Success Stories

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

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

Vetting expenses

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

Freckles' sponsorship funds were put towards her heartworm treatment and Jazzmine's helped to reduce her adoption fee!

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Jazzmine was surrendered after being adopted five years ago. She waited for a home and now she has a great one! The photo is her adoption happy tails photo! Freckles is in foster-to-adopt while undergoing heartworm treatment; she is adorable.

Brookings Regional Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Dusty was elderly and diabetic. We purchased insulin and insulin syringes, a glucometer, and test strips, and fed him a veterinarian-recommended diet while he was in our care

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

Caring for senior special-needs pets can be very expensive!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dusty was a senior diabetic dog. He was adopted, but he has since passed away, sadly. He ended up having more going on medically than just the diabetes, and he declined rapidly. This grant assisted us in providing top-notch care while he was with us.

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

Thank you so much for your donation to benefit Sweet Pea! She is a most special girl! Being incontinent due to spinal injuries earlier in her life, Sweet Pea has been with us for nearly three years now. She has become our office manager at MEOW. She's so smart and funny, and she loves everyone, human and feline.

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

Sweet Pea is prone to urinary-tract infections, so she's on a prescription diet and her health is watched carefully. On a fairly frequent basis, a lab urinalysis is done to ensure that any urinary issues can be detected and treated early.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped us to pay for a recent urinalysis for Sweet Pea. Thank you!

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

Here's Sweet Pea's story and description on Petfinder. "Sweet Pea is a very special cat. Her owners reluctantly surrendered her to MEOW, along with 18 of their other cats. Sweet Pea was near death when she arrived, weighing barely 5 lbs., covered in urine, and clearly in pain. We rushed her to one of our favorite vets, who determined that Sweet Pea had pyometra (an infected uterus) that had probably been present since she birthed a litter months before. Also, because of a spinal injury (she had been hit by a car at some time), she was incontinent. Dr. T treated her infection, then spayed her, and while she was out, he extracted a bad tooth. After her recovery, she has become our beloved office cat. While we all adore her and she entertains us daily, we would love for her to have her very own home.

"Now, the only outward indication of her dire injuries is the fact that her tail hangs low and off to the left, and she has a crooked smile. She has doubled her weight and is full of energy. She runs and leaps to great heights to catch her favorite toy, DaBird. She loves people and other cats and would be great with children. She is social and talkative, and very, very smart. We're pretty sure if she were human she'd be a comedian -- perhaps a physical comic like Lucille Ball. She cracks us up every day!

"She remains incontinent and we expect she will always need to have her bladder expressed 2-3 times each day, but she is cooperative and easy to handle. We can teach you how to do this for her. Immediately following each bladder expression, she runs off to do something silly, letting you know how happy you've made her. She doesn't make a mess and would be quite easy to accommodate in a home with people who have a heart for pets with special needs."

Meet Sweet Pea: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32777866

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Dogs Playing For Life tuition

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

This grant gave us the ability to create a new program and position for our shelter dogs. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is using Dogs Playing for Life techniques. We have now implemented this program for our shelter dogs. We will be using DPFL daily. A new position was created just for enrichment. Karen Headlee, the behavioral specialist and DPFL attendee, will be operating this program. Karen will be spending 3+ hours per day with 8-10 dogs doing playgroups. The goal is to get every one of these dogs out and socializing. They are already showing improvement and are becoming more adoptable with each session.We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this opportunity!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant has helped approximately 12 dogs so far. The goal is 4-5 playgroups per day with 8-10 dogs involved.

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

This grant helped Athena (first two photos). This beautiful dog was adopted as a puppy and returned because of landlord issues. She was then adopted by a woman who loved her, but ended up having domestic-violence issues (and possible drug issues as well) and became homeless. Our Pets for Life program housed Athena for two weeks and her owner picked her up. They lived homeless for a few months and when the owner found a temporary place to stay, she couldn't take Athena. We took care of Athena for three weeks, but the owner never came back for her. Athena went up for adoption and is still adoptable. She is a sweet dog, but never learned stability or what it means to live in a house with loving pet parents. Dogs Playing for Life is helping Athena learn boundaries and socialization. She is doing very well and will make a great addition to a new family. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39904770

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The Adoption Options in Action grant was used to purchase enrichment items that provide mental and physical stimulation as well as comfort for shelter animals. Some of the items included clickers and high-quality treats for our “no-bark” program, which not only provides the dogs with mental stimulation, but also makes them more adoptable as they learn to approach the front of their kennels and sit and be quiet as adopters walk the adoption floor. We also provide scent enrichment and food-gathering activities for the dogs that help keep them mentally stimulated while reducing stress. High-quality, indestructible toys are used to help them pass the time while in their kennel, and staff and volunteers help exercise the dogs with toys for games of catch and tug-of-war. We have also purchased new martingale collars that not only make walking the dogs easier, but also give staff and volunteers something to hold the dog with while getting them in and out of the kennels. We were also desperately in need of a few new Kuranda beds for our large dogs. Our cats in the treatment areas are enjoying new enrichment videos that provide the sights and sounds of nature. These videos greatly reduce stress for the cats and we have noticed a reduction in treatment time as a result. We have also purchased feral-cat dens that are also wonderful for reducing stress by giving cats a place to “hide,” and they make cleaning cages much safer and easier for our staff!

