Success Stories

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

Humane Society of Puerto Rico: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase a new generator and a new refrigerator to keep vaccinations cold, and to purchase a reliable used van -- in other words, to do some very critical things to help the many animals now pouring into the Humane Society, which just took on a hoarding case of about 90 animals and is also serving as a holding facility to help the animals being brought off the island of Vieques.

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

Executive Director Maritza Rodriguez says that after Hurricane Maria, the Humane Society of Puerto Rico was astonished by the amount of damage on the island. Because the shelter is in a floodplain, she and her team had to vacate all the animals to temporary housing during the storm and the immediate aftermath. When they returned to the shelter, they found that they had lost all basic services needed to care for their animal population, including food, cat litter, vaccines, toys, their refrigerator and even their van. At the same time, people were bringing in animals and needed help. "In the middle of the recovery, we received the great news that the Petfinder Foundation had given us a grant of emergency help. Thanks to them, we were able to help many more animals in need," says Maritza. "It felt good to know that we have friends who understand what it takes to save lives."

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless

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

The first two photos are of Misha, an adorable little kitten with a congenital defect of the leg. Maritza's vet has evaluated her and intends to amputate the leg. Misha and her sister were abandoned on the street near the shelter right after Hurricane Maria hit, just two of the many casualties of this devastating storm. But they are also incredibly lucky because now they are both safe and will be healed and find loving homes. Maritza will use proceeds from the grant to cover Misha's surgery.

The last two photos show some of the damage that the hurricane wreaked on the shelter facility. Your grant has made a world of difference in helping the Humane Society recover.

Bloomfield Animal Shelter - John A. Bukowski Shelter for Animals: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Any remaining funds were used toward food and other needs at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1+

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

The donation was for Ella, a pit-bull mix who was at the shelter in the fall. She had a problem with infections between her toes and needed special medication. The generous donation helped pay for the medicated cream she needed to heal her toes. Ella has since been adopted and is doing great in her new home.

Dogs Without Borders: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for general medical care.

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

Contributed to surgery costs and basic vet care

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Baxter is one of our long-term residents who needed surgery and a pin put into his front leg. His sponsor contributed to his surgical fees, getting us closer to our goal of his entire vet bill.

Paws for Life NC: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Hemi, a male kitten with a broken leg. The vet diagnosed a broken leg and determined the only way to treat him was to amputate. The funds provided by the Petfinder Foundation paid for his amputation surgery.

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

Grant funding for Hemi allowed us to pay for his required surgery -- he was in pain and would not have been able to be adopted without the leg amputation. The funding paid for Hemi's treatment, and an added benefit is that we were still able to pay for basic medical care for other cats in our foster program. The $535 grant allowed us to reallocate funding that would have otherwise paid for his care to instead pay for eight spay/neuter surgeries for kitties in our foster-care program.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped one pet, and Hemi now has a chance at a normal life in a loving home. Indirectly, we were able to pay for eight spay/neuter surgeries for cats in our program since we did not have to pay for Hemi's surgery.

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

Hemi was 2 months old when he met his Paws for Life NC rescuer and foster mom. He is a gorgeous male tabby kitten. He is what we like to call an “All-American” -- he has a sweet temperament and is great looking, but Hemi had a rough start in life. In early June, Hemi was seen running on the highway, frantic to find a safe place. He was saved by construction workers who stopped traffic to try to catch him. Unfortunately, he ran under a car, and after searching for several minutes, the good Samaritans had to give up and let traffic resume.

Unbelievably, Hemi had managed to jump up underneath a car and hide from everyone when they were looking for him. He hitchhiked all the way back to the car owner’s house, where he hid in the garage for a couple of days. After a few days, the car owner realized he was in the garage. The car owner contacted the lady who lived next door, who is a cat foster for Paws for Life! They were finally able to catch Hemi because he got caught on some sticky pads for bugs.

After they cleaned him up, as he was walking around checking out his new home, the foster realized something was wrong with his leg. He was taken to the vet, who told us that he had a broken leg. The vet was going to try and pin his leg so it could heal, but it was broken so badly that the only option was to remove it. Throughout this ordeal, Hemi maintained a good attitude and was loving to all who encountered him. He adjusted to life as a tripod and enjoyed playing with his foster-mates.

Hemi was lovingly cared for by his wonderful foster mom, who helped him heal and experience a safe, happy home. In early November 2017, Hemi was adopted by his furever family. He is loved and cherished by his family and, thanks to Paws for Life NC and the Petfinder Foundation, Hemi is living his happily-ever-after.

Spartanburg Humane Society: Play Yard Renovation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Fencing for play yard

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

This money has allowed us to do playgroups twice daily for all our dogs. We have learned so much more about the dogs in our care than the owner-surrender form alone can supply. Mentally and physically, our dogs are healthier. Many have learned how to play with others. We are able to make better adoptions with the additional information and have more successful meet-and-greets.

How many pets did this grant help?

It has helped hundreds of dogs and continues to daily.

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

Skip came to us as a quarantine from the displaced dogs from Hurricane Irma. He was labeled as very dog-aggressive. Playgroups allowed him to show he actually was a rock star and got along with all the dogs; we even used him as a meet-and-greeter dog. Stone had been with us for many months. In his kennel, he lunged at all the dogs that went by. We also had him labelled as dog-aggressive. In playgroups he also was a rock star and was used as a meet-and-greeter when new dogs were introduced. Both dogs were previously very hard to handle in our care because of their size and energy. Playgroups allowed them to exert that pent-up energy, and they both quickly became staff and volunteer favorites. Soon after we started including them in playgroups, both of these dogs got adopted and went to loving homes.

