Success Stories

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

Animal Rescue League of Iowa: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received the Warm Bellies grant of P.L.A.Y. Chill Pads. They were used for the dogs in our shelter to lie on and snuggle with!

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

By providing comfort for the dogs in our care. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

100+

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

Jonah, an older dog in our care (first photo), was diagnosed with some health issues that indicated that he might not have a lot of time left. Although his body was failing, Jonah had a lot of personality and LOVED to share, so we looked for a hospice foster home for him. While he waited at the shelter, he spent time in a staff member’s office and Jonah was quite comfortable on the cot with a Chill Pad on top!

Salem County Humane Society: Jet.com Dog and Cat Food Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

We fed the shelter pets in our care using this donated food.

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

The donated food is of higher quality than what we routinely purchase for our cats and dogs. The animals benefited by eating great food and the shelter benefited by saving thousands of dollars on pet food purchases. That money could instead be used to save more animals and paying for spay/neuter, vaccines and vet exams for many more cats and dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

At any one time, 14 dogs and 60 cats were fed using Jet.com donations.

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

Frankie is only one cat who enjoyed the great food from Jet.com. In his picture, he is so excited about mealtime that he is singing (well, that's what we would like to imagine!).

Brown County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to add large play areas and security entries for the dogs to get much-needed exercise and to socialize.

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

We don't have many volunteers and we really like to take all the dogs out twice a day while we clean the kennels. By having the play yards, we can put them in there and they can get the exercise they need, and we don't have to walk all of them with little manpower. This also allows us space to let potential adopters come and see how the dogs are outside of the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Everyone! We currently have 35 dogs who use it.

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

Little Midge came into the shelter and was oh, so scared. By letting her go into the large play yards, this has allowed her room to let us work with her and play and learn how to have fun. It also allows her to be with other dogs and also learn from them. She has become so much more socialized thanks to being able to be a real dog versus in a small kennel where she can't run, play or have fun!

Rescue One: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The Sponsor a Pet grant allowed the adoption fee for Lando and Roxanne to be sponsored, helping this senior pair find their forever home!

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

This grant helped by allowing us to waive the adoption fee for a bonded pair of seniors in our care, Lando and Roxanne. These were two difficult-to-adopt dogs because of their size and their age (and the fact that they were bonded), but the sponsorship allowed their adopter to not have to worry about paying the adoption fee as well as for the monthly preventatives and food for two large dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Lando and Roxanne are a bonded pair of senior boxers who came into our care this summer. They were surrendered due to a couple splitting up. They had lived with the couple their entire lives. They sat on our waiting list for nearly two months, as it was hard to find a foster home able and willing to take on two large senior dogs at once. Once we were able to find a foster home for Lando and Roxanne, we learned how sweet and wonderful they were, and we couldn't wait to find their forever home.

From their Petfinder profile: "Have you ever met someone you couldn't live without? Someone who completes you? Your right-hand (or -paw) man? Hi, I'm Roxanne and this is Lando. We are 7½-year-old boxers. We are both laid-back and as sweet as can be. We love attention and will follow you around the house. Lando and I are both house-trained. I will go in the crate no problem, but he has to be a drama queen about going in his. Our foster has tested us with other dogs and cats. We passed with gold stars! We have not been kid-tested, but can be if you have little humans around. Our ideal home would be with someone who will give us love and lots of attention. We are kind of big babies. We can't wait to become part of your family and shower you with love!"

It took nearly six months, but thanks in part to a Sponsor a Pet grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to place them with a loving family! The Sponsor a Pet grant helped us to find a home for Lando and Roxanne because we were able to waive their adoption fee. One senior dog can be costly, let alone two, so providing their new family with the gift of a waived adoption fee was significant in completing their adoption. Thanks to sponsor Melissa Knoch and the Petfinder Foundation for making the Sponsor a Pet grant possible for these two!

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money from the Sponsor a Pet program was used to pay for the vetting and transport of Benelli up to D.C. She is currently in a wonderful foster home and is very grateful for your support.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

This grant helped us to rescue Benelli and her two siblings from [an open-admission] shelter in South Carolina and bring them up to D.C., where they are currently looking for forever families of their very own.

Second City Canine Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for Harold

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

It helped offset the cost of Harold's neuter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This donation helped offset the basic medical care for Harold, a terrier mix who has since been adopted.

Cochise Canine Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased new dog beds, a variety of toys for small to XL dogs, and a few warm sweaters for smaller dogs who did not have any. Many of our beds had been worn out or torn up. We found a selection of comfortable beds and three sweaters/coats for the smaller dogs at Ross Dress for Less, which has a good discounted pet section. For the larger dogs, we found some orthopedic foam beds for under $20 each at Coscto. We purchased four of them for less than $100! These particular beds are for dogs with arthritis or amputations. We also found great toys both at Costco and online, ranging from great prices for Nylabones at Costco to rope toys of various types and sizes through Amazon and eBay. Now all the dogs have comfortable and clean beds, warm winter wear, and lots of toys to play with!!

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

We have 31 dogs on-site, mostly senior and special-needs animals -- whether blind, toothless, three-legged or suffering with chronic illnesses such as cancer or valley fever. Our dogs now have enough beds, winter wear and toys to play with thanks to this Orvis grant!!

How many pets did this grant help?

31 dogs

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

Henry (first photo) is a double-merle ("lethal white") cattle dog. He blind in his right eye and, according to the veterinarians at Eye Care for Animals in Tucson, has approximately 10% vision in his left -- but will go completely blind as he gets older. Nonetheless, as a 2-year-old, he is high-activity and playful. This grant bought Henry new toys. Rope toys are his absolute favorites, but he enjoys stuffed squeaky toys as well! Henry has been on Petfinder for quite a while with his very best friend, Adi, a 3-year-old, three-legged cattle dog. They play tug-of-war together with their new toys. We are hoping they will find a home together, as they are incredibly bonded. Here is a brief video of Henry playing with a new rope toy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PIO7vYSwhs. The second photo shows Adi shortly after her leg amputation; you can see WHY we needed some new beds!

Meet Henry: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38579585

Second Chance Dogs: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter

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

Our organization took is more than 45 hoarder dogs. The $45 we received via the program was used for their spay/neuter surgeries.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Coco was traumatized and very fearful after being removed from a hoarder situation. She was fostered by our founder until she was socialized and no longer fearful. After being spayed, she was adopted to a great home. Our founder has several dogs who are well-behaved and have a calming affect on dogs brought into her home. Coco was with the founder for a couple of months and adjusted beautifully and is very happy with her new family.

Friends of the Animals Foundation: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

100% of the donations we receive go towards the care of the cats: food, litter, veterinary expenses, transportation, etc.

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

The grant allowed us to feed, shelter, and treat the animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Captain was a rescue transferred to us from an Eastern Washington shelter. He was found as a stray with many medical needs, including being FIV+ and needing to have an eye removed. He has since been adopted and is very much loved in his new home.

Ruff House Rescue: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Hoodies and handouts and giveaways for the students

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

Not only are we educating kids about rescue, spay/neuter, ID tagging, microchipping and more, we are reaching more potential adopters!

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless - the effects of education ripple outward and onward.

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

This grant helped support our Syosset High School Dog Rescue Group and other humane-education programs we have where we go into other schools. High-school kids learn about rescue and help at adoption events and learn how to care for dogs and help network the adoptable pets! At the event pictured, the kids helped many dogs, including the ones in the photo: Buffo, Aurora, Syd, Pretty Girl and Toby!