Success Stories

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

Recycled Poms Houston: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

Paid for vetting

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Neuter and shots. Dog was adopted. He came in as a stray. "Malone is a very sweet 5-year-old, 8-lb. pom who might have a little long-haired Chihuahua somewhere in the bloodline. He is very calm and friendly. Likes to sit in a lap, go for a walk or just chill. He gets along with other dogs and has no problem with cats. Would do well with children but no small kids. He is too small and easily injured by dropping or stepping on him."

Happy Home Animal Sanctuary: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The $25 we received from Luna's sponsor was used to help with the expense of feeding Luna during the weeks she was in foster care.

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

The majority of our adoptable pets are in foster care until adopted, so food, cat litter, and other supplies are a major expense.

How many pets did this grant help?

One.

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

Luna was rescued after she had been shot with a BB gun. She had extensive surgery and a leg amputation. After being released from the hospital, she spent several weeks in a foster home, recovering. She has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: "I'm a 2-year-old girl who has been through a lot. My former owner let me outside and I was shot with a BB gun. I had many injuries, including a broken leg. My owner could not take care of me, so Happy Home stepped in. My leg had to be amputated and my wounds cleaned up. I also have a cloudy eye. I lived in a foster home during my recovery and now I'm ready for a forever home. My foster mom says I can do everything other cats do and have no special needs."

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

Jenna is our office dog at RBARI. A long-term RBARI resident with multiple medical needs, Jenna is a happy, sweet girl who is loved by all of the RBARI staff and volunteers. The funds were used for Jenna's medical needs, which have increased over the past few months even beyond what was expected.

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

Because Jenna has not yet been adopted, we are providing her an environment that's as close to a home as we can, and funds are still much-needed for her medical expenses. RBARI is founded on the belief that all animals have a right to humane treatment, including proper care and safe shelter. This certainly includes our senior dogs. One of our objectives is to work with special-needs cases, and many of these cases are senior dogs. Rescuing senior dogs completes every aspect of our mission as a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to promoting the welfare of dogs and cats in the surrounding communities by protecting these abandoned, abused, and unwanted dogs and finding them kind and loving homes. Your grant funding enables us to continue to rescue more senior dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Jenna

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

We at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc., would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for the Susie’s Senior Dogs grant awarded to Jenna, our office dog/greeter who has been a long-term RBARI resident and has multiple medical needs. Jenna is a happy, sweet girl who is loved by all of the RBARI staff and volunteers. But, at the end of the day, when the staff goes home, Jenna is still yearning for her forever home. Our hope is to place Jenna into a forever home utilizing funding to support Jenna’s medical needs. It can often be daunting to adopt a senior dog given their medical expenses, but the Petfinder Foundation has helped to lift that weight from Jenna and hopefully encourage a family to bring her home this year! Meet Jenna: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38459373

Labs4Rescue: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to defray the cost of veterinary work for Margo #5, a 10-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever.

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.

Meet sweet Margo #5, a purebred chocolate Lab estimated at about 10 years old and 70 lbs. Margo is absolutely perfect! She is housetrained and crate-trained. Margo gets along well with all the other cats and dogs at her foster home. She is completely trustworthy in the house and walks well on leash. Margo loves to cuddle and snuggle and does not require much exercise, although she does enjoy a nice leisurely walk. Please ask us all about this girl! Meet Margo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36333971

C.A.R.E. (Cat/Canine Assistance, Referral & Education): Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Insulin

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

It provided medication for a very sweet little boy with diabetes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Little Neco was an owner surrender he was diabetic and blind. I fostered this sweet baby for the last three years. I loved him and he loved me very much; unfortunately and brokenhearted, after three years we had to said goodbye to our little Neco. He is gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I am missing him, but he will be in my heart forever.

Tabby Tales Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money received with this grant award was used for the medical care of Mahi, a cat who has chronic bowel- and bladder-control issues. She has received two abdominal ultrasounds and an MRI, as well as consults with veterinary specialists in internal medicine and neurology.

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

The grant helped with Mahi's medical costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Mahi was the one pet for which we specifically requested assistance, so she is the one to benefit from the Emergency Medical Grant.

