Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The $2,000 grant was used to facilitate free adoptions for adult dogs and cats in our shelter.
This grant enabled us to waive the adoption fees for many deserving pets, allowing us to find them new homes faster. Offering free adoptions brought more people to our shelter and enabled the animals to spend less time with us and more time with loving families. Finding these animals homes also allowed us to have more space for new animals, both those who were surrendered by their owners or those we could pull from overcrowded area shelters.
Fifteen cats and 15 dogs; two dogs are still available for free adoption.
Rocky Balboa (first photo) was a 6-year-old male border collie that we pulled from Baltimore County Animal Services. He was listed as "rescue only" because of his obesity, meaning BCAS would only allow an approved rescue group to pull him into its program -- he was not available for adoption to the general public. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and was adopted in only eight days by a loving family.
Jar Jar (second photo) was a 3-year-old male mixed breed that we pulled from Prince George's County to help alleviate crowding in that facility. After just 10 days on the adoption floor, Jar Jar went home with a new loving family.
Kit Cat (third photo) was a 2-year-old female domestic long hair cat who was surrendered by his owner but was adopted by a new loving family in just five days. The family decided to surprise their mom with a new family member after their previous cat passed away.
This donation sponsored the adoption fee of a dog in our care named Ivy. Ivy's adoption sponsorship meant that someone who may have overlooked her before may have taken special notice of her since her adoption fee was waived.
This grant helped Ivy get adopted by taking away the financial barrier to adoption that many face. This sponsorship helped her get adopted, which not only meant that Ivy got a good home, but that her length of stay was shorter and thus we could help more animals like her.
Ivy was brought into the Lawrence Humane Society by transfer from another facility in central Kansas. When she arrived, she was a bit rough around the edges and definitely needed a bath. Once we got her cleaned up, we learned that she loved to play with other dogs and get affection from people. She was later adopted by a loving family with plenty of land for her to run around.
The donation of food was used to feed the many cats and dogs we have at our shelter. We are the largest shelter in this area and the number of animals we get in on a daily basis is staggering. This donation was very much appreciated and needed.
This donation helped to provide food for so many of those under our care.
We have 200 dogs and usually more than 100 cats on any given day, so a very large number of animals were provided for.
One of the dogs who benefited from this donation was Ginger (first photo), who is still available for adoption and actually resides as our office dog. Ginger came in very fearful and anxious, so we decided to keep her with us in the office to socialize her. She now loves everyone and is great with cats and dogs her size. She does not care for smaller dogs, so a home with a smaller dog is not recommended. She has a sweet and affectionate personality with everyone and is extremely intelligent. She is spoiled by everyone here, but we still wish for a permanent home for her. Ginger has a special position here, as she visits libraries in the area and the children read to her. Because she is so well-behaved and sweet, she is a favorite!
Fonzie was hurt when found; he had a broken leg that required immediate surgery.
We applied and in no time the funds were granted to us! They covered almost all of his emergency vet bill. We are so low on funding at this time due to weather issues and not being able to do adoptions that when Fonzie came to us, we did not have the funding to help him.
One: Fonzie, a 12-week-old beagle mix
Fonzie was found in a cemetery with his two sisters. They had been there for at least two weeks, according to the woman who found them and took food to them. Fonzie had suffered an injury to his back leg; we are not sure how it happened and I guess we will never know.
When we got the call about them, I sent one of my foster homes to pick them up. She contacted me and said the little male had an injury to his back leg. We took him to the vet the next morning. She found that it had been badly broken. He had surgery the very next day. We picked him up that afternoon and brought him home for recovery. We posted his pictures and story on our Petfinder website. It didn't take very long for us to hear from someone wanting to adopt this sweet baby! They filled out the application and, once approved, they adopted him.
Fonzie's new family was very willing to follow his recovery instructions and took him for his vet checks and his final visit to get a pin removed. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Fonzie can now lead a normal, happy life with a wonderful family that loves him dearly! The fourth photo shows Fonzie with his new mom.
Mending Spirits Animal Rescue used the $90 grant we were awarded to sponsor a bonded pair of cats who need to find a home together. The adoption fee would have been $100 per cat. We have them listed to be adopted together with an adoption fee of $110. We are able to do this because of this amazing gift.
We gave this donation to sponsor a bonded pair of cats to help them find a forever family together. They have been though a lot. They came to Mending Spirits after they lost their family due to death. We had them in care for a few months and they were very happily adopted out together. After about a year, they again lost their family due to the tragic and unexpected death of their adopted dad. They are very lucky to have each other, and we are excited to be able to use this grant to keep them together in their next forever home.
This grant is helping two adult cats be able to stay together.
