Success Stories

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

The Shepherd's Way Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinations of canine and feline

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

Our organization could not afford vaccinations due to the influx of critters and lack of donations. The vaccinations helped a great deal for the dogs and cats and adoptions thereof.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Lakota is a Blue Heeler/sneak neighbor dog terrier mix with the biggest, kindest blue eyes. Before any dog or cat is adopted out, they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and Vet checked. Lakota had a wonderful family waiting for him but we couldn't afford the vaccination right away and was planning to do a fundraiser. Your grant helped us adopt Lakota to this awesome family quicker.

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinating our dogs and cats, puppies and kittens in foster care.

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

We were able to save a significant amount of money by having our vet use the vaccines donated to our rescue. This helped us be able to take in more kittens from overflowing shelters this spring than usual and a few more dogs than we would have been able to otherwise help.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, I'd say 25.

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

Lucy is a pretty little Pittie. She came to us from and (open-admission shelter), where she had been for over a month. That facility will euthanize for any signs of aggression in pitties, and the fact she was there for so long helped us know that she was a keeper. Plus she did great on all her temperament testing there. We agreed to to take her in and we were able to get her vaccinated with supplies from this grant. We were able to afford her care due to the saving we had on using the vaccines on other animals. We couldn't be happier (or more appreciative) for this great 'Shot at Life' for sweet Lucy.

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

To vaccinate shelter dogs and cats.

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

This grant helped ease the burden of cost for needed vaccines. The city doesn't provide vaccines. Volunteers do fundraisers to vaccinate. It also allowed us to do a shelter wide sweep and ensure everyone is vaccinated. This helps us to be more proactive in protecting our shelter pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 200 pets

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

Garth, a lab mix found wandering in the city, was recently adopted by a wonderful local family. Garth loves children. At a Walmart adoption event, Garth was blessed to meet this family and instantly fell in love with them. The little boy in the picture, Brock, talked about Garth all week, until his mom contacted us and Garth was adopted. The vaccine grant helped Garth to be ready for his new home.

Popcorn was found in the middle of a busy highway. He was recently adopted by a loving family with 2 little boys. The vaccine grant helped Popcorn to be ready for his new home.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Vaccinate shelter cats and dogs

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

By providing the vaccinations, we were able to booster some of the cats and dogs in our care. This allowed added protection against illness in the shelter population.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the vaccines were used and admisnistered to incoming pets. I don't have a record of how many vaccines we recieved.

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

I don't have a specific story. Even though we are an open admission shelter that intakes ober 7,700 animals annually, we save at least 90 percent of them, mostly through adoption. Keeping them healthy is a huge part of the success and challenge in the shelter setting. Without vaccinations we should not be able to save as many animals. With this grant we were also able to booster some of the animals that took longer to find their home.

Animal Humane Assoc. of Star Valley in Wyoming: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Our shelter won $1,000 for most votes in Wyoming during recent Shelter Challenge on Animal Rescue Site. The money was designated for some outdoor dog run covers that were needed to keep active and/or climbing dogs from going over the top and getting lost. The kennel tops cost approximately $2,400, and the results of the contest inspired a member to host a spring yard sale, the proceeds from which successfully 'covered' the rest of the cost of this necessary purchase.

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

The contest encouraged people who followed our Facebook page to share our mission with their friends in an upbeat and inspiring way, and kept people checking our site for updates, where they also could find our featured pets and other activities that were being posted. Winning the grant showed our members that we have power even though we are from an extremely rural area, and that their efforts can pay off to provide for the safety of the animals at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Because the money was dedicated to a necessary shelter facility improvement, it would be hard to cite a number.

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

Topper is a beautiful blue cattle dog, not large at all, but agile enough to scale the kennel wire fence. He was named, in fact, for his amazing ability to go over the top, and though he enjoyed getting out for a run of the neighborhood, his caretakers preferred that he stay safe until his new home was found. He was walked separately on a leash until the kennel covers arrived, but then he could play with his dog friends again. Now he's "at large" on a wide-open Wyoming ranch, with a cattleman who says the blue dog stays happily at his side.

Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We refreshed our supply of dog leashes which are used by our volunteers to provide several walks each day for the dogs in our adoption area. We also were able to buy some new collapsible wire cages that we use to loan out for use in foster homes and at offsite adoption events. For cats we were able to buy new brushes, feeding bowls and scratch pads.

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

This grant enabled us to improve the general quality of care we can provide for the animals under our responsibility. The leashes are necessary for our volunteers to provide the five or six walks each dog receives every day. The scratch pads and brushes keep the cats entertained and more comfortable and presentable, thus more adoptable. And the specific case described below enabled us to save the life of a heartworm-positive dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to use the grant to directly or indirectly help all the animals in our adoption area, which averages about 35 dogs and 30 cats at any given time.

