Success Stories

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

Community Cat Inc: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received FVRCP vaccinations. These are being used to vaccinate new arrivals on intake and vaccinate our kittens as they wait for adoption.

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

This grant has saved us the expense of buying the vaccinations we use on a regular basis. We have been without our low cost spay/neuter clinic and have been paying more for those services. Every penny saved goes toward additional medical bills.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far eleven kittens have each received two vaccinations in their kitten series and two adults received their intial and booster vaccinations.

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

Meet the cheese kittens! Their mom Elsie showed up as a stray very pregnant. The next morning we had four newborn kittens. Once the kittens were old enough they received their initial vaccination along with their mother. They receive another vaccination every two weeks until they are adopted or reach 16 weeks. Muenster and Colby have been adopted. Sargento and Monterey still wait to be adopted along with their mother.

Richardson Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was Fel-o-guard plus 3.

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

We have cats who stay here (very slow to be adopted) who have their very own area, in our barn, to play in. They are all sweet and are mostly leftover mommies whom we spayed and who just have a good life while they wait. The grant also helped with cats who went out a little easier. Every time we save money on anything, means we are able to save more and provide more. The Petfinder Foundation is always there to make life just that much easier for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

48

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

Not only did our grant of Fel-o-gaurd plus 3 help the slower-to-adopt cats, it also helped find these cats happy homes. Placing these happy, purring faces is a great feeling. Here are some of the ones that were adopted with help from you.

Paws South Florida Rescue, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Your donation of 100 FVRCP Vaccinations is currently being used mostly for those cats that we trap and return to their colonies. The vaccinations are brought to our clinic of choice with the trapped cats for their sterilizations. The clinic is extremely helpful as they take your donated vaccinations and use it that day on our cats.

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

It has now been two months since receiving the donation. Since the vaccinations are being used as we trap the cats, we have gone through 37 shots, with 33 of them being used on cats that were returned to the field. The other 4 were given to kittens that we have placed into our foster care system for eventual adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

37

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

To give you an idea of some of the strange circumstances that lead to holding cats for adoption, we would like to share this story with you as it has provided us with a rather unusual experience this past year. It just shows all of us working in animal rescue that you can never judge people or their intentions solely by their stations in life. Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized. We met with this man, who we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. However, we really think he's from New Jersey. We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. As the kittens are ready to be adopted we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had. Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens as he really doesn't quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for rue personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We were given 100 FVRCP vaccines to use on cats in our care.

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

Having these vaccines generously granted to our organization allowed us to allocate the money we typically spend on these vaccines to other critical health care for the cats in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far 63

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

Pictured here are just 3 of the kitties in Tenth Life's care that have benefited from this generous vaccine grant. The first photo is of Blueberry, a tiny kitten who came to the organization with most of the fur and skin scraped off her back from an unknown cause. The second cat is a young kitten named Lewis. He has a congenital condition called cerebellar hypoplasia that causes a lack of balance and makes Lewis tremor and wobble a bit when he walks. The final cat is Earl, a 12-year-old with hyperthyroidism. Earl receives daily medication and eats a special diet due to kidney issues. All three of these cats received vaccines that were obtained from this grant. Having the vaccines allowed our organization to use funding for medical care other than the routine expenses of vaccinations. Thank you!

Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We rec'd vaccines that were used for rescue cats in our care.

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

We were able to provide vaccines for 100 cats that came into our rescue during the months of August, September, and October. The cats that were helped with this vaccine grant were extremely healthy and our organization had record adoption month because all of our kittens were healthy!

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Cosmo came into the rescue with his three siblings - all who had extreme URI's and other illnesses. Cosmo was the only survivor and he had to be syringe fed for 2 months. Once he was able to eat on his own, he began getting very healthy. After 4 months, he was healthy enough for his vaccine and after he received the vaccine; he was never sick again. He was later adopted into a family who treats him like royalty! Everyone in the rescue calls his "The Miracle Cat!"

Kitty City Kansas Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating kittens

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

Lifesaving. We take in young kittens from shelters and local animal control facilities. These kittens are very vulnerable and susceptible to deadly disease. There is no doubt that by vaccinating these kittens on intake, the vaccinations save many lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

The average kitten we take in will receive 2 vaccinations (sometimes more) prior to adoption. This grant will probably help about 75 kittens

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

Faith is an absolute LOVE, so sweet! She and her siblings came to us from [a regional shelter]. Faith is very playful and normal in every way with the exception she has a leg deformity which is the result of inbreeding. Her front legs turn inward, which forces her to walk primarily on her front forelegs rather than front paws. When she sits up, she looks like a baby T-Rex; it's the cutest thing (see photo). Faith has no clue she isn't like every other cat! In fact, she can climb, run, jump, and play with absolutely no problems! And when she's finished rough housing with her brothers, she wants to be on her persons! She will purr and nuzzle under your chin. She snuggles next to her foster mom every night! Faith has already received 3 vaccinations provided by this grant and is now ready for adoption. Update: Faith was adopted Oct, 26th, 2013 to a wonderful family that lives in Olathe, KS!