Mia is a friendly lady cat who loves to curl up on you while you read a book and knows exactly when there is an open lap for her to jump on. Her best trick is to sit on her hind legs like a meerkat and reach up with her head for a pet. Romeo is a curious gentleman cat who likes to explore and tell you about his adventures as he goes along. His best trick is to open doors using the doorknob and go spelunking in all of the cupboards.
We understand that adding two pets at a time can seem overwhelming when considering the bigger financial investment, but there are a lot of benefits of adopting a bonded pair. The greatest thing about having a bonded pair of cats is that they are never alone; if you work or are away from home they have a friend to keep them company. Having a companion can reduce boredom, reduce negative acting out, decrease anxiety when left alone, and entertain the other animal. Also, in general, pets with a companion are healthier and play together, keeping their energy and exercise levels up. Last, often when adopting a pet there is a transition period that can last for weeks to allow an animal to become comfortable in their new surroundings. With Romeo and Mia, they transition much quicker, because they have each other to comfort and create a sense of familiarity. Meet them: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41441246
We received one donation in the fourth quarter of 2017; it was for $22.50 for a puppy named Harrison. The donation was used to offset the cost associated with preventative medication given to Harrison.
One pet: Harrison
Harrison is a cute pit bull puppy. He was impounded as a stray at a city shelter. Nobody came to claim him, so we rescued him. This adorable puppy was adopted quickly!
P.L.A.Y. pet beds were used to enhance the lives of our shelter cats awaiting forever homes. The pet beds were given to both our community cats who live in the open and our medically fragile cats who live in cages.
This grant gave our animals awaiting homes a warm, soft place to sleep and play. The pet beds also made bedding in our community-cat rooms uniform and appealing for potential adopters.
Fonzi (first photo) came to live at Pawsibilites with his mom and five siblings. While his mother and siblings have found forever homes, Fonzi remains with us, awaiting his. Fonzi watched me start to put the P.L.A.Y. beds out and ran across the room to claim one. He now spends most of his sleep time on the bed. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41523598
Patches (second photo) is our very shy kitty who is enjoying the P.L.A.Y. beds on her high shelf. Patches is still learning to like people and not ready for adoption.
While you cannot see the P.L.A.Y. bed in the third photo, it is in the box being enjoyed by this group of kitties who just arrived at our shelter. These very scared kitties came from the home of a hoarder who had 63 cats living with her. Once these kitties are treated and socialized, they will be ready for their forever homes.
All donations are used to purchase necessary items for shelter animals, including food, bedding, and medical supplies.
Grants help the shelter offer care to our animals until they are adopted. They allow us to house our animals without regard to any timelines, therefore giving them the best chance at finding a home.
The pet sponsored was Ivy. She was at the shelter for about a year and two months. She was adopted on March 23, 2018! Donations allow the shelter to cover expenses for our animals and are very important, especially for our long-term residents like Ivy.
This grant was used to cover the adoption fees for 12 cats and 10 dogs adopted in conjunction with the Purina Better Together Adoption Event in Soulard Park and at our shelter in conjunction with this promotion. These fees cover all medical costs related to making these cats and dogs ready for adoption and any costs related to qualifying applications (doing home checks and administrative work).
The grant helped the pets in our care who went on to be adopted by covering the costs associated with their spay/neuter, immunizations, flea/tick/heartworm/parasite preventative, and microchipping. It offset our costs associated with these essential services we provide to all our pets/adopters prior to adoption.
Starling was an older pit bull-mix puppy who, although adorable, had been returned several times due to her boundless puppy energy. We knew that we'd need to find the appropriate owner who would not only see her cuteness, but also know that they would have to spend lots of time working with her now that she was larger but still rambunctious. The Better Together event exposed her to lots of potential new owners and, while there was lots of interest, we felt only one of the potential adopters really had what it took to turn her into the awesome dog that she could be. We were able to find and identify this person because of the scale of event and tons of promotion that was possible with Purina and the Petfinder Foundation.
The sponsorship was directed to the care of a special-needs cat named Sweet Pea.
Sweet Pea is incontinent due to a spinal injury from having been hit by a car in her previous life as an outdoor cat in a hoarding situation. Because her bladder has to be expressed and doesn’t empty on its own, she is prone to urinary-tract infections. She gets quarterly urinalysis, and more frequently if she has symptoms.
Although Sweet Pea has significant special needs, we do consider her adoptable to the right home. She must have her bladder expressed three to four times daily and will continue to require frequent monitoring for urinary-tract issues. Sweet Pea is one of the funniest, smartest, silliest and most precious cats we've ever known. She is a wonderful Office Assistant to our staff. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32777866