Success Stories

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

Friends for Animal of Metro Detroit: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical exam and grooming for Figaro.

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

The funds helped with Figaro's medical exam and grooming. He came into the shelter matted and limping which require medical intervention.

How many pets did this grant help?

One cat: Figaro

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

Figaro is a 2-year-old male with a long, silky red-and-white coat. He was brought to the shelter because his human companion said Figaro and the other cat in the home did not seem to like each other, but Fig does get along with his roommates at the shelter. He is feeling much better minus the mats and we found that he has a slipping knee that does not require any medical intervention at this time. He is still looking for a home, so check him out at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41175176

Cyan's Private Garden Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We are very grateful for this grant opportunity. It allowed us to build up the quality of life that the rescues receive here by supplying many items the dogs needed to enrich their lives. We started out with a new baseline heater to keep the rescues nice and warm. The one they'd had was aging and needed to be replaced for safety reasons. We also updated the plastic crates with new, shiny clean doors and added two new extra-large wire crates. We then rotated all the dogs to enhance their comfort while in confinement. New blankets and tarps were purchased. We enhanced their health and vitality by adding supplements to their daily food and dental treatments and dental products to keep their breath smelling clean and fresh so potential adopters will be impressed with their smiles. Long-lasting enrichment toys and brain-treat toys were added to keep them busy and occupied. Dogs love the great outdoors and exercise, so we hired WAG dog-walking service to help train and socialize our dogs while giving them the attention they crave! Gentle Leaders were purchased to train the harder-to-walk dogs so they would be more suitable for adoption. And, of course, vet care for the dogs in need.

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

This grant helped us provide security and safety for our rescues. It reinforced our interactions with the dogs and their temperaments by adding training tools and toys to make their care easier. It cut our costs on vet care by supplying preventive joint supplements and skin and coat supplements. It helped us manage our rescues in a cleaner containment system. We can now go out in our play yard and use long-lasting play toys to build good social skills with other dogs. We have a great new preventive dental-care routine added to keep the rescues' teeth in great shape.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Brownie (first photo) came to us on New Year's Eve. She was freezing to death, and so emaciated that she was hunched up into a ball when she walked. She would have died in a few more days. Brownie had been abused at the hands of humans. She had an open, infected wound on her front paw and hundreds of bite marks all over her feet and back. They were not from a normal dog fight -- so we know that someone held her to let other dogs bite her. She was also newly pregnant and had an infection in her uterus. She was so malnourished, her body was absorbing the pups back into her system. We spayed her and found her to be heartworm-positive. This grant came at a time when she was ready to start heartworm treatments. We purchased nutritional supplements to help Brownie gain weight in a healthy way. We were also able to start her on heartworm treatment. Because of this grant, Brownie is now ready to be adopted! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41206155

Peanut (second photo) was an adopted dog in a home for over three years. When the adopters changed living arrangements, they could no longer provide a safe environment for him. Peanut was returned to this rescue, as we require our adopters to do if they find themselves no longer able to care for their pet. Peanut was used to his freedom inside the home and daily walks out on the leash. He became depressed back in the rescue and longed for something more. He would stand and stare behind the gates, looking for his owner to return. When we hired a dog-walking service to come and take him for long walks around the neighborhood, all that changed. He became a happy, playful dog again who is able to be more friendly with the other rescues here. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38639656

Animal House Cat Rescue & Adoption Center: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the 2017 Purina Adoption Event Grant were used to assist our adopters in completing their adoption fee. This ensured that all families who wanted to bring one of our rescued cats into their homes were able to without a large financial burden.

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

This grant assisted us in adopting out 17 of our cats and kittens in the given two-week timeframe.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

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

Lucky Vito met his mom, Jordan, just a week after he officially became adoptable. It was love at first sight! Now, Vito is doing very well in his new home. He loves to hunt for toy mice, chase ping-pong balls around the apartment, and bat at teasers whenever he gets the chance. He especially loves cuddling up next to Jordan at night and making pillow forts in the morning! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making this adoption possible.

Ruff House Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kongs both at our thrift store to generate donations and at our kennel for our pups to play with while waiting for their furever homes!

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

Helping raise money to save more lives, as well as providing stimulation and playtime in the kennel

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 20!

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

Jackie loved her Kong so much, she took it to her fur-ever home! So did Finn!

PEARL Parrot Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for hernia/tumor surgery for Tiki, the Moluccan cockatoo.

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

Without this funding, we would have not been able to afford the surgery, effectively putting Tiki into hospice care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tiki is a beautiful 17-year-old Moluccan cockatoo who was surrendered to PEARL Parrot Rescue when her owner could no longer provide for her. Upon intake, we discovered a large mass on Tiki’s butt. We knew we had to get this sweet girl to the vet for testing right away. Our veterinarian ran multiple tests and discovered a massive hernia encasing Tiki's organs. Without surgery to remove the tumor, Tiki’s intestines could lose their blood supply and she would die. It was determined that she would need to see a specialist.

On Jan. 18, 2018, she was taken to see an avian vet who specializes in operating on parrots -- a rare specialist to find. Because of the location of the tumor and the effect it was having on her internal organs, the surgery was very risky and very costly. Initial quotes for the procedure ran upwards of $4,000, not including the $800 in diagnostic testing to get us to this point.

