Success Stories

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

Bunny World Foundation: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The total donation of $90 (donations made to Bunny World Foundation in 2017 Q1) was used to pay the medical bill at Northwood Animal Hospital.

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

Our foster system is constantly receiving newcomers who need medical assistance. Almost every rabbit whom we accept into our family needs some type of medical treatment, or at least an initial exam. Every bit counts, and the donation was applied towards Black Swan, a.k.a. Lucy's, balance to cover her exam, blood panel, and the medication necessary for her recovery. Lucy is the one suffering from seizures.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Luce was suffering from mydriatic [dilated] pupil, seizures, head-tilt, glaucoma, and an ear infection. Yes, Black Swan, a.k.a. Lucy, is still adoptable. Lucy had experienced the most violent seizure that we’ve ever witnessed. She was losing weight, had abnormal pupils and was experiencing a weird head-shaking and head-tilt that would come and go. Something was up. She was seen by both ophthalmologist Dr. Chang as well as Dr. Roberts at Northwood Animal Hospital. She’s currently undergoing treatment for parasympathetic nerve dysfunction, higher central nervous system disorder, glaucoma, E, cuniculi [a protozoal parasite] and an ear infection. She’s recovering nicely. This is Lucy's link on Petfinder: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34426539

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

There were two donations that were made for two cats, Surf and Baby, and the donations were used to care for these two felines.

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

We used these donations to help pay for the care for Surf and Baby. Baby was a more recent intake and we used the donation to ensure she had the appropriate vaccinations and it was used to feed and care for her. As for Surf, we recently applied flea medication to our cats, so this donation helped with that in addition to ongoing feedings for Surf.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Baby was about to be tossed out on the streets of New York City by a college student when another student intervened and Baby found her way to our shelter. She even came with her little pink outfit. Baby wasn't here for very long, however, and was very recently adopted. The first photo shows Baby in her new home and loving it! Surf, the black and white cat in the second photo, came to us last year from a hoarding case. He came with 14 other felines friends and has adjusted very well. He's a senior cat, is very friendly and loves to play! Meet Surf: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36203523

Halfway to Home, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Helped purchase sight-saving medicines for two dogs. These prescriptions will be ongoing for years.

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

Paid for eye meds for two dogs:
Lola (Shepherd mix): treating pannus [chronic superficial keratitis, an immune-mediated condition affecting the cornea or clear part of the eye], a blinding condition with treatment. Eye ointment 3.5mg: $27.90.
Danny (English bulldog): eye ulcers; if not cared for and reduced would lead to blindness. Gentamicin sulfate solution: $28.00

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Lola and Danny are up for adoption. Danny was neglected and thrown away by backyard bulldog breeder. He is 2 years old. Lola has a breed problem common for shepherds. She is 1 year old and was given up by her owner along with a second dog.

Meet Lola: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37326411
Meet Danny: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37773251

Franklin Township Municipal Animal Shelter: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Second Chance for Animals (SCFA), the volunteer organization that supports the Franklin Township Animal Shelter, was the recipient of a P.L.A.Y. product grant for 10 Chill Pad Pet Mats. The mats were worth $538.

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

These pet mats were perfect for the winter months for the shelter's dogs, and a few cats! They kept the dogs warm in their concrete runs and helped cut down on their stress levels. The animals had a warm, comfortable place to relax amidst the noise and chaos caused by other animals and human visitors.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 10 animals at a time. The mats were used for more than 10 total.

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

This bed is a particular favorite of Max, a 15-year-old Pekingese, who loves to pose on his Chill Pad like the little king that he is! Max can also relax on the mat and ease his old joints. Max has a few health issues, so he's more than happy to just "chill out." Max is still available for adoption. His profile can be found at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37770097.

Louisa County Animal Shelter: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Sandy's adopter was able to pay the full fee to adopt her new baby. The donation was used to help pay for the neuter for a senior dog, Mickey. Mickey was in the shelter at the same time as Sandy the puppy.

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

The grant helped Mickey find a new family sooner than normal for a senior dog by helping us reduce fees for his adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

One. Reduced fees definitely helped Mickey's new owner make the final decision to give him a super-comfy home.

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

Sandy (first photo) was found in a busy intersection at a stop light. She was just four months old. Her finder was also her adopter, after her stray hold. Mickey (second photo) was a senior beagle who came in as a stray around the same time that Sandy was found. We get a lot of hound-type dogs here and they take much longer to place than other types of dogs. Mickey moved quickly through the system thanks to the grant helping us reduce his fees.

Roanoke Valley SPCA: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for an amputation procedure for a dog who had a broken foot that had been causing pain for an undetermined amount of time.

