Success Stories

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

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $10,000 Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant was used for spay and neuter costs for 250 shelter cats.

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

In the first quarter of 2017, Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue has transferred 441 cats into the shelter, and 219 and of those cats were through the “Second Chance” program -- a 60% increase from the prior year over the same period. The shelter believes this rate of intake will continue throughout the year and Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue may spend close to $45,000 in spays and neuters of shelter cats this year.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

Staten Island (first photo) is a 6-year-old male, domestic long-haired, sand-colored tabby. When he came to us at the rescue, he was completely matted. After a close shave and with his coloring, Staten Island is a handsome little lion cat looking for his forever home! He's a total love bug, but would do best in a house where he can be the only cat. Meet Staten Island: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37598181

Brewtus (second photo) is a dapper 1-year-old tuxedo male. He is a very active cat, and is not shy about seeking your attention. This very chatty boy like to climb as well! Brewtus would be best in a household without another aggressive male cat. Meet Brewtus: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37514857

Zipper (third photo) is a regal 10-year-old female tabby who loves to hang out in the sunny spots in the shelter. She is a big lady! This chill cat would do best in a low-energy home with some mature, laid-back owners willing to let her just be herself. Her active years may be behind her, but she's a healthy, happy cat who loves a chin tickle while she naps in the sun Meet Zipper: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34489509

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

Surgery for Rusty, a dachshund

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, but he is special.

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

Rusty is a beautiful fellow who came from Christian County animal shelter with another dachshund, Rascal. Rusty is smaller, about 12 lbs., and his front paws were crippled. He could only hobble along on his front paws. He desperately needed surgery to repair the torn ligaments in both front paws. We knew he hurt since he didn't like to be lifted. Rusty's surgery was delicate and expensive. After several fundraisers, we were still short on funds to provide him a normal life. The Petfinder Foundation provided a generous grant of $1,000 to help Rusty have his first paw surgery on his right paw. Rusty is in recovery now with a cast for six to eight weeks. He will be able to use his paw normally within four weeks. However, we are still needing to provide surgery on his left paw. The vets have given us a discount if done in six months so we are working hard to make it happen. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Meet Rusty: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36747823/

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with expenses for one of our dog's broken legs.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped Aiden, who was picked up by Animal Control with a broken leg. His leg was broken in multiple places and he had to see a specialty vet to get it fixed. From his Petfinder profile: "Aiden is an adorable pit bull/boxer mix. He’s 1 1/2 years old, and he is such a sweetie! He loves people and loves attention. Aiden takes treats very gently and seems to have a medium energy level. He also keeps his kennel clean. He weighs 62 lbs. and could fill out a little more. Aiden does cry when left alone, so he wouldn’t be a good match for apartment living. Aiden was a stray and he had a broken leg when he was picked up by KCK Animal Control. He was taken to Blue Pearl for treatment. His cast has been removed since these photos were taken and he's walking very well now. Aiden gets along well with other dogs. If you have a dog you can make an appointment to bring your dog in to meet Aiden. We've also tested him with the cats in our cat room and he seems to be fine with cats, too. Aiden has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for heartworms. He’s a sweet boy!" Meet Aiden: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37366178

SPCA of Anne Arundel County: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Medication (phenobarbital and glucosamine)

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

Co Coa's seizures and arthritis are now managed with her phenobarbital and glucosamine.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two (until one of them passed away in February)

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

Co Coa and her sister, Frieda, were surrendered to us back in January (in the first photo, Frieda is on the left and Co Coa is on the right). They were two little old ladies who did not do well in the shelter environment. Freida was 10 and Co Coa had just turned 12; they were very confused and depressed upon being surrendered to us. Back in February, just a month after being dropped off at the shelter, Frieda passed away. Co Coa was placed into a very loving foster home with four other dogs (all small pups!) and she is loving her life!! She is being spoiled by her foster mom and enjoys going to SPCA events to get lots of love and attention from anyone she meets. She's a true Lab! Co Coa is still looking for her forever home! Meet Co Coa: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36756108

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

The donor contacted us and wanted to sponsor Demi's adoption fee.

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

Demi was just 5 weeks old last April when she was picked up with severe upper-respiratory and eye infections. She healed, but ended up with a somewhat weepy eye. She was a very loving kitty, but her looks turned some people off. Demi's adoption fee was sponsored in February and she was adopted less than two months later by an engaged couple living in an apartment. She had been with us a whole year, so the sponsorship definitely helped her get adopted. Her new parents have been sending pictures and report that she is doing great in her new home and they may come back to adopt another cat.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Demi was just 5 weeks old last April when she was picked up with severe upper-respiratory and eye infections. She healed, but ended up with a somewhat weepy eye. She was a very loving kitty, but her looks turned some people off. In February, a kind woman from Pennsylvania found her on the website. She wasn’t interested in adopting, but Demi’s story spoke to her and she sponsored her adoption fee. We made up a sign that said her adoption fee was sponsored and used it at adoption events. And then a kind woman came to the shelter this week to see our cats. She spent time with many of them and Demi was her pick. She was surprised and happy that Demi’s adoption fee was sponsored because then she could give a donation in the future to help another kitty get adopted. She has already reported that Demi is settling in well. She was adopted a year after she was picked up.

