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 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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Nov 27, 2012

How We're Helping Sandy's 4-Legged Victims

Storm
Storm

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy. Here are just a few of the ways we're helping.

Westchester Humane Society got a disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation to care for the animals it took in because of Hurricane Sandy. Board member Irma Jansen wrote to us about one of those refugees, a Doberman/American Staffordshire Terrier mix named Storm (pictured).

This is Storm, one of the 18 animals the Westchester Humane Society in Harrison rescued from New York City. Storm came from Staten Island the day before the hurricane hit.

They were evacuating shelters and were overcrowded. In order to help prevent a lot of animals from being euthanized, we rescued a total of 18 dogs and cats.

Storm, named in "honor" of the hurricane, was saved from Sandy and did not seem to care that a week after the hurricane, a snow storm hit our area! It has been quite a week in the NYC area.

She loves the snow, this 2-year-old girl! She is an absolute sweetheart and we are happy we were able to have saved her. Thank you so much for making this rescue possible!

Some of the other shelters and rescue groups receiving disaster grants in Sandy’s wake include:

  • Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc., in Staten Island, NY, which lost heat and power and suffered damage to its roof and outdoor kennels, and also needed money for food, blankets, a generator, food bowls (since staff could not wash them without hot water) and cleaning supplies.
  • Seer Farms, Inc., in Jackson, NJ. “We took in over 50 animals in the first weekend after the storm, which is an approximately 10% increase in our population, and we are taking in new animals every day who were either rescued from abandoned homes or brought by their owners who are living in shelters,” says owner Laura Pople. “We lost power for several days and spent several thousand dollars on tree removal.”
  • Abandoned Angels Animal Rescue in Columbus, NJ, which took in pets for people whose homes had flooded and will care for them until their families can find housing for themselves and their pets, or find them new homes if their guardians can’t take them back.
  • Helping Every Animal Live Society, Inc. in Lodi, NJ, which needed to relocate to a safer building. “We lost all or vaccinations and antibiotics that needed refrigeration. The river swept away many of our crates and destroyed pallets of dog food,” says vice president Benjamin Ortiz. “This grant will be used solely to relocate our rescues to a safe and healthy facility.”
  • Animal Rescue R Us, also in Lodi. “We lost crates, bedding, food and supplies due to damage from flood,” says president Christina Chavis. The grant will allow the shelter to replace those items to care for its 20 adoptable pets.

We are able to help these organizations continue their lifesaving work thanks to donors like you. Thank you to all who gave — every little bit helps.

Puppies at Tails of Love in Staten Island
Puppies at Tails of Love in Staten Island

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