Success Stories

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

MSPCA at Nevins Farm: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

These dollars were directed towards our medical fund, for the care of animals with medical needs beyond preliminary vetting and sterilization.

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

Funds like these make it possible for us to be able to care for pets that have medical problems that require treatment before they are considered adoptable by the general public.

How many pets did this grant help?

These funds were spent on one cat.

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

The generous funds received through Petfinder Foundation were used to help diagnose and treat an ill 10-year-old cat named Ginger. Ginger arrived at Nevins Farm in late October with significant eye issues. Her initial exam indicated a probable melanoma and the treatment recommendation was for a right eye enucleation.

Ginger underwent surgery successfully shortly thereafter, recovered well and was adopted on November 1!

Thank you for helping us heal this deserving cat who now has a loving home to spend her final years in.

Upper Rio Grande Animal Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

The ten Special Edition Chill Pads were used to keep the shelter dogs warm during the cold winter months.

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

It has been a very cold winter and the Chill Pads came at the right time to keep the dogs warm. It is very difficult to keep warm bedding available for the dogs, and it is very expensive to buy. The shelter has to rely on donations to keep a supply of bedding for the dogs. Most of the time we use blankets, rugs, pillows and occasionally we receive dog beds. The shelter was thrilled to receive this grant award.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Edward is a 2-month-old Blue Heeler mix that was found on the street and brought into the Conour Animal Shelter by an individual. He is fortunate to have been found because of his age and the cold weather. He is such a cute precious little guy. He loves to lay on his Chill Pad to keep him warm.

Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

We received Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers.

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

Allowed for cats in our shelter area a chance to reduce stress by scratching.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

This product was used with cats in our shelter area. One special cat is named Claudius. He was in our Ringworm Isolation Ward for nearly 2 months while we treated him and awaited a negative culture. Because the Stretch and Scratch Scratcher is disposable, we were able to give him a new one every few days. Other cats have also benefited from the scratchers and will continue to do so as we go through our allotment. Thank you!

The Animal Welfare Association Inc.: WAHL Grooming
What was the money or product used for?

The Wahl grant award was for grooming products: clippers, blades, trimmers, brushes and shampoo samples -- all valued at $270.00. The award was solicited by an AWA Facebook follower.

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

The Wahl grooming products help AWA provide husbandry care to shelter dogs and cats. Matted long-haired cats are in pain and often suffer from skin infections. Unkempt and smelly dogs don't draw the attention of potential adopters. While trimming hair and the "crazy" clean-up grooming job can resolve some things, a more proper grooming job really does help adopters see the pet for his/her beauty.

How many pets did this grant help?

At this time it has helped 2 dogs.

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

Cinnamon was matted. He needed to be sheared down. There are times when a pet's grooming care needs exceed the ability of their caretaker. Days of "missing the brushing" and weeks of skipping the groomer due to no transportation or money can take their toll on a pet. It is sad to see, but when the pet is free of the tangles, the mats and his/her skin is airing out and healing and they look so happy.

True Friends Animal Welfare Center: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter surgeries.

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

True Friends is completely dependent on donations to keep our shelter operating. It is our goal to spay and neuter all our pets before leaving our facility. This is a significant expense to us and the funding received made a tremendous difference for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

19 dogs and cats

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

Our shelter adopts out over 50 animals each month. Because they were spayed and neutered through your funding, we were able to adopt them out quickly making room at our no-kill shelter for 19 more animals to have a safe haven during these cold winter months.

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of PLAY pet beds. We used these beds for the dogs surrendered to the shelter.

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

The PLAY pet beds beds gave the dogs a soft place to snuggle and get comfy as well as get them off the cold concrete floor.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have used these beds for numerous dogs and actually several larger cats too!

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

Smiley was an 8-year-old blind Pit Bull that had been at the shelter for a long time. There was nothing he liked better than going out for long walks. But having a nice, soft, comfy PLAY bed to snuggle up on and relax when he came back to his kennel, made having to come back a little easier. And as you can see by his picture, he clearly loved it!

Update as of Feb. 10, 2014: Smiley was adopted, and is doing well in his new home! He came in for a visit not too long ago, and looked very happy with his family!

Purrfect Haven Cat Rescue: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

The cardboard scratchers were used for environmental enrichment at our adoption center and to ease transition into adoptive homes.

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

Caged cats typically suffer from depression and boredom, no matter how much attention the staff is able to devote to socializing with them. These scratchers provided our cats with stimulation and exercise while they were in their cage. We sent the scratcher that was in the cage home with the cat when he or she was adopted, ensuring that they had an item with a familiar scent when moving to their new home. Additionally it helped to train the cats to scratch on these types of cardboard surfaces, increasing appropriate scratching behavior in their new home and decreasing their chances of being declawed.

How many pets did this grant help?