Cat Haven: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations were used for vaccinating cats and kittens.

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

We follow a rigorous vaccination protocol for our kittens. They receive vaccines every 2 weeks until they are 4 months old. Because of this protocol, we used all of the vaccines in 4-5 weeks.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had approximately 50 kittens in our program and each received 3-4 vaccines prior to adoption.

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

We rescued a mom and her kittens shortly after they were taken to our local animal control. This was a very high-kill shelter, so their lives were saved! Sandy, along with her kittens, was dumped in a neighborhood, shortly after her kittens were born. A family took them in and tried to care for them. They had other pets in the home who were not doing well with the new additions so they were taking them to animal control.

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Animal Shelter: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to vaccinate the cats that arrived at our shelter to help them get a better shot at life and adoption by being given a healthier start. Forty individual cats received the product once and 10 of the 40 received the product twice, totaling 50 doses.

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

This grant helped us by giving us vaccines to use on our cats and kittens. These vaccines allowed us to give our cats and kittens a head start on long, healthy lives in their new adoptive homes. Forty individual cats were vaccinated and 10 of those received a second dose two weeks after the initial dosage. Because these kittens and cats were vaccinated, they felt better and healthier. Healthy cats are more adoptable than sick ones because they are friendlier and are more likely to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 cats (10 received two doses)

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

Kentucky: This little kitten was rescued by one of our Society members. Her mother is a semi-feral cat. Kentucky (first photo) and her five siblings all received two doses of the donated vaccine to date. They are happy and healthy and both Kentucky and her sibling Spot (second photo) were adopted. Kentucky was the first kitten of this litter to warm up to human interaction, and she taught the rest of the litter to play and that humans were alright too. She was adopted on Oct. 11, 2013, to a good home where she will have her own little boy to play with. Her new name is Sally and we are so thankful that, with a good head start on becoming a fully vaccinated and healthy kitten, she will live a long and love-filled life.

Apollo: Apollo (third photo) and his sister Artemis came to us as a pair of forlorn strays in need of a good home. He received one round of the donated vaccine before he was neutered and then went home along with one of our other available kittens to a wonderful home. He is sure to live a happy and healthy life with all of his animal siblings thanks to a great head start from the Shot at Life vaccine grant.

Hawke: A lonely little kitty who had lost his way found himself staying with us. Thanks to the Shot at Life vaccine grant, he got a dose of good healthcare before going to his new forever home. We are certain that, with a good head start on future health practices, little Hawke will grow up happy and healthy.

Chicago Cat Rescue: One Picture Saves a Life
What was the money or product used for?

To improve the pictures of our adoptables

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

We learned more about grooming, photographing and marketing our adoptables with a goal of increasing adoption rates and decreasing the time from take-in to adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our two workshop attendees have shared this knowledge with all volunteers so many cats now and in future.

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

Since attending the workshop Bobcat and Munchkin have been adopted. These boys came into Chicago Cat Rescue's care when their elderly human companion passed. They lived with a dog and another cat. The dog was rescued by a dog only rescue group who notified us of the three cats. The boys were clearly a bonded pair and we were so happy Maggie was looking for an adult bonded pair to adopt!

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM): Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the spay and neuter of unaltered rescue dogs.

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

RAGOM dogs are required to be spayed or neutered before adoption. Though our territory covers five states, we are fortunate to take advantage of a partnership with a low-cost, mobile spay/neuter unit in the Minneapolis area, which is where a majority of our dogs are fostered. Our Shelter Challenge Grant paid for spay and neuter costs for 14 of our rescue dogs, ensuring they would not contribute to pet overpopulation.

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Early this summer RAGOM agreed to take a pregnant momma from Kentucky. Before she could get on transport she gave birth to 9 adorable puppies. Once they were old enough to travel, they all made their way to a foster home in Minnesota where, before they were adopted, they were each spayed or neutered with grant money from the Shelter Challenge. These special pups are Wren, Gia, Cinnamon, Drake, Romeo, Bella, Ace, Nutmeg and Dozer.