Success Stories

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

Humane Society of Warren County: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Funds from the Petfinder Foundation were used to cover a portion of the medical expenses for a kitty who was caught in a car engine. Expenses totaled $1,116. The Petfinder Foundation generously covered $1,000 of the those costs.

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

The grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed the Humane Society of Warren County the resources needed to save the kitten's life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rev the kitten was rushed to the shelter by a Good Samaritan during one of the agency's rabies clinics. Rev was found in a car engine and was severely injured. His tail had been severed and he had two broken legs. Despite his injuries, he was very friendly. He was rushed to the vet. His tail was amputated and both legs were cast. One of the staff members at the veterinary clinic offered to foster Rev during his recovery. Instead of having to recuperate in the shelter, Rev was able to heal in the peace of a loving home. Rev's foster family fell in love with him and became his forever family through adoption. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for making this possible.

Furry Friends: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Your generous grant paid the veterinary bills for Maggie, a year-old orange tabby, who needed extraordinary medical assistance over the course of five months.

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

The funding from the Petfinder Foundation enabled Maggie to receive the medical care she desperately needed, thus enabling her to live a long, happy, and healthy life in her forever home with her new adoptive parents. Her placement also allows us to open up a space for another cat in need of assistance and a permanent home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Maggie, an adorable little orange tabby, was relinquished to us as a stray. She had extremely labored breathing, was malnourished, was sneezing continuously, had nasal discharge, and was infested with fleas and ear mites. She weighed only 5 lbs., two to three pounds less than she should have weighed. After numerous vet visits, x-rays, and several courses of antibiotics and steroids, it was discovered that she had a one-inch nasal polyp blocking her airway. The polyp was removed immediately and, after she recovered, Maggie was spayed and vaccinated.

Maggie is now living with her new adoptive parents. Her new mom tells us: "Tyler and I are so happy and grateful to have Maggie home and a part of our little family! I am so happy that you were able to get a grant to help pay her medical bills. I cannot express enough the happiness, love, and joy she brings to me; She is the center of Tyler's and my universe. I made sure to take some time off so I could get some time with her as she adjusted. I think it definitely helped her that Tyler and I visited her every week at the shelter until she came home with us."

"Maggie was a volunteer favorite," says Furry Friends board president Jennifer Hart. "We are all worried about her health and were overwhelmed when the Petfinder Foundation stepped up to help pay her medical bills. Thank you!"

Animal Rescue League of Iowa: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) was grateful to receive the Petfinder Foundation's 20th Anniversary grant. We utilized the funds fully to purchase five new Shor-Line cat condos (two kennels per unit) to be used in our cat-adoption area at the ARL's main shelter. The cat condos purchased are larger and provide plenty of space for a single cat and/or two bonded buddies, and additionally the litter box is separated by a portal, which keeps the litter area away from the food/water and resting space for the cat’s comfort. The location where the cat condos were placed gets plenty of guest traffic, but it is a less-stressful location for the cats because they are not in a room with many other cats -- so this location is ideally suited for our older cats and others who do best in an area that has fewer cats and more space!

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

While cats are just one of the many different species in our care, they represent the vast majority of our total animals. Cats are the most at-risk animal in any shelter. Shelter environments are stressful for cats for a number of reasons, including cage size. Stressed cats are more likely to become sick cats and require additional treatment, leading to a longer length of stay, and increased expenses. This grant allowed us to provide our cats with increased space and a set-up that is pleasing to them (litter box separated from their living area and a separate door to the litter area for staff use so as not to disrupt the cats), and also to provide an environment in which potential adopters can see the cats well, and get to see them with space to exhibit natural behaviors; both of which will lead to the cats being physically and mentally healthy and getting adopted more quickly!

How many pets did this grant help?

We just put the cat condos in to our adoption area on Saturday (May 27, 2017) with 10 cats as the first guests, and I am happy to share that three of the 10 have been already been adopted! We anticipate these condos will help hundreds of cats get adopted each year!

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

One of the first feline guests in the new cat condos was Handsome. He's only a few years old, but he's been very shy and fearful since he came to us in February. Since then, our cat-behavior volunteers have been working with him and have found that putting him in a larger space makes him feel more comfortable. Because of these new cat condos, he now has a larger space in a quieter area than he had before, and we are grateful to be able to provide Handsome with the space that will benefit him during his time at the ARL and his future home! Meet Handsome: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38029101

Capital Area Rescue Effort: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We greatly appreciate the assistance that the Petfinder Foundation and Orvis provides to animal rescue. The $1,000 grant was used for veterinary care.

