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.
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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Nov 27, 2012

Rescue U Renovates 5 Shelters with Mars Petcare

The agility platform we built at Metro Nashville
The agility platform we built at Metro Nashville

Rescue U just got back from the Nashville, TN, area, where we worked with Mars Petcare's volunteer program to help employees improve the living conditions for animals in five local animal shelters.

In the Mars Volunteer Program, employees are given time off to perform community service. Mars (which makes Pedigree brand pet food) has done animal projects in the past, but wanted to take them to a whole new level, and brought us in this year to design and run the program's animal shelter activities. The five shelters we would help: Williamson County Animal Control & Adoption Center, Maury County Animal Services Facility, Sumner County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Div., Humane Society of Sumner County and Metro Nashville Animal Control Services.

We worked with each shelter to determine what its greatest needs were, and then designed the projects to be completed in a single day. While that may sound easy, most shelter staffers are so busy handling the day-to-day upkeep of their animals, they don’t even realize what their greatest problem areas are. They may realize that their cats suffer from upper respiratory issues, but not understand the connection between physical and mental health. Or they might know the dogs are stressed and slightly kennel crazy even though they spend time outdoors, but they don’t realize that most of that outdoor time isn’t productive exercise time since the dogs are hunkered down in the one corner of their play yard that provides afternoon shade.

 

Above: Mars volunteers install sunshades over the dog runs at Williamson County Animal Control. The shades will allow the dogs to enjoy the yard year-round.


Though these projects were completed in a single week, running Rescue U projects is like running a cooking show. Isn’t it always cool how the onions and peppers are already cut up and put in cute glass dishes? Well that's what Rescue U does. We prep the projects so the volunteers can show up on a Monday morning ready to pour concrete into the graded, graveled and formed concrete pad that was awaiting them. No magic here — just us, working all day Saturday and Sunday getting it ready. The easier we can make it seem for the volunteers, the more fun they will have and the more likely they will be to want to do it again!

The projects the Mars volunteers completed included creating a cat stimulation garden to enrich the lives of the cats in one shelter; putting up shade screens to protect dogs from the blazing Nashville sun; constructing a storage building for food; installing exercise pens; painting; adding shelving; installing wall fans; replacing some doors and repairing others; and adding agility equipment, benches and landscaping to make the shelters more appealing to potential adopters. We had a blast on this project!

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