Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We have a terminally ill foster dog who requires special medication to ease her breathing problems.
By using the grant money for our Sanctuary Sweethearts, we free up funds for dogs to be spayed and neutered.
Faith is at least 12 years old and came to us as a senior from a commercial breeding facility. Due to her fear issues, she was not a good candidate for adoption and has lived happily with her foster mom for the last several years. From her Petfinder profile: "Because of the psychological trauma caused by being a puppy-mill survivor and having produced puppies for 10 long years, I will be a forever foster. I'm still pretty shy and timid about a lot of things -- except for petting. I'm pretty low-maintenance as I just like to lie around and take things in, but I do occasionally trot around the yard and check things out. I'm crate-trained; I won't go in voluntarily but won't put up a fuss about it. I love to snuggle and if you pick me up and plop me down next to you, I will be content to lie there forever (if you pet me)." Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24966358
We received an emergency medical grant from you to help with veterinary costs for an abused puppy. The puppy had been strangled for having an accident in the house.
Emergency medical bill
On behalf of the Berea Animal Rescue Fund, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and its Emergency Medical Grant program. Thanks to the $1,000 grant we received from your organization, we were able to obtain emergency medical treatment for an abused puppy in our care. Our organization received a call that a puppy, Jimmie, had been brought into a local veterinarian’s office for care after being strangled by a family member for having an accident in the house. The puppy was not brought in for treatment until more than one full day after the abuse occurred and was in dire condition. She needed x-rays, oxygen therapy, and antibiotics to have a chance at survival. The family was not able to pay for treatment and asked that the puppy be euthanized. Berea ARF agreed to take the puppy in and obtain all necessary medical treatment for her care. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation and its grant towards Jimmie’s care, she was able to make a full recovery and has since been adopted by a volunteer who was fostering her through her treatment. She is now named Gemma. We cannot thank you enough for your generous support.
We received $90, which went to cover the neuter of Prince.
It helped pay for a neuter so we were able to use our other funds to cover unanticipated medical costs for our other dogs.
This helped one dog directly, but many indirectly, as if freed up funds we could use elsewhere.
Prince has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Prince enjoys snuggling and lounging the day away with his foster family just as much as he enjoys long car rides, walks and outdoor adventures. He is happiest when his people are around, so he is not the dog to leave alone for long hours. He will make a very good best friend! Prince would do best with an all-adult family or with children 10 and up."
The grant award was used to send our team member, Taylor, to the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program at Austin Pets Alive! in April.
This grant helped our adoption team gain confidence in its ability to safely conduct playgroups, greatly benefiting our adoptable dogs. Taylor learned a great deal about dog behavior, play styles and confidently running playgroups. She enjoyed seeing many dogs relax and show their personalities by being around other dogs. Taylor and the group worked on fancy footwork as well as dog assessments. One of the most important pieces of knowledge for her was to learn not to micromanage the different ways that dogs communicate with each other.
Texas Humane Heroes adopts about 1,500 to 1,800 dogs per year (1,000 of them are adults), and the goal is to help them all. Taylor has already begun implementing more playgroups in smaller numbers, and she's working on growing daily.
Blue (first photo) and Bob are two dogs whom Taylor recently paired together in a playgroup. Bob is a young pup whose sister was adopted, leaving him lonely and scared. Taylor paired him with Blue in a playgroup to open up his personality, but also to teach him good manners. A few days after Taylor started working with these two great dogs, Bob found his home (second photo)! Blue is still patiently waiting and being paired with different dogs to help them through their time in the shelter environment. Meet Blue: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41343769
Total ear-canal ablation surgery
Enabled us to provide much-needed comfort to Rosie, whom we rescued after seeing her in the shelter and knew had been a victim of horrifying abuse and neglect.
The funds donated for Rosie's medical care were applied to her recent TECA (total ear canal ablation) surgery. Rosie has horrific scarring of her ear pina and canal from past abuse and attempts to crop her ears with fishing line. After years of regular cleaning and external treatments, her ears were still chronically inflamed and she was suffering from repeat infections due to trapped fluid within the scar-tissue folds. This was her second TECA procedure to remove her remaining ear tissue and prevent all future ear infections and discomfort. The surgery was performed at the Veterinary Referral Center in Malvern, PA, on March 31, 2018, and she is recovering well at this time.
The $2,000 grant was used to facilitate free adoptions for adult dogs and cats in our shelter.
This grant enabled us to waive the adoption fees for many deserving pets, allowing us to find them new homes faster. Offering free adoptions brought more people to our shelter and enabled the animals to spend less time with us and more time with loving families. Finding these animals homes also allowed us to have more space for new animals, both those who were surrendered by their owners or those we could pull from overcrowded area shelters.
Fifteen cats and 15 dogs; two dogs are still available for free adoption.
Rocky Balboa (first photo) was a 6-year-old male border collie that we pulled from Baltimore County Animal Services. He was listed as "rescue only" because of his obesity, meaning BCAS would only allow an approved rescue group to pull him into its program -- he was not available for adoption to the general public. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and was adopted in only eight days by a loving family.