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

The $1,000 was used towards special veterinary care for two dogs. With this care, they are more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Claire (first photo) is a very sweet older girl who is a pug mix. She had a lump on her leg and some bad teeth that needed to be removed. This grant provided funding for those procedures. She is much more comfortable and healthier now. These issues may have been barriers that would have prevented some people from adopting her.

Clifford is a dachshund mix and is a big, happy guy. Unfortunately, he is underweight and hasn't been able to gain weight. The Petfinder Foundation/Orvis funding was used for testing to determine whether he has underlying health issues that are preventing him from gaining weight. We don't have the results yet, they they should help determine a course of action to help him.

Meet Claire: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37901819
Meet Clifford: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37605253

Stray Hearts Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $600 emergency medical grant was used to save the life of a pregnant dog.

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

The grant paid for the bulk of a $770 vet bill. Stray Hearts had a month to pay the $770 in full. We scraped together $100 in donations, but could not pay the rest in that timeline. The grant was a godsend to our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

One mother dog and her eight puppies.

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

Baby Girl was a stray who was taken in by an older couple. On April 1, 2017, Baby was pregnant, and was attacked by a dog or dogs who came into the yard. She was taken by Stray Hearts volunteers to Country Hills Vet Clinic, more than 45 minutes away, for emergency treatment. Dr. Melanie Greene came in late to care for Baby. Baby had multiple deep bite wounds on her rump and stomach (including a mammary gland that was torn open), and a canine tooth that was ripped from the socket. Baby Girl was in great pain and shock when she arrived at the clinic, but Dr. Greene gave her a pain shot and began IV fluids. Baby Girl stayed at the clinic for three days to get stabilized. She had several drain tubes, and then a final surgery to remove the canine tooth and have her gum sewn back in place.

A week later, Baby Girl had eight beautiful puppies, all healthy. Baby Girl is recovered and the couple have enclosed their yard with fencing to keep Baby Girl safe. Baby's puppies will be sent to rescue, where they will be vetted and adopted. In addition, Baby Girl will be spayed, using funds a relative gave to have her vetted. A very happy ending for all. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Homeward Animal Shelter: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Orvis grant allowed our shelter to purchase enrichment toys and supplies for use with our adoptable dogs. The enrichment toys break up the monotony of shelter life for the dogs and the other supplies were items such as harness, which make it easier when volunteers are taking them for walks as part of our enrichment program.

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

Our dogs have always had plenty of volunteers to walk them; however, that was the bulk of their enrichment time. Without more mental stimulation, some of the dogs were a bit unruly. We've found that with more mental stimulation, the dogs have calmed slightly, making them more adoptable. People also enjoy seeing the dogs playing with the toys, especially our kiddie pool for the dogs during the summer. We feel that every bit of enrichment we can provide our dogs make their stay at the shelter shorter, because they are calmer when people come to visit.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+ (toys will be reused until they are damaged beyond repair, so could be several years)

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

Petey is a pit bull terrier who has been in our shelter's care since January 2017. Petey loves people, but he is the type of dog that requires quite a bit of mental stimulation. Although Petey wants to be with people, he previously found it acceptable to grab onto people's arms as a means of getting what he wanted. This rough play would often result in bruised arms, and discouraged adopters who saw this behavior.

Through the grant, we have been able to provide Petey with suitable toys to curb this behavior. We've found that he really enjoys Kongs and Kong Wobblers and will do nearly anything for these toys -- and, in addition, they keep him entertained for several minutes. Afterwards, he's much calmer and easier to work with. A dog trainer has also been working with him and Petey no longer mouths on people when he's bored. The enrichment we've provided has helped Petey become more adoptable and we hope he will soon find his adoptive home! Petey's profile: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37508158

Humane Society of Warren County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet donations that are designated to the Humane Society of Warren County are deposited into the general fund, where we have the greatest need. The Sponsor a Pet funds go to assist our animal shelter in providing services to the designated pets.

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

These donations help to offset the cost of medications, vaccinations, basic veterinary care, behavior modification, boarding, nutrition, and kennel enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Through the Sponsor A Pet button, Chucky (first photo) was sponsored. Chucky was a highly adoptable chow mix who came to the shelter in poor condition, with a completely matted base of fur. Funds allowed us to get Chucky professionally groomed and to care for him during his stay in the shelter. Chucky was adopted by a wonderful family (second photo) once he was healed and healthy.

