Success Stories

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

Pawfect Life Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The most amazing things in rescue happen when good people and good charities come together to save lives! Meet Brosie. This pup was run over by a truck that sped off and left him lying in the road.

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

This Emergency Medical Grant helped Brosie through a difficult surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

A Good Samaritan ran to Brosie's aid after seeing him get run over by a truck that sped off and left him lying in the road. They brought him to the Florence, Alabama, animal shelter, notifying the ACOs of what they'd witnessed. That's when Pawfect Life got a call saying a stray had been dropped off with a crushed leg and could we please help? So we did! Brosie had an amputation and was fully vetted and came North. He met a wonderful family at our open meet-and-greet who were very interested in adopting him. Unfortunately, before I was able to invite them back to have their dogs meet Brosie, I noticed Brosie wasn't walking right. Now, of course, he wouldn't walk 100% right as a tripod, but something more seemed off -- so off to the Sutton Animal Hospital we went! We did an x-ray, which confirmed that yes, there was a problem with the one remaining hind leg.

This was devastating, and so I had to call this wonderful family and tell them that Brosie wasn't okay and that I needed to further vet him before I could say he was 100% okay to be adopted. They were very sad as they had felt an immediate connection with this sweet boy. I promised Brenda I would find a specialist and get Brosie the vetting he needed and that i'd stay in touch with her, but that it would most likely be some time until he was ready to go to a new home, because the fracture the x-ray revealed meant he would most likely have to have a femoral-head ostectomy on his one back leg (a surgery requiring that we cut off the top of the femur/thigh bone).

Brenda asked, well, will you be fostering him? I said yes, most likely, due to the care he would need. Then she asked about the bonding that happens between a dog and a person while going through a surgery and recovery as difficult as this, asking, well, what if she fostered him? I was stunned and speechless that this woman whom I had just met would care enough about this one pup that she would be asking me if she could help him through such an ordeal -- and it would be an ordeal, because surgery on the only back leg this pup has wouldn't be easy. These are the moments that I am most touched and vulnerable -- that change my way of thinking and make me feel one with the world.

So on Oct. 1, Brenda came and signed a foster contract and took Brosie home. She brought him to all of his vet visits with the specialist and helped him through a difficult surgery, which he had on Nov. 8. And she helped him as he made a miraculous recovery, blooming with all the love and support she was giving him -- every moment of which brought them closer together.

Brosie's surgery was costly and the rescue needed help raising money to ensure this sweet boy had a chance. We reached out to the Petfinder Foundation, submitting for an Emergency Medical Grant to help save him. And they responded, answering our call for help with an almost $500 grant towards his care! Moment after moment for this sweet boy, daily miracles and the love of a family that transcends all, until finally, this month, that once lost and broken soul was adopted into his forever home.

I would like to thank the Good Samaritan who pulled him off the road and the folks at the shelter, including my friend Debby who called me for help, and all the veterinarians who helped save Brosie! I'd especially like to thank the Rolfe family for seeing how amazing this precious boy is -- and for being the amazing people they are (much love to you, Brenda)! And to the Petfinder Foundation for being there to help save those most in-need, as just when I thought we would have no way to fund his surgery, you were there, ready and willing to help! Some things in life are just meant to be, and you, sweet Brosie boy, are that beautiful soul who brought everyone together and changed us forever.

Pittie Paw Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong grant was used for entertainment for our foster dogs.

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

The toys were given to the dogs to keep them entertained for hours.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Santana has been available for adoption and has been for about six months. While she is in her room she is given a Kong to help keep her company and entertained. She loves her Kong so much! From her Petfinder profile: "Santana has an entire room to herself at her foster's. She's never chewed anything, she doesn't have accidents, she lies on her bed and doesn't do much. She'll get occasional zoomies every now and then. She goes outside off-leash, does her business and comes right back in. She's really LOW maintenance. Yes, she'd prefer to be an only dog, but honestly, she'd be perfect for any senior who wanted a companion or any young college student who just wanted someone around. Maybe a couple who want some excitement around. She's literally perfect. We can't stress that enough! She comes with absolutely everything she'll need: cage, blankets, bed, food, dog bowls, leash and collar. Plus, her adoption fee is a donation of your choice! We really, really just want to see this girl in a good home!" Meet Santana: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37836723

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

The Kong toys were and are being use to enrich the lives of shelter dogs and puppies. They are given to dogs with treats added. This gives them something to work on and relieve the boredom and stress that comes with spending extended amounts of time in a kennel. The puppies love how the toys roll across the kennel floor and the Kong toys are chewy enough to keep their attention but strong enough to withstand puppy teeth.

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

The toys help relieve boredom for many dogs and puppies. Some of our higher-energy dogs need a puzzle to work on and the Kong toys are perfect for this. The dogs bark less and focus on something else besides the dogs next to them or chewing on their houses or beds. Several of our volunteers used the Kong toys as positive reinforcement for training purposes. One dog in particular LOVED his Kongs and was trained to sit, heel, down, and wait, which ultimately led to his adoption! The puppies love to chase and roll with these toys and, since the toys can take a lot of abuse, we are not having to constantly replace destroyed toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 puppies and 10 adult dogs

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

Flash came to us in October as a stray. He definitely had no formal training and would pull you around on the leash like a limp noodle. After a month or so of NO ONE looking at Flash, our dedicated volunteers started to work with him. He was food-motivated, but pull out those Kong toys and boy, did you have his attention! Our volunteers worked with Flash on an almost daily basis and used the donated Kong toys as a positive reinforcement with his training. Flash quickly caught on, and pretty soon he was completing sit, down, heel, and wait on command. After a hard day of training, our volunteer would take him to the dog park and throw the Kongs for Flash for fun. Flash was doing so well on his training, he started to go to offsite adoption events and ultimately was adopted! His training was the very thing that drew his adopters in and it would not have been possible without the Kong toys donated by the Petfinder Foundation. Flash is only one of many dogs whom this grant has helped, but also it will continue to help many more who come through our facility. For each dog who finds a home because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, there will be another who will come through our doors and need a toy, puzzle, or the positive reinforcement that these wonderful toys can give.

Bunny World Foundation, Inc.: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay our extraordinary vet bills. Some of them are mentioned in this video: http://bit.ly/2ptaME3

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

Bunny World Foundation is deeply honored to be a recipient of the Petfinder.com 20th Anniversary Grant. The awarded funds were used to assist 200 bunnies rescued from [open-admission] shelters in Los Angeles City/County during the winter of 2016-2017. The project, made possible by the Petfinder Foundation, enabled us to continue our mission through April of 2017 and tackle many medical challenges related to the rabbits we rescued. Thanks to charitable Petfinder Foundation, together we continue to make a real difference for animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thirty special-needs rabbits!

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

In January 2017, we rescued Buttons (first and second photos), a 9-week old Netherland dwarf baby who had a broken leg, from East Valley Animal Shelter (Los Angeles Animal Services). The pin surgery was successful, his leg was saved, and Buttons is up for adoption now. Meet Buttons: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37053181. Then there was Honey (third photo), whom we rescued a month later from the West Valley Animal shelter (LAAS) with a broken leg, which was also pinned and is healing nicely. Honey is not out of the woods yet, but at least there is no amputation on the horizon.

BokChoy was found by a Good Samaritan and surrendered to Bunny World Foundation. He was emaciated, in pain, and on the brink of death. Even the vet refused to do surgery on him due to his skeletal state. The BWF Bunny Lady took him in for a couple of weeks, syringe-fed him, stabilized him and got him to the point where surgery was possible. Unfortunately, BokChoy was not as lucky as Buttons and Honey and his leg needed to be amputated (fourth photo). He’s been hospitalized for over a month undergoing surgery and post-surgery treatment. Our vet complimented him on his tenacity and will to live. Dr. Roberts said: “I think BokChoy will do fine. He's really tough and seems to already be hopping around pretty well.”

On March 18, 2017, a miracle happened: Four BWF foster buns got adopted into a loving household. All four were special-needs rabbits who needed medical attention. Three are still special-needs. Two are seniors. The bunny angels in human form who showed up at the BWF doorstep are Hunter and Lisa Thomas, a beautiful couple who only learned about the BWF mission last year and vowed to help any way they could. They headed over early one morning from Arizona to Los Angeles to spend an entire day with BWF and learn about their new family members. We at BWF have been crying happy tears ever since!

Of course BokChoy needed a bunny wife, and as destiny would have it, Miss Jane (with him in the sixth and seventh photos) fit the bill perfectly! They are having the most wonderful time enjoying the sunshine, space, fresh organic veggies, stimulating household and loving family! All's well that ends well!

L.A.S.S.I.: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of $400 that covered the dog's adoption fee and two bags of senior dog food and two bags of Daisiquin joint supplement.

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

This grant allowed for one of our senior dogs, Elanor, to be adopted! It provided sponsorship of her adoption fee and gave the family joint supplement and senior dog food to take with them to get her on a healthy start to her new future with them.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Elanor, an 8-year-old hound mix, arrived as a stray at the shelter with her sister on March 3. Her sister was adopted out quickly but no one was interested in Elanor. This grant not only allowed sponsorship of food, joint supplement and her adoption fee, but in addition her story was featured on the Susie's Senior Dogs Facebook page, where it was shared more than 800 times. This publicity reached numerous interested families, and Elanor was adopted today, April 22.

Golden Belt Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were a hit with the dogs! Not only did they provide an enrichment feature, but a treat feature as well.

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

The shelter seemed a bit more quiet when the Kongs were delivered to the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the dogs had a chance to enjoy a treat and toy -- 40 dog kennels total. At random times, the dogs received the toys with treats.

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

Butch (first and second photos) is a very high-energy type dog. He often is bored when not being taken outside for playtime or given anything to play with inside his kennel -- and he needs items that he can't tear up. He jumps fences and loves to run, so when he's given a Kong toy with treats inside, it helps keep his attention and energy level in check with the challenges of getting treats out from the Kong toy. And he can't tear up or shred the Kong toy! What a great product to have for dogs who just need something more to do to enrich their lives during a temporary stay within a shelter. Thank you to all who made this possible! Meet Butch: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37799131

Ferry Dog Mothers/Saving Our Seniors: Susie's Senior Dogs Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for Corky's ongoing care while in foster and currently with his new forever permanent home. This included medication to prevent seizures, food, supplements, enrichment toys, equipment, vetting and ongoing training.

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

This grant helped tremendously by lifting the financial burden so we could focus on finding a forever home for Corky. While he was in foster care, he was able to get on a well-balanced diet, receive regular vet care and receive training to help his foster family manage his reactive behavior when out in public.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Corky is a spry 12-year-old Jack Russell who was faced with losing his home -- and almost his life -- last summer when his person became ill and could no longer properly care for him or keep him in her home. The family needed to relocate their mother but did not know what to do with Corky because he could not come to live with them. He did not get along with other dogs, and they had one. So they were going to have him euthanized. A family member did not want to see that happen to Corky, who was a very loving and good dog. So she reached out for help. Thankfully, a foster family stepped up to provide a temporary home for Corky while the search for a permanent family began. While in their care, Corky was able to get on a consistent diet, get regular vetting, daily exercise and of course lots of love!

Corky was overweight from being fed improperly and he had a skin reaction to the bad food he was being fed. He also suffered from seizures that never got tended to. Corky was not socialized as a puppy so he is not able to be near other animals of any kind, especially dogs. He is very reactive but not deemed aggressive. So whoever was going to adopt this senior pup would need to agree to ongoing training to learn how to manage him so he could have a good quality of life.

After eight long months of networking, Corky's wish for his forever family came true this past March. He now has a stable home where he can live out his golden years. His family is 150% on board with helping Corky with all the special needs he came with. They attend weekly training sessions, working with Corky and learning about canine behavior, nutrition and enrichment exercises. Everyone's goal was to provide Corky with the best quality of life possible so that even with all his "quirks" he can live life safely and with joy.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant and to Susie Senior Dogs for recommending that we apply, Corky's care is manageable without the financial burden upon his family so they can solely focus on his quality of life. We are so very grateful to those who open their hearts and homes to senior dogs in need.

Rogue Rescue and Sanctuary: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for monthly meds for one of our foster dogs at the time, Teddy. He is now in a forever home and very happy.

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

It helped with Teddy's medical needs while he was in foster care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Teddy was in foster care for several months, until his foster mom finally realized that she didn't want him to go anywhere else. So he has been adopted and is in a very loving home.

Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Fabric and a seamstress to sew up outfit(s) for Summit to protect his hip.

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

Allowed us to use the best fabrics available to have Summit's new outfits made.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Summit is an Australian Shepard mix. He was attacked by "a big dog" when he was about 7 or 8 weeks old. That attack broke his back as well as his pelvis. Before he was brought here, he had never tried to walk. After the accident, he was the only dog in the home and he did not know anything but sliding on his hip to get around. He has learned to walk, sort of, since he has been here. He now walks about 40-45% of the time. We used Coban self-adherent wrap and duct tape to make him "socks" to avoid drag wounds on his feet. Summit is one of the happiest, most care-free dogs we have ever had the pleasure of helping! He is still here waiting for his forever family to show up! Meet Summit: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34611129

Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The sponsorship monies donated for Zeke and Elsa were used towards their medical bills. Zeke had a chronic ear infection which required antibiotics that were given for an entire month. Elsa needed to have a dental.

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

This sponsorship donation helped tremendously towards the incurred vet bills for the procedures listed above.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Elsa (first and second photos) has been adopted and has a lovely forever family!! Zeke is still adoptable. From his Petfinder profile: "Our lovely Beagle Brigade were surrendered together by an elderly couple. Jodi is 12 years old and the mother of Eddie, Grace and Zeke. The 'kids' are 11 years young!" Meet Zeke: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36201029