Success Stories

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

Tanner's PAWS: Shelter+ Challenge
What was the money or product used for?

To pay vet expenses and provide care to the dogs.

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

It allows us to continue rescuing and saving animals, because without the funding we would not be able to pay our vet bills and rescue animals. We are a 100% volunteer organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Cubby came to us with no hair and extreme emaciation. His bills alone ran hundreds of dollars to save his life. Without this funding we would not have been able to give him the care he deserved.

The Animal Care Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The FVRCP vaccinations are being used to vaccinate our cats and kittens when they are due for their shots.

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

As a non-profit, no-kill shelter, ACS relies heavily on the financial support received from the community to help us succeed in our mission of giving displaced dogs and cats in our community a second chance at finding the love and happiness they so deserve. Without this support, hundreds of dogs and cats would have a very bleak future. With this grant of FVRCP vaccinations, we are able to vaccinate fifty cats and kittens at no cost to us. On behalf of all the dogs and cats who, because of our efforts, are already enjoying their new lives as much-loved pets, as well as the thousands more hoping for a similar future, thank you for your contribution.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help 50 cats or kittens.

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

Since receiving this generous grant, we have adopted out 24 cats and kittens. We also brought in a very pregnant cat whom we named Tina. The same day that Tina came in to the shelter, she went home with one of our wonderful fosters. Two days later, Tina gave birth to a large litter of 8 kittens. There are 4 boys and 4 girls, named: Tulip, Telulah, Talia, Tilly, Theodore, Thaddeus, Thatcher and Thayer. Because we had your grant of FVRCP vaccinations, Tina has received both of her FVRCP shots, has been spayed, and is now living comfortably at the shelter until she goes to her furever home. She actually has an approved application on her, but because we don't adopt out black cats in October (because of Halloween), she will go home on November 1st. Tina's kittens have received all 3 FVRCP shots and are at the shelter ready for adoption. They are happy, playful, healthy kittens ready to find their furever homes. Thatcher has an application on him and he will hopefully be going home soon. Attached are some pictures of Tina and a few of her kittens. We genuinely appreciate the gift of this grant and for everything the Petfinder Foundation does for the animal community. Thank you.

D&R Rescue, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received 150 doses of FVRCP in August 2013. The product was and is being used on felines that we pull from an animal control facility and from free-roaming cats that are brought to us by the public.

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

We are a small organization and we place several hundred felines each year along with 200-250 dogs each year. We sometimes when we get into the adult cat season keep them longer in our facility before they are adopted. With the help of this grant it has cut our costs dramatically so we can concentrate on taking in more cats that need our assistance. With this grant we were able to vaccinate and if we kept them 2-3 more weeks prior to adoption we were able to booster them with the 2nd dose which is required when you have them in the public for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

As of this date Oct. 19th, this grant has vaccinated 55 felines and we just took in 8 kittens this AM and have 2 more liters waiting to come in and at tha time they will be vaccinated for the 1st time. Then when 8 weeks of age they will be spayed/neutered and ready to be adopted.

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

The one picture of the 3 kittens shows them after they had been fostered since they were 4 days old. They are now 7 weeks of age and healthy. They have been vaccinated for the 1st time and will be spayed/neutered next week and then go up for adoption. The kittens were found along a road- we assume mom cat was moving to new loaction when she was hit by a car and she and 1 kitten were killed. The person who hit them did stop - she had run out under his horse trailer and he did not know until he thought he had hit something in the road and stopped. He found the kittens in a ditch culvert and brought them to us. Not often will a person who is on their way someplace stop and help out a stray animal. He missed the horse show he was going to so he could help these stray kittens.

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received feline vaccinations which were used to vaccinate cats and kittens that came into our rescue.

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

By supplying us with vaccines it saved us the expense of purchasing them.

How many pets did this grant help?

approximately 20 - kittens require a series of 3 vaccinations each, plus 2 momma shots

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

We took in a litter of 6 kittens that an elderly local woman had found outside her home. Mom is feral and we were unable to find her to try to bring her in as well. The kittens were socialized in foster homes and have all found loving homes. Our policy is to include a series of 3 kitten shots in the adoption fee, so when kittens are adopted prior to receiving all of their shots, the adopter brings them back on scheduled dates for the remaining vaccinations. This grant provided the full series of vaccinations for approximately 18 kittens.

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!