Success Stories

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

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter funding

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

We typically lose money on adoptions after the surgery, microchip and vaccines, so this helps to keep the animals moving out of the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Baby came in very thin and a woman saw her and wanted to help. She was a year and a half old, young and playful. She was an active girl that loved to meet new people and dogs. Baby was fortunately adopted very quickly and is now in a home.

South Suburban Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The KONG products were used to enhance our ongoing Kennel Enrichment Program. Through the program, we actively try to keep dogs healthy and happy by keeping their minds engaged. We address the five senses, with a focus on something different each day, and KONG day on Mondays is the biggest hit! The donated KONGs were used for the dogs in our care and staff fills them with peanut butter and kibble.

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

Our Kennel Enrichment Program is having the long-term impact of keeping our dogs healthy and happy for adoption. The KONGs are a big part of this, and we believe that they directly contribute to faster adoption rates. When a dog is enjoying his KONG in his cage, he presents better to potential adopters. We have been adopting out long-term residents recently and we believe the Kennel Enrichment Program -- and particularly the KONGs -- are to thank!

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Rachel (first photo) and Zoe are two dogs who particularly loved their KONGs. As a pit bull and a black Lab/pit mix, respectively, both were much harder to adopt than some other dogs. Since it was harder for them to find homes, it was imperative to keep them healthy and happy for longer periods of time. The KONG donation helped to do this and both were adopted!

Animal Welfare League: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

A/D Urgent Care pet food

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

We receive animals who were found lost and alone. It can be very scary to be in an environment unfamiliar to an animal. Some animals are so terrified, they refuse to eat. Special food with good-smelling ingredients helps encourage those animals to eat. After a while, trust is established and the animals' true colors start to shine. By the time an animal goes up for adoption, he or she is happy and thriving, and therefore more appealing to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

One beautiful little girl (Lab/Staff mix) whom we call Annie

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

Annie is a 1-year-old female Lab/Staff mix. She was brought to AWL as a stray, completely terrified and weak. We don't know how long she had been out there. When she arrived, she needed food, water and protection. Annie refused to eat or even make eye contact. One of our vet techs began to slowly build trust with her. She provided Annie with Hill's Prescription Diet a/d Urgent Care food and crawled into the cage with Annie to have breakfast with her every morning. Now Annie is a completely different dog. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and will be placed on the adoption floor in a few days. Thank you for helping us to help her.

Animals-R-Family: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Due to severe arthritis and allergies, Jojo is on a lot of meds. The grant was used to buy two of his medications for one year: Rimadyl and Apoquel.

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

It allowed us to ensure that he has these meds for a year. They are expensive and we struggle to buy them on our own.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Jojo.

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

Jojo spent the first eight years of his life living in a cage in a windowless warehouse. He was dumped there as a puppy after his people had cut his ears off at home and called him "Funny Ears." He now has freedom, but has severe arthritis in his legs and spine. He never got to experience what it is like to be a normal, healthy dog living as a beloved family pet. The good news is that Jojo is getting adopted at the end of April and will only know love and affection, comfort for his arthritis from his Tempur-Pedic dog bed, and lots of yummy food and fun toys for the rest of his days. Meet Jojo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35264487

Animal Refuge Center, Inc.: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We put this money into our medical fund and Cookie's Fund (our spay/neuter fund for community cats).

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

It gave our shelter the capability to help animals that come to us with medical conditions that cost extra to treat, such as heartworms, cancer, and other diseases. A lot of the money has gone to Cookie's Fund, which is our trap-neuter-return program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless, but it has helped at least 25 animals over the last three months and will continue to help a minimum of 200 more community cats in need of our assistance over the coming year.

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

Halo (first photo) was dumped along with another cat on our premises this past December. Along with them, there was a note stating that Halo (not her original name) was a 7-year-old cat and had a large tumor/mass on her chest and that she'd had one removed once before. Halo arrived in pretty bad shape and we quickly proceeded to tend to her and knew she needed surgery as soon as possible. Our veterinarian removed the tumor and it was sent off for testing. The tumor tested cancerous, but we are pleased to report that she has made a full recovery. Halo lives life to the fullest, enjoying canned food daily and getting her fair share of attention. After all of her medical care, we are looking for a home for her. At the moment she needs nothing special except lots of love. We want to make sure that when Halo leaves this earth, she will know what it means to have had a home. Meet Halo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37811344

Leila (second photo) is a dog who came to us from the community testing heartworm-positive. But now we have the funds to treat her and many more.

Rusty (third photo) is a senior dog with severe arthritis whom we pulled from another shelter when he was scheduled to be euthanized. We are able to treat him with the meds he needs to live a more comfortable life, and now he has an adoption application pending. Meet Rusty: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37670312

Lumina and Silverado (fourth photo) were both trapped at a local garage. They have been spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and returned to the business where their colony resides.

