Purina Adoption Grant

Justin Bartlett Animal Hospital: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to reduce the adoption fee for veterans and/or senior citizens from $300 (for dogs) to $100.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant helped us promote rescued animals in our organization. Those who received the grant knew the money came from Purina and were honored that veterans and senior citizens were being recognized. We promoted the grant on our website, where we have more than 22,000 followers. The pets in our care were showcased to adopters, who learned more about rescuing animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

The $1,000 grant helped five animals, as the adoptee paid only $100 and the $200 balance was covered by Petfinder Foundation grant money.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

In September 2020, A sweet, beautiful German shepherd pup was surrendered by her owner. We took the pup, whom we named Lia, into our rescue and found a foster to give her all the care and love until adoption.

On Nov. 4, Matt and his wife, Satoko, saw the promotion for veterans and applied to adopt Lia. Matt had served seven years in the Navy in Japan, where he worked on jet-engine propulsion. While stationed in Japan, he met Satoko, who later became his wife. Both Matt and Satoko fell in love with Lia and have the time and space to give her all the love and room to play that she wants. Congratulations to this beautiful family.

The Cat's Meow: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to reduce pet adoption fees so that more of our kitties could get adopted during this time.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed 20 cats to get adopted with a reduced adoption fee. Due to the financial challenges of COVID-19, it was helpful to allow adopters a break on their adoption fees and place 20 kitties into loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

During this time, we took in a family unit of 25(!) cats — five sister cats who lived in the same home and all had babies within a few weeks of each other. Our foster homes took in the cat families and nursed them to health. Thanks to the adoption grant, we were able to offer a reduced adoption rate for 20 of these kitties and I am happy to report that all 25 have been adopted! Specifically, we had one adopter adopt one of the mom cats, Lana (first photo), and thanks to the adoption grant, she came back to adopt a second mom cat, Izi (second photo) into her family!

Multiple Breed Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to reduce the adoption fees for two older (11-year-old) female Labradors. The girls were brought in together and had lived their entire lives outside. They were not socialized, nor had they received vet care. They had a lot of needs and adopting them out was difficult. The grant monies helped us lower the fee for each.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant money allowed us to lower the fee on two elderly Labrador sisters to successfully place them in loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lacey and Chelsea were 11-year-old Labrador retrievers who had spent their entire lives living outside. Their owner was elderly and no longer able to care for them. They were surrendered to a shelter in Southern Ohio, which contacted us and we transported them up to Grafton. These girl were frightened beyond imagination and so very dependent on each other for support. We had a vet come to the farm to examine them as we feared the stress would be too much. Eventually we had them placed in separate foster homes and started working on socialization. Within weeks the girls started to adjust. Both have been adopted.

Cenla Cat Project: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to reduce the adoption fees on 20 cats. Ten were long-term cats and 10 were for adoptions by U.S. veterans.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The biggest impact was on our long-term cats. Reducing the adoption fee gave adopters the incentive to give a chance at a forever home to our most timid felines. We still have funds for three long-term cats and two veterans.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 cats

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Blythe, better known as BooBoo, came to us in April 2018 from a cat-hoarding situation. She was 10 months old and terribly shy. She was extremely docile. She would approach you for pets, and loved toys and treats. But BooBoo needed someone who understood cats and would give her the time and space she needed to adjust. She was adopted in late 2018 and returned the next day because she wouldn’t come out of the closet. On Oct. 5 this year, she found her forever home. Her family gave her time to settle in, and she has turned into a real lap cat. On Nov. 14, we received an update on her. Her family said, “We love BooBoo so much! She is absolutely perfect and fits so well in our home.”

Grafelman Farms Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to reduce the adoption fees for cats and kittens. The funds were especially helpful for our adult cats, whose fee we were able to reduce to $30.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant was especially helpful when we had a panleukopenia outbreak. Because of that, many of our foster homes were unable to take in small kittens and instead took in adult cats, many of whom did not have any place to go.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 adult cats

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Maggie was a mama cat who came in, scared and frightened, with her kittens. As the kittens were adopted one by one, she was left alone. Not used to human touch, she was often quiet and aloof. Thanks to her foster mom, Dawn, she slowly started coming out of her shell. Dawn spent months with Maggie helping her to warm up and found her the most wonderful forever family, who have built her boxes to hide in when she needs to and plenty of comfy beds when she’s ready to come out and see the world.

God's Feral Felines: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

With Covid, people have found themselves more isolated and lonely. Unfortunately, adopting a pet was out of the question for many people, as they had lost their job and did not have the money for adoption fees. The grant allowed us to provide a reduced adoption fee and still let people maintain their dignity in paying a small amount for a kitten/cat. In many cases, having an animal gives people a purpose when all seems bad.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our focus is on babies who need to be bottle-fed or very young kittens. We have avoided taking in many adults, as they are harder to find homes for and there are not many organizations that are able to focus on the baby babies. This grant specifically helped us adopt out some of our adult cats. The three who come to the top of my mind are Talliah (first photo), Twilight (second photo), and Sophie (third photo). The fees for many of the kittens were reduced, too, but while there is also a burst of pleasure at adopting kittens, there is something special about adopting out an adult cat — especially knowing that these cats will no longer be taking care of babies, as they have retired from that, but will now have the opportunity to be someone’s baby themselves.

Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We offered a reduced adoption fee of $100 for senior dogs and $50 for senior cats with this funding. Funding helped to offset medical costs that are typically covered, in part, by adoption fees. We also offer supported medical care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to subsidize adoption fees and place more seniors. The funding assisted with medical care and allowed us to reduce fees. In 2020, we have adopted out 60 senior dogs and 26 senior cats, with thanks to this grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

86

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

At 13 1/2 years old and just 5 lbs., Hercules (first photo) is tiny, yet has a mighty heart and spirit! We shared a plea for Hercules to find a home and, within days, he was adopted with a reduced senior adoption fee! Below was the plea, and attached are his adorable pics!

“Hercules is a sweet, petite senior who came to RBARI when his owner passed away. Hercules’ medical care had sadly been neglected by the time he was rescued. His mouth was so severely infected that all of his teeth needed to be removed during his dental, and he has fractures from decay. Hercules is feeling much better after his dental and has been eating soft food. Hercules is shy, but super sweet once he bonds to his people. He likes other gentle, mellow little dogs and is looking for a quiet, adult home. Most of all, Hercules is seeking a gentle person who will help him heal physically and emotionally, and love him unconditionally in his golden years. Adopt a senior at a reduced fee of $100 — because it takes years to get this sweet!”

Humane Society of Cherokee County: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant was used to provide free adoptions. The $80 per dog and $60 per cat adoption fees were waived as the grant funds covered these fees.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Four dogs and three cats were adopted out by the end of October due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation. These animals all were adopted into forever homes and were able to move out of the HSCC shelter — a win-win-win situation for HSCC, the adopters, and the animals!

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven animals were adopted: three cats — Pallet and Angelina (third photo) and Stormy (fourth photo) — and four dogs: Dolly (fifth photo), Whiskey, Cocoa, and Kent.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This is the story of Pallet and Angelina, who were two shelter cats at HSCC. They were adopted together by a wonderful cat lover and are being pampered to no end.

Pallet (first photo) had been a tenant at our shelter since July 2, 2019. He had been hanging around the local pet store, snuck in and was captured, visited the vet, and was available at the store for adoption. However, he waited and waited to no avail, so off he went to the HSCC shelter. At that time, Pallet was feisty and had an attitude, but shortly after checking in at the shelter, he became a very entertaining guy, loved the kittens, and insisted on drinking out of a faucet. He even taught his girlfriend, Angelina (second photo), how to drink out of a faucet.

Angelina came to the shelter on March 11, 2020, due to a call from a nice lady who had been feeding her in the back yard. She could not adopt Angelina due to restrictions on the place she was renting, so Angelina ended up at the shelter. She settled in quickly, became a very playful cat, and was taught to drink water out of a faucet.

Like so many places, our shelter basically closed down to the public when COVID-19 hit. However, one of our very gifted animal caregivers wrote wonderful profiles for both Pallet and Angelina for Petfinder. We think the descriptions of cats liking to drink from faucets and the fact they were so playful really helped get them adopted. And the Petfinder Foundation’s adoption grant was instrumental in turning this whole process into such a great success story.

It is worth mentioning that the person who adopted these two wonderful cats is in the process of building them a catio. What he needs is already on order and he has the window entrance picked out to use for catio-installation purposes. He also is making sure the cats have a good faucet to drink out of. It is the one his young daughter uses every morning when she brushes her teeth. She puts her stuffed cat on the vanity by the faucet and says “drink, drink.” Now she has two cats to assist her with brushing her teeth. How fitting is that for an end to this story?

Canine Castaways Rescue, Inc.: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $250 was used to sponsor a portion of the adoption fees.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It allowed us to reduce five dogs’ adoption fees by $50 each.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Hope (first photo) was a young adult beagledor (beagle and Lab mix) who was abandoned by the side of the road. We were able to help her medically and find her a fabulous home that matched her needs. She bonded with an active vet who was looking for an emotional-support animal and she was just what he needed; she needed him as well. It’s a match made in heaven. The second and third photos show Hope and her new dad. The other dogs pictured are are Capone, Leah, Teddy and Roxy.

Animal Shelter, Inc.: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Discounted adoptions for three dogs and one kitten

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our adopters (like us) are financially strained, and being able to discount the adoption fees for a few of our pets really helps us give back to our adopters. We wouldn’t be able to stay in business without our supporters, and this was a nice way to show how much we appreciate them.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cheeto, a 3-month-old bobtail Siamese mix, arrived to our shelter with three siblings, and all were skinny as a rail. These kittens were found to have giardia and required additional treatment to get healthy enough for spays/neuters and their forever homes.

While most of our pets are adopted within a few days of arrival at our shelter, this litter stayed with us for two weeks after their transport from Louisiana, and have finally been adopted!

Cheeto’s new mom was one of the recipients of our Spring Into Adoption grant, and his new family is so excited to take him home!