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.
Jun 1, 2016

Your Help Saved These Dogs from Terrible Abuse

Roadie lost his leg after being dragged by a car
Roadie lost his leg after being dragged by a car

Thank you for donating to our Emergency Medical Fund, which helps pets in need of urgent treatment to save their lives or free them from chronic pain. Many of the pets who benefit from our Emergency Medical Grants have suffered terrible abuse and neglect, but are now happy and healthy thanks to your help. Here are just a few examples:

Roadie
Roadie was found in southern Missouri, unable to use his front leg. It appeared that he had been dragged behind a vehicle. His front leg had to be amputated. Our grant enabled People Helping Pets in Jefferson, MO, to pay for his surgery, as well as the heartworm treatment he received after he'd recovered. Today, Roadie is thriving in his foster home, which he shares with several furry brothers and sisters whom he adores. You can learn about adopting Roadie here.

Willow
Willow and seven other husky mixes came to Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, CO, in January as part of a cruelty seizure after being abandoned without a consistent food source or clean water in frigid mountain temperatures. Scared and frail, their bones easily visible from weeks without food, they were slow to trust and scared of everything. Our grant helped to cover their medical care, and as they recovered, they revealed themselves to be some of the most tender and loving animals the shelter's staff had ever met. Many have been adopted; learn about adopting Willow here.

Blackie
Blackie was neglected for years before he was rescued by Sweet Dream House Rescue in Norwood, OH. With help from our grant, he was rushed to the hospital, where the horrified vets spent hours shaving his matted fur, only to discover that his skin had ruptured from the weight of the mats and he was covered in open wounds that required stitches. Blackie signaled his thanks with licks and kisses for everyone who worked on him. He has since recovered and been adopted into a loving forever home.

Dallas
Volunteers at Mazie's Mission in Frisco, TX, had to help when they received a photo from Dallas Animal Services of an unrecognizable breed of dog covered in mange, emaciated, and in bad shape. Thanks to our grant, they were able to fund the dog's treatment for heartworms, severe mange, secondary skin infections and intestinal parasites, as well as a tail amputation. Now named Dallas, he's happy, healthy and adoptable -- you can meet Dallas here.

Unfortunately, while these dogs are safe, we get requests to help others like them every day. Your donations enable us to alleviate their suffering. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. 

Willow survived for weeks without food or water
Willow survived for weeks without food or water
Blackie
Blackie's matted fur had caused his skin to tear
Dallas was emaciated and had severe mange
Dallas was emaciated and had severe mange

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May 26, 2016

Using Technology to Save Pets' Lives

Batman was thrown out of a moving car
Batman was thrown out of a moving car

Shelters and rescue groups are increasingly making the most of technology to save homeless pets. That's why we've been giving grants designed to help them do just that. Here are a few examples of pets saved by our tech grants:

Batman
A volunteer for Community Concern for Cats in Walnut Creek, Calif., witnessed this tiny 6-month-old kitten being thrown out the window of a moving car. Once safe in the care of CC4C, he was given medical care, neutered and showered with love. Despite his rough start, he was very friendly, and was quickly adopted by an adoring couple at one of the group's pet-store adoption sites. His adoption was expedited by one of the three wireless credit-card terminals CC4C had purchased with our technology grant. The terminals allow volunteers to spend less time processing payments and more time rescuing cats like Batman. Read more about how our grant helped cats like him.

Donna
When Donna came to Mutt Scouts in San Diego, she was completely hairless and covered in sores from severe mange. She had been chained up and left for dead as a young pup. Mutt Scouts spend months nursing her back to health -- but still, as a "big black dog," she was overlooked by adopters. Then, Mutt Scouts purchased a new camera with funds from our technology grant. Donna was the first dog they photographed with it. She was soon adopted by a woman who loves her -- and who says it was Donna's smile in her online photo that caught her eye. Read about more dogs helped by our grant to Mutt Scouts.