After the surgery, Tiki stayed at the surgery center for a total of 45 days, receiving subsequent surgeries to tighten loose skin that the tumor had stretched out. Now that she's back in the rescue, we're looking for a very special person to become her forever flock. We can tell she's definitely feeling better because she never stops moving! Her favorite things to say are "I love you" and "pretty bird" and to whinny like a horse! Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40617803

Humane Society of Missouri: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Between Oct. 21 and Nov. 5, 2017, every adoption at each of our companion-animal shelters was subsidized with a $50 donation from Purina/the Petfinder Foundation. In total, 301 animals were adopted during this event, resulting in a donation of $15,050.

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

The adoption event and partnership helped place more animals into loving homes by making adoptions more affordable for families considering shelter adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

301

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

This grant helped many pets in need of loving homes and made room in HSMO's shelters for more animals to be made available for adoption.

Lucky's Place, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help purchase additional security for the shelter after a recent theft.

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

Keeping all of our guests healthy and secure is a fundamental goal, and this grant will help us achieve that goal.

How many pets did this grant help?

24, plus all who will come to Lucky's in the future!

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

One family this grant helped is Sweet Pea (first photo) and her three kittens, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail (second, third and fourth photos). Sweet Pea was nursing three kittens when she arrived at Lucky's Place from an overpopulated home. Much to our surprise, she was also pregnant! The kittens are only 4 weeks old and are therefore among our most vulnerable guests.

Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home for Cats: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The $600 grant was used to sponsor the adoption fees for three senior cats.

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

Our senior cats were getting overlooked, due to the shelter regularly having cats who were much younger. Having their adoption fees sponsored gave more adopters an incentive to want to meet these seniors. All were lovable, sweet cats and they just needed adopters to give them a chance to show their wonderful personalities. This gave them the advantage they needed to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three senior cats who have all been adopted.

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

Miss Little (first photo) had been surrendered by the only family she ever knew and was not doing well at the shelter. She would find places to hide when volunteers, staff or visitors would come by and she would shrink and make herself as small as possible. Her potential adopter had come in looking for a much younger cat. Our adoption specialists knew that Miss Little would be a great match for her and the cat she had at home who needed a companion. When the adopter visited the room where Miss Little was staying, volunteers were surprised that Miss Little popped her head up and did not scurry away! She let her visitor pet her and talk to her and seemed to enjoy the attention. It looks like Miss Little chose her person!

Pablo (second photo) was so handsome and chatty, the shelter staff and volunteers thought he would get adopted fairly quickly. Days turned into weeks and Pablo was still at the shelter and became a volunteer favorite. Those same volunteers started taking his photo and posting it on Facebook and Instagram. One of those photos got his adopter to the shelter to meet Pablo in person (third photo). Finding out his adoption fee was sponsored made the decision to adopt him even easier, since she had clearly fallen in love. She is a grad student who lives alone and was looking for the perfect cat companion -- and it was a match! Pablo now has a forever home and his adopter has updated the shelter staff to let them know he is settling in and has already claimed “his side” of the bed.

Mission (fourth photo) was a long-term shelter resident who had spent part of his life outside in a small cat community. The staff and volunteers noticed that he loved the other cats in the room and, as some of his friends got adopted, he would find a new cat to bond with. Most often, his new bonded pal would be the cat with the least confidence, and his compassionate and nurturing nature would give the other shy cat the bravery to become more social. His adopter had been visiting Mission frequently to make sure he would be a good match for her own shy cat. After many visits, she decided to take Mission home, and she was pleasantly surprised to find that the grant money received would sponsor his adoption fee. Mission is settling in with his new family, and his adopter has kept us updated on the progress of introductions between Mission and his new kitty sister, including a long “meowing” conversation between the two a couple of days after he arrived at his forever home!

St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Helped subsidize adoptions at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

95

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

Abby was a 14-year-old dog who was in foster for several months and found her loving home at the adoption event in Soulard! It was so exciting. She was a wonderful dog.

Helping Strays of Monroe County: Purina ONE Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to help with an adoption promotion -- specifically, 50% off all adoption fees. Giving a discount on adoption fees really made people listen and become more curious and serious about adopting their forever family member.

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

This grant helped because it made the animals more adoptable by saving potential adopters on adoption fees. It also helped those animals who may have had some issues be more adoptable as well. People found that if they knew what had been done to ready the animal for adoption and we were trying to get them into homes by reducing their adoption fees, it was about making a good placement and not the adoption fee.

How many pets did this grant help?

42 pets found new homes during the time period of the grant.

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

One of the best stories was a dog named Chyna. Chyna was what we would consider a senior dog. She came into the shelter in March of 2017 and, although she had many inquiries about her, the adoption never happened, specifically because people did not want to invest in a dog her age. Because of the adoption grant, and our being able to showcase her as part of the promotion, Chyna was finally adopted. Her adopters stated that they felt good about adopting her for many reasons and were grateful they did not have to pay the full adoption fee for a dog her age. Chyna finally found her forever home in part because of this grant.