Success Stories

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

Paws Ranch Rescue: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was a disaster-relief grant we used to vet dogs to be sent to less-crowded shelters out of state. We also used half the funds to repair our outdoor kennels after they were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

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

This grant helped our organization by enabling us to move pets from our crowded location to two less-crowded shelters up north. This grant also helped us by allowing us to renovate our outdoor kennels that were damaged by the storm. The pets benefited from a less-crowded, renewed environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant directly helped 10 pets and indirectly helped more than 30 animals.

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

Tika (first and second photos) is a 4-year-old border collie mix. She has been at Paws Ranch for three years. No one has ever shown interest in this loving, loyal companion. She deserves a great home and a comfortable space to live at the shelter. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Tika is enjoying her renewed space! She is available for adoption. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33322078

Paws Ranch Rescue & Animal Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

100 Kong toys for shelter dogs affected by the Harvey disaster.

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

Every pet that has come through the shelter since we got the Kong toys has received one. They all love the Kong toys and the treats within. It is a great enrichment tool and very easy to implement into our daily routine.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far every pet that has come through our shelter has gotten their very own Kong toy -- 35 so far.

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

Lucky (first photo) is a 3-year-old Dalmatian mix. He was rescued from an over-crowded shelter and is Lucky to be alive. He loves his new Kong toy. Lucky is still waiting for his "furever" home. His Petfinder posting is www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36849109. Thank you, Kong and Petfinder Foundation!

CATS Cradle Shelter: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This was an Emergency Medical Fund grand used to save the life of a cat who was completely blocked and in need of emergency surgery.

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

Without this grant, we would not have had the funds to save Soul's life. He had a $980.70 surgery at the emergency clinic (and that bill did not include the medications he needed once released). That is a large amount of money for a nonprofit rescue, and we were thrilled to be awarded this grant to help us get Soul well again so he can hopefully find a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Soul was brought into the emergency clinic to be euthanized because his owner did not want or have the funds to get him medical treatment. When Dr. S. saw what a nice young boy Soul was, he knew he would be adoptable if he could find a rescue to take over his care. That is when Dr. S. called CATS Cradle Shelter to see if we could rescue him from being euthanized. We have seen many urinary blockages treated successfully and had no issue taking him. That is when we applied for the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and this grant program, Soul is well on his way to making a full recovery and will be placed for adoption as soon as we can get him eating enough on his own to go into a home. Soul is a finicky boy and we are still trying to get him to adjust to his new food.

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

To sponsor the adoption fees and care of the animals chosen by the donors.

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

Animals with lowered fees have higher online visibility, which increases their chances of finding homes sooner. Donors who sponsor adoption fees through the Petfinder website have allowed us to place some of our harder-to-adopt or long-term animals by lowering or completely waiving their adoption fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

21

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

Blossom (first photo) is an amazing, sweet, playful girl who adores laps. She gets along great with other cats and is just an all-around wonderful girl. She was having trouble finding a home for three reasons: 1) She is FIV-positive, 2) she would nip fingers if you put them in her cage, and 3) she didn't photograph very well. She stayed at the shelter for 10 weeks with no interest. Once her adoption fee was sponsored, she was adopted in five days!

York County SPCA: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong grant that provided us with Kongs valued at $349.75. This product is used in our kennel for enrichment of our shelter canines.

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

Our organization did not have to spend any of the funds from our operating budget to provide the products needed for our shelter canines. Kongs allow our dogs to be treated to toys that we sometimes fill with food so that they are appropriately occupied in between the walks from our volunteers. Our canine population often has to spend more time in the kennel than some of them are used to and the toys allow them to use their down time to their advantage.

How many pets did this grant help?

There were approximately 28 Kongs delivered to us, which were given to 28 different dogs. These Kongs are cleaned daily, which allows us to distribute them to other canines. Overall, this product grant will benefit every dog in our kennel over time.

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

Introducing Jasper! This 2-year-old Lab/shepherd (first photo) was surrendered when his family moved. This big, handsome boy doesn't hold grudges, though, and is excited to start a new life with some lucky family! Jasper is a happy, fun-loving boy who is looking for an active, fun-loving family to join. No couch potatoes need apply -- this boy is looking to explore the world and have some fun! Jasper would love to attend obedience or agility class with his new family. Being smart, food-motivated and eager to please, Jasper would surely be a star student! Thanks to the Kongs awarded to us from the Petfinder Foundation, Jasper is able to work off some energy with responsible chewing! Jasper has gotten along with the dogs he has met so far, but cats are unknown at this time. Meet Jasper: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39362011

We can't believe it, but Yellow Jasper (second photo) is STILL looking for a loving family! Fun, eager-to-please boy seeks fun, active family! Thanks to the Kongs awarded to us by the Petfinder Foundation, Jasper is able to play and be kept occupied while he is waiting for his family. At only 6-12 months old, Jasper was surrendered because the landlord did not allow pets. Jasper has reportedly been around children ages 7+ and did very well. Jasper has gotten along with the other dogs he has met, but cats are unknown at this time. Jasper is an energetic young guy looking for an active family that will help him experience all the world has to offer! A big fan of the kiddie pools at the shelter, Jasper is even already crate trained! Jasper is ready to leave the kennel behind and enjoy life as a beloved family member!

The mom of this wonderful pup (third photo) was a transfer from another shelter that did not have the resources and space to separate their canine population. Mom came to us pregnant. She had a litter of fluff-ball border-collie-mix puppies, plus one oddball that we are preparing to place on our adoption floor. Thanks to the help of our wonderful staff, fosters, and volunteers, we are able to care for the mom and puppies and provide them with our best until loving homes can be found. The Kongs awarded to us by the Petfinder Foundation are certainly helpful to keep the curious puppies occupied, as they are always ready to chew!

