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.
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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Feb 25, 2016

Making Sure Shelter Dogs Have a Place to Play

Phoenix before and after
Phoenix before and after

We are thrilled to announce that we're giving animal shelters grants totaling $100,000 to construct outdoor dog play yards over the next two years. Having a place to exercise, receive training, and socialize with both people and other dogs is critical to keeping dogs physically and mentally healthy. Here are just a few dogs who have already been helped by play-yard grants we've given shelters in the past:

Phoenix
Phoenix came to Cinderella Pet Rescue in Penitas, Texas, emaciated and riddled with mange. After months of treatment, he was healthy enough to interact with other dogs, but he was reactive when dogs were brought close to his kennel or if he was on a leash. However, staff discovered that this seemingly aggressive behavior was actually a frustration with not being able to play. When he went out in play groups in the yard funded by our grant, Phoenix blossomed, and ran and played with other dogs. Today, Phoenix is happy, healthy and a staff favorite who's ready to meet his forever family. Read Phoenix's story.

Panda
Panda was found in a crate in an abandoned building. When she arrived at Adopt-A-Dog in Armonk, N.Y., she was terrified of the world and so shut down that she could not be brought to off-site events to socialize and gain life skills. Having the enrichment yard that the Petfinder Foundation helped outfit gave Panda a chance to explore new materials, such as tires and hay bales, on safe ground. Each day she came out of her shell more and more until she had enough confidence to finally go off-property. Now Panda can go on adventures to the beach, and when her forever family finds her, she will be ready to go home with them with confidence! Read Panda's story.

Austin
Our grant to fund a large, multi-section play yard at Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras, Ore., helped dogs like Austin, who used to bark furiously in his kennel when visitors walked by. Now that he can go let off steam in the play yard regularly, his barrier aggression has greatly subsided. He runs full-speed when in the play yard and can play chase and tug o' war with other dogs. This high level of activity helps him release his pent-up energy and stress, and when he meets potential adopters, he is more at ease. Read Austin's story.

It's hard to overstate how much play yards help shelters and shelter dogs. Even inside the shelters, because the dogs are tired, they're better behaved and bark less. This makes the environment more pleasant for adopters and staff, and improves both quality of life and adoption rates for the pets.

Thank you for your generous support, which enables us to give grants like these!

Panda in the play yard
Panda in the play yard
Austin
Austin

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Dec 4, 2015

Your Donations Helped These Injured & Abused Dogs

Month-old Carley needed emergency surgery.
Month-old Carley needed emergency surgery.

Thank you for donating to the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant fund. Your gift has already helped us help dozens of pets suffering from the most severe injuries and illnesses as a result of abuse and neglect. For these animals, medical care is a necessity in order for them to become adoptable. Here are just a few of the pets aided by the Emergency Medical Grants you helped fund:

Carley
Tiny 4-week-old Carley came to Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE) in Sandston, Va., from an open-admission shelter in South Carolina, where she was scheduled for euthanasia due to her rectal fistula, a congenital birth defect that is fatal in most cases. Not only was the condition extremely painful for her, it caused a severe urinary tract infection that was becoming septic. CARE immediately got Carley emergency surgery to correct the condition. She healed perfectly and is expected to live a normal, happy life!

Gemma
As a homeless puppy in rural Kentucky, Gemma ran across a rural road and was hit head-on by a car doing 60+ miles an hour. She ended up lodged in the grille of the car with two badly broken legs. Her rescuers discovered that the painfully skinny dog's stomach was full of rocks because she'd been eating anything she could find. She was also infested with fleas and ticks. Without resources for expensive vet care, her rescuers in Kentucky arranged for Gemma to be flown to Cayuga Dog Rescue in Ithaca, N.Y., where she was treated by orthopedic specialists. The loving, playful girl recovered beautifully and has been adopted!

Webster
Webster was found abandoned behind a barn, living in an outside pen surrounded by six-foot-high weeds. Taken in by Bishop's Small Dog Rescue in Wyanet, Ill., he was severely emaciated and walking on his elbows due to malnourishment and lack of exercise. His right paw was completely floppy, and X-rays revealed that the bones of his wrist had been completely pulverized. Webster has been gaining weight and getting healthy as his vets observe him to determine whether his leg will need to be amputated or whether it can be reinforced with surgically implanted plates. But one thing is for sure: He will never know hunger and abandonment again.

Rucker
Rucker's owner ran over the 1-year-old pit bull mix with her car, then left him tied to a chain to suffer for two weeks. His left femur was broken in two, his left hip completely out of its socket. Our grant helped Dog Town Canine Rescue pay for the amputation of Rucker's injured leg. He is doing great as a tripod and has been adopted into an adoring home where he has two canine companions to romp with. Dog Town Canine Rescue is working with law enforcement to assist with the prosecution of Rucker's former owner.

Reason
Reason was rescued by M&M's Fur-Ever Furbabies in Vass, N.C., from a life where she was used for breeding. She was starved, beaten, shoved into tiny crates for days, overbred, and had her canines shaved down and front top and bottom teeth pulled out so she couldn't bite. Her gums were bruised, swollen, irritated and extremely painful, making it very hard for her to eat. We gave the rescue a grant to have dental surgery to correct the painful condition of Reason's mouth so that she could eat and regain her health. She has gained 20 lbs., is starting to eat solid foods and, best of all, now has a constantly wagging tail, runs and jumps daily and displays a contagious smile every day.

Your support has meant the end of suffering for these dogs and other pets. Please consider donating to the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant fund this holiday season to give the gift of a pain-free life to others like them.

Gemma was hit by a car, her legs badly broken.
Gemma was hit by a car, her legs badly broken.
Webster
Webster's legs were deformed due to starvation.
Rucker
Rucker's owner ran him over in her car.
Her teeth pulled out, Reason nearly starved.
Her teeth pulled out, Reason nearly starved.

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