The Sponsor a Pet donations also helped us continue to care for Finn (third photo). Finn came to the Humane Society of Warren County as a feral dog. We have been working with him for two years on socialization to increase his adoptability. Finn is a sweet soul and we know the right family is out there and his time will come to find a forever home. Meet Finn: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36030291

Animal Care Centers of NYC: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is truly grateful for this generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation, which was used to install a roofing structure at ACC’s Brooklyn Care Center’s outdoor play area to facilitate dog play groups and dog-to-dog socialization. This roofing structure is essential for the comfort of our dogs. ACC runs playgroups daily to provide the best possible quality of life for the dogs in our care, but inclement weather such as rain and snow as well as the hot sun can remove some of the benefits that dogs receive from this lifesaving program. The newly installed roofing structure at our Brooklyn Care Center ensures the efficacy of daily playgroups in a healthy and stimulating environment for NYC’s shelter dogs by providing high-quality enrichment and valuable socialization, which reduces stress and illness and ultimately increases adoptions.

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

ACC is one of the largest animal-welfare organizations in the country, taking in more than 35,000 animals annually. We are different from other rescue organizations because we never turn away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm animals and wildlife.

The generosity of the Petfinder Foundation has enabled us to achieve our goal of providing the tens of thousands of dogs we care for each year a healthy, positive environment with the greatest possible chance for placement. Each year, on average, our Brooklyn Care Center cares for more than 3,500 dogs. For years to come, each dog now entering the Brooklyn Care Center will benefit directly from this roofing structure.

How many pets did this grant help?

3,500 yearly

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

Orchid, a 7-year-old mixed breed (first photo), was found abandoned and tied to a pole in Rockaway Beach, New York. She was then brought to ACC’s Brooklyn Care Center by a Good Samaritan. Orchid immediately became a staff and volunteer favorite, as she was so sweet and always wagging her tail! Overweight (yet that much more to love) at 78 lbs., Orchid would become very hot and winded during playgroup. Once the roofing structure was installed with the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, she learned how to stay cool in the shade, which enabled her to spend more time out in playgroup, socializing with other dogs and letting her true personality shine. Orchid was placed with one of ACC’s dedicated New Hope rescue-group partners.

Chicago Animal Advocates: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to help pay for a brain MRI and spinal tap on a medical-mystery dog in our care.

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

We needed about $2,400 to do this procedure. We had spent so much on Bon Bon before this, trying to figure out what is going on. It had been draining our funds to help other animals in need. Each time we came up empty-handed with answers.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bon Bon came to us over a year ago as an owner surrender. We quickly noticed he was having weird health issues: constant regurgitation, permanently dilated eyes, and odd tremor episodes. Nothing we did gave us an explanation. Our next step to hopefully get answers was to perform an MRI and a spinal tap. This was extremely expensive and a risk, since it still might not give us an answer. This was a bittersweet feeling for us. His MRI and spinal-tap results came back clean. The good news is, there is no cancer or neurological problem causing his issues. This gives us a good feeling that Bon Bon should have normal lifespan. Yet, we still wish we knew why this was happening and how to help stop it. Our vet thinks this is how he was born. We are now working on getting a Bailey Chair for him to help with the regurgitation. Overall, we are happy to know there isn't something major causing his problems and that he can live a long, happy life. Now we are focusing on finding him the right home to care for his needs. He is truly a happy, sweet dog. Meet Bon Bon: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37704657

Paws for Life Utah: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay medical bills for an injured kitty, Frankie (aka Frankenstein), who, sadly, crawled under a car hood to keep warm and, when the driver started the car in the morning, poor Frankie was caught. He suffered several injuries and a broken leg. After spending several months at our veterinary clinic (where he became a celebrity!), he was adopted by a loving woman and her sweet dog, and the three of them are now inseparable. He has had several surgeries, and the bills that are attached to this report represent a portion of his medical costs.

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

This grant helped us immensely in paying a portion of the medical bills for Frankie. The community is responding so positively to the support from the Petfinder Foundation, as they have been following his story. He is one amazing and loving cat! This grant helped us not only with this one kitty, but in communicating the mission of our volunteer-based organization and highlighting the type of live-saving work we do with the support of the Petfinder Foundation. They are more aware of the needs of homeless pets and how to find them on Petfinder.com.

How many pets did this grant help?

One directly, but many more pets in good will

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

A big THANK YOU to the Petfinder Foundation for granting us $1,000 for emergency medical funding for Frankie, the poor kitty who crawled under the hood of a car to keep warm and was terribly injured. The owner of the car had no idea that a sweet little gray-and-white kitten was under the hood of his car when he started it. Sadly, much of the kitten's skin was torn and his leg was broken. After several surgeries and several weeks of rehab, his fighting spirit got him through the recovery process. He is now in a loving home with his new mom and a loving dog brother who adores him!