Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The money was used to discount Figg's adoption fee.
This helps us get pets adopted out more quickly. To help ensure their health.
This grant helped one cat, Figg, which is who it was designated to help.
Figg was adopted on April 24, 2017. Figg had come to us as an owner surrender.
Emergency Medical Grant
The grant saved their lives.
A dozen puppies.
"Little Shelter Animal Rescue is extremely grateful for the help of the Petfinder Foundation," says Executive Director David Ceely. "Thanks to the Emergency Medical Fund, Little Shelter Animal Rescue was able to save a dozen lives that would have been lost, and to us that is priceless." This grant enabled our specialized-care puppies to receive the treatment they needed and they now will live happy, healthy lives as beloved family members. The Petfinder Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home, and Little Shelter couldn’t agree more! Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927.
The money was used for the construction of a play yard consisting of five pens with connecting gates.
This grant for the construction of the play yards has helped our dogs enormously by giving them a chance to run off tension and excess energy in a safe, monitored environment. The play yards also provide an opportunity for dogs to socialize with other dogs, which enables employees and volunteers to make more accurate behavior assessments of these animals. Potential adopters are also able to view the dogs interacting in a more relaxed environment, making them better able to judge a dog's character and personality. Many dogs have been adopted straight out of the play yards.
The number of pets that this grant has helped is literally hundreds, if not several thousand, since they were constructed. All able dogs are introduced to the play yards on a rotating basis, so the yards are constantly in use.
Rogue is just one of the animals helped by this grant. Rogue is a large mastiff mix who was dumped by her owners. She was, at first, very aggressive with people and unfriendly to dogs. During playgroup sessions, and with the supervision of an employee who took an interest in her, Rogue became a superstar. She is now very friendly to people and interacts playfully with other dogs in playgroups. Rogue even became the play-yard mediator, calming other dogs when they became too rambunctious. She was adopted by a family with three other large dogs and has adjusted extremely well. Rogue is now vacationing with her new family, and according to updates from them, they are all having a grand time.
We received two donations for Rick. These funds were used to complete his veterinary care, including a neuter, blood work, thyroid check, deworming, etc. We were also able to purchase a bag of Pro Plan to send with him to make sure the nutritional excellence continued once he went to that forever home. The third donation was for Gatsby. He is a special-needs dog due to his severe separation anxiety. So those funds were used to get his thyroid double-checked and to cover the cost of his wellness check.
This grant made it possible for us to cover their expenses without having to worry about where the money would come from to make it happen. It helped us ensure their health was maintained at an optimal level at all times. It gave us the time to spend with them instead of fundraising.
Two directly, but countless indirectly when you consider taking the pressure of raising funds off our shoulders.
Gatsby is still available and will need to have a home where someone is home almost all the time. His anxiety is controlled with medication but he can be without it if someone works at home. He came from a shelter that told us he was old and blind. He was neither. He is in a loving foster home that has learned to deal with his anxiety and is helping him overcome his fears. Meet Gatsby: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35299231
Rick (second photo) has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Rick came to us from a bad situation in the state of Georgia. We only know at this point that he is a real sweet dog. He is shy but stays very calm during grooming and baths. He does not seem bothered by cats and gets along with other dogs. He is approximately 5 years old. We will post more as we get to know him. He is not immediately available due to being anemic from his lack of care previously."
Our Orvis Animal Care Grant was used to purchase products that would enrich and improve the daily lives of our shelter dogs as they wait for their forever homes. We acquired a variety of toys for both indoor and outdoor use to alleviate boredom as well as training/calming items to increase adoptability for our more-challenging residents. Please see our detailed list below:
3 - Tether Tug Outdoor Toys
12 - Non-Pull Mesh Dog Harnesses
2 boxes - Calming Collars (3 count per box)
3 - ThunderEssence Dog Calming Drops
4 - Thundershirts
2 - Thundercaps
5 - 10" Jolly Balls
10 - Kong Jumbler Balls (with squeakers)
20 - Jolly Eggs (8" and 10" sizes)
With careful planning and negotiation, we were able to stretch these funds and will be able to use many of the items purchased not only for our current population but those who will inevitably find themselves at our door.
At Griffin Pond, funds are primarily utilized for basic necessities needed to operate the shelter each day: food, medical and general supplies such as litter. Often, there's very little left in the budget for items considered non-essential to daily operations. This funding allowed us to purchase the above items to further improve the daily lives of our pups and as well as increase the adoptability of a few of our more-challenging cases. While our staff provides wonderful care, the dogs still have many hours of downtime without human interaction. This grant allowed us to purchase "non-essential" toys as well as other items to make shelter life a little happier for the pups in our care. We found that the toys aided in their solo play, thus reducing boredom and lifting their spirits.
More than 20 dogs have benefited thus far, and we have enough items to continue the program as animals are surrendered to the shelter.
The items we were able to obtain truly helped all our pups, but we'd like to highlight one pup in particular. This story is about Jackson, a yellow Labradoodle who was brought to the shelter as a stray. Though she was badly matted and had very little training, there was something about her overall happy disposition that just drew you to her. Her overexcited nature placed her in a more-challenging adoption category. Many families passed by, worried that her larger size would overpower their young children. We knew that her kindness would just melt someone's heart if they gave her a chance.
Since we were able to purchase calming collars and drops, we thought Jackson would be a perfect candidate for these products to improve her adoptability. We were all pleasantly surprised by the outcome! We started her with the calming collar and placed one of the large Jolly Balls in her kennel for solo playtime. The very next day, our staff noticed she had a calmer demeanor! She was no longer jumping, out of control, at everyone and everything she saw and became more focused on her handler. This enabled our staff to teach her some basic obedience training (sit, stay and walking on a leash).
