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

Rescue U Renovates Lake County(FL) Animal Services

Repairing a perimeter fence
Repairing a perimeter fence

The Petfinder Foundation’s Rescue U was in Tavares, FL, at Lake County Animal Services from March 9-15 performing some much-needed renovations. Volunteers from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey and Florida rolled up their sleeves.

Previously there were only two small outdoor play areas for the dogs at the shelter, which severely limited the amount of play and exercise time each dog is able to get. Rescue U built a brand new 50’x70’ outdoor exercise pen. This means a significant increase in the amount of time each dog gets outside, making the dogs happier, healthier and more adoptable.

Rescue U also made general fencing repairs throughout the shelter. Several of the cat and dog kennels were in need of repair, and the industrial perimeter fence needed to be replaced in some areas. Our Rescue U volunteers fixed this for Lake County Animal Services to make sure their kennels are safe and their perimeter is secure.

The cats at the shelter got a special focus on this trip. Not only were their kennels repaired where needed, but the cat room got a fresh coat of paint, and a mural to brighten up the mood of the room for potential adopters!

The Petfinder Foundation also built two outdoor cat play areas. These areas will vastly improve the quality of life of the cats at the shelter, allowing them a safe, stress-free place to stretch and play outside. This will reduce upper respiratory infections and other communicable disease and make the cats at the shelter much more adoptable.

Next up: Rescue U heads to P.U.R.R. West Virginia in Grafton from May 21 to June 1. The work will involve a lot of cleaning, paint prep-work, painting, hanging Fiberglass wall covering and reorganizing.

Thank you for your donations, which make this important work possible!

Volunteers hard at work
Volunteers hard at work
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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