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

The donation was used for the daily care (feeding and medical supplies) of our cats.

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

It helps us to be able to provide needed care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Callie is a 19-year-old kitty whose owner died, leaving her in need of a new home. Because of Callie's age, we realize that it is unlikely that she will be adopted, so we are providing the best care possible for her. Callie is healthy and just likes to lounge around and be petted. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38468546

Zeus' Rescues: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kong Harvey Disaster Product Grant was received in September 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. The Kongs (valued at $3,000) were a huge hit with all of our rescue dogs!

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

Zeus' Rescues has a large outdoor play area for our rescues and they were able to enjoy playtime after a stressful transport. Some of the animals came from hoarding situations and had never had toys to play with! It was such a delight to be able to watch them learn how to play, fetch and retrieve and try to get the peanut butter out of the Kong! This donation allowed us to have interactive toys for the rescues and utilize all resources for their care while they were with us in rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

60+ dogs

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

Zazu (first photo) came to us in pretty rough shape after the hurricane, as many of the dogs did. Zazu was matted and in need of a serious bath and grooming! After getting the medical attention and grooming, she was able to have play time in the outdoor yard. Chasing a petite Kong kept her occupied and exercised after a long and stressful transport. The Kong donation helped SO many of the dogs that came into our rescue after the hurricane.

Last Chance Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant funds were used for a cat named Sheldon. Sheldon need dental surgery to alleviate pain he was having.

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

The grant made Sheldon's surgery possible. For our rescue, it is hard to raise money for surgical procedures and almost impossible to do so for cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

This grant helped Sheldon. Sheldon was a Hurricane Matthew refugee who was brought to safety to our sanctuary in South Carolina. After several months, we finally found a foster for him in New York. We were excited to find a forever home for Sheldon when we discovered he was in pain due to issues in his mouth. After several days of trying to raise the money needed for his surgery, I found the Emergency Medical Grant and immediately applied. This grant completely funded Sheldon's surgery and we were finally able to find Sheldon his forever home. Sheldon now has a great home and is no longer in pain thanks to this grant! We cannot thank you enough!

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

In the first six months of 2017, the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia held a crowdfunding campaign to raise monies to build a brand new outdoor play area for our rescued canines. Our campaign was successful, and the Bark Park opened in June. One of our considerations when we were building the Bark Park was building yards large enough to host playgroups, and we spoke about this opportunity during the fundraising process. I was familiar with Dogs Playing for Life and had already been in contact with them about training opportunities for our team, so when the mentorship opportunity became available, it was like a blessing for us! We applied, were accepted, and in early November, our Adoption Center manager, Yesenia, went to Austin Pets Alive! to train. She came back full of knowledge, and has been working out protocols and training schedules for playgroups.

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

Last week, we had our first “test run” playgroup with two adult dogs and it went perfectly! We are so excited for this new enrichment opportunity for the rescues in our care and cannot wait to see the impact it will have on their lives while with us as well as their adoptability. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this opportunity to learn best practices for playgroups so that we can implement them safely and effectively. We hope to be able to have a future opportunity to send another team member to train as our program grows.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

This summer, HSNEGA was awarded the Dogs Playing for Life (DPLF) Mentorship Program Grant by the Petfinder Foundation! Thanks to this grant, Yesenia, HSNEGA's Adoption Center Coordinator (far right, standing), was able to attend this program in Austin, Texas, this past week. "I will always be tremendously grateful for the opportunity to work with the DPFL team. They do amazing work and their passion is truly admirable," Yesenia says. "I look forward to starting playgroups with our dogs and seeing them transform into more stress-free, happier dogs." HSNEGA cannot wait to hear and implement all of the wonderful things Yesenia learned while attending this mentorship program! Thank you again to the Petfinder Foundation and DPFL for this "paw-some" opportunity!

Paws4Survival Rescue, Inc.: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Shipping costs via Amerijet every Monday to send 600-700 lbs of supplies
Crates to send dogs from Puerto Rico to New England and New York
Crates for shelter while fencing supplies were purchased and fences repaired
Shipping container costs (purchase of actual containers)
Food

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

We were able to provide supplies and food to our foster families, as supplies on the island are still scarce. We were able to provide temporary housing for our foster families' dogs while fencing was fixed, and transport more than 75 dogs and 100 cats in the last two months after purchasing new travel kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

175 cats and dogs

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

Sully was one of the pets this grant was able to help. Her before and after picture are posted here. She is up for adoption now and flew from Puerto Rico this past weekend. Zully was found right after this grant was awarded. Zully broke into a home (according to locals) when Hurricane Maria wrecked havoc on Arroyo Puerto Rico. Her babies did not make it through the storm, according to the locals. We rescued her when we were driving through the streets and found her as she laid, hot, exhausted, starving and mostly without hair. She was diagnosed with heartworm and mange, so she needed extensive treatment at a cost of $1,200, including boarding. She may look a little intimidating, but she is the sweetest girl. After heartworm treatment, she went over to Moca, which is the other side of the island. Logistics to ship food there was a challenge that cost $450 per week and continues. Moca is still without water or power. Meet Sully: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40022827