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

Wilbur is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was with us for several months. He needed heartworm treatment, which was a deterrent for many potential adopters. When the right person came along, we were able to utilize the Orvis grant money to pay for his medication. A local doggie day care facility agreed to keep him during his recuperation period and several local people donated money to pay the reduced rate at the doggie day care. Wilbur spent five weeks recovering, by which time his adopter was ready to take him into his new home. The Orvis grant, in combination with the efforts and money of shelter staff, volunteers, and generous members of the community, enabled Wilbur to end up in a loving home.

Commerce Humane Association/Barchard Shelter: Rescue U Shelter Base Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased much needed replacement fence panels and the volunteers took down the old fence and put up the new fence. It made our dogs safer and made the shelter look great. The new fence panels made it easier for the volunteers to move from yard to yard.

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

It made our dogs safer and made the shelter look great. The new fence panels made it easier for the volunteers to move from yard to yard.

How many pets did this grant help?

114

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

The smaller dogs were able to escape into other yards where they could have been hurt by bigger dogs. The new fence secured the play yards and made it safer for the dogs that were in the yards playing. The new fence made moving from yard to yard much easier for the volunteers, so they could interact easier with all the dogs.

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS): Comfort Zone Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Since kitten season is in full bloom, the generous Comfort Zone $1,000 grant was used to purchase special Science Diet (not donated or discounted on the Shelter Program) dry and canned kitten food and bottle baby formula.

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

As Maryland's largest companion animal shelter and its largest open admission shelter, on any given day BARCS house 110 dogs, 110 cats and has a staggering 700 or more cats, kittens and dogs in foster care! Though BARCS is part of the Science Diet Shelter Program, there is no discount or donation on specialty foods that we use to feed all of the kittens able to eat solid food. Additionally, our fosters provide everything for our animals in their care, except for medical treatment. Since we get hundreds of kittens every month, many of our fosters cannot afford to keep up with the cost of feeding. This generous grant not only fed the kittens housed at the shelter, but also was provided to financially at-risk fosters so they can continue to feed their kittens until they can all be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant fed over over 100 kittens at the shelter for almost a month, plus an additional 100 kittens in foster care for a month

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

The Pringles kittens (Pringles 1 through 5) were dumped at BARCS and found hiding under our events shed. We were able to trap them all, and the trapper ended up fostering all five of them. She found homes for three of them and kept two for herself!

Inky, Stinky, Winky, Pinky, Blinky and Dinky were brought in by a good Samaritan who found them under her porch, but no mom in sight. We found a foster to bottle feed all of them as they were kept together. Now that they are older than seen in the photo, they all have been adopted into loving families from several different adoption events. Blinky is the most photogenic of the litter and a young family that has a little daughter and son adopted Blinky as their first family pet!

Utah Animal Adoption Center: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to cover the vaccination costs for 100 of our rescued dogs from January through April 2013.

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

This grant helped us continue to rescue animals from euthanasia lists throughout Utah. The grant covered vaccinations for 100 of dogs, helping to fully prepare them for adoption into our community.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

UAAC rescued a very pregnant female Pit Bull from an abusive situation. Our ability to take on a pregnant animal, rehabilitate her, and find homes for her puppies is greatly impacted by the funding we received from Petfinder. This female and her pups, when they come of age, will be vaccinated, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before being adopted. Petfinder's grant insures our ability to vaccinate these and about 100 other dogs before they enter into the community.

The Last Resort Rescue: Shelter Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

Money received from winning the state level shelter challenge was used to pay down our medical bills.

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

Our mission is to rescue animals that are in neglectful and/or abusive situations. Rehabilitating these animals requires providing the minimal care that the majority of these animals have not received. These animals often have not received the vaccinations that would keep them safe from disease, medicine to prevent parasites and of course the most important of all, spaying/neutering that would help reduce the amount of unwanted animals. This is the minimal care provided. Many of our animals require much more in the way of medical care because of the ill treatment they have received. The money received helped us to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to provide this necessary care to the animals in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped many of our animals because by paying down our medical bills it helped us maintain a good working relationship with the animal hospital we work with. It is essential that we have access to medical care and getting to far in debt would stress this working relationship.

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

During a recent rescue mission we noticed a home with four filthy but very beautiful puppies enclosed in a small cage. We discovered that these 5-month-old puppies had spent their entire life in that cage with minimal care because they had been an unwanted litter. Taking on 4 animals who had received no medical care and would require major socialization would have been beyond our means if we had not received the grant. Knowing that Petfinder Foundation was supporting our efforts allowed us to take those babies into rescue. They have all received their shots, been wormed, and will be neutered. Providing just the essential care for these little ones consumed most of the grant we won but so worth it to see them in loving foster homes instead of a filthy pen! We were unable to get the owner to surrender the Mom but we were able to convince them to have her neutered so this would not happen again.Thank you!