Success Stories

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

Live and Let Live Farm Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for your continued support! Funds received were used for veterinary care to have health certificates for adoptable pets to promote their adoptions; reduced rates for special circumstances, including waived fees for a young girl who recently lost both her parents and was adopting several pets; care for pregnant cats and dogs who were in foster care so they could raise their babies in a home environment until the litters were of adoptable age; advertising goods and materials; and much more.

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

We are a large rescue and sanctuary, and grants and donations allow us to take in and place many more animals. By partnering with organizations such as Petfinder.com, we are able to increase the exposure of animals needing homes. We have also partnered with our local PetSmart to have adoption events, and we advertise available pets on Petfinder.com banners to increase public awareness of animals in the rescue needing sponsors, fosters and adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our adoption numbers are in the hundreds.

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

We have been able to help in so many ways, but one special adoption means the world to us. One of our former volunteers passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. Her young teenage daughter then lost her father months later. She is an extraordinary young lady. After the loss of both her parents, she lost her cat. We were able to reduce and waive the adoption fees to adopt out a new kitten along with two sugar gliders. She now has new animal companions to comfort and share love with her. Additionally, we have many animals in long-term foster care for whom we provide medical care, food and other support while they nurse litters.

Humane Society of Parkersburg: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to build three large fenced-in play yards for our shelter dogs.

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

This grant has allowed more of our shelter dogs to get outside, play and exercise out in the sunshine! This helps make them happier, healthier and more adoptable. Thanks to this grant, we were able to double our play yards, therefore doubling the number of the dogs we are able to get outside every single day.

How many pets did this grant help?

The hundreds who have already come through our doors this year and all who have yet to come to us.

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

This story is about Rascal. He came to us incredibly scared and fearful of people and other dogs. He was, by all measures, unadoptable. Eventually Rascal made his way out to the play yards and the volunteers attempted to walk him side-by-side each night with another dog. When progress was made, he was cautiously introduced to another shelter dog in the play yards and, before we knew it, he was off-leash and having the time of his life with other dogs! Every single night, Rascal was in the play yards with his first doggie buddy, Bronx. Eventually, he became friends with Norman and then he was making friends with all the dogs. Rascal was finally adopted a few weeks ago and we all know it wouldn't have been possible without our play yards! His adoption photo with his new mom says it all! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Pets Alive: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant was used to pay for emergency surgery on a stray cat who had been hit by a car and had a severely injured leg.

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

The grant enabled us to give Daryl the emergency leg amputation he needed after being hit by a car. A bone was protruding from his hind leg and he was in a lot of pain. The leg could not be saved.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bad luck turned to good luck for Daryl when a good Samaritan came upon the 2-year-old, long-haired cat and brought him to us on Jan. 30, 2018. Daryl, a stray cat, had been hit by a car and was badly injured. A bone was protruding from his hind leg and he was in a lot of pain. When we saw the extent of his injury, Daryl was immediately admitted to the veterinary hospital. Sadly, diagnostics revealed that he had a compound fracture. The best course of action for Daryl to have any qualify of life without pain would be to amputate his leg. Preparatory bloodwork was drawn and a brave Daryl was prepared for surgery. Post-surgery, Daryl came back to our shelter to recover as he awaited his forever home. His enthusiasm for his newfound friends -- both feline and human -- and his determination to not let this slow him down, enabled him to recover. Before long, he was learning how to navigate with three legs and quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite.

His friendly and loving nature soon captured the heart of a family, and on March 10, 2018, Daryl went to his forever home. The adopter recently told us, “He loves to play with his toys and could be a soccer player – even with just three legs! He enjoys a nightly belly rub when I get home from work. He adjusted very quickly to his new home and my grandchildren love to come visit him. He sends his love to you for taking such good care of him at Pets Alive!”

Friends for Animal of Metro Detroit: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical exam and grooming for Figaro.

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

The funds helped with Figaro's medical exam and grooming. He came into the shelter matted and limping which require medical intervention.

How many pets did this grant help?

One cat: Figaro

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

Figaro is a 2-year-old male with a long, silky red-and-white coat. He was brought to the shelter because his human companion said Figaro and the other cat in the home did not seem to like each other, but Fig does get along with his roommates at the shelter. He is feeling much better minus the mats and we found that he has a slipping knee that does not require any medical intervention at this time. He is still looking for a home, so check him out at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41175176

Cyan's Private Garden Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We are very grateful for this grant opportunity. It allowed us to build up the quality of life that the rescues receive here by supplying many items the dogs needed to enrich their lives. We started out with a new baseline heater to keep the rescues nice and warm. The one they'd had was aging and needed to be replaced for safety reasons. We also updated the plastic crates with new, shiny clean doors and added two new extra-large wire crates. We then rotated all the dogs to enhance their comfort while in confinement. New blankets and tarps were purchased. We enhanced their health and vitality by adding supplements to their daily food and dental treatments and dental products to keep their breath smelling clean and fresh so potential adopters will be impressed with their smiles. Long-lasting enrichment toys and brain-treat toys were added to keep them busy and occupied. Dogs love the great outdoors and exercise, so we hired WAG dog-walking service to help train and socialize our dogs while giving them the attention they crave! Gentle Leaders were purchased to train the harder-to-walk dogs so they would be more suitable for adoption. And, of course, vet care for the dogs in need.

