Purina New Year, New Home

SPCA of Anne Arundel County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These funds were used to discount the adoption fees of cats available for adoption.

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

Because of this grant, we reached our goal of facilitating 150 cat adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

150, as well as countless others whom we were able to accept into our shelter to take the vacated spaces.

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

Mr. Good Cat (first photo) lives up to his name! An affectionate lap cat, he was devastated when his owner died. He came to our shelter frightened and depressed to leave the only home he had ever known. We are so proud to report that he has been adopted. Now happy in his new home, Mr. Good Cat spends his days surrounded by love once again.

Humane Society of Yates County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money distributed is to go towards a free adoption event. We are planning the year carefully and have intentions to hold this adoption day on Nov. 9, 2019, in order to maximize our impact.

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

This grant WILL help us draw attention to our shelter and find forever homes for animals who may have otherwise been overlooked here at the shelter. We are intending to hold this adoption-day event on Nov. 9, 2019. This date fits well into our calendar of events, with tourist season [being over] and local schools being back in session and folks ready to get settled in for the winter with a new companion.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have not utilized the grant yet.

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

Stay tuned!

Converse Animal Shelter, Inc.: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

CASI received a grant from the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home campaign. We divided the $2,000 grant so that we could apply $50 to each dog adoption. CASI was able to lower the adoption fee to $100 for 40 different dog adoptions.

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

The San Antonio, Texas, area has a low cost of living, but also has lower salaries than most of the state. People are very cost-conscious when making a purchase. By lowering the adoption fee to $100, CASI was able to get these animals adopted, which raised the morale of the staff and volunteers at the shelter. Of course, the animals, who were adopted into good homes, and their new families were thrilled as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

Forty individual dogs were adopted through this grant, making room at the shelter to take in more abandoned pets.

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

Bentley, a 15-year-old hound (first photo), was left in a carrier at CASI’s gate in 2004. She was adopted in December 2009 but unfortunately was returned in February 2016 due to the poor health of her adopter. She found a second home in August 2016, but was returned to CASI in October 2018 when her owner lost her job and had to move in with relatives. A couple came to see her in August 2019 and they both fell in love with her. The fact that the adoption fee was down to $100 helped these adopters make up their minds to take Bentley home (second photo).

A lady surrendered a tiny white Chihuahua (third photo) to CASI in February 2019. The 4-year-old female pup had been the constant companion of a relative from the time she was 6 weeks old. Her owner had passed away and Baby was inconsolable; she hid from everyone, she cried constantly, and our staff was unable to comfort her. A lovely lady visited CASI in August of 2019; Baby climbed into the lady’s arms and we knew they were a match. The grant made it possible for the adopter to cover the adoption fee with her senior citizen’s income.

In June of 2019, a thin, balding little gray dog showed up at our gate. Hunter (fourth photo) turned out to be a very pregnant 3-year-old Siberian husky who was suffering from mange. With a lot of love, medical treatment, and good nutritious food, she turned into a sweet, beautiful dog. After she had her five puppies, we were able to put her up for adoption. Her coat has grown in and she has gained a healthy amount of weight. A couple came to CASI and, thanks to the reduced adoption fee, they were able to take Hunter home with them.

Animal House Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to support our programs that waive adoption donations or give discounts to those in need.

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

This grant gave us the ability to adopt out pets to those who would otherwise be unable to due to financial restrictions.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Wendy was relinquished to the shelter after her owner passed away. Because she was 12 years old, many people passed her over, until one day a very nice older lady on a fixed income came in and met her and fell in love. AHS was able to waive the adoption donation as part of a senior-to-senior program to make the adoption a reality!

