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Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America

by Petfinder Foundation
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America
Cleo had never lived indoors and was aggressive.
Cleo had never lived indoors and was aggressive.

We believe there's a home for every pet -- and our programs, which your donations support, are designed to help shelters and rescue groups find homes for even the hardest-to-place animals.

Here are just a few recent pets who found perfect forever homes thanks to Petfinder Foundation grants.

Cleo
A purebred heeler, Cleo was purchased as a puppy and, sadly, kept as an outside-only dog. By the time she was rescued by Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets of Menifee, Calif., she was dog-aggressive and would bite when corrected. She also had no idea how to behave in a house. Our grant funded intensive training, during which she was fostered by her trainer and unlearned all her bad habits. Soon afterwards, she was adopted! Read her story.

Castro
When Castro's owner moved into an assisted-living facility, the pit bull found himself homeless at the ripe old age of 13. Our grant enabled The Fresca Fund of Fort Worth, Texas, to commit to paying for his lifetime medical care (including emergency surgery for bladder stones), and he was adopted by a graduate student who says, “He is such a grand old man and the best thing to happen to me.” Read his story.

Kitty Poppins
Pretty long-haired Kitty Poppins arrived at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas, as a stray and was a bit of a loner and a wallflower. As a result, she was overlooked by adopters for more than 100 days. When our grant enabled the shelter to waive her adoption fee, she found a forever home, and with the money her adopters saved on the fee, they were able to buy her more pet supplies than originally budgeted for. Read her story.

Finnigan
After 9-year-old Finnigan was pulled from a city shelter by NorCal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of Menlo Park, Calif., he learned to love living indoors -- but months went by without any interest from adopters. Our grant helped the rescue market the spry senior better, and just in time for Christmas, he went to his new home. Now he gets to do all the things he loves the most: hiking, camping, car rides, and snuggling on the sofa. Read his story.

We love these happy endings, but hundreds of thousands of homeless pets are still awaiting theirs. Your donations help us help shelters and rescue groups do whatever it takes to find a home for every pet. Thank you for your support.

Castro found himself homeless at the age of 13.
Castro found himself homeless at the age of 13.
Shy Kitty Poppins was an overlooked "wallflower."
Shy Kitty Poppins was an overlooked "wallflower."
No one was interested in 9-year-old Finnigan.
No one was interested in 9-year-old Finnigan.

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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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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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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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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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Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
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Emily Fromm
Chief Development Officer
Tucson, AZ United States

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