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When the Black Forest Fire blazed across Colorado last June, The Gabriel Foundation, which cares for nearly 900 homeless birds at its Elizabeth, Colo., aviary and adoption center, asked the Petfinder Foundation for help. Because birds have such delicate respiratory systems, their lives were in danger from the region’s polluted …

When a school bus crashed into Wright-Way Rescue in Niles, Ill., on Oct. 2, dozens of adoptable pets — and the shelter itself — were left homeless. The Petfinder Foundation is giving Wright-Way a $10,000 grant to purchase a mobile adoption trailer so it can continue to save lives as …

Another natural disaster is eating up the headlines this week: flooding in Colorado. After unprecedented rainfall, torrents of water have swept down streets and into homes and buildings, stranding both people and their pets. Raging streams have isolated livestock and put the animals in harm’s way. The Humane Society of …

When Michelle Sikorski and her father were ordered by the fire marshal to leave their home as the Black Forest fire raced toward it, they couldn’t locate their pets and time was running out, according to a USA Today video report. Imagine their anguish of having to leave without them. …

The Petfinder Foundation has given a $10,000 grant to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division, which has been working with Central Oklahoma Humane Society (which also received a grant from us) to house the hundreds of pets displaced by Monday’s deadly tornado. The funds will buy crates, vaccinations, grooming supplies, …

Last week our shelter outreach team began contacting members in Texas to see what was needed after 10 tornadoes tore through North Texas last Wednesday night. The Petfinder Foundation began to coordinate efforts to help shelters assist those who had lost everything. Then yesterday, a massive tornado destroyed whole neighborhoods …

As a native Long Islander, many of my family members were directly affected by Super Storm Sandy.  Thankfully no one was injured and the only damage was to property (which can be repaired).  For many families up and down the East Coast, the storm served as an all too real …

Westchester Humane Society got a disaster grant from the Petfinder Foundation to care for the animals it took in because of Hurricane Sandy. Board member Irma Jansen wrote to us about one of those refugees, a Doberman/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. “This is Storm, one of the 18 animals the Westchester Humane …

Hurricane Sandy has devastated animal shelters in the northeast — but the Petfinder Foundation is getting cash and goods worth more than $1 million to Petfinder shelters and rescues in need. Here are just a few ways we’re helping: We’ve given $18,500 and counting in cash grants to affected shelters, …

The Petfinder Shelter Outreach Team continues to report on Petfinder member organizations in need of assistance. Read earlier posts from yesterday, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  Friday and Saturday of last week. More bad weather is in store for the east coast over the next few days. Wind, rain and …

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