So now Jackson was not only looking beautiful, her sweet nature and better manners shined. We are pleased to report that Jackson (now Jackie) has found her forever home with a loving family of three. Their young daughter couldn't be happier and we know Jackie feels the same!
The money was used for vaccinations, microchips, and spay/neuter surgery.
This grant helped get dogs adoption-ready.
After receiving this grant, we were able to get Jarrah ready for adoption. His family saw him on Petfinder and came to meet him. He was adopted that day and now is loving his life in his new home!
Bought food and toys
Kept the cat in food for a month
The pet sponsored was Socks. From his Petfinder profile: "Socks started showing up hungry. After a short time, we opened the door and he strolled right in. He is neutered and tested negative for FeLV and FIV. Has been vaccinated. He is very friendly and does well with people, but he is not appropriate for small children as he does like to use his claws. He hasn't been around any dogs so we do not know how he would do with them." Meet Socks: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37542651
Money was used to sponsor a pet and pay for its vet care: neuter, microchip, vaccinations, heartworm test and preventative.
This was a donation to sponsor a pet
Finn has been adopted. He is a 1-year-old foxhound. From his Petfinder profile: "Cat-tested: curious but not overly interested. Good with other dogs -- an active player! Is learning basic obedience exercises."
We received 20 Kong toys.
We are an organization that is dependent upon the generosity of donations, and which strives each and every day in hopes of making the days better and brighter for the rescues in our care. The Petfinder Foundation has provided the sunshine over our rescue, the stimulation, play and comfort that we, as a small organization, are all too often unable to provide. Our rescues range from chewers, teethers, barkers, and diggers, to those suffering separation anxiety and others who need weight-management solutions or simply stimulation to overcome boredom. These behaviors know no boundaries and do not exclude those found in shelters and rescues. Our puppies, our seniors and all of our rescues in between have a need for positive stimulation, challenging play, or simple comfort.
The Petfinder Foundation grant reaches beyond our immediate need for our rescues, as Kong toys have proven to be superior, long-lasting products that can offer many months of health and happiness for all sizes, ages, breeds and colors of rescues that cross our path. When Crossing Paths Animal Rescue sought assistance to make a difference in the lives of our rescues, the Petfinder Foundation brightened our rescues' days by being the difference!
At least 20 at a time, and many more rescues to come. Expectancy is 100+.
The Petfinder Foundation grant, which provided 20 Kong products for our organization, has made an immediate and positive impact on the lives of several of the rescues in our care -- most notably Cindy. Cindy was pregnant when she was brought into rescue in September 2016. With her litter now long since adopted, she spent months waiting for a home of her own. But upon receiving her Kong toy, she quickly started to play and enjoy mental stimulation, returning her to her “inner puppy.” We are pleased to announce that, within days of getting her Kong, Cindy found her forever family!
We used this grant to get specialized surgery for a little cattle dog/greyhound mix who came to us with a leg that had been fractured for a couple of weeks and was healing incorrectly. The vet thought that she probably got hit by a car and then was dumped/found by the shelter and they did not have the funds to care for her. When we brought her in, we immediately did x-rays and saw how bad the break was. We tried to put the bone back into place so that it could heal properly, but it was already starting to fuse since it had gone untreated for so long. We consulted with a specialist who said he could try just cutting the bone and fitting it back into place or he could amputate the leg, which was probably our best route to go in his opinion. We immediately booked the surgery and got the dog treated.
Without this grant we would not have been able to book the surgery and bring in a specialist to get the dog fixed up. Our vet did what he was able to, but the break was too bad and not healing correctly, so no longer in his scope. We had just treated three heartworm-positive dogs and removed a dog's toe within the last few weeks and our medical funds were completely depleted. This grant helped us get this dog the care that she needed quickly so she would not suffer any more pain or stress.
We received a plea from a small Eastern Colorado shelter that does not do adoptions about a young cattle dog mix who was injured and needed rescue in order not to be euthanized. We immediately tagged her and arranged transport. When we received little Rachel, she was not bearing weight on her back leg and was clearly in pain. We x-rayed her leg to find that it had a pretty severe fracture and had most likely been broken for at least a few week.
Our vet tried to put the bone back into place, put a cast on her and she went into foster care. We redid the x-ray a week later to see no change in the leg, so we consulted a specialist. He said that he could remove part of the bone and she would just have a shorter leg or he could amputate the leg, which he recommended as the best treatment. This was out of our vet's scope and we had to bring in the specialist to do it, which made the surgery much more expensive, but we wanted to make sure Rachel got the care she needed. The surgery was completed and Rachel went back into foster care to continue healing.
Not long after that, Vikki saw Rachel's story online and was moved by it. She and her other dog came to meet Rachel and see if she would be a good fit for them. They immediately fell in love with her and took her home that day. Rachel has been thriving in her home and you wouldn't even know she was missing a leg.
From Vikki: "I have renamed her Azelin, which is supposed to mean 'saved by God.' She seems happy and does well with her brother. She chewed through three harnesses before we realized that, at some point before I brought her home, she had a harness burn on her shoulder, so she now has a collar and many new chew toys. She jumps on the furniture and the amputation does not seem to affect her except on the leash."
Without this grant it could have been weeks or months before we could raise the money needed to get Rachel/Azelin her surgery, but because of the Petfinder Foundation we were able to get her treated quickly and into her forever home!