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

This grant helped us provide security and safety for our rescues. It reinforced our interactions with the dogs and their temperaments by adding training tools and toys to make their care easier. It cut our costs on vet care by supplying preventive joint supplements and skin and coat supplements. It helped us manage our rescues in a cleaner containment system. We can now go out in our play yard and use long-lasting play toys to build good social skills with other dogs. We have a great new preventive dental-care routine added to keep the rescues' teeth in great shape.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Brownie (first photo) came to us on New Year's Eve. She was freezing to death, and so emaciated that she was hunched up into a ball when she walked. She would have died in a few more days. Brownie had been abused at the hands of humans. She had an open, infected wound on her front paw and hundreds of bite marks all over her feet and back. They were not from a normal dog fight -- so we know that someone held her to let other dogs bite her. She was also newly pregnant and had an infection in her uterus. She was so malnourished, her body was absorbing the pups back into her system. We spayed her and found her to be heartworm-positive. This grant came at a time when she was ready to start heartworm treatments. We purchased nutritional supplements to help Brownie gain weight in a healthy way. We were also able to start her on heartworm treatment. Because of this grant, Brownie is now ready to be adopted! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41206155

Peanut (second photo) was an adopted dog in a home for over three years. When the adopters changed living arrangements, they could no longer provide a safe environment for him. Peanut was returned to this rescue, as we require our adopters to do if they find themselves no longer able to care for their pet. Peanut was used to his freedom inside the home and daily walks out on the leash. He became depressed back in the rescue and longed for something more. He would stand and stare behind the gates, looking for his owner to return. When we hired a dog-walking service to come and take him for long walks around the neighborhood, all that changed. He became a happy, playful dog again who is able to be more friendly with the other rescues here. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38639656

Animal House Cat Rescue & Adoption Center: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the 2017 Purina Adoption Event Grant were used to assist our adopters in completing their adoption fee. This ensured that all families who wanted to bring one of our rescued cats into their homes were able to without a large financial burden.

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

This grant assisted us in adopting out 17 of our cats and kittens in the given two-week timeframe.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

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

Lucky Vito met his mom, Jordan, just a week after he officially became adoptable. It was love at first sight! Now, Vito is doing very well in his new home. He loves to hunt for toy mice, chase ping-pong balls around the apartment, and bat at teasers whenever he gets the chance. He especially loves cuddling up next to Jordan at night and making pillow forts in the morning! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making this adoption possible.

Ruff House Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kongs both at our thrift store to generate donations and at our kennel for our pups to play with while waiting for their furever homes!

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

Helping raise money to save more lives, as well as providing stimulation and playtime in the kennel

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 20!

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

Jackie loved her Kong so much, she took it to her fur-ever home! So did Finn!

PEARL Parrot Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for hernia/tumor surgery for Tiki, the Moluccan cockatoo.

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

Without this funding, we would have not been able to afford the surgery, effectively putting Tiki into hospice care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tiki is a beautiful 17-year-old Moluccan cockatoo who was surrendered to PEARL Parrot Rescue when her owner could no longer provide for her. Upon intake, we discovered a large mass on Tiki’s butt. We knew we had to get this sweet girl to the vet for testing right away. Our veterinarian ran multiple tests and discovered a massive hernia encasing Tiki's organs. Without surgery to remove the tumor, Tiki’s intestines could lose their blood supply and she would die. It was determined that she would need to see a specialist.

On Jan. 18, 2018, she was taken to see an avian vet who specializes in operating on parrots -- a rare specialist to find. Because of the location of the tumor and the effect it was having on her internal organs, the surgery was very risky and very costly. Initial quotes for the procedure ran upwards of $4,000, not including the $800 in diagnostic testing to get us to this point.

After the surgery, Tiki stayed at the surgery center for a total of 45 days, receiving subsequent surgeries to tighten loose skin that the tumor had stretched out. Now that she's back in the rescue, we're looking for a very special person to become her forever flock. We can tell she's definitely feeling better because she never stops moving! Her favorite things to say are "I love you" and "pretty bird" and to whinny like a horse! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40617803

Humane Society of Missouri: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Between Oct. 21 and Nov. 5, 2017, every adoption at each of our companion-animal shelters was subsidized with a $50 donation from Purina/the Petfinder Foundation. In total, 301 animals were adopted during this event, resulting in a donation of $15,050.

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

The adoption event and partnership helped place more animals into loving homes by making adoptions more affordable for families considering shelter adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

301

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

This grant helped many pets in need of loving homes and made room in HSMO's shelters for more animals to be made available for adoption.

Lucky's Place, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help purchase additional security for the shelter after a recent theft.

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

Keeping all of our guests healthy and secure is a fundamental goal, and this grant will help us achieve that goal.

How many pets did this grant help?

24, plus all who will come to Lucky's in the future!

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

One family this grant helped is Sweet Pea (first photo) and her three kittens, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail (second, third and fourth photos). Sweet Pea was nursing three kittens when she arrived at Lucky's Place from an overpopulated home. Much to our surprise, she was also pregnant! The kittens are only 4 weeks old and are therefore among our most vulnerable guests.