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.
Aug 23, 2016

Rushing Aid to Louisiana's Animal Flood Victims

A pup rescued from Louisiana floodwaters by AAVA
A pup rescued from Louisiana floodwaters by AAVA

As catastrophic flooding has devastated Louisiana, the Petfinder Foundation is rushing funds to the organizations working to save the region's pets. These are the shelters we've sent grant money to already; we continue to send funds as groups contact us.

Rescutopia's Happy Tails Island
Savannah Brown, founder of the Baton Rouge cat-rescue group, tells us, "All of our foster homes are flooded and all pet supplies were destroyed. We need food, blankets, towels, crates, heartworm medications, flea preventative and anything else we can get. We focus on the East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish Area; both areas have been 90 percent flooded. We have taken in several homeless pets who were evacuated. All of South Louisiana is completely devastated, as a flood like this has never occurred. The flooding is worse than Katrina. Our community is devastated."

We sent Rescuetopia $1,000, which will be used to pay for food, crates, pet supplies and any medical treatment that may be required.

Zeus' Rescues
The New Orleans shelter did not flood, but it has taken in more than 160 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from shelters north of it that did -- and many more are expected. Most of them have had minimal vaccinations and are not spayed or neutered; all will need to be altered and microchipped prior to being adopted at the reduced cost of $75 per animal.

Volunteer Kellie Grengs describes the desperate situation: "Shelter director Michelle Ingram and volunteers have driven in flood waters for the past four days to reach shelters that have taken on several feet of water. On Sunday, Aug. 14, Michelle pulled more than 60 animals from the Sorrento no-kill shelter and we expect more.

"Numerous shelters just a few miles north of us were impacted. One was overwhelmed by fast-rising flood waters and all they could do was open the kennels and let the dogs swim free so they didn't drown. Rescue boats are in the process of saving human lives first and animals second. Michelle is on the scene pulling these animals and caring for them with a team of volunteers. Our shelter averages 400 adoptions annually; this will put a great strain on our already-limited resources, but we simply could not let these animals drown."

We sent Zeus' Rescues $2,500 to offset the costs of spaying and neutering the rescued pets. "Thank you so much!" Grengs says. "Last week was a whirl! We vetted 62 cats and one dog on Saturday afternoon alone and shipped 10,000 lbs. of dog/cat food and supplies to the flooded shelters. It was wild, to say the least. So many of the wonderful animals are in foster and will be getting adopted soon!"

Animal Aid for Vermilion Area
"Vermilion Parish and surrounding areas have been devastated by flooding," says Roxanne Bayard, vice president of the Abbeville, La., shelter. "Many animals have drowned and waters continue to rise. We are having to evacuate homes with pets as well as the shelter to avoid animals drowning. We need to purchase crates, leashes, collars, cleaning supplies, new bedding, fans, litter, litter boxes and food. Many animals need emergency vetting due to injuries sustained in the flooding." We sent $2,500 to help with these expenses.

Your donation enables us to continue to help shelters and rescue groups when disasters like this one strike!

Rescutopia is distributing food for displaced pets
Rescutopia is distributing food for displaced pets
At Zeus
At Zeus' Rescues, a dog from a flooded shelter
A new intake at Zeus
A new intake at Zeus' Rescue in New Orleans

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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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