Mike B. 
Mike B., a stray cat, was suffering from serious bite wounds to his face when he was rescued by the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. He also had lesions on his legs, a severe upper respiratory infection and a mass on his tongue, and tested positive for FIV. Shelter staff were not sure whether Mike would survive, but they gave him the medical care he needed and, miraculously, he recovered. Soon, his joyful personality emerged, and he was adopted. He now spends his time playing with his fellow FIV+ rescue cat, Chuck. Mike B. was featured in a video made with help from our technology grant, which funded equipment to help promote more special-needs cats like him. Find out more about this grant.

Sunshine
Animal cruelty convictions and stiff penalties have historically been hard to come by in Fulton County, Ga. But thanks to equipment purchased with funds from our technology grant to LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, including digital cameras and GoPro video cameras, those who abuse pets like Sunshine are being brought to justice. Sunshine was found with a collar embedded so deeply in her neck, it had to be surgically removed. Field officers were able to document her condition and present the evidence at trial, and her former owner was convicted and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Sunshine recovered and has been adopted! Read her story.

Your donations enable us to help pets like these. Thank you for all that you do to help pets in need.

Yours sincerely,

Emily Fromm
Chief Development Officer
The Petfinder Foundation

Donna had been chained and left for dead
Donna had been chained and left for dead
Mike B. had severe bite wounds all over his face
Mike B. had severe bite wounds all over his face
Sunshine
Sunshine's embedded collar was surgically removed

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Mar 4, 2016

These Pets Are Now Free from Pain Thanks to You!

Man Man is happy and healthy thanks to our grant.
Man Man is happy and healthy thanks to our grant.

Thank you so much for supporting the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant fund. Every month, we award grants so that adoption groups can assist homeless pets in desperate need of veterinary care. Here are just a few pets whose lives have been changed recently by donations like yours.

Man Man
When the 9-year-old Dachshund arrived at the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita, he couldn't walk due to a ruptured disc in his back that left his hind legs paralyzed. Our Emergency Medical Grant helped the shelter pay for a wheelchair for Man Man, as well as laser and water therapy, where he swam and walked on an underwater treadmill. Both of those treatments helped him significantly. Man Man is now happy and healthy in his forever home. “Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for the emergency medical grant providing much needed care for pets like Man Man,” says KHS President/CEO Mark Eby.

Hunter
Dumped on the streets and then brought to a crowded shelter in the South, 2-year-old Hunter was at risk of euthanasia before he was taken in by Long Trail Canine Rescue in Wilder, VT, and placed in a foster home. But it quickly became apparent that he was in pain when he walked. A visit to an orthopedic vet revealed that Hunter needed surgery on both hips. Our grant is making that treatment possible. "Hunter is well on his way to a life of a normal dog, free of pain," says Long Trail VP Kim Frigault. "One more surgery to go and some recovery time with his adoptive family and Hunter's future is looking bright. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!"

Felicia
Felicia was found by some children whose mother wouldn't let them bring her indoors, but she was clearly in poor health. Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary in Hendersonville, TN, took her in and found that Felcia was very thin and had an upper respiratory infection, as well as a painful open wound on her stomach the size of a golf ball. A vet guessed that it was an old abscess that had ruptured. We gave the rescue a grant to cover Felicia's veterinary care, and she's now completely healed and ready for her forever home. "We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Petfinder Foundation," says FFAS's Kim Patton. "We are so fortunate to receive this grant."

Marcellas
The 10-month-old female pit bull mix who came to Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Fairfield, IA, as a stray, her right rear leg hanging limp. The vet thought it was a months-old injury that had not been treated, and recommended the leg be amputated. Says Executive Director Lindsey Sime, "Marcellas was given pain meds to relieve any discomfort while we tried to find a way to pay for her surgery. It didn't take long for the Petfinder Foundation to let us know that they would be able to help, and in mid-December, Marcellas had her surgery done. She had a very smooth recovery and was adopted on Jan. 7, 2016, by a wonderful family that renamed her Beauty."

Thank you for all your help enabling these and other deserving pets to live lives free from suffering!

Man Man gets water therapy so he can walk again.
Man Man gets water therapy so he can walk again.
After hip surgery, Hunter will have a normal life.
After hip surgery, Hunter will have a normal life.
Felicia has recovered from an infected open wound.
Felicia has recovered from an infected open wound.
Marcellas is pain-free after amputation surgery.
Marcellas is pain-free after amputation surgery.

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