Petfinder Foundation

The Petfinder Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity, works to ensure no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home. We help homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disasters, and working to make sure animal adoption organizations are more sustainable. Since 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants to animal welfare organizations and Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups.
May 28, 2015

You Can Help Animal Victims of Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma!

HSWC reunited this dog and owner post-evacuation.
HSWC reunited this dog and owner post-evacuation.

With Texas and Oklahoma battling deadly floods, the Petfinder Foundation is rushing funds to animal shelters and rescue groups to help save the lives of pets in the affected regions. Please donate today so that we can continue to provide assistance!

Here are just a few of the ways we’re helping:

Caring for Evacuees’ Pets
The staff of just five people at the Humane Society of Wichita County in Wichita Falls, Texas, has been working around the clock to care for the pets of families who’ve had to evacuate — and the shelter desperately needed funds to pay for staff overtime and extra utilities (the Petfinder Foundation is one of the few national organizations that gives cash grants to pay staff for overtime hours during times of disaster).

“We started taking in evacuees’ animals at 11 p.m. Wednesday night [May 20],” shelter Director Cheryl Miller tells us. “As the days went on and the city zoned more areas for flooding, we took in as many as we could house. We wanted to be here for our community if and when it needed us, so we kept the shelter open and are having to pay the staff overtime.”

H.S. Wichita County, which usually houses 70 animals, has already taken in an additional 51 dogs and cats. The shelter is strictly donor-funded, and our grant of $2,000 will help cover the costs of staff overtime and additional water and electric bills.

Repairing Flooded Kennels
The storms and flooding in Central Texas caused major damage to Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center in Seguin, Texas. Assistant Director Julie Mitchell tells us, “Our kennels are flooded with six inches of water. Wind damage destroyed several outdoor kennels, the two main gates to the facility, windows in the main building, and a window a/c unit for the indoor dogs. We need loads of sand or gravel to raise the ground level in the outdoor kennels, tarps for shelter, mosquito spray, flea shampoo, paper towels, sheets and blankets for dry bedding, other dog supplies, a new a/c unit, and window replacements.”

With help from our $2,000 grant, the shelter “will safely rebuild the kennels for the outdoor dogs, raise the ground level so the dogs will be dry, secure the facility again with new front gates, treat all dogs for flea infestation, and provide cooling for the indoor dogs,” Mitchell says. “We hope to restore the facility to ensure safety and good living conditions for our dogs, safe from standing water, heat, and flea infestation.”

Feeding Hungry Horses
One surprising result of the floods has been a hardship in acquiring much-needed hay for horses. Cheri White Owl, president of Horse Feathers Equine Center in Guthrie, Okla., tells us, “Hay costs have risen due to our having to secure sources outside of our normal ones. Flooding has delayed hay cutting and production; some suppliers have lost hay due to flooding. We are having to go to higher-priced suppliers to meet our needs.”

Our grant of $1,500 will provide Horse Feathers’ rescued horses with 25 high-quality bales of hay. “This will allow us to continue feeding the horses and maintaining their body weight and health,” White Owl says, which is critical to both horses waiting to be adopted and those who are lifelong sanctuary residents.

Protecting Outdoor Dogs
An outdoor-only facility, Heart of Texas SPCA in San Antonio suffered damage to its kennels from high winds and heavy rain, including broken kennel frames, ripped tarps and flooding.

Director Paula Oberle tells us, “Many of the dogs who lost their canopy coverage were standing in mud and water with nowhere to go. We did manage to bring a few inside until the water receded, but more rain is coming. We need new canopies as soon as possible.”

With our $1,000 grant, Heart of Texas “will purchase the heavy-duty canopies and set them up ASAP to protect the dogs,” Oberle says.

Keeping Momma Dogs and Puppies Safe
Missy’s Haven Canine Rescue in San Antonio received heavy winds, rain and lightning, and suffered damage to fencing used to keep the dogs contained, water damage to a food-storage building and the loss of an air-conditioning unit due to power surge. Our $2,000 grant will allow the group to “rebuild the containment area and provide a/c to our building for moms and babies,” says President Michelle Holmes.

Replacing Ruined Dog Food
The only building damaged by flooding at OK Save a Dog in Prague, Okla., was the one that stored all the food. Our $1,000 grant will help the organization purchase a month’s worth of food as well as a secure building in which to store it.

Boarding Pets After a Foster Home is Destroyed
A foster home housing pets for Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions in San Antonio was severely flooded, meaning its human residents and 25 dogs and cats had to evacuate, with the pets going to a boarding facility until the damage is repaired.

“The pets’ location was flooded with four feet of water,” Director Tonette Webb says, “causing extensive damage to floors, walls and kennels. Mud is covering the floors now and all will need to be disinfected, cleaned and replaced before the pets can come back here. All adoptable pets are in a fee-based boarding facility until then. The estimate for boarding time is two weeks, depending on clean-up.”

Our $2,000 grant will help pay for the boarding as well as clean-up of the pets’ living space. “We will save our adoptable pets, safe now in boarding, and clean their kennels and replace beds and food,” Webb says.

Please donate now to help us continue to help shelters and rescue groups affected by flooding in Texas and Oklahoma!

Rocky is at Etosha Rescue and Adoption Center.
Rocky is at Etosha Rescue and Adoption Center.
Lucky is with Horse Feathers Equine Center.
Lucky is with Horse Feathers Equine Center.
Charlotte is at Heart of Texas SPCA.
Charlotte is at Heart of Texas SPCA.
Idella is at Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions in Texas.
Idella is at Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions in Texas.