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Emergency veterinary expenses

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

Because of the Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant, we were able to provide critical medical care for Fuerza, a tiny puppy with his tail hacked off; Matty Ice, a dog with head trauma from a possible gun or paintball attack who had lost an eye; Severide, a loving pit bull mix who was horribly abused as a bait dog; and the "parvo pups," six puppies who were brought in to foster care and later came down with parvovirus.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nine critically injured/sick dogs

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

Who would harm an adorable puppy? Poor tiny Fuerza (first photo) was rushed to Angels Among Us after a terrible person hacked off his tail. Our expert veterinarians took great care to rebuild what was left of his tailbone, even surgically removing an extra vertebra to ensure his wiggly butt would function with extra happiness as he grows up. Today he is looking for his fur-ever home, but we know it won't be long! Meet Fuerza: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37404407

Humane Society of West Michigan: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Updating our training-room equipment for humane education

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

This grant helps us teach humane education to the community and also showcase animals in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog so far, and many more in the future

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

We had a great Dane/Lab mix named Ajax who had a torn ACL. We used our new equipment to showcase Ajax and his need for surgery and we were able to raise enough money to cover it. One Girl Scout troop (first photo) donated $150 towards his surgery when we showcased his story on our new equipment during their tour. Ajax is now recovering from his surgery in his forever home. He was adopted (second photo) in March 2017.

Burlington County Animal Alliance: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The stories about Panda, Opie and Bella below are the main stories we have that were expensive but gave these dogs new lives with new families who love them.

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

Besides all the dogs described below, BCAA pulls dogs from Southern shelters who are positive for heartworm. These dogs are always euthanized if not pulled by rescue because they are not adoptable to the general public if they are heartworm-positive. We are their only way out, so once they are in New Jersey, they immediately start the process established to rid dogs of heartworm. They are sometimes adopted out during this period, but BCAA always pays the bills for the entire treatment. We supply the new adopters with the medicines used to treat heartworm, including a six-month supply of Heartgard preventive. All adopters are given specific guidelines to follow as well as the problems which may occur after a heartworm dog is treated. At least the dogs are given a second chance at surviving an illness which is totally preventable if their original owners gave them the preventives to avoid getting heartworm infestation in the first place. In the last month alone, we have treated 15 dogs in various stages of heartworm Infestation.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We used this grant for several dogs who came into our care, both just before the grant was given and after we had received it. The first dog is Panda, who came to us from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. Panda was an owner surrender. Luckily for her, one of the rescuers we do business with was taking out some other dogs we had earmarked for our rescue. At the very last minute, she saw Panda being taken in the back to be euthanized, as owner surrenders are always the first to be put to sleep. She stopped the animal attendant and said she would take Panda. So Panda was literally saved at the last minute. She came to New Jersey and went into one of our foster homes. We could not figure out her breed, as she was so unusual-looking. She resembled a raccoon, but we just laughed it off. Her foster mom, Mary, had her groomed and a beautiful dog emerged. We now say she is a schnoodle.

Panda was scheduled for a spay and it was discovered that she was pregnant. Four weeks later, Panda was as big as a balloon (first photo). She started labor and Mary recognized right away that Panda was having trouble, so she was taken to one of our vets, where she ended up having a C-section and delivered six little pups. Five of them lived (second photo), but Panda took a turn for the worse. Mary started nursing the pups with a baby bottle every couple of hours and Panda was under the care of the vets for a two-day stay; lucky for us, she pulled through. She came home and immediately took over the nursing job. It has been three weeks now and Mom and pups are doing great.

During this time we also rescued a puppy named Jude (third photo). Jude was only four months old. What made me want to help him was that, when I saw his photos, all of them showed Jude with his head down, showing he had lost all hope. So our rescue partner in Columbia, S.C., pulled Jude for BCAA. He was also taken to a vet to be neutered and the vet discovered why Jude kept his head down: His back was burned under the fur with a chemical. The vet shaved him down and took off the layer of burnt skin. Poor Jude spent a few days in the hospital and then in a foster home. When he arrived in New Jersey, he had a brand-new owner waiting for him who started nursing him back to health. In a week, you could see a big change in his personality: no more was his head down. He was happy and you could read it in his face. He is actually still recovering and will be neutered as soon as the vet says he is ready.

In addition, we saw another rescue partner pleading for help for an older female Chihuahua who had gigantic mammary tumor and severe dental disease. She was sent to the shelter along with another sibling because her human mom had passed away. We immediately stepped up for Chelsey (fourth photo) and had her sent to New Jersey. By the end of the week, our vet had given her a complete dental, extracting 15 teeth and cleaning up the ones she had left. In about three weeks, if Chelsey is in good shape, the vet will be removing the tumor (fifth photo). We are hoping for good results but will deal with and take care of Chelsey the best way possible. Meet Chelsey: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37776400

Opie (sixth photo) was another male puppy who was only 3 months old came to us with a back-leg injury. We took him to one of our vets who does a lot of our orthopedic problems. He took x-rays, which showed that poor Opie's back leg was actually broken in half and both ends were now passing one another. The repair required a long surgical procedure with a few weeks of wearing a cast and only being leash-walked. Of course this proved to be a difficult task as it was tricky trying to hold down a 3-month-old puppy from running around. However, Opie has completely recovered, was neutered and now lives in a home with his new mom and two children who worship him like the king he is.