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

This grant helped us by providing the funding needed to have the procedure for Pixie. Without the funds, we would have had a much harder time raising money for the procedure. The longer Pixie went without the procedure, the longer she endured the pain.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Pixie came to the Roanoke Valley SPCA on a transport from another county. When we took her off the van and placed her on the ground, she would not walk anywhere. At that time, we figured she was just scared, so we carried her to her cage. During her examination a few hours after her arrival, we found that she still didn't want to walk on her front leg. We took her to Vinton Veterinary to have an x-ray of her leg. After close evaluation, we concurred that her leg was broken and had tried to heal without treatment.

Her leg had suffered a lot of damage, to the point that, after consulting with the veterinarians, we decided that the best option for Pixie would be to amputate the leg. This procedure is not cheap, and, fortunately, with the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant, we were able to fund the operation. The procedure went well and Pixie was placed in our foster program so she could heal in a calmer environment.

After weeks of healing, Pixie was finally made available, and it turns out that her foster family had fallen in love with her so much that they had to adopt her. Pixie is now part of a loving family that spoils her to death!

Wyoming County SPCA: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to repair our air-conditioning/heating/air-exchange system.

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

We now have a fully functioning heating/cooling system that brings in 30% fresh outside air through a heat-exchange system. This helps our day-to-day expenses for heating and cooling while providing the necessary fresh air that helps our animals stay healthy. We also were able to replace a broken whole-building air conditioner with a new, energy-efficient model. Lastly, we were able to replace the infrared unit on the existing furnace and do maintenance on the furnace. This unit helps destroy any airborne bacteria in the 70% of air that is recirculated. This grant could not have come at a better time. These huge expenses we were facing would have taken money away from helping more animals, as we had taken quite a financial hit with spaying and neutering the kittens that came of age during that time period.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped all the pets who passed through the shelter since the first part of March and will continue to help all pets that we hold in our shelter in the future. Thank you for this!!

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

This grant helped pets like Danny and Precious. From Danny's Petfinder profile: "Danny is a playful but shy little girl who is a flirt! She likes to hop and bound and get into mischief with her cat friends. She gets along with other cats of all temperaments! The ideal home for this little lady would be one that can accept her best friend, Precious, as they are a bonded pair. An abundant supply of catnip is also requested!" Meet Danny: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32343531

From Precious's Petfinder profile: "I am a sweet girl who is a little shy until I get my paws on a toy mouse. Then I will play like a kitten with it. If I lose it, I will ask you to find it. When I am comfortable with you, I will bring you my mouse and wait for you to toss it. I will come for pets and will purr away while holding my tasty toy mouse in mouth." Meet Precious: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36838207

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter funding

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

We typically lose money on adoptions after the surgery, microchip and vaccines, so this helps to keep the animals moving out of the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Baby came in very thin and a woman saw her and wanted to help. She was a year and a half old, young and playful. She was an active girl that loved to meet new people and dogs. Baby was fortunately adopted very quickly and is now in a home.

South Suburban Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The KONG products were used to enhance our ongoing Kennel Enrichment Program. Through the program, we actively try to keep dogs healthy and happy by keeping their minds engaged. We address the five senses, with a focus on something different each day, and KONG day on Mondays is the biggest hit! The donated KONGs were used for the dogs in our care and staff fills them with peanut butter and kibble.

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

Our Kennel Enrichment Program is having the long-term impact of keeping our dogs healthy and happy for adoption. The KONGs are a big part of this, and we believe that they directly contribute to faster adoption rates. When a dog is enjoying his KONG in his cage, he presents better to potential adopters. We have been adopting out long-term residents recently and we believe the Kennel Enrichment Program -- and particularly the KONGs -- are to thank!

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Rachel (first photo) and Zoe are two dogs who particularly loved their KONGs. As a pit bull and a black Lab/pit mix, respectively, both were much harder to adopt than some other dogs. Since it was harder for them to find homes, it was imperative to keep them healthy and happy for longer periods of time. The KONG donation helped to do this and both were adopted!

Animal Welfare League: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

A/D Urgent Care pet food

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

We receive animals who were found lost and alone. It can be very scary to be in an environment unfamiliar to an animal. Some animals are so terrified, they refuse to eat. Special food with good-smelling ingredients helps encourage those animals to eat. After a while, trust is established and the animals' true colors start to shine. By the time an animal goes up for adoption, he or she is happy and thriving, and therefore more appealing to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

One beautiful little girl (Lab/Staff mix) whom we call Annie

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

Annie is a 1-year-old female Lab/Staff mix. She was brought to AWL as a stray, completely terrified and weak. We don't know how long she had been out there. When she arrived, she needed food, water and protection. Annie refused to eat or even make eye contact. One of our vet techs began to slowly build trust with her. She provided Annie with Hill's Prescription Diet a/d Urgent Care food and crawled into the cage with Annie to have breakfast with her every morning. Now Annie is a completely different dog. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and will be placed on the adoption floor in a few days. Thank you for helping us to help her.