Jar Jar (second photo) was a 3-year-old male mixed breed that we pulled from Prince George's County to help alleviate crowding in that facility. After just 10 days on the adoption floor, Jar Jar went home with a new loving family.
Kit Cat (third photo) was a 2-year-old female domestic long hair cat who was surrendered by his owner but was adopted by a new loving family in just five days. The family decided to surprise their mom with a new family member after their previous cat passed away.
This donation sponsored the adoption fee of a dog in our care named Ivy. Ivy's adoption sponsorship meant that someone who may have overlooked her before may have taken special notice of her since her adoption fee was waived.
This grant helped Ivy get adopted by taking away the financial barrier to adoption that many face. This sponsorship helped her get adopted, which not only meant that Ivy got a good home, but that her length of stay was shorter and thus we could help more animals like her.
Ivy was brought into the Lawrence Humane Society by transfer from another facility in central Kansas. When she arrived, she was a bit rough around the edges and definitely needed a bath. Once we got her cleaned up, we learned that she loved to play with other dogs and get affection from people. She was later adopted by a loving family with plenty of land for her to run around.
The donation of food was used to feed the many cats and dogs we have at our shelter. We are the largest shelter in this area and the number of animals we get in on a daily basis is staggering. This donation was very much appreciated and needed.
This donation helped to provide food for so many of those under our care.
We have 200 dogs and usually more than 100 cats on any given day, so a very large number of animals were provided for.
One of the dogs who benefited from this donation was Ginger (first photo), who is still available for adoption and actually resides as our office dog. Ginger came in very fearful and anxious, so we decided to keep her with us in the office to socialize her. She now loves everyone and is great with cats and dogs her size. She does not care for smaller dogs, so a home with a smaller dog is not recommended. She has a sweet and affectionate personality with everyone and is extremely intelligent. She is spoiled by everyone here, but we still wish for a permanent home for her. Ginger has a special position here, as she visits libraries in the area and the children read to her. Because she is so well-behaved and sweet, she is a favorite!
Fonzie was hurt when found; he had a broken leg that required immediate surgery.
We applied and in no time the funds were granted to us! They covered almost all of his emergency vet bill. We are so low on funding at this time due to weather issues and not being able to do adoptions that when Fonzie came to us, we did not have the funding to help him.
One: Fonzie, a 12-week-old beagle mix
Fonzie was found in a cemetery with his two sisters. They had been there for at least two weeks, according to the woman who found them and took food to them. Fonzie had suffered an injury to his back leg; we are not sure how it happened and I guess we will never know.
When we got the call about them, I sent one of my foster homes to pick them up. She contacted me and said the little male had an injury to his back leg. We took him to the vet the next morning. She found that it had been badly broken. He had surgery the very next day. We picked him up that afternoon and brought him home for recovery. We posted his pictures and story on our Petfinder website. It didn't take very long for us to hear from someone wanting to adopt this sweet baby! They filled out the application and, once approved, they adopted him.
Fonzie's new family was very willing to follow his recovery instructions and took him for his vet checks and his final visit to get a pin removed. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Fonzie can now lead a normal, happy life with a wonderful family that loves him dearly! The fourth photo shows Fonzie with his new mom.
Mending Spirits Animal Rescue used the $90 grant we were awarded to sponsor a bonded pair of cats who need to find a home together. The adoption fee would have been $100 per cat. We have them listed to be adopted together with an adoption fee of $110. We are able to do this because of this amazing gift.
We gave this donation to sponsor a bonded pair of cats to help them find a forever family together. They have been though a lot. They came to Mending Spirits after they lost their family due to death. We had them in care for a few months and they were very happily adopted out together. After about a year, they again lost their family due to the tragic and unexpected death of their adopted dad. They are very lucky to have each other, and we are excited to be able to use this grant to keep them together in their next forever home.
This grant is helping two adult cats be able to stay together.
Mia is a friendly lady cat who loves to curl up on you while you read a book and knows exactly when there is an open lap for her to jump on. Her best trick is to sit on her hind legs like a meerkat and reach up with her head for a pet. Romeo is a curious gentleman cat who likes to explore and tell you about his adventures as he goes along. His best trick is to open doors using the doorknob and go spelunking in all of the cupboards.
We understand that adding two pets at a time can seem overwhelming when considering the bigger financial investment, but there are a lot of benefits of adopting a bonded pair. The greatest thing about having a bonded pair of cats is that they are never alone; if you work or are away from home they have a friend to keep them company. Having a companion can reduce boredom, reduce negative acting out, decrease anxiety when left alone, and entertain the other animal. Also, in general, pets with a companion are healthier and play together, keeping their energy and exercise levels up. Last, often when adopting a pet there is a transition period that can last for weeks to allow an animal to become comfortable in their new surroundings. With Romeo and Mia, they transition much quicker, because they have each other to comfort and create a sense of familiarity. Meet them: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41441246