this AM and have 2 more liters waiting to come in and at tha time they will be vaccinated for the 1st time. Then when 8 weeks of age they will be spayed/neutered and ready to be adopted.

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

The one picture of the 3 kittens shows them after they had been fostered since they were 4 days old. They are now 7 weeks of age and healthy. They have been vaccinated for the 1st time and will be spayed/neutered next week and then go up for adoption. The kittens were found along a road- we assume mom cat was moving to new loaction when she was hit by a car and she and 1 kitten were killed. The person who hit them did stop - she had run out under his horse trailer and he did not know until he thought he had hit something in the road and stopped. He found the kittens in a ditch culvert and brought them to us. Not often will a person who is on their way someplace stop and help out a stray animal. He missed the horse show he was going to so he could help these stray kittens.

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received feline vaccinations which were used to vaccinate cats and kittens that came into our rescue.

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

By supplying us with vaccines it saved us the expense of purchasing them.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 20 - kittens require a series of 3 vaccinations each, plus 2 momma shots

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

We took in a litter of 6 kittens that an elderly local woman had found outside her home. Mom is feral and we were unable to find her to try to bring her in as well. The kittens were socialized in foster homes and have all found loving homes. Our policy is to include a series of 3 kitten shots in the adoption fee, so when kittens are adopted prior to receiving all of their shots, the adopter brings them back on scheduled dates for the remaining vaccinations. This grant provided the full series of vaccinations for approximately 18 kittens.