Grey Face Rescue & Retirement: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation was used for the ongoing care of Nellie, a dog in our rescue. She required medication exceeding $200 per month.

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

The grant helped our organization immensely by supporting the costs of Nellie's medication. We were also able to buy a bulk quantity of her medication, which encouraged her foster to adopt her.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Nellie came to Grey Face Rescue & Retirement from Siouxland Humane Society in Sioux City, Iowa. Nellie was a young lady deserving of a second chance. At only 7 years old, Nellie suffered from CHF (congestive heart failure), urinary incontinence, a heart murmur and severe arthritis in her left forearm. Nellie received x-rays of her heart and lungs, x-rays of her extremities to determine the cause of her left forearm limp (which was determined to be severe arthritis), full-panel bloodwork, and urinalysis and a urine culture, along with a consultation by an orthopedic surgeon at VCA Feist and Forest Lake Clinic. Nellie is currently prescribed Pimobendan, Furosemide, Proin, Carprofen and Tramadol, which cost over $200 per month. Nellie was as sweet as can be and was looking for a home to call her own forever.

From her Petfinder profile: "Nellie is a beautiful, sweet old girl who is pretty laid-back and easygoing, which means she'll transition really easily into any kind of household! She enjoys going for walks and will sit for a treat. She is a bit shy when she first meets you, but quickly warms up to you as long as you give her lots of love and belly rubs. She is not one who likes to play fetch; she would prefer to be by your side and just lounge around. Nellie does have a heart condition that requires medication every 12 hours, but it's very manageable and she can still live a full, happy life!"

Nellie received the medical care she so much deserved and now lives happily with her foster family, who have adopted her :)

Stray Animal Adoption Program: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $80 (Ozzy) and $145 (Toby) donations were used to provide vetting needs for both dogs, including vaccines and neuter.

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

Since all SAAP animals are required to be neutered (or spayed) and fully vetted prior to adoption, these funds have allowed Ozzy to be adopted and has prepared Toby for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

We are pleased to report that Ozzy (first and second photos) has found his forever home! We thank the anonymous donor who supported Ozzy while he was in SAAP's care.

Toby (third and fourth photos) is a cute and cuddly Shih Tzu who would love a forever home in a child-free home that has a loving and patient human, with animals who will not bother his food! Until he finds his forever home, Toby is in good hands with his foster mama, Brooke, who provides love, guidance, and treats. Meet Toby: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36737193

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

The money was used for cat vaccines and a sponsorship to send the animal to a rescue.

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

This helped us vaccinate cats and get a cat into rescue, as well as open a spot for another cat to come in.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

This sponsorship helped to vaccinate Sammy and get her into rescue, as well as open up a spot for another cat to come in.

Montgomery Humane Society: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Remodeling our Adoption Center to make it more appealing. We are painting walls, freshening up floors, changing the lighting, and altering the entrance ways.

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

By updating our Adoption Center it makes it more appealing for our potential adopters to spend time and have room to be with a puppy or an adult dog. The area will be brighter and cleaner-looking, which makes our customers want to stay longer and find the right pet for their family.

How many pets did this grant help?

There is not a specific number because the renovation will continue helping our adult dogs and puppies with a brighter and happier place while they are waiting to find their forever homes.

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

Carl is a 5-month-old retriever mix whose previous owner traveled for his job and didn't have time to take care of him. He is still waiting for his forever home. Massey is a 2-year-old terrier mix who was a stray. Besides these two, we currently have 81 pets listed on Petfinder who are ready for adoption. The third photo is the puppy room where Carl and Massey are currently located; this is one of the rooms we are remodeling to make more appealing. We cannot wait to show you the improvements when they are completed!

Meet Carl: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37877686
Meet Massey: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37877690

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds, a generous $10,000 Petfinder 20th Anniversary grant, were used to continue our WayStation work, which was expanded in August 2016. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center increased adoptions by 41% in 2016 and has welcomed more than 6,200 animals, including dogs, cats and small animals. Our WayStation transport program is unique because it gives back to every source shelter. We give them funds to run their own community spay and neutering programs. To date, we have given back more than $50,000 to source shelters and helped transport more than 3,000 dogs through our New Jersey locations and on to other shelters where they have the best chance of finding new homes. This innovative approach not only helps the animals find homes, but helps source shelters educate their communities about the importance of spaying and neutering.

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

The funds go toward the immediate care of the animals. St. Hubert's welcomes cats and dogs of all ages and will not compromise on their care. For example, many of the senior cats and dogs require additional medical care, often costing thousands of dollars. Dental care is an example. We believe all pets deserve the opportunity to find their second chance in a good life.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 55 dogs. It costs an average of $177 per animal who goes through the WayStation transport program.

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

When little Nelson transferred in to North Branch from our WayStation source partner Menifee County Animal Shelter, we're sure he dreamed of finding a nice home of his own. Now he's surely thinking, "Mine? Really? They're ALL MINE? Yippee!" Thank you, Ries family, for making his dreams come true. Little Nelson is just one of the many lucky dogs transported through our WayStation program who arrived at St. Hubert's and obtained the care he needed so he was ready to go off and live the best life possible.