Center Valley Animal Rescue: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

This grant provided needed medical care for seven animals in our care. We also used some of the funds for medical supplies for our low-cost spay/neuter clinic as well as medical supplies for our animals.

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

This grant helped seven animals directly and provided supplies and instruments needed to perform low-cost spays and neuters as well as surgical supplies for our animals at CVAR.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Yarrow (first photo) was part of a puppy-mill operation that we teamed up with Animal Control to handle. We took in 11 Anatolian shepherds, 11 goats and 17 chickens from this rescue, all needing a lot of rehab and TLC. The dogs were feral and starving; some had bad injuries needing to be addressed as well. Yarrow was skinny and had major lameness problems with both back legs; he was about 9 months old or so and totally feral as well. It took us a while to get him to the point where we could assess his lameness issues, but when we did, we found that he needed surgery on both hind legs. He needed ligaments in both knees fixed, as well as his knee caps stabilized, as they were popping in and out as he walked. This surgery needed to be done by an orthopedic surgeon and only one leg could be done at a time. Our volunteers raised $1,500 to go towards his surgery and the Petfinder Foundation grant came at a great time and was able to cover the rest (about $5,000 altogether). Yarrow's first leg is done and has healed great and his next surgery is scheduled for April 11, 2017. Yarrow is now with a foster family that will be adopting him after his final surgery. His new family saw the other Anatolians on Petfinder (he was not up for adoption yet) and, when they came to meet the dogs, fell in love with Yarrow!

Angus MaGee (second photo) came to us as a transfer from another shelter, where he had been for a few months. Angus had a four-inch untreated, infected wound as well as a heavy flea load. He needed lots of TLC! He was started on pain medication, antibiotics and daily bandage changes right away. After about a month, he was a new cat and is waiting for a forever home. He is one of our FIV+ cats and is listed on Petfinder. Meet Angus: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37441306

Skyler and Madison (third photo) are two baby pigs who came to us from Animal Control after they were found running loose at a local state park. Although we were hoping they were teacup or young potbelly pigs, as it turns out, they are baby big pigs! They are very sweet and love belly rubs, and if our vet is correct, they will be about 400 lbs. as adults. These two were our first pig spays at our new medical clinic. They did great and are now going to be up for adoption. They will be listed soon on Petfinder.

Sparkle (fourth photo) came to us as an emergency with a badly broken paw. Her owner had no money for medical care for her. She needed an emergency amputation. Sparkle is a Russian dwarf hamster and was to be our tiniest patient in our new clinic. Our doctor was up for the challenge (fifth photo). Sparkle was a wonderful patient, very sweet and loving. She soon found a new home with a young couple that saw her on Petfinder. They love her dearly!

Cadbury (sixth photo) is a longtime resident in our FIV+ room. He is a wonderful cat who has had his share of problems. He has had inflammatory bowl disease for years and is well-maintained on medication. In the last year, he has had a new problem pop up: stomatitis, a mouth condition that ended up requiring him to have all his teeth removed. He had his oral surgery in January at a local vet hospital and has recovered wonderfully and is happy back in his room with his buddies. Cadbury would love a home of his own and is listed on Petfinder. Meet Cadbury: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19717194

Louie is a sweet, playful little kitten who also came in as an emergency with a broken leg. He was stabilized and given pain medication at our medical facility and was then transported to a local vet hospital for x-rays. It was determined that the kitten's best option for recovery was to keep his leg splinted and recheck in a month to see how he was healing. He just had his one-month recheck x-rays and, although he was able to get his splint off, he still needs more R&R, as his leg is not completely healed. He will be with us at least another few weeks, after which he will be reassessed and may at that time be able to go up for adoption. Look for him in the future on Petfinder.

Georgia Pet T.A.I.L.S., Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Without the money, we would not have felt comfortable continuing to push the vet to save Barney's leg. Financially, we were able to keep Barney at the vet for two weeks while he received two surgeries and several skin grafts and ultimately we were able to keep his leg. Thank you for helping us save this sweet boy!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had a very special hound/boxer mix who was approximately 1.5 years old. Barney was surrendered to our rescue after his owner left him on a cable tie-out during the day. The cable got caught wrapped around his back legs. He was left like that for so long that the circulation was cut off nearly the entire day to both rear legs.

The cost of his vet bills overwhelmed the owner and she surrendered Barney. Barney spent two weeks at our vet. There were a few days where we didn’t know if he would keep one of the legs because the damage was so severe.

The grant provided much-needed relief for us to continue to be able to treat him and believe that he could continue to fight. After two surgeries and several skin grafts, he is a healthy, happy boy who has recently been adopted! Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us save this sweet boy!