Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Grant funds were used to help with some of the expenses for heartworm treatment, medical care and boarding costs for Josephine, a 9-year-old dog.
PFL has no paid staff and receives no government support. Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care, paying vet bills and purchasing needed supplies. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found. In some cases, if foster homes are not available, we use boarding facilities rather than leave a sick or senior animal in a shelter environment. This grant helped to offset some of the costs for Josephine's medical care and boarding.
One senior dog named Josephine
Nine-year-old Josephine was dumped at Animal Control full of milk; at her senior age, she had just given birth to a litter of puppies. No one knows what happened to them. Josephine tested positive for heartworm and has completed her treatment, and now she really needs to live out her senior days in a forever home. She does not get along with other dogs or cats as she never learned how to share the cuddles she seeks so often. Our volunteers visit her frequently in a boarding facility and all she wants to do is give kisses. Since she was rescued from the shelter four months ago, she has not received one application for adoption. When asked to pose for a picture with direct eye contact, Josephine didn't hesitate to provide an eyeball -- and a kiss, as you can see in the second picture! She is ready for her forever home! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37480071
To help animals like Snow, a dog who came to us from a shelter partner because she needed surgery on her leg. X-rays also turned up a bottlecap in her abdomen. Snow underwent two emergency surgeries on her leg and abdomen to survive.
It helped our Shelter Medicine Team provide lifesaving medical care to extreme cases of need like Snow, as well as provide care to healthy animals with us awaiting adoption by their forever families.
A local animal control agency contacted the Atlanta Humane Society's Shelter Medicine Team in need of assistance; sweet Snow was in dire need of an operation on her leg. Before the operation, our veterinarians performed x-rays in order to fully understand Snow's condition. What they found was shocking. In addition to needing an operation on her leg, Snow also had a foreign object lodged in her abdomen that could cause her immense pain and further complications. Because of the object’s size and sharp edges, our Shelter Medicine Team had to perform an emergency exploratory surgery to remove it.
After the exploratory surgery, we knew Snow would pull through. Her leg was still causing her immense pain, so with comfort and reassurance from our Shelter Medicine Team, Snow bravely faced her second life-saving surgery. After the two intensive surgeries, Snow is on the road to recovery. It will take some time for this sweet girl to feel 100% again, but she is already walking and showing off her sweet personality.
The donation received was used to help pay for antibiotics needed for the dog's injuries.
This grant helped us provide needed medications in order to heal her wounds and thereby allow her to be adopted.
Tippy was transferred into our care from another local rescue that did not have the financial resources to provide for her medical care. Tippy had some injuries that needed surgery and postoperative antibiotics. With Tippy being a pit bull, we expected it to take several months to find a suitable home for this energetic girl once she was ready. To our delight, Tippy found her forever home and is enjoying being a companion dog once again.
I applied for the grant to replace the kennels that were destroyed in a storm in March. Since then we have had three or four more storms, so we were waiting, as every minor repair we had done was destroyed. This is our first spring on the land, and we'd had no idea that the winds were so bad. So we figured we could build a permanent play yard that would withstand the high winds and rain. We were able to get fence panels donated to go towards this project. This would allow for a 150' x 100' play yard for our dogs. We are almost done building the play yard that we are calling a small dog park. Due to the heat, we are short on volunteers, but we are almost complete. We plan to hang "Petfinder Foundation" on one of our fence panels. I understand a report is due now, but we will post more final pictures later. THANK YOU for making this possible.
75 dogs at our facility
All of our facility's adoptable pets were helped by this grant; more than 75 dogs now have access to a dog park to run and play and play fetch. We had nowhere for the dogs to safely run and play. We have five acres, but it's not fenced in, so walks were the only thing we could do. We had small outdoor kennels in which they could get some time playing, but they kept getting destroyed by the weather. The new dog park is permanent and huge, allowing plenty of free run-and-play time. Living in a kennel environment, this is so much-needed to keep these dogs happy. The back wall is wood fence; the rest of the walls are 9-gauge chain link.
We received a sponsorship check for $90 in the first quarter of 2017. This money was placed in our spay/neuter fund and used to spay and neuter two siblings, Baylor and Brigette.
It has helped support our goal of spaying and neutering all cats and kittens before they are adopted.
