Success Stories

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

Sheryl's Den Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We added the $67.50 donation to our operating account to help pay vet bills for the dogs we rescue.

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

The donation received helped pay for a neuter of a rescue dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We help dogs found stray or given up by the prior owner. The $67.50 donation helped rescue one dog and assisted in paying to have the dog neutered. The sponsored pet was Mica, who has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: "Mica is a 2-1/2-year-old female mixed breed. (We guess golden/husky, but we could be wrong.) She certainly has not had an easy time this year. Her prior owner passed away in January. When she arrived to us, we had to delay her adoption. She is a housetrained dog and she must have held her urine as long as she could because she arrived to us with a urinary-tract infection. With the help of an antibiotic, she cleared up and has been fine ever since. She can be fearful when something is startling/unexpected, so we believe that a child-free home would be best for her. Children can be unpredictable, and we do not like to see her be wary, as she has such a sweet side to her.

"Mica loves to run around outside. She loves people and is friendly when people come to visit. She will also go up to new people while on leash. She walks very well on the leash, too. If she moves ahead, a simple correction is all it takes, and she then walks like pro. She is playful and energetic outside and loves to be pet and snuggled with her humans. She is wonderful with cats, even when they aren't so wonderful with her. She is crate-trained and does not complain about being in her crate. She is crated when we are not home. She does not whine, bark, or cry when her humans go out. Most nights she lies on the floor or on the dog bed in the bedroom. She sleeps well."

Forever Friends Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to help train, teach how to share, and provide comfort to many of our rescue dogs.

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

Giving the dogs/puppies something to call their own; giving them comfort; keeping them occupied for lengthy periods of time. And the KONGs are toys they cannot destroy!

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

Pepe (first photo) is one of our boys who came to us at just 6 weeks old. For some reason, he never came around like his siblings did. He was always frightful and afraid of everything. Because of that, he received special attention from his foster mom. We have tried placing him, but he would have such anxiety that he would always get returned. He is afraid of many things, even some toys. We had an old KONG that had seen better days, and foster mom would put yummy stuff in it and Pepe would hang on to it and he would let go of his fears while licking for the goodies inside. So when he got his new one, he was one happy boy! For him, the KONG toy means much more than just something to play with!

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: New Year, New Home
What was the money or product used for?

Your gift was used to support the reduction of adoption fees so that we could offer half-price adoptions to seniors adopting senior dogs!

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

This grant helped us to promote our senior dogs and, by reducing fees for senior adopters, improve adoption rates for this group of harder-to-place animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have helped 19 senior dogs so far find their forever homes and are still running the promotion and expect to help more by the end of the year to fulfill the grant expectations.

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

Patricia, a lovely senior who lives in a high-rise for seniors in Dallas, came to visit us and to meet Benji. Benji had become homeless when his elderly dad passed away. He adjusted well in our red cabin and especially liked the air conditioning and big bed! Benji had been an outdoor dog, so he thought life had just gotten better! Patricia thought he looked like a ragamuffin, but had already fallen in love with him. She had recently lost her dog of about 15 and was mourning her loss and wanting a lap dog to cuddle with and provide her that unconditional love that only a dog can give. Benji went home with her that day and has since lived a fabulous life, as Patrcia is retired and has lots of time to give to sweet Benji. She says Benji rescued her! One of our staff members recently visited Patricia and Benji's home and had a photo to share from the balcony overlooking the courtyard. Seniors for Seniors provided this lucky dog and this lucky woman a new and happy life together!

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

Medical treatment for one dog (Dakota):
Ruptured eye removal
Spay
Ovariohysterectomy
Teeth cleaning
Urinalysis
Associated prescriptions

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

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary is a small rescue with limited funds dependent on donations. This grant enabled us to save Dakota from [an open-admission] shelter and provide all the medical treatment she needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Here is a summary of Dakota's journey to finding a new home: Dakota was found in a crate outside at the Charles City County Animal Shelter with the note, "Found on Route 5 at Route 618." She did not have any identification. She was very friendly, thin and appeared to have a eye rupture. The county shelter is [an open-admission] shelter. A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary saw the love of life in her and knew she had a lot to give anyone who was willing to help her. We also tested her for heartworms, and she was positive. This did not deter us.

We rescued her and, with the Petfinder Foundation's grant, she received all the immediate medical care she needed. While she is heartworm-positive, we chose the slow method of removal due to her age. When she was spayed, it was found she also needed a hysterectomy, which was unknown at the time of grant request.

Dakota is still searching for her forever home. She experiences separation anxiety and will require a home that accommodates her special needs. Dakota will be perfect in a home with retired caregiver(s) or another environment where a member of the family is home the majority of the day. Until she finds that home, she is safe here at A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary enjoying life with our other residents. Meet Dakota: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41033373

Save the Cats AZ: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Adoptable cat Kitty was in the adoption center at PetCo. She needed to see the vet and get her immunizations current so she could be ready for adoption.

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

Updated health records are required for all adoptable pets who spend time in the adoption center waiting to meet their forever families. Having healthy, happy, adoptable pets reassures potential adopters that the rescue pets in our care are coming with a clean bill of health, promoting adoption into a caring home.

How many pets did this grant help?

These funds helped two cats: Kitty was adopted by a great family who just adore her, and now a spot is open in the adoption center for another rescue pet who is ready to find a forever home.

