Cause to Celebrate

From rescuing pets to rebuilding clinics, the stories below demonstrate just a handful of the many achievements that give Paws to Save PetsSM cause to celebrate:

Good Samaritan Saves Puppy, Iowa, 2008

A full clinic didn't stop Dr. Andrew R. Moeller from taking in 36 displaced cats and dogs whose owners had few options for housing their pets during the Midwest flooding... Read more...

Before the Midwest flooding occurred in 2008, the Waverly Veterinary Clinic, a recipient of AVMF funding, was full to capacity. But that didn't stop Dr. Andrew R. Moeller from taking in 36 displaced cats and dogs whose owners had few options for housing their pets during the flood. As cleanup was underway, an evacuee in a pick-up truck was seen trying to drag a puppy to safety. The puppy slipped its collar. Thankfully, a good samaritan rescued the puppy and brought it into the Waverley Veterinary Clinic for care and shelter. After spreading the word about the rescued puppy, the clinic was able to reunite this little hero with its owner.

Survivor Reunited, Kansas, May 2007

In May 2007, a tornado tore through Greensburg, Kansas. Following the disaster, the Pratt County Humane Society cared for the many animals in need. One little dog stood out from the crowd; the staff nicknamed her Survivor... Read more...

In May 2007, a tornado tore through Greensburg, Kansas. Following the disaster the Pratt County Humane Society cared for the many animals in need. One little dog stood out from the crowd; the staff nicknamed her Survivor. Every time someone came in to the shelter, Survivor raced to the door to see who it was. More times than the staff could count, Survivor lowered her head when she realized the newcomer was not her owner. The heartbroken schnauzer then returned to her favorite chair until, once again, she heard the door open. The staff submitted her picture to the local paper hoping this would improve the chances of reuniting this homesick dog with her loving family. Soon after, a little girl pushed open the door of the shelter. When Survivor came running, the girl called out her name and ran to embrace her lost friend. This happy ending was made possible thanks to the support of the AVMF.

Duke Receives Surgery, California, October 2007

As wildfires spread through the San Diego area, Duke, an active and affectionate Boxer, was evacuated with his family from their home, Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, to a temporary shelter in a church... Read more...

As wildfires spread through the San Diego area, Duke, an active and affectionate Boxer, was evacuated with his family from their home, Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, to a temporary shelter in a church. While at the shelter, Duke suffered a broken front leg. It was determined that the severity of the break would require extensive surgery. With very little cash and few possessions after the evacuation, Duke's family had no way of paying for the required surgery. Paws to Save Pets, through the Petfinder.com Foundation, was able to assist Duke and his family.

Hearing about Duke's situation through a call center set up by the Petfinder.com Foundation to provide support for those affected by the wildfires, the Petfinder.com Foundation's Disaster Fund helped pay for the surgery.

Thanks to donations through Paws to Save Pets, and a coordinated effort among the church shelter, the Petfinder.com Foundation and the veterinarians at San Clemente Veterinary Clinic, Duke received his surgery and is recovered.

Animal Medical Centre of El Cajon, California, 2007

In the fall of 2007, California wildfires displaced thousands of people and their pets. In response, the Animal Medical Centre of El Cajon – one of the many clinics to receive animal care reimbursement from the AVMF – opened the doors of its boarding facilities to 400 animals in need... Read more...

In the fall of 2007, California wildfires displaced thousands of people and their pets. In response, the Animal Medical Centre of El Cajon – one of the many clinics to receive animal care reimbursement from the AVMF – opened the doors of its boarding facilities to 400 animals in need. Given the clinic's firm commitment to caring for the community's pets during this difficult time, not one animal was denied attention. Thanks to the dedication of clinic staff, pet owners were able to enjoy peace of mind over the well-being of their pets and focus on rebuilding their lives.

Barnwater Cats Rescue Organization, Colorado, 2007

After three consecutive blizzards had hit Denver, Colorado, in the winter of 2007, Kris Field, executive director of the Barnwater Cats Rescue Organization recognized that there was more she could do to prepare herself for future emergencies... Read more...

In the winter of 2007, Denver, Colorado, was hit with three consecutive blizzards. Fortunately, Kris Field, executive director of the Barnwater Cats Rescue Organization had made disaster response a primary focus of her shelter since 2005. She had completed training in emergency response for animals, and she had ensured that clinic volunteers were well trained in evacuation procedures. Despite this advantage, she recognized that there was still more she could do to prepare herself for future emergencies. The purchase of new winter tires for her clinic's rescue truck, for example, would facilitate the safe evacuation of cats in an emergency. She also saw the need to stock up on enough supplies to provide basic cat care during such an event. Thanks to funds provided by the Petfinder.com Foundation, she addressed both of these needs and her clinic is now better prepared to weather whatever winter sends her way.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter, Louisiana, 2005

Following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter of Chalmette, Louisiana, required a major renovation, as well as a re-stocking of its medical and surgical supplies... Read more...

Following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter of Chalmette, Louisiana, required a major renovation, as well as a re-stocking of its medical and surgical supplies. Thanks to the support of multiple organizations that donated time and money – among them Petfinder.com Foundation, which donated $5,000 – the shelter managed to get back on its feet. Today, its Mobile Veterinary Unit is stocked with the necessary supplies to treat animals in the event medical and surgical facilities are damaged or evacuated in the future. To further increase the readiness for hurricane season, the Mobile Veterinary Unit also holds free vaccination and microchipping clinics for area pets. Partnerships between Petfinder and clinics like these are great steps towards ensuring that animals are kept safe whenever disaster strikes.

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