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

This grant has been a tremendous help in providing mental and physical stimulation while also reducing stress for the animals in our care. As a result, it also makes the animals more adoptable and eases their transitions into their forever homes. Staff and volunteers have been having so much fun coming up with creative ways to provide enrichment activities with the items we’ve been able to purchase with this grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 300 animals have been served by this grant to date.

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

Max was a shy, scared boy brought to our shelter as a stray. He would cower and hide from anyone who approached him and didn’t seem to even know how to play. He was also heartworm-positive, but we saw something in him and knew we had to save this special boy. We started by bringing him out to the lobby desk and letting him lie at our feet under the desk. We encouraged staff and visitors to offer him treats and he gradually became more comfortable with people. He even got to go on a shopping trip to PetSense to pick out toys purchased through the Petfinder Foundation's Adoption Options grant! He rode nicely in the shopping cart and enjoyed picking out his very own toys – probably the first he had ever had!

Each day, his confidence grew and he began approaching people on his own for pats on the head and a treat. He enjoyed the enrichment activities we offered him and he became more comfortable with the shelter environment as a result. He won the hearts of enough people who donated on his behalf to receive heartworm treatment and has now been adopted into his forever home! They are thrilled to have this loving boy who is so gentle with their children. Max has come a long way, from a frightened homeless dog to a loving companion who enjoys play time and, especially, belly rubs! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making a difference in the life of this special pup!

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

The funds were used to sponsor Roxanne and Lando, two senior boxers who were bonded.

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

This organization helped us get Roxanne and Lando adopted. 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.

Roxanne and Lando were surrendered due to a couple splitting up. They had lived with the couple their entire lives. 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!"

Marion County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys

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

It helps to keep the dogs occupied when they are in their kennels. People love to see them playing with them!

How many pets did this grant help?

We usually have 35 dogs at the shelter. As long as the Kongs don’t get chewed up, we pass them around.

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

Marley (first photo) is a sweet 5-year-old pit bull. Though she likes her Kong, she wants to be ladylike and have her toy held for her! Meet Marley: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37130482.

Remy (second photo) is a 10-year-old pit bull who has been at our shelter for about two years. She spent the first eight years of her life as a money-maker for her owners. After she quit having babies, she was dumped at our shelter. We had her spayed and had multiple mammary masses removed and she is happy and healthy now. She loves toys, especially tennis balls, but being an aggressive chewer -- and after one big obstruction scare -- she is very limited in what she is allowed. She absolutely loves her new Kong toy! Meet Remy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35292892

The third photo shows Tuesday, a 2-year-old pit bull/hound mix, making sure that her Kong doesn’t sneak off while she is having a rest. Meet Tuesday: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39166155

Dirk's Fund - Golden Retriever and Large Breed Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care for Shadow after he was attacked by another dog.

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

Shadow recovered.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Shadow had multiple lacerations and infections that needed to be drained. From his Petfinder profile: "Shadow came to us from a home where the other dog had attacked him. He had several cuts and suffered from an infection. He has undergone special care and is doing great! He is a much happier dog now. He wants to be the only dog in a home where he can nap, take leisurely walks and curl up with his family watching some TV. Shadow is estimated to be around 8-9 years old. His current weight is around 70 lbs." Meet Shadow: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39940228

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

We received donations in response to a rescue dog of ours named Rue. The money was used for his vetting a care.

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

We are a 501c3 and rely on donations in order to continue rescuing animals and providing them necessary vetting. These donations allowed us to provide proper vetting to an animal greatly in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

These donations greatly helped us provide vetting for Rue. Here is Rue's story: Rue came to us at 8 months old. She was found on a stormy night, huddled in a woman's garage. This poor girl was missing most of her fur and covered in oozing red sores due to mange. Her skin was raw, swollen, and painful, and her intestines were ridden with parasites. She could barely walk as she was in so much pain. This wonderful person took her in for the night and reached out to us. We couldn't say no to this beautiful little girl who needed us! Even with the amount of pain she was in, she always had a tail wag and a kiss to give. After weeks of medicated baths, vetting, and love, this girl has flourished. She's now a happy-go-lucky pup who has a wonderful new family. She finally has the life she deserves!

Cache Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to send our dog kennel manager, Maygan Jiminez, to Longmont, Colorado, for a mentorship with the Dogs Playing for Life program. We are now hosting shelter-wide dog playgroups four mornings per week with a team of trained staff and volunteers.

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

We've observed a significant reduction in shelter stress and related health problems. Our dogs are happier and more easily approachable by adopters. We've also begun using observational forms during playgroups to create better personality profiles for our shelter dogs. Our new profiles help us find the perfect homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

800

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

Zero (first photo) came in extremely under-socialized and displayed nervous reactivity with other dogs and staff. We knew he had potential, but we weren't sure how to bring it out safely and positively. We slowly introduced him to playgroups and he is now officially recognized as a playgroup rock star, an honor reserved for dogs who help newcomers and nervous dogs feel comfortable and welcome and playgroups. We are confident that his status as an exceptional dog-buddy will help him find the perfect home. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39731875