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were used for our enrichment program and at night when the staff leaves for the day. We are looking forward to utilizing the Kong toys during the winter months when it is too cold for the dogs to be outside!

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped our shelter guests by providing enrichment for our more active breeds and for all guests at night when our staff leaves for the day.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Sampson (first two photos) was a transfer from Texas who had a rough start to his young life. He was terrified of people, toys and new environments. Our staff and volunteers worked daily to increase his confidence, and each day brought his tail higher and more interest in his toys. He began to look forward to his Kong treat and we are happy to report that a lovely family adopted him and he now has his very own little girl to go on adventures with!!

Todd (third photo) was brought in as a stray after his person dumped him in the National Forest. It was apparent that he had an injury to his front leg. After examination, it was determined that this was an old break that did not heal properly and that treatment would include amputation in order to increase his quality of life. TCRAS gave this sweet boy his Kong toy to help distract him from the pain, both pre- and post-operation. We are thrilled to announce that the high-school boy who found him in the National Forest is now his forever person!!

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

This Emergency Medical Grant was used for Samantha's emergency hospital care and amputation surgery.

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

This grant helped us to cover some of the hospital expenses accrued during Samantha's hospital stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Samantha's story is one that is just shy of a miracle. Samantha, who is an approximately 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was struck by a train in front of her owners. Her injuries were too much for them to handle and they surrendered her to a high[-intake] shelter. Outcast Rescue saved her and immediately brought her to the hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. She had her front leg amputated as it was too damaged to fix. Samantha then went into foster care, where she recovered.

Now here is where yet another miracle happened. A few weeks after surgery, Samantha's body started changing. Because she couldn't undergo anesthesia for several weeks after having her leg removed, her spay was delayed. With Samantha's ever-growing midsection, she was seen by our vet for an ultrasound. Samantha was indeed pregnant -- and more than halfway through. This past Monday, after undergoing an emergency C-section, she welcomed two baby boys: Sebastian and Stanley. Samantha was also spayed during her C-section. Samantha has an adoptive home that is patiently waiting for her once she has finished nursing her babies.

Arizona Animal Welfare League: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We utilized the grant monies to purchase animal manikins for our youth education programs. These manikins will help us teach our youth-program participants pet first aid and CPR, how to draw blood, how to give injections, and more! These manikins will be a hands-on teaching tool for summer camps, veterinary classes, youth volunteer opportunities, and all of our youth programming!

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

This grant was able to fund these manikins when we have not had the funds previously to do so. We will use these manikins to help teach basic first aid and basic veterinary skills. These manikins will give kids a unique opportunity that isn't offered in any other animal-based programming in Arizona.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many children will be able to learn from this grant.

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

This Humane Education Grant will allow us to continue offering unique and hands-on teaching opportunities for kids involved in our humane-youth programs. We have ordered the manikins; they are custom-made, so we are expecting them to arrive in December. We will send testimonials and pictures of the children interacting with the manikins when they arrive! I will send the copy of the order for the manikins and attach a few cute pictures of our summer camp kids this year until we get pictures of the manikins.

Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County : KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were given to our dogs in foster homes and boarding.

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

The toys were given to our animals as something to play with. Our goal is to make sure our dogs have plenty of mental stimulation and activity. The Kong toys are a great product to help us keep that goal.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

We sent three toys to our vet's office that was boarding some of dogs until they found a new foster. Janie, Sea Waver and Cali were the first to play with them. Janie (first two photos) came to us injured and has now been transferred to another rescue that has access to a medical team for her.

Sea Waver (third photo) came to us as a stray who was found being attacked by a pack of dogs. He was at our vet for a few weeks recovering and once he was better he made it into a foster home! Unfortunately he wasn't able to stay at his foster's due to struggling with severe separation anxiety, and while he was in his kennel, he ended up hurting his face pretty bad. He went back to the vet and had to stay in boarding for a while until we were able to find him a foster. While in boarding, he was able to have his Kong toy to play with. The vet staff said his toy kept him busy and calm and helped him ease into a new medicine for his anxiety. Luckily we were able to find a stay-at-home wife to take him as a foster and he is doing great now! He is still hoping to find his furrever family soon. Meet Sea Waver: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39299672

Cali (fourth photo) also spent some time in boarding due to being too rough with her first foster siblings. During her stay, she was given a Kong toy and the vet staff said she also loved it. They filled it with treats and it was a great way to keep her busy! She has since found her furrever family and is doing great now!

Furry Friends Animal Rescue: Petfinder Annual Survey General Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay medical bills for three dogs who had demodectic mange. They each had several visits to the vet requiring prescription meds to help clear up their mange.

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

Furry Friends Animal Rescue was able to commit to rescuing these dogs even though we knew their treatment would be expensive.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three dogs were helped by this grant - Athena, Amie and Howie

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

Athena, a German shepherd, was adopted by a wonderful family (third photo) after her foster parents spent weeks treating her for mange. The treatment was both expensive and time-consuming. Her new forever family sent us this update: "We are still doing great. Athena now weighs 65 lbs., and runs or walks every day! This is her after our three-mile walk this morning -- tough life! Thanks for helping us find the missing piece of the puzzle to our family. We are so blessed to have Athena in our lives. We go on walks together, eat at the dinner table together -- because Athena can't reach the kid's plates :o) -- and she is teaching the kids to keep their things picked up, too! She has really whipped our family back into shape."

Athena's former foster mom says, "It's incredible that the hairless, mangy, 39-lb., scared-of-people dog we got in March is now a fluffy 65-lb. dog who's flourishing in her new family with a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old. We've had many fosters, but she holds a special place in our hearts. We are so glad she finally got the home she deserves and is being spoiled rotten."

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the grant which helped us rescue Athena, Howie and Amy.