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Petfinder Foundation’s 2011 success stories


Founded in 2003, the Foundation has grown significantly over the past eight years. Our first year, we awarded $43,000 in grants to shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. At the end of 2011 we will have awarded more than $10 million in grants to member shelters and rescue groups.


The Foundation team accepts a $425,000 check from JP Morgan Chase to grow Rescue U.

To say that we are thrilled about this growth is an understatement. As we move forward to the end of the year, we’re reviewing some of our success stories and new partnerships and relationships. Here are just a few highlights:

Rescue U
Our Rescue U program grew greatly in 2011. In it, we send student volunteers to shelters in rural areas in need of assistance. The students work with shelter volunteers and members of the community to fix up and build new kennels, cat houses and play areas, bathing areas and more. (Read stories
from past trips here.

We’re now working with universities and shelters to establish Rescue U chapters nationwide. These chapters will focus on their own communities, getting together to help their local shelters. Several times a year, the Foundation will do larger trips to places that need it most, ensuring that efforts bring a positive change to shelters and homeless pets.

This is all thanks to our partners The Animal Rescue Site and Bissell. Of course, we want to give special thanks to all of our supporters who voted for us in the Chase Community Giving promotion, which won the Rescue U program a $425,000 donation from JP Morgan Chase.

Train to Adopt
Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control in Charlotte, NC, is one of four shelters to receive a grant through our Train to Adopt
program, which awarded a total of $160,000 in 2011 to provide shelter dogs with training to help increase their chances of getting adopted.

Train to Adopt trainer Karen Owens tells us: “This program continues to amaze me. The shelter staff and volunteers have seen such improvement in the behavior of the dogs and throughout the shelter. The training has truly helped to educate our potential adopters and improved the quality of the dogs’ lives.”

More successes and lives saved:
In 2011 we awarded numerous
other grants to members. Here are some examples:

  • We have so far awarded more than $225,000 to 204 animal
    shelters and rescue groups to assist with their care and feeding needs
    through our partnership with The Animal Rescue Site and its $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2011. This number will increase to $300,000 by the end of the year.
  • We distributed more than $5.5 million in dog vaccinations, including vaccinations for  bordetella and canine influenza.
  • We awarded 5,724 Hide, Perch and Go boxes to 125 shelters to improve the quality of life and adoptability of shelter cats.
  • We distributed $81,345 to 30 shelters hit by disasters, including a grant of $7,500 to Joplin Humane Society, which was devastated by a tornado.

We look forward to awarding more
grants to Petfinder member shelters and rescue groups that need it
the most. We thank all our supporters both large and small,
four-legged and two-, and we ask that you think of us for a unique
holiday gift this year.

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