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.
Dec 6, 2016

You Saved These Pets From Unimaginable Suffering

Love shortly after her surgery (left) and today
Love shortly after her surgery (left) and today

Thank you so much for your support of the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund. We use donations like yours to help sick, injured and abused homeless pets every day. Here are just a few you helped us save in recent weeks:

Love
This sweet 3-year-old female Labrador mix was brought to the Humane Society of York County in South Carolina with a severe laceration around her neck from a collar that had become so deeply embedded, it nearly slit her throat. Our grant enabled her to have the surgery that saved her life. This happy girl is still waiting for her forever home; you can meet her here.

Suzie Q
A good Samaritan found Suzie Q dragging herself from under a parked car. The friendly cat had been painted purple and shot in the spine. The bullet paralyzed her hind legs. She was taken in by Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue in Wyoming and given intensive veterinary care with help from our grant. She continues to improve every day and can now stand for several minutes using her hind legs.

Coco
Coco was rescued from a Chicago shelter where she was just hours from being put to sleep because she'd stopped eating and grown emaciated. Thanks to our grant to Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue in Wisconsin, Coco was treated for pneumonia, kennel cough and other ailments. The lively 13-year-old girl has since gained weight and is thriving in her loving foster home.

Arabella
Arabella was seized from a man in Hayti, Missouri, by the Hayti Police Department when they found her in poor condition. She had been dragged behind a vehicle, her wounds left untreated and severely infected. She was malnourished, anemic, covered in fleas, and had open wounds on both back paws and her legs, some down to the bone. She could barely stand on her legs. Our grant helped Caruthersville Humane Society in Missouri get her treatment and place her in a loving forever home.

Suzie Q when she was found (left) and today
Suzie Q when she was found (left) and today
Coco when she was rescued (left) and today
Coco when she was rescued (left) and today
Arabella
Arabella's injuries (left) and her happy demeanor

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Nov 23, 2016

Senior Dogs Deserve Loving Homes Too

Otis at the shelter (left) and with his human dad
Otis at the shelter (left) and with his human dad

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, and we're pleased to announce that we've launched a new, $50,000 grant program to get older dogs out of shelters and into loving homes. Designed to eliminate barriers standing between senior dogs and adoption, grants from this fund will be used to subsidize adoption fees, pay for transportation to forever homes or cover a lifetime of needed medication.

Your donations will help deserving dogs like these sweet seniors who have already been saved with help from our grants:

Otis
The Petfinder Foundation's grant to Frosted Faces Foundation in San Diego helped Otis, who ended up at a shelter at age 11 after his home burned down. Otis's owner perished in the fire, and Otis likely only survived because he'd lived his entire life outdoors. He was emaciated and had infected skin and multiple tumors. Frosted Faces pulled him from the shelter and got him the medical treatment he needed, and Otis spent the rest of his life in the care of a devoted best friend who adored him and made his every moment special.

Kira
Kira, a 12-year-old standard poodle, arrived in the care of Forget-Me-Not Animal Shelter in Republic, Wash., having lost most of her hair. Forget-Me-Not's vets discovered that Kira suffered from a hereditary autoimmune condition that affected her skin, and she had gone her entire life without relief (she also needed to have 18 teeth removed!). Our grant helped Forget-Me-Not get Kira treatment and place her with a loving adopter who enjoys pampering Kira with appropriate lotions to soothe her sensitive skin.

Penny Ann
Penny Ann came to Max's Hope Pet Rescue in Hopkinsville, Ky., after her person moved to a nursing home. At 10 years old, she was infested with fleas and had rotting teeth and a huge tumor on her abdomen. Our grant enabled Max's Hope to get her healthy; she spent time in a foster home and even served as a therapy dog at a day-care facility for people with Alzheimer's, where she loved the attention and was a huge hit with the clients. Penny Ann has since gone to live out the rest of her days being spoiled by her adoring new mom.

Stormy Rae
A scared and neglected senior terrier, Stormy Rae was riddled with mammary tumors as a result of overbreeding when she was surrendered to a California shelter. She was pulled by 6Dogrees Rescue in Seattle, which had her tumors removed and helped Stormy Rae overcome the fear that had caused her to be labeled a biter. Today, she has a wonderful home and is a very happy girl.

Your donations will help us get more wonderful senior dogs like these out of shelters and into the loving homes they so deserve. Thank you for all your support for pets in need.

Kira before treatment (left) and with her new mom
Kira before treatment (left) and with her new mom
Penny Ann before (left) and with her adoptive mom
Penny Ann before (left) and with her adoptive mom
Stormy at the shelter (left) and with her adopter
Stormy at the shelter (left) and with her adopter

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Aug 31, 2016

You Won't Believe These Dramatic Recoveries!

Tiny puppy Ester
Tiny puppy Ester's leg was caught in a steel trap

Your donations to the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund mean that, when an animal arrives at a shelter suffering from a terrible illness or injury, he or she can get needed medical care instead of being euthanized. These are just a few of the lives saved with help from your donations:

Ester
During a severe thunderstorm one night in Vicksburg, Miss., a family heard a whining cry coming from outside. They found Ester in their driveway, soaking wet and missing part of her front right leg. The family called nearby Paws Rescue, which took her to a vet. The vet determined that Ester was only 12 weeks old and that her leg had been caught in a steel trap at some point during her short life.

With help from our grant, Ester's leg was amputated, and within a few months, she was fully recovered, spayed, and vaccinated. Best of all, the family that first found her, which had been fostering her during her recovery, had fallen in love with her and decided to adopt her. Read her full story.

Marley
Marley was hiding under a park bench in Southern California on one of the hottest days of the summer. Passersy ignored him, in spite of the fact that he was severely matted, had broken bones and was being eaten alive by fleas. Luckily, a good Samaritan spotted Marley and called Redondo Beach-based Bullies and Buddies, which rescued him and got him the care he needed.

Thanks to our grant, Marley received much-needed grooming, a cast to help his broken bones heal, flea medication and vaccinations. This gentle soul is on the road to recovery and looking forward to finding a forever home. Read his full story or learn about adopting him.

Victoria
Surrendered to a local animal control by her coyote-hunter owner, Victoria had a large, open wound on her chest, an eye infection, hookworms and a bacterial infection called ehrlichiosis. The light in her eyes was gone. Greyhound Adoption League of Texas took her in and, with help from our grant, got her the intense treatment she required.

Over the course of three months, Victoria put on weight, her wounds healed, her parasites were cured and the tick-borne disease was treated successfully. Best of all, in her loving foster home she found her playful side, and now the sparkle is back in her eyes! Read her full story or learn about adopting her.

Winnie
It was late at night when an Animal Care Officer for Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Ariz., was called to rescue Winnie from the side of a busy road, where a good Samaritan had found her crumpled in the bushes. The purebred dachshund was drooling, one of her front legs was dangling, and she was in excruciating pain. Back at the shelter, vets determined that Winnie was suffering from a rare and complicated front-leg fracture caused by being hit by car.

With help from our grant, Winnie's leg could be amputated and she now has an excellent quality of life with a family that adores her. Read her full story.

These adorable dogs are alive and well today thanks to your donations. Please continue to support the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund so that we can continue to save more pets like them.

Marley was found abandoned under a park bench
Marley was found abandoned under a park bench
Victoria had a large, open wound on her chest
Victoria had a large, open wound on her chest
Winnie was hit by a car and left for dead
Winnie was hit by a car and left for dead

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