Purina New Year, New Home

NaNook & NaKoda's Big Paws Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We applied the grant to eight dogs’ adoption fees (our Guardian Angel program).

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

The grant helped us get Bella, Axle, Alpha, Sirena, Tantoo and Harmonie (who is currently in a foster-to-adopt trial) adopted out. The adoption fees of dogs go towards the vetting and care of incoming dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Bella (first photo) was adopted by an older man who had recently lost his previous dog to cancer. She now lives on a small ranch and spends all day with him and his wife (they are a retired couple) playing and working and going to town!

Axle (second photo) was a senior dog whom the local [high-intake] shelter was going to euthanize for space because he was an owner-surrender and because of his age. We pulled Axle immediately and, thanks to his lowered adoption fee (on top of our senior-dog discount and other grant funds applied), he was adopted immediately (third photo) by the son of the couple who adopted Bella, so Axle and Bella get to meet and play all the time!

Sirena (fourth photo) is a heartwarming story. We pulled her, along with 11 other dogs, from a “rescue” that wasn’t properly caring for the dogs in its care. She had been with us for six months and just kept getting passed over. In April, we were contacted by a woman who had an 8-year-old son whose elderly dog was reaching the end of his life. The dog had been with them since the boy was born and slept in his crib with him as infant. They thought getting him a new dog would help ease the transition when the time came. We evaluated them, approved them for adoption and scheduled a meet-and-greet. The night before the meet-and-greet, the elderly dog passed away in his sleep. The little boy was heartbroken.

The mom went ahead and came and met Sirena and just fell in love. She knew Sirena was the right dog for her son. Sirena went home with her and, when her son got off the school bus that day, Sirena was standing in their driveway waiting for him. He ran up to her crying and Sirena just stood there letting him love all over her. We have received several updates of Sirena and Kason playing in the creek on their property (fifth photo), running in the pastures and sleeping in the bed together. Kason said Sirena is the second best dog in the world!

Hermione (sixth photo) came to us with 10 other dogs from a rescue that was not properly caring for the dogs in its care. She was a 3-month-old puppy with coccidia and hookworms. She developed digestive sensitivities and, after being nursed back to health, she is currently on a foster-to-adopt trial. We’re pretty sure she’ll be adopted based on all the updates we’ve received about how much the kids in the family (seventh photo) and their two other dogs love her.

Tantoo (eighth photo) was in the local [high-intake] shelter for two months before they figured out he was deaf. Upon realizing this, they ordered him to be euthanized. The worker just happened to know us and called. We went right down and pulled him out of that shelter. Within the first three days, he learned several signs and was just a lovebug. His worst habit is jumping up on people to hug them. He puts his paws on their hips and squeezes. It’s so adorable.

Tantoo had been with us for a year. A woman reached out to us who just couldn’t get him off her mind after seeing some of the pictures and videos of him that we post on our Facebook page. He now lives in the country with her and her 14-year-old son and he is adored.

Arizona Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds covered the adoption fees for 49 adoptable pets, including 28 dogs and 21 cats, who had been on AHS’s adoption floor for more than 30 days.

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

For many hard-to-adopt pets such as cats, pit bulls and Chihuahuas, adoption fees can be a barrier between these pets finding a forever home and staying in the shelter for an extended period of time. At the same time, it costs an average of $910 to care for each pet who enters our shelter because we are committed to helping the sick, injured and abused pets in our community and many require extended medical and behavioral treatment before they make it to the adoption floor. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s support in helping us waive adoption fees for those pets who are harder to adopt and who face longer wait times on our adoption floor, we were able to place these pets into forever homes, helping to make space for more pets who are ready to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

49

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

Stretch Armstrong came into AHS at the beginning of January 2019 through our field team. Poor Stretch had been abandoned by his owners, and this had an impact on his behavior when he was adopted for the first time back in March. Because he had been abandoned before, he developed severe separation anxiety in his new home, tearing up blinds, ripping up the couch, and making a huge mess, all out of his fear that his new owners would never return. Because of this, his new owners ended up returning Stretch to AHS, unable to deal with his anxiety.

Stretch waited two more months and, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, had a waived adoption fee! After waiting for months, Stretch found his new home with a wonderful couple who have dealt with separation anxiety in dogs before, and who work from home all day!

Des Moines County Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant funds are being used to offset the cost of adoptions for our longest-term residents at the shelter.