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Mar 12, 2015

New Emergency Medical Grants Help Desperate Pets

Grace appeared to have been hit by a snow plow
Grace appeared to have been hit by a snow plow

We recently introduced a new type of grant, which has been welcomed by the shelters and rescue groups we support: Emergency Medical Grants. These grants are designed to help pets suffering from severe illness or injury, for whom treatment can literally mean the difference between life and death. Here are some dogs they've already helped.

Grace
Grace was discovered nearly frozen to the ground in Wisconsin. She appeared to have been hit by a snow plow, her head impaled by a metal rod. She had sustained a skull fracture, abrasions, blood in her abdomen, and a bruised heart and lungs. Her right eye was so damaged, it had to be removed.

We awarded the Washington County Humane Society in Slinger, Wisc., a grant to help with her care. Grace has recovered and currently has an adoption pending. "All she can do is wiggle and kiss you," WCHS Community Relations Coordinator Debra Block tells us. "This girl is the epitome of why we do what we do! Your grant has made all the difference."

Harley
The Pepper Foundation in Studio City, Calif., pulled the young spaniel mix from a busy shelter, where he'd come down with kennel cough that had turned into pneumonia. With help from our grant, he was hospitalized and is now recovering in foster care. "I was so worried about how we were going to pay for Harley," Pepper Foundation president Julie Chadwick says. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping him." Want to adopt Harley? Meet him here.

Fergus
As just a 3-month-old puppy, Fergus spent five miserable days with an untreated broken femur before ABRA, Inc., in Crown Point, Ind., took him in. Thanks to our grant, Fergus had pins inserted into his broken hind leg and has since been adopted! "[The grant] couldn't have come at a better time," ABRA's Christy McKee tells us. "I can't tell you how grateful we are!"

Princess Grace
Little Grace suffers from canine carpal hyperextension, an abnormality causing dogs to walk on their elbows that can result from poor nutrition early in life. We gave One Love Animal Rescue in Mount Laurel, N.J. a grant to help cover splints and physical therapy for her. "With the grant, we expect that we can give Gracie everything she needs to get well, reduce pain and get adopted by a great forever family," One Love Chairman Sherri Smith says. "We can do it all while not being temporarily sidelined by the expense." Meet Grace here.

Thank you so much for your donations, which allow us to help shelters and rescue groups help pets like these!

Harley
Harley's kennel cough had turned into pneumonia
Fergus spent five days with a broken femur
Fergus spent five days with a broken femur
Princess Grace suffered from a leg deformity
Princess Grace suffered from a leg deformity

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Dec 15, 2014

Rescuing Pets from Abuse and Neglect Nationwide

MHS rescue driver Chris with Kalamata
MHS rescue driver Chris with Kalamata

Animal cruelty takes many forms - and animal shelters are often the victims' only hope. Through our grants, the Petfinder Foundation helps shelters combat cruelty and neglect. These are just a few recent examples of how your donations have helped shelters save pets in urgent need.

An Animal-Rescue Van in Detroit Stops Abuse in its Tracks
We funded an animal-rescue vehicle for Michigan Humane Society, which has taken over the task of responding to animal-cruelty complaints now that Detroit Animal Control does not have the funding to do so. One of the pets it rescued recently was a Border Collie-mix puppy that MHS staff named Kalamata. MHS Chief Development Officer Marta Diffen tells us, "A compassionate bystander found a small black dog at a dollar store. She took Kalamata with her because people were kicking her because she kept jumping up on them.

"She called MHS Rescue and we dispatched Chris and the van to the scene. Chris was able to take the sweet little dog and bring her to MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care. She was adopted after just a short stay with MHS. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this van and the lifesaving work it is making possible! Thank you!"

Helping Dogs Rescued from a Georgia Puppy Mill
When 359 dogs were seized from what authorities called deplorable conditions at Heavenly Kennels near Cumming, Ga., we rushed a $3,000 disaster grant to Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, Ga., to help offset the cost of caring for the dogs, all of whom were suffering from multiple parasites and infections and urgently needed medical care.

One of those dogs was Nadia, a 4-year-old Siberian husky who was pregnant and very anemic. She soon gave birth to seven puppies. "The staff found special adopters for each of the puppies and then one of the puppies' families called in to ask about Nadia," the shelter's rescue coordinator, Lori Kekel, tells us. "The couple was very worried about Nadia not being adopted, so they asked to adopt her as well. The day that Nadia and her baby Sasha left for their new home was full of lots of happy tears, from the staff and the adopters!" Even better, all the other rescued dogs found homes as well.

Horses, a Llama, Dogs and Cats Saved from Neglect in Washington
When fires raged across Washington state over the summer, many livestock owners were forced to place their animals into shelters. When one of those owners brought his animals to the shelter established at a Spokane rodeo grounds, the volunteers there became alarmed at their condition and called Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS). The shelter's officer executed a search warrant at the owner's property and found many animals living in filth, feces and garbage.

SCRAPS seized two horses, one llama, eight dogs and six cats. A Petfinder Foundation grant enabled the shelter to provide medical care, food and shelter for the animals while the criminal case was being processed. "One of the animals, a dog named Stella, was pregnant," Development Manager Janet Dixon tells us. "Stella was brought to the shelter and gave birth here. The puppies were sent with their mother to a foster home, where they were adopted out after they were weaned."

See Many More Amazing Pet-Rescue Stories
We've compiled a video of some of the rescued-pet transformations that happened thanks to the organizations that received grants from the Petfinder Foundation in 2014. To get even more of a sense of how your donations help change the lives of pets in need, watch our video here.

Thank you so much for your donations, which make this lifesaving work possible.

Happy holidays from all of us at the Petfinder Foundation!

Georgia puppy mill-rescue Nadia with her puppies
Georgia puppy mill-rescue Nadia with her puppies
A pup of Stella, rescued from neglect in Spokane
A pup of Stella, rescued from neglect in Spokane
See Bluebell
See Bluebell's amazing transformation in our video

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