Feb 28, 2018

These Pets Are Happy & Healthy - Thanks to YOU!

Shadow was emaciated and nearly hairless
Shadow was emaciated and nearly hairless

Thank you for your donation to the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund! Our grants are often the difference between life and death for homeless pets with medical conditions that render them unadoptable. Here are just a few of the pets who were helped thanks to donors like you:

Shadow
When the schnauzer mix arrived at Broome County Humane Society in New York State, she was emaciated, infested with fleas and parasites, and nearly hairless. Our grant got her on the road to healing, and her loving foster mom, who saw Shadow through her rehabilitation, has decided to adopt her! Read Shadow's story.

Martha
The sweet 3-year-old stray was found by Animal Control with multiple pellet wounds to her face. Rescued by Half the Way Home cat rescue in Georgia, her face continued to swell even after the pellets had been removed. Our grant helped pay for her testing and care; today she is doing much better and will never know suffering again. Read Martha's story.

Wesley
Bred for racing, the greyhound injured a growth plate in his right tibia as a puppy and grew up with a deformed leg. His owner realized Wesley would never race and asked Ohio's American Lurcher Rescue Project to find him a good home. Our grant helped pay for surgery and Wesley is now recovering, with several families hoping to adopt him. Best of all, he'll soon be running on all fours for the first time in his life. Read Wesley's story.

Diesel
Diesel's owners left him outside for over a week while they were out of town. Scared and alone, the young border collie mix jumped a 30' wall and shattered his right rear leg and left front leg. When his owners found out what happened, they refused to pay his veterinary bills and surrendered him to St. Louis Senior Dog Project, where he underwent surgery and extensive physical therapy. Our grant funded a custom orthopedic brace that finally lets the energetic pup go for the long walks he loves. Read Diesel's story.

Your donations help us ease these and many other pets' suffering. From all of us at the Petfinder Foundation, thank you for everything you do to help pets in need.

Martha had been shot in the face with a BB gun
Martha had been shot in the face with a BB gun
Wesley will soon be walking on all four legs!
Wesley will soon be walking on all four legs!
Therapy and a brace are helping Diesel walk again
Therapy and a brace are helping Diesel walk again

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Dec 1, 2017

Reggie, Wayne, Rutley & Bobo: You Helped Them All!

Reggie before his surgery (left) and today
Reggie before his surgery (left) and today

Thank you so much for supporting the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Fund! Your gift, and the fund, have helped hundreds of homeless pets in need of lifesaving veterinary care. We thought you'd like to meet a few of them.

Reggie
The 1-year-old Australian shepherd was unable to bear any weight on his leg when he was picked up as a stray. An MRI showed that Reggie had a bone fragment in his elbow, and had developed arthritis so severe that the leg would never be pain-free. Our grant enabled Speak St. Louis in Collinsville, IL, to get Reggie's injured leg amputated. He recovered beautifully and he is currently living a happy life with a wonderful family and Aussie sister. Read more about Reggie.

Wayne
Cats Meow Feline Fosters in Morehead, KY, was called to pick up a stray cat living in a trailer park who couldn't use his back legs. X-rays revealed that one leg was dislocated and the other was broken, and the cat needed surgery to pin the bones back together. Our grant allowed the rescue group to get this surgery for the good-natured cat, now named Wayne, and he's since been cleared for unlimited activity. Wayne enjoys running, playing, and even some climbing, and is ready for a forever home! Read Wayne's story.

Rutley
Mr. Rogers, now named Rutley, was dumped in the overnight drop box of a Southern California shelter in horrific condition: The 9-year-old dog had a large, open tumor on his ear that was infected and infested with maggots. Although he was in terrible pain, he still wagged his tail when he was rescued by Camp Cocker Rescue in Sherman Oaks, CA. Our grant allowed the group to get his tumors removed, and Rutley now enjoys going to the beach and chasing balls at his adoring forever home. Read more about Rutley.

Bobo
The Humane Society of McCormick County in South Carolina received a call about a dog found with sticks duct-taped to his front leg. They found a friendly dog, now named Bobo, who was struggling to walk, the skin wearing away on his paw from being dragged on the ground. Shelter vets diagnosed him with brachial plexus avulsion, caused when the limb is pulled so hard that the nerves are yanked out of the spinal cord. Our grant enabled the shelter to get Bobo's leg amputated, and he is now walking (and feeling) much better. This friendly boy is ready to be adopted! Read his story.

It's thanks to your support that these sweet pets are no longer suffering and are looking forward to long lives in loving homes. Please help us continue this lifesaving work, and thank you again from all the pets you've helped!

Wayne with injured hind legs (left) and today
Wayne with injured hind legs (left) and today
Rutley's infected ear (left) and Rutley now
Rutley's infected ear (left) and Rutley now
Bobo soon after surgery (left) and today
Bobo soon after surgery (left) and today

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Sep 5, 2017

Help Us Save Hurricane Harvey Pets!

Kittens rescued from Harvey rubble, at the Cattery
Kittens rescued from Harvey rubble, at the Cattery

With catastrophic flooding in Houston, we've been rushing out aid to keep vulnerable pets safe. Our grants are going to shelters that are housing evacuees’ pets and pets from flooded shelters, shelters that have themselves flooded, rescue groups trapping stray and abandoned pets that wouldn't survive the elements, and organizations pulling adoptable animals out of shelters to free up kennel space for displaced pets waiting to be reunited with their owners.

All of our grant recipients tell us the same thing: They will use the funds primarily to provide veterinary care for incoming pets. Even pets coming from other shelters will need to be vaccinated, dewormed, spayed/neutered, and often treated for illness, injury and/or parasites. One thing is certain: Saving Houston's pets will be not only a rescue effort, but a medical one.

These are just a few of the ways our grants are helping:

Housing Pets for Those Who've Lost Their Homes
Our grants to shelters such as The Cattery in Corpus Christi will help shelters care for the pets of community members who have lost their homes, and provide those pets with free medical care and spay/neuter.

Moving Pets Out of Rural Shelters
Shelters not in the path of the storm are taking in pets from facilities that were. We're helping Austin Pets Alive!, Zeus' Rescues in New Orleans, and Bark and Roll Rescue Companions in Baton Rouge care for hundreds of cats and dogs from storm-damaged rural shelters; many are heartworm-positive and in need of spay/neuter, microchips, and full vaccinations.

Helping Flooded Shelters Rebuild
Tejas Rescued Pet Adoptions in San Antonio had all its foster homes and PetSmart adoption centers flooded and has put all its cats and dogs in boarding. Etosha Rescue and Adoption Center in South Central Texas suffered flooding, downed fences and posts and fallen tree limbs, all affecting its 100+ dogs. We've sent grants to both groups.

Saving Houston's Strays
We're helping S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition in Santa Fe, Texas, care for dozens of stray animals rescued from flooded streets, and adoptable pets pulled from local shelters so that they would not be euthanized to open up cages for displaced pets. All the incoming pets need vaccinations, spay/neuter and, almost always, heartworm treatment.

We can't help these groups save vulnerable animals without your help. Please donate today to help us help the animal victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Puppy transported to Zeus' Rescues in New Orleans
Puppy transported to Zeus' Rescues in New Orleans
A puppy saved from Harvey by Bark and Roll Rescue
A puppy saved from Harvey by Bark and Roll Rescue
Displaced & forced to give up her cat temporarily
Displaced & forced to give up her cat temporarily
Evacuated dogs at Austin Pets Alive!
Evacuated dogs at Austin Pets Alive!
Elderly shelter dog transported to Zeus' Rescues
Elderly shelter dog transported to Zeus' Rescues

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