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 6, 2013

Helping Pets After an Explosion in Central Texas

Dogs found roaming the evacuated zone
Dogs found roaming the evacuated zone

The Petfinder Foundation has given a $5,000 disaster grant to the Humane Society of Central Texas to help it cope with the influx of pets separated from their owners after the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a five-block area of West, TX.

Executive director Don Bland told MySanAntonio.com, “A lot of animals get out because they’re startled, they’re scared. … We had not only an explosion but a thunderstorm [on Wednesday night], so there might be a lot of lost pets still wondering around that are scared and skittish.”

Animal control officers have been going into the affected area and transporting pets back to the shelter, where they can be reunited with their owners (pet parents searching for lost pets are urged to visit CenTexLostPets.org). The Humane Society of Central Texas is also accepting pets temporarily surrendered by owners forced to evacuate their homes.

Bland told us he expected to take in 200 extra pets over the weekend. By cooperating with local rescue groups, the shelter was able to remove 69 adoptable pets to make room for pets affected by the disaster. Any pets not reclaimed by their owners will go through the shelter’s normal intake process and be placed for adoption, rescue or foster.

Thank you for your donations that have helped us save the lives of these and other pets affected by natural and man-made disasters.

A rescued three-legged dog
A rescued three-legged dog

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Feb 13, 2013

How Your Donations Help Victims of Animal Cruelty

Adele the day she was rescued
Adele the day she was rescued

Happy New Year! And thank you so much for your support of the Petfinder Foundation. Your donations have helped us help thousands of homeless pets in the care of shelters and rescue groups nationwide. Here are the stories of just two of them.

Adele was rescued by Greater Charlotte SPCA on Dec. 27. Found as a stray on the side of the road, she was emaciated, covered in bite wounds (she was probably used as a bait dog) and several of the punctures in her face were badly infected. A grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped GCSPCA pay for her veterinary care.

Today, Adele has recovered and is ready to be adopted (learn more about adopting Adele). GCSPCA president Alex Wilson tells us, "Adele is a super sweet and happy girl. She is great with people, even young kids. She is actually very energetic now and loves to run and play in the yard."

Wilson also told that our grant helped cover the care of another cruelty case, a dog named Ethan. "Ethan was found as a stray, heartworm-positive, with a deep cut on his face and his body was full of shotgun pellets," she said. "He is still a very sweet and happy-go-lucky guy and he is in one of our foster homes recovering as well.

"We have had a lot of medical emergency cases recently and normally we have to be careful about taking on too many at once, but the grant has allowed us to take on more than we normally could. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity."

Adele today
Adele today
Ethan, found riddled with shotgun pellets
Ethan, found riddled with shotgun pellets

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Feb 12, 2013

Rescue U Renovates Carolina Waterfowl Rescue!

A volunteer and a CWR resident
A volunteer and a CWR resident

Rescue U spent Dec. 31-Jan.13 renovating Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail, N.C. Previously, we’d focused on shelters that care for dogs and cats. On this last build, we worked to improve the lives of ducks, pigeons, swans and other adoptable birds.

When CWR was hit by a tornado in spring 2012, wind destroyed many of the structures that housed the adoptable and wild birds the rescue cares for. Kennels, cages and full sheds were blown across the property; feeding areas and barns lost their roofs; and several birds were injured. Rescue director Jennifer Gordon remembers the day the storms hit: “I was outside scrambling to get supplies in the shed, and the roof was lifted off, just like you see in tornado movies.”

Local volunteers made initial repairs (CWR is an all-volunteer organization), but the rescue still needed help. So Rescue U volunteers from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arizona, Washington and North Carolina took time off work or gave up their school vacations to renovate the facility.

Our projects included a new barn to store supplies and serve as a bird habitat, privacy fencing around the goat enclosure (CWR is also home to rescued goats!), more than 1,500 feet of chain-link fencing surrounding the property to keep out foxes, raccoons and other predators, repair on the existing fencing and gates, and several habitat and feeding structures around the property, including one on an island that can be reached only by kayak.

The barn, in particular, is a godsend. Many of the cage-free waterfowl prefer to roost inside when it is cold or rainy. Rescue U volunteers built several of the raised beds they normally build for dogs to keep the birds off the ground, since birds lose a lot of body heat through their feet. Most importantly, the barn provides protection for all the birds in the case of another terrible storm. “We get a lot of storms here,” Gordon says. “It will be nice to know we have a safe place to protect our birds when another one hits.”

Raising the roof on the new barn
Raising the roof on the new barn
A volunteer bonds with one of CWR
A volunteer bonds with one of CWR's resident ducks

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