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

The grant has enabled us to adopt out our longest-term dogs and cats more quickly by decreasing each of their adoption fees by $50.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Sweet Queenie was involved in a house fire here in Burlington with her puppies, but was left behind by the owners. The owners took the surviving puppies from the home, but Queenie was found the next day sitting in front of the burned-out house with one dead puppy. Our director got the call and personally went to the home to bring Queenie to the shelter, but nobody ever came to claim her. We worked with Queenie for almost a month and she was recently adopted to a wonderful new mom.

The news story about the house fire is here.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To subsidize name-your-price adoptions.

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

It helped to encourage those who were thinking of adopting to come adopt during the name-your-price adoption event!

How many pets did this grant help?

117

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

Ritz and Charm (first photo) were kittens who came to the ARL in terrible shape. Victims of abuse, they both were in grave condition when they were surrendered: Neither could walk due to trauma to the head; Charm, the black kitten, couldn’t even hold her head up and her face was very swollen. Our medical team took action immediately and worried that Charm might not make it through the night — but she did! Over months of care at the ARL, the two made miraculous progress. They even won the heart of an ARL medical staff member, who cared for them from the moment they arrived, fostered them in her home and adopted them during the “Friends” adoption event. Ritz and Charm will always have some neurological damage due to their abuse, but they are now safe and LOVED, adopted members of a wonderful family!

Nevada SPCA: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our Petfinder Foundation grant for the promotion and fee reduction for some of our long-stay pets. We ran the promotion for a month and were able to assist with adopting out 25 long-stay pets. Some of them had stayed with us more than 365 days!

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

This grant allowed us to waive/reduce the adoption fees for our long-stay pets in order to find them forever homes, all while freeing up kennel space to take in and save additional lives. We were also able to help educate the community on long-stay pets and senior pets and the amount of love that they can give.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Queenie (first photo) was a 10-year-old senior who was with us for 1,265 days! She was a staff and volunteer favorite. Her hero came in multiple times to meet Queenie and create that special bond. Queenie was fostered for a week to ensure that the process was going to work long-term; Queenie’s new family came in the next week to adopt her for good. There was not a dry eye in the house. We love her so much and are so thankful the Petfinder Foundation was able to help us spread the word to find her forever home. Although we waived Queenie’s adoption fee thanks to your grant, Queenie’s adopters donated $200 dollars to help more animals in need.

Milo Foundation: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees on some of our residents who were struggling to find their forever homes.

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

It helped the animals by finding them their forever homes and it helped us by freeing up space in our kennel to help more animals in high[-intake] shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Pittany Spears was a Brittany spaniel/pit bull mix Milo had rescued from a high[-intake] shelter in the summer of 2018. Pittany is a beautiful girl with the body and head of a pit bull and a spaniel’s coat. Pittany is a wonderful girl, but her look is intimidating to many people, and she was also selective with the people she would warm up to, as she really chose her people. After months in the shelter, we were able to use the grant funds to supplement her adoption fee, and she was able to find a home with a wonderful young couple in Novato. She’s living there happily now with their two cats and a big backyard of her own!

Muncie Animal Care & Services: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation grant money was used to reduce dog adoption fees from $100 to $50 and cat adoption fees from $65 to $30.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped spotlight our adoptable animals in the paper and on Facebook. The “adoption special” encouraged the public to visit the shelter and meet our amazing animals, creating more foot traffic, more potential adopters and more supporters to think about homeless animals and to offer forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 33 cats and 17 dogs get adopted.

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

Chevy (first photo) is one of our dogs who was adopted for $50 through our Petfinder Foundation adoption special. She had been confiscated as part of a neglect case. There were several dogs in the home and two were locked in a room and not fed. One actually starved to death. Chevy was in our holding area for over nine months because she was a court case and for several months the owners did not come to the hearings. She was a staff favorite and was taken out every day for interaction. Finally, we were told by the prosecutor that Chevy was ours. She was spayed and put on the adoption floor. After less than a week, someone fell in love with Chevy and adopted her. She is now living the good life. Thank you for the grant funding to reduce her adoption fee and make her (and all of our adoptable animals) more visible in the paper and social media.

SOS Animal Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To waive adoption fees for our shy and FIV+ cats.

