Through Nov. 12, if you donate to the Petfinder Foundation through our Global Giving page, Animal Planet will match your gift, dollar-for-dollar. We’re competing with six other organizations for a pool of $100,000 in matching funds, which may run out before Nov. 12 — so the sooner you donate, the better!
If you don’t know about the Petfinder Foundation, we’re a non-profit organization that exists to help the shelters and rescue groups that post their pets on Petfinder.com. We give them cash and product grants to help them find forever homes for pets in their care. (Learn more about us.)
So if you donate to us, what kind of impact will you have? A great example of the type of pet we help is Zeus, a puppy rescued by Start Over Rover in Hastings, NE, thanks to our grant. (You can read his Success Story here.)
Start Over Rover volunteer coordinator Amy Michalek tells us Zeus’s story:
Zeus is a beautiful American Bulldog. He came into Start Over Rover as a 10-week-old puppy, dressed in a T-shirt and diaper, and he was being carried like a baby by his oldest human sibling. Zeus had previously been listed on Craigslist as “free to a good home.” Zeus’s back legs were deformed and he had constant diarrhea. A woman who saw the ad apparently thought that her daughter, a mom with five kids under the age of 6, needed a puppy with deformed legs to add to her brood!
Zeus’s new guardian recognized that she couldn’t take proper care of Zeus while also taking care of her five children. She came to Start Over Rover for help. Zeus was immediately snatched up by one of our volunteers, who fell in love with him. Zeus was adopted immediately! He had one back leg amputated the following week, and his recovery is going well. The other leg is getting stronger everyday and Zeus gets around very quickly.
Zeus will have more surgeries ahead of him, as his gastrointestinal tract is not quite right, but right now he is a happy boy who loves to play with his pack. Today, Zeus is the mascot for Start Over Rover. He symbolizes all of the beautiful animals with special needs.