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

Mahi and her bother were orphaned kittens found by a good Samaritan a couple of weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck our area. Sadly, the little boy had no use of his back legs with no hope of recovery, so his rescuer made the tough decision to let him go peacefully. We immediately took Mahi into our rescue, but not long afterward noticed that she was consistently having bowel and bladder issues, and could not quite seem to get the hang of using the litter box. After a couple of emergency vet visits for severe constipation, Mahi went to see a specialist and was placed on several medications to alleviate her symptoms. We were able to successfully manage her bowel issues with medication and some diet changes, but her bladder emptying still remained unpredictable. During this time, we realized that Mahi was also deaf. We sought counsel with a veterinary neurologist, who performed a hearing test to confirm Mahi's deafness. We also had an MRI completed to see if there were any structural or nerve-impingement issues that could be the source of her bladder-control problem. While there was a tiny spot that could be causing an innervation problem, we opted for a trial period of medication, which would give us an indication of how successful a surgical correction would be. Unfortunately, while the medication helped some, Mahi still cannot determine ahead of time when she needs to urinate. At this point, we will be trying one more medication to see if we can "train" her brain to recognize that she needs to urinate prior to her voiding. If not successful, we will try implementing a regular schedule in which we express her bladder for her, so she'll be eliminating at an appropriate time and place.

On a positive note, Mahi is such a delightful, sweet and playful kitten, you cannot help but fall in love with her. Her delicate features, prominent ears and childlike wonder make her a pure joy to watch. Her bowel problems are completely manageable at this point with a consistent diet, regular feeding schedule and only occasional medication on an as-needed basis. We are hoping that someone will see this darling little girl and she will steal their heart, just like she's stolen the hearts of our volunteers. She is still available for adoption to the most special home. Meet Mahi: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38331713

One Love Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded several Kongs of various sizes.

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

We support all our fosters 100% in vetting and supplies. We feel it is necessary to give them several stimulating toys, and Kongs work perfectly for this. We stuff them with all sorts of goodies and the dogs have fun for hours!

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have more than 75 dogs in our care.

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

Duke is a big, freckled fella who came into our care with several issues. He has a soft, elongated palate that was neglected by his previous owners, and as a result, his larynx is now on the verge of paralysis. We have done several thousand dollars worth of surgeries and he is now not able to chew on bones, so the Kongs work perfectly for him. He also suffers from some separation anxiety issues, so the licking is calming and therapeutic for him. Duke is still available at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36135281.

Lucas County Pit Crew: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were distributed to dogs in foster care, with dogs on crate rest from surgeries as the top priority.

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

We had a mixed review with the products. Several of our dogs shredded the toys within minutes and several dogs absolutely loved them and played with them for extended periods of time.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs received the toys, and we just gave the remaining toys to two dogs who had surgery this week.

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

Delaney came to us from our local dog pound, as she as unable to walk or stand. Both of her ACL's were so tight that they restricted the movement of her back legs. She had double ACL surgery and needed rest with therapy. Being a young dog, she struggled with being so restricted. Filling the Kong with tasty treats and holding it for her to lick during her therapy helped her get through the rough times. She now is enjoying frozen food and peanut butter in her Kong during crate time. Delaney is a sweet girl who is available for adoption. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37869756

Second Chance Pet Adoptions: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We received 10 Kongs.

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

This Kong grant has enriched our dogs’ lives, challenged their minds, and helped to relieve any stress and anxiety they might feel as they transition into our program and into family life. Additionally, because we did not have to spend money on toys, we were able to divert our funds into rescuing more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps an unlimited number of dogs, as the Kongs are washable and reusable.

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

The dog in the attached photo, Mia, is a dog we rescued in May of 2017. Her leg was severely injured, the skin on her ribcage was flayed open, and she had gravel and cuts on her face. We believe she was probably hit by a car. We took her into our program and, in an effort to save her leg, we put a rod in her leg that restricts her mobility. Because she struggles to accept other dogs, she was not a good candidate for a foster home, so she stayed at the Adoption Center with the staff. But, as busy as we are, it’s not the most fun a dog can have, and she can get a little bored. Treats in a Kong are a big deal to Mia right now! We’re glad to have this supply for her, the other dogs in our program, and many more to come! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the generous gift and helping our dogs!

The Animal Refuge Center: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The KONG product grant was used for our dogs going through activity restriction after heartworm treatment or after surgery.

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

The donation of KONG toys was great for our dogs who needed activity restriction. Allowing the dogs to work on yummy canned food, peanut butter, or treats in a KONG certainly helps as an environmental enrichment aid for these dogs. Since dogs going through heartworm treatment need at least 10 weeks of activity restriction, this grant allowed them to avoid boredom. Dogs who get bored in the shelter can easily develop behavior problems that make it harder to find them a home. Thank you, KONG, for helping our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten KONGs were provided, so 10 dogs are helped at a time.

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

Elwood (first and second photos) is a very active young dog. We took him in after Hurricane Matthew. He arrived at ARC testing positive for heartworm disease. Highly energetic dogs frequently develop complications during heartworm treatment since it is difficult to keep them calm. Fortunately, Elwood very much enjoyed his KONG toy. He most enjoyed having canned food stuffed in there, and freezing the toy allowed him to be occupied even longer! Elwood is still looking for his forever home. Meet Elwood: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37769007