These two cuties, Baylor and Brigette, were born to a mom who was found as a stray outside. We brought Mama and her five babies into foster care. They had a pretty rough start, but soon, with lots of loving care from their foster family, they grew into beautiful, healthy AND adoptable kitties. They now reside together in their new home and are very much loved!!
It covered feed for a rescue horse.
Margarita, a 2-year-old filly, was sponsored. From her Petfinder profile: "Rita is a lovely spotted saddlehorse filly. She will be 2 in August, and she is adoptable to an experienced equine home." Meet Margarita: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33325451
The Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant was used for 175 Peria beds, 20 fan misters to be used in our play yards while our dogs exercised outside, 240 Kong toys and 240 natural hambone treats for our dogs to enjoy in their kennels. These items provide comfort and enrichment for our dogs while they are waiting to be adopted.
This grant allowed us to purchase new beds for our dogs, as well as Kongs, Kong Wobblers, Kong Tugs, Kong Rubber Balls, natural dog bones and an outdoor mister system for each play yard. All of these things make the dogs' time in their kennels easier and more enjoyable, and relaxes the animals, helping them to put on their best behavior to meet potential adopters. In addition to helping our pets, these items also give our hard-working staff a boost by letting them share fun items with the pets in their care.
175 Perla beds and 20 fan misters to be used continuously, 240 Kong toys and 240 dog bones.
Our pets are enjoying the beds, toys, and bones. There wasn't a specific story, but we are sending pictures of our pets enjoying the items this grant allowed us to purchase. All of the pets in our picture have been adopted. Dallas Animal Services appreciates the Petfinder Foundation's generous grant. Thank you, Petfinder, for choosing Dallas Animal Services.
General kennel improvements
We were able to provide new pools and fans for the shelter dogs to help keep them cool in the summer.
Shamus is a senior boy who has a hard time keeping cool in the hot summer months. This grant is helping our dogs stay comfortable and happy. From his Petfinder profile: "This handsome boy is very ready to find his forever home. He is great with children, other dogs, is house-trained and knows all of his basic obedience! He also walks great on-leash. Shamus is a sweet guy who is not only handsome, but also a true gentleman." Meet Shamus: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31178812
We have used these beds at both the Hello Bully Halfway House and at events.
At the Halfway House, dogs enjoy sitting/relaxing while we clean, stuff Kongs, and perform other activities. They are also very transportable, so we have brought them to on-site events, where our adoptabulls are able to meet potential families. They can rest in a very comfortable spot with these beds!
Grayson LOVES these beds! He often prefers them over the giant futon that the dogs have access to :) THANK YOU! From his Petfinder profile: "This guy is the total package! He's smart, handsome, and oh, so charming. Two-year-old Grayson is a clever dog who enjoys using his mind. Stuffed Kongs, food puzzles, and training sessions let him show off his smarts. Our volunteers have introduced him to clicker training and he's been doing really well with it! He also loves to take long walks and really check out the scenery, and he'd be a great running partner. He knows how to relax after a busy day and is happy to lounge around when all of his work is done. He'd do best with adults and teenagers because of his larger size." Meet Grayson: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36963329
Its was a sponsorship donation for one of our terminal cats. We used it toward his chemo medications.
It aided in providing continued medical treatment.
Sinclair came to Only Maine Coons Rescue from a shelter in New Jersey in the spring of 2016, at the age of approximately 10 years. He was a bit of a mess -- quite underweight for his size, with his beautiful tabby-and-white coat matted and dirty. Despite his appearance, he was delighted to be in his new foster home, talking to and loving on his foster family, and even bellying up to the sink for a nice cool drink whenever he could get someone to turn on the faucet.
At his first vet visit, it was discovered that his liver was not functioning properly. More tests over the coming months finally revealed that Sinclair suffers from advanced intestinal lymphoma. As bad as that sounds, there is a treatment protocol for it that, in effect, can “keep the cancer busy” for at least two years, then can be adjusted as needed to keep the lymphoma at bay. This will provide Sinclair with a good quality of life, allowing him to do the things he loves -- being a high-maintenance boy who follows his humans around, demands attention, pesters his foster brothers and sisters, and does his best to get into as much kitty trouble as possible, all while looking devastatingly handsome!
Sinclair is being treated with medication (Leukeran and steroids), a special high-fiber diet, and fluids. He is feeling good, though he is still underweight. At times, his appetite isn’t what it should be and his foster family has to hand-feed him to make sure he gets the nourishment he needs. Otherwise, he is a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoys every day! Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37363703