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

We were able to market our hard-to-adopt cats with waived adoption fees, which prompted interest in them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

In October 2018, we received a request for help regarding several cats. It was believed they had been tossed outside from a run-down duplex when the renter moved out. We set traps on the concerned neighbor’s property and were able to secure Natters (first photo) and Chatters (second photo). In addition to these kittens, we rescued, fully vetted, and found forever homes for five adult cats.

Chatters and Natters were extremely scared of humans. They were not mean or aggressive, but they certainly were not adoptable. They were beautiful Maine Coon-looking kittens. They would cower in the backs of their cages and curl up into tiny little furry balls of tight muscles. During their first vet visit, we discovered someone had shot them with pellets, which the vet had to remove.

Several months had gone by and we still had these two scared kitties. We desperately wanted to get them into forever homes, but when potential adopters found out how scared they were, they no longer had any interest in adopting them. On Petfinder.com, we explained their fearful nature. We received a lot of interest based on their beautiful appearances, but we knew only a quiet home with a very patient caretaker would work.

Their difficult disposition was explained to one potential adoptive family, which resulted in our redirecting them to a much friendlier cat, Sophie, as they wanted a long-haired female cat. Thankfully, the family could not be happier, as indicated by the picture of Sophie playing peek-a-boo in their daughter’s bed (third photo).

After some time, we finally received a carefully thought-out email regarding our post about Chatters and Natters. Finally we felt that we may have found a good potential adopter. This couple had recently had their last adult child move out. Further, they had lost their Maine Coon cat to an old-age illness a few months prior. They decided they wanted to adopt a rescue cat and save a life with their next pet and really liked the Maine Coon breed. They explained in their correspondence that they had the time, devotion, and patience to work with Chatters and Natters. They indicated they would take as long as necessary.

This wonderful couple spent an hour and a half in the foster home, gently and patiently interacting with the kittens. At this point, we knew we had finally found the perfect forever home for Chatters and Natters!

There was no adoption fee charged for their adoption thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. Within a week, we were informed how both girls, now 10 months old, were coming along very well, with “wonderful breakthroughs” of trust and love. They even said that they cannot imagine their lives without them. “Violet Chatters” and “Daisy Natters” found their happy ending (fourth photo)!

Without the Petfinder.com posting, we would have never found this wonderful home for Chatters and Natters. Their adopters live over 100 miles away and searched the breed on Petfinder. Chatters, Natters, Sophie and all of us who volunteer at SOS thank you!

MAD Rescue of WNY: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to offset the adoption fees and care of two of our senior dogs and one long-waiting adult. We are thrilled to be able to announce that two of the three dogs have been adopted. One is still waiting.

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

This grant helped us to offer low-cost adoptions for six of our rescues to-date, for various reasons that we felt warranted them lower adoption fees, and to help these special cases get adopted more quickly.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Nicolas was rescued from a garbage dump in Puerto Rico (first photo). Lack of nutrition caused him to have a hormonal imbalance that resulted in a loss of body hair. He was emaciated when we picked him up and estimated to be approximately 10 years old. One of our pet-food donors contacted us with an odd request: Her 101-year-old great, great grandfather had lost his dog recently to old age, and he was lonely and hoping for another dog. No rescues would talk to them when they heard the man’s age. We knew the family situation and that there was enough family involvement that any dog placed with this man would be safe and well cared-for. The family was open to senior dogs, and when they met Nicolas, it was a perfect match! We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee, and today, Nicolas and his new dad are very happy (second photo). Nicolas accompanies his dad to the workshop every day and keeps him company in the evenings. We are so grateful for your help with this match!

Cece (third photo) was turned in to our rescue after her family went through a divorce. She was considered a bit difficult to place as she needed to be an only dog and did not do well with cats. Cece waited for three months before a wonderful family came along and fell in love with her. We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee to this family that had three young children and could offer a wonderful, safe and loving home (fourth photo). Cece is so loved and we receive updates frequently!

Animal Welfare And Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the $500 grant, we gave discounts for a few of our foster dogs and donated one dog, Floyd, to become a service dog.

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

We were able to place dogs in a slow season.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

We were able to place one dog at no charge to the adopter. Floyd (first photo) will become a service dog to a veteran. We also lowered the adoption fee for a few others, including Marshall, a black dog (second photo). He is now in his forever home and will be loved dearly. He and other dogs had their adoption feed reduced to $50.