‘Mattie’ Gets a Home Thanks to Lambertville Animal Welfare and Petfinder

"I'm ready for my close-up!"

“I’m ready for my close-up!”

The future looked dim for Mattie when she arrived at Lambertville Animal Welfare two years ago.

The calico had been living in foster homes, but needed extensive medical care to become adoptable, explained Lori Stagnitto, co-founder of Lambertville Animal Welfare.

“Lambertville Animal Welfare provided Mattie with life-saving veterinary care at Lambertville Animal Hospital, including two dental procedures and extensive bladder surgery to remove painful bladder stones,” she said. “Providing such dedicated care is key to helping pets become adoptable, and a primary concern for Lambertville Animal Welfare.”

But the tab for all the medical procedures was hefty, and Lambertville Animal Welfare’s mission — providing extensive veterinary care for, fostering and finding adoptive homes for cats and dogs — could have taken a financial hit.

Enter Petfinder Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on They awarded Lambertville Animal Welfare an emergency medical grant created to help care for pets that need special life-saving veterinary care in order to become adoptable.

“Lambertville Animal Welfare is extremely grateful to receive this emergency medical grant from Petfinder Foundation,” said Stagnitto. “We were able to provide this sweet calico the treatment she needed, and we are so very happy to report that Mattie has been adopted into an awesome forever home!”

Since its inception in 2011,  Lambertville Animal Welfare has helped hundreds of cats and dogs via community collaboration, Animal Control and programs like the Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant. The volunteer group is dedicated to saving the lives of cats and dogs in Lambertville and surrounding municipalities in Hunterdon and Bucks Counties. Their goal is to create a no-kill foster/adopt network for adoptable pets, including special needs and senior cats.

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


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