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

Kitty is a senior gal whose owner had some unexpected life events and was no longer able to care for the cat she'd had for more than 14 years. Save the Cats Arizona was blessed to be able to offer a safe haven for Kitty so she could be adopted into a loving home. Her owner was beyond relieved and thankful that this precious little one would be taken care of. This sweet lady captured the hearts of her caregivers and those who came to meet her. After a few weeks at the adoption center, an inquiry came in via Petfinder from Tracy, who was seeking a senior cat as a companion for her own senior cat (who had recently lost her lifelong senior feline companion). Tracy has sent updates that Kitty is fitting in with the family just fine! She sleeps on the son’s bed and comes down to the kitchen for breakfast and to bird-watch out the window. Perfect -- we love a happy ending!

Wag N Train Terrier Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We have a terminally ill foster dog who requires special medication to ease her breathing problems.

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

By using the grant money for our Sanctuary Sweethearts, we free up funds for dogs to be spayed and neutered.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Faith is at least 12 years old and came to us as a senior from a commercial breeding facility. Due to her fear issues, she was not a good candidate for adoption and has lived happily with her foster mom for the last several years. From her Petfinder profile: "Because of the psychological trauma caused by being a puppy-mill survivor and having produced puppies for 10 long years, I will be a forever foster. I'm still pretty shy and timid about a lot of things -- except for petting. I'm pretty low-maintenance as I just like to lie around and take things in, but I do occasionally trot around the yard and check things out. I'm crate-trained; I won't go in voluntarily but won't put up a fuss about it. I love to snuggle and if you pick me up and plop me down next to you, I will be content to lie there forever (if you pet me)." Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24966358

Berea Animal Rescue Fund Shelter: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received an emergency medical grant from you to help with veterinary costs for an abused puppy. The puppy had been strangled for having an accident in the house.

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

Emergency medical bill

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

On behalf of the Berea Animal Rescue Fund, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and its Emergency Medical Grant program. Thanks to the $1,000 grant we received from your organization, we were able to obtain emergency medical treatment for an abused puppy in our care. Our organization received a call that a puppy, Jimmie, had been brought into a local veterinarian’s office for care after being strangled by a family member for having an accident in the house. The puppy was not brought in for treatment until more than one full day after the abuse occurred and was in dire condition. She needed x-rays, oxygen therapy, and antibiotics to have a chance at survival. The family was not able to pay for treatment and asked that the puppy be euthanized. Berea ARF agreed to take the puppy in and obtain all necessary medical treatment for her care. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation and its grant towards Jimmie’s care, she was able to make a full recovery and has since been adopted by a volunteer who was fostering her through her treatment. She is now named Gemma. We cannot thank you enough for your generous support.

CHEW Dog Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

We received $90, which went to cover the neuter of Prince.

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

It helped pay for a neuter so we were able to use our other funds to cover unanticipated medical costs for our other dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one dog directly, but many indirectly, as if freed up funds we could use elsewhere.

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

Prince has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Prince enjoys snuggling and lounging the day away with his foster family just as much as he enjoys long car rides, walks and outdoor adventures. He is happiest when his people are around, so he is not the dog to leave alone for long hours. He will make a very good best friend! Prince would do best with an all-adult family or with children 10 and up."

Texas Humane Heroes: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The grant award was used to send our team member, Taylor, to the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program at Austin Pets Alive! in April.

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

This grant helped our adoption team gain confidence in its ability to safely conduct playgroups, greatly benefiting our adoptable dogs. Taylor learned a great deal about dog behavior, play styles and confidently running playgroups. She enjoyed seeing many dogs relax and show their personalities by being around other dogs. Taylor and the group worked on fancy footwork as well as dog assessments. One of the most important pieces of knowledge for her was to learn not to micromanage the different ways that dogs communicate with each other.

How many pets did this grant help?

Texas Humane Heroes adopts about 1,500 to 1,800 dogs per year (1,000 of them are adults), and the goal is to help them all. Taylor has already begun implementing more playgroups in smaller numbers, and she's working on growing daily.

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

Blue (first photo) and Bob are two dogs whom Taylor recently paired together in a playgroup. Bob is a young pup whose sister was adopted, leaving him lonely and scared. Taylor paired him with Blue in a playgroup to open up his personality, but also to teach him good manners. A few days after Taylor started working with these two great dogs, Bob found his home (second photo)! Blue is still patiently waiting and being paired with different dogs to help them through their time in the shelter environment. Meet Blue: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41343769

New Leash on Life USA: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Total ear-canal ablation surgery

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

Enabled us to provide much-needed comfort to Rosie, whom we rescued after seeing her in the shelter and knew had been a victim of horrifying abuse and neglect.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The funds donated for Rosie's medical care were applied to her recent TECA (total ear canal ablation) surgery. Rosie has horrific scarring of her ear pina and canal from past abuse and attempts to crop her ears with fishing line. After years of regular cleaning and external treatments, her ears were still chronically inflamed and she was suffering from repeat infections due to trapped fluid within the scar-tissue folds. This was her second TECA procedure to remove her remaining ear tissue and prevent all future ear infections and discomfort. The surgery was performed at the Veterinary Referral Center in Malvern, PA, on March 31, 2018, and she is recovering well at this time.