Here is a list of 12 pets who were able to be adopted with the help of the grant, with detailed information about each pet’s original adoption donation and their discounts:

Wendy (first photo)- $300 of $300 was waived to help a senior on a fixed income adopt a senior pet.
Slick- $175 of $350 was discounted to allow a struggling military family to adopt.
Willy (second photo)- $300 of $300 was waived to help a low-income family adopt a senior pet.
Malibu and Cubby- $400 of $400 was waived to allow this bonded pair of dogs to be adopted together. The family would have otherwise been unable to adopt them both due to funds.
Macy- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a low-income family to adopt a puppy.
Opal (third photo)- $75 of $75 waived to allow a low-income senior to adopt a cat.
Prince (fourth photo)- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a struggling family to adopt a puppy.
Caroline- $300 of $300 was waived so that her foster could officially adopt her and make her a part of the family forever!
Rainy- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a low-income family to adopt a puppy.
Weston (fifth photo)- $100 of $400 discounted for a disabled veteran.
Harper- $100 of $400 discounted for a young man getting on his feet. He plans to have Harper as his comfort dog.

Animal House Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Additional medical care of pets in need

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

Provided much-needed medical care and needed surgeries

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Paige came into the shelter with an injured and severely painful eye. With this grant’s help, we were able to perform an enuclation surgery to remove her painful eye. She is now a happy, thriving puppy looking for her forever home! Meet Paige here.

SPCA Florida: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to reduce adoption fees at the Mega Adoption Event in June 2019. The first of its kind in Lakeland, Florida, the Mega Adoption Event brought many local organizations together – including Polk County Animal Control, Humane Society of Polk County, and 15 for-profit veterinary clinics who not only donated time and resources to help prepare pets for adoption, but also participated in the event and helped us find homes for all these pets.

We have a rampant problem with homeless pets in Polk County, and this adoption event truly made a difference in finding homes for pets in need and making room in the shelters.

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

The “New Year New Home” grant was a tremendous help. Thanks to this grant – and other sponsors – we were able to lower adoption fees to $20 for a day. The Mega Adoption Event became more popular than we could have anticipated, with a line around the building hours before we opened. It is heartwarming to see so many pets find homes, and so many families find love in just one day.

How many pets did this grant help?

294

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

Buster spent quite some time at SPCA Florida. This sweet and loving boy had to live in an office because he refused to eat without company, and being away from the adoption floor made it difficult for him to find a home. He found his purrfect match at the adoption event and his new family sent photos of him at home the same afternoon!

We made a video from the event, it doesn’t show the true impact, but it tells the story better than words:

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

What was the money or product used for?

An adoption incentive for cats over a year old so they could get adopted before the kittens took over the adoption center.

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

We had several older cats who had been at the adoption center for a long time or who had been adopted and returned. We knew once the kittens started filling the adoption center, these older cats would be passed up for kittens and would spend many more months living in cat kennels. This grant helped those cats get into homes before kitten season started.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Autumn was a Carr Fire evacuee. Her owner brought her to Haven Humane Society for temporary shelter when she was evacuated from her home. Her home had burned down and she never returned for Autumn. Autumn was adopted, but returned to the shelter after four months because she hid under the bed all the time and was frightened by the family’s energy. Thurman was also adopted and returned. Thurman had been caught in a trap and brought to Haven Humane Society. Our staff worked with shy Thurman for a month and he became a friendly, loving cat. He was adopted, but was later returned for being aggressive. Thanks to this grant, Autumn and Thurman got a second chance — together! The Price family adopted both of them in May and they are living happily ever after.

Saving Our Companion Animals - Fort Bend County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help defray the costs associated with having reduced-adoption-fee events, especially to promote harder-to-adopt pets.

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

Since we received this grant, we have been able to promote several half-price adoption weeks and half-price foster features. We hope to be able to continue to offer these periodically throughout the remainder of the year and attract more adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

42

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

Lizzie Lou (first photo) and Halle (second photo) were two of the dogs we were able to get from a horrible breeder/hoarder situation earlier this year. They were both fearful of humans and being used to breed, kept in cramped kennels stacked on top of each other in a garage. On top of being undersocialized, they were completely unvetted, and Lizzie Lou had a broken leