Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Adoption special promotion
This grant helps animals find homes.
Jake Ryan has been at our shelter for 2 1/2 years. During this promotion, he found his perfect furever home! We had several long-termers find placement during the adoption promotion from this grant. Jake's new parents report that he's loving it in his new home, where he's getting spoiled, and say, "He is doing so well. He is such a sweet dog."
This helped us to adopt more dogs. Our costs for vetting the pets, in most cases, outweighs the adoption fee, so the grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us rescue and then adopt more pets.
Josh and Titus were adopted from us when they were just 8 weeks old and returned to FOCHP after 10 years. Not only were they now senior dogs, but we also needed to make sure they were up-to-date on all vetting. They were a bonded pair and very sweet but a tiny bit shy when you first met them. We were able to adopt them to the most wonderful home together since there was no adoption fee. We were able to spend money on advertising and vetting thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, which covered the adoption fee.
To subsidize discounted adoptions for large dogs. Since it is our 51st year, we offered $51 off the regular adoption donation requested.
The grant funding allowed us to highlight large dogs in our care, who tend to have longer lengths of stay in the shelter, by making them a great value for adopters. It sparked conversations that made people seeking a new pet consider a larger-breed dog, as they heard about the challenges some of the dogs have during longer shelter stays. It was perfect timing, as puppies were out in force, and people are always drawn to them instead of the large dogs.
Preston is such a smart boy! He is patiently waiting for his forever home, practicing his "sit" and "stay" commands daily. He loves to walk on a leash, and is learning to be patient and not pull too hard. He gets along well with other dogs and is quickly becoming a playgroup favorite. Come meet Preston today! Read his profile: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41691472
The funds from this grant were used to offer fee-reduced pet adoptions.
Offering reduced adoption fees through adoption specials helped us advertise our available animals in fun ways, promote adoption and help animals find their forever homes.
We had three dogs at our Kona shelter, Paisley, Proctor and J.B., who had been patiently waiting for their new homes for months. One was very shy, one was a big goof, and the third was a senior. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to advertise these dogs (and all the other adoptable animals) and promote their half-off adoption fees. On the same day, Saturday April 28, ALL THREE were adopted into loving homes! It was such great news. Happy dogs, happy families and super happy staff!
Touchette was a playgroup rock star at the shelter, so we made sure she went to a foster home with other dogs so she would get occasional workouts. We also sent her with toys thanks to the wonderful donation in her honor.
We love when we can provide the basics to enhance a pet's life in the shelter and in a foster home. Sometimes it's the little things.
This made it possible for Touchette to arrive at her foster home with all the supplies she needed. Touchette still awaits a place to call home. From her Petfinder profile: "Meet Touchette! This dashing beauty is about a year old and 40 lbs. Touchette is the star of the Gateway Pet Guardians' shelter and is wonderful at teaching the new dogs how to play. Even though she's still very young, she is housetrained, crate-trained and incredibly well-behaved. Her ideal home is one with other doggy friends so she can have a playmate ... or five! This overall easy and friendly girl is also great with cats! What more could you ask for?" Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41318959
We added the $67.50 donation to our operating account to help pay vet bills for the dogs we rescue.
The donation received helped pay for a neuter of a rescue dog.
We help dogs found stray or given up by the prior owner. The $67.50 donation helped rescue one dog and assisted in paying to have the dog neutered. The sponsored pet was Mica, who has been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: "Mica is a 2-1/2-year-old female mixed breed. (We guess golden/husky, but we could be wrong.) She certainly has not had an easy time this year. Her prior owner passed away in January. When she arrived to us, we had to delay her adoption. She is a housetrained dog and she must have held her urine as long as she could because she arrived to us with a urinary-tract infection. With the help of an antibiotic, she cleared up and has been fine ever since. She can be fearful when something is startling/unexpected, so we believe that a child-free home would be best for her. Children can be unpredictable, and we do not like to see her be wary, as she has such a sweet side to her.
"Mica loves to run around outside. She loves people and is friendly when people come to visit. She will also go up to new people while on leash. She walks very well on the leash, too. If she moves ahead, a simple correction is all it takes, and she then walks like pro. She is playful and energetic outside and loves to be pet and snuggled with her humans. She is wonderful with cats, even when they aren't so wonderful with her. She is crate-trained and does not complain about being in her crate. She is crated when we are not home. She does not whine, bark, or cry when her humans go out. Most nights she lies on the floor or on the dog bed in the bedroom. She sleeps well."
The KONG toys were used to help train, teach how to share, and provide comfort to many of our rescue dogs.
Giving the dogs/puppies something to call their own; giving them comfort; keeping them occupied for lengthy periods of time. And the KONGs are toys they cannot destroy!
Pepe (first photo) is one of our boys who came to us at just 6 weeks old. For some reason, he never came around like his siblings did. He was always frightful and afraid of everything. Because of that, he received special attention from his foster mom. We have tried placing him, but he would have such anxiety that he would always get returned. He is afraid of many things, even some toys. We had an old KONG that had seen better days, and foster mom would put yummy stuff in it and Pepe would hang on to it and he would let go of his fears while licking for the goodies inside. So when he got his new one, he was one happy boy! For him, the KONG toy means much more than just something to play with!
Your gift was used to support the reduction of adoption fees so that we could offer half-price adoptions to seniors adopting senior dogs!
This grant helped us to promote our senior dogs and, by reducing fees for senior adopters, improve adoption rates for this group of harder-to-place animals.
We have helped 19 senior dogs so far find their forever homes and are still running the promotion and expect to help more by the end of the year to fulfill the grant expectations.
Patricia, a lovely senior who lives in a high-rise for seniors in Dallas, came to visit us and to meet Benji. Benji had become homeless when his elderly dad passed away. He adjusted well in our red cabin and especially liked the air conditioning and big bed! Benji had been an outdoor dog, so he thought life had just gotten better! Patricia thought he looked like a ragamuffin, but had already fallen in love with him. She had recently lost her dog of about 15 and was mourning her loss and wanting a lap dog to cuddle with and provide her that unconditional love that only a dog can give. Benji went home with her that day and has since lived a fabulous life, as Patrcia is retired and has lots of time to give to sweet Benji. She says Benji rescued her! One of our staff members recently visited Patricia and Benji's home and had a photo to share from the balcony overlooking the courtyard. Seniors for Seniors provided this lucky dog and this lucky woman a new and happy life together!
Medical treatment for one dog (Dakota):
Ruptured eye removal
A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary is a small rescue with limited funds dependent on donations. This grant enabled us to save Dakota from [an open-admission] shelter and provide all the medical treatment she needed.
Here is a summary of Dakota's journey to finding a new home: Dakota was found in a crate outside at the Charles City County Animal Shelter with the note, "Found on Route 5 at Route 618." She did not have any identification. She was very friendly, thin and appeared to have a eye rupture. The county shelter is [an open-admission] shelter. A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary saw the love of life in her and knew she had a lot to give anyone who was willing to help her. We also tested her for heartworms, and she was positive. This did not deter us.
We rescued her and, with the Petfinder Foundation's grant, she received all the immediate medical care she needed. While she is heartworm-positive, we chose the slow method of removal due to her age. When she was spayed, it was found she also needed a hysterectomy, which was unknown at the time of grant request.
Dakota is still searching for her forever home. She experiences separation anxiety and will require a home that accommodates her special needs. Dakota will be perfect in a home with retired caregiver(s) or another environment where a member of the family is home the majority of the day. Until she finds that home, she is safe here at A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary enjoying life with our other residents. Meet Dakota: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41033373
Adoptable cat Kitty was in the adoption center at PetCo. She needed to see the vet and get her immunizations current so she could be ready for adoption.
Updated health records are required for all adoptable pets who spend time in the adoption center waiting to meet their forever families. Having healthy, happy, adoptable pets reassures potential adopters that the rescue pets in our care are coming with a clean bill of health, promoting adoption into a caring home.
These funds helped two cats: Kitty was adopted by a great family who just adore her, and now a spot is open in the adoption center for another rescue pet who is ready to find a forever home.
Kitty is a senior gal whose owner had some unexpected life events and was no longer able to care for the cat she'd had for more than 14 years. Save the Cats Arizona was blessed to be able to offer a safe haven for Kitty so she could be adopted into a loving home. Her owner was beyond relieved and thankful that this precious little one would be taken care of. This sweet lady captured the hearts of her caregivers and those who came to meet her. After a few weeks at the adoption center, an inquiry came in via Petfinder from Tracy, who was seeking a senior cat as a companion for her own senior cat (who had recently lost her lifelong senior feline companion). Tracy has sent updates that Kitty is fitting in with the family just fine! She sleeps on the son’s bed and comes down to the kitchen for breakfast and to bird-watch out the window. Perfect -- we love a happy ending!