35, including the cats that currently have them still in their cage

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

We recently had a pair of siblings, Vegas and Violet, who were extremely active and playful and had difficulty adjusting to the confines of their cage. They made a mess out of their cage overnight due to boredom. Once we gave them the scratchers -- both on their cage door and flat on the floor of the cage -- they were able to release some of their pent-up energy until they could exercise in the play room.

RezQ Dogs: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

RezQ Dogs experienced a devastating flood on June 4, 2013. In the weeks prior to flooding, we received an unprecedented amount of rain totaling over 14 inches, more than the average annual precipitation amount.

As the rains kept coming, we assumed the property leased by RezQ Dogs would flood. Consequently, on Friday, May 31, we evacuated 11 dogs to safety. That left us with 8 dogs that were moved inside the house of RezQ Dogs’ founders. On June 4, the water entered the yard and kept rising. By 6 am, it was clear that even the dogs kept inside had to be evacuated. The dogs were moved to safety by boat and boarded at a boarding facility in Great Falls, Mont., 180 miles from RezQ Dogs.

After the flood waters receded, the damage to RezQ Dogs’ facility became clear. Every inch of the property was covered with 3-4 inches of silt/mud. Ten kennels were destroyed as was the perimeter fence. All of the dog houses were either contaminated or destroyed.

RezQ Dogs used the $3,000 from Petfinder Foundation to purchase new, heavy duty kennels ($2,100) for the dogs and gravel ($1,160) to cover the silt/mud in the kennels in order to keep the dogs dry and clean.

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

Without the Petfinder Foundation's grant, RezQ Dogs would not have been able to continue saving the dogs of Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations. Because of the grant, RezQ Dogs recovered fast from the flood and saved the lives of 240 animals since the flood on June 4.

How many pets did this grant help?

240 so far

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

Anita’s heart sank when she saw the dog. Another dog that was going to need eye surgery. Another dog with more puppies. Knowing how full the kennels at RezQ Dogs were, it was daunting but it would be done. It took some looking to find the obviously nursing mother dog’s puppies but they were located under the porch of a nearby home. No dog house, no bowls, just a dirty area in which to raise her puppies. It is often that way here, an economically depressed area where there is often little money to spare.

Upon further looking, we found that one of her pups from last year was still with her and she also had a litter of puppies. On this day the younger mom was nowhere to be found, just her small puppies were still present. Since the younger mom was feral, we decided that rather than leaving her four daughters to grow up to be feral and unwanted, they would also be brought to RezQ Dogs. We hoped that their grandmother would raise them; if not, we decided we would bottle feed them.

Twain, as the mother/grandmother came to be known, was brought to RezQ Dogs and placed in a chain link kennel. For about 5 minutes. We soon found that her love of affection was so strong that she would easily escape her kennel just to be with us. She never once attempted to run away but would only get out of the kennel to be closer to us. Twain proved to be an absolute sweetheart even though, due to the porcupine quills her previous owners had left her injured with, her pain must have been immense. After multiple trips, our veterinarian determined that due to her injuries her eye had collapsed and had to be removed. Twain seemed undaunted. Over time, with good food and much-needed medical attention, Twain grew into a beautiful loving friend. This was despite the fact that she had not only her four puppies to feed but was also feeding her daughter’s four puppies. And she loved them all, even the puppies belonging to the dogs in the kennels next to her. It became a common sight to see her licking and playing with all of the puppies she could. Twain is the true definition of what a mother is, caring for not only her children but all children. As is the cycle with all living things, her puppies grew up and were adopted. As of yet, Twain is still in foster care but, we are sure, there is a plan for her. A very special mother deserves a special home.

We would not have been able to save Twain and her puppies if it wasn't for the generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation which helped RezQ Dogs get back on its feet after a devastating flood.

Friends of Noah-WI: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Beds for our foster dogs and cats

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

We go through a lot of beds with the animals we bring in, and the foster animals loved them.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

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

Chipper is one of Friends of Noah-WI's foster dogs (he's also the brown dog in the picture). Chipper came from a terrible hoarding situation and had a hard time settling into his foster home. He spent his time hiding most of the time behind the couch. He would occasionally venture out sometimes, but then run back in. So, his foster mom put one of your pet beds on a chair and he walked up reluctantly to sniff it. He decided, after carefully sniffing it numerous times, that it was OK. It's now his "safe spot" where he goes to snuggle in and be safe from the world.

The other picture is Winston, who was dropped at an over-crowded shelter because his owner simply didn't want him any more. In his foster home the other resident dogs had their own beds, but Winston didn't have his own. So, he snuggled in and claimed his spot as soon as it was put on the floor!

Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc : Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet program allows us to lower adoption fees and get homes for our pets.

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

Sponsor an adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

We were able to lower adoption prices on two frightened Chihuahuas, Noodle and his son Nate, and get them in homes sooner than if they had been full price. Both got good homes. Noodle was adopted by a woman who had just lost her 19-year-old small dog. I called and told her Noodle needed her. She felt she would betray the dog she buried. So I asked her to foster. She wanted him in less that two hours. Thank you so much for all the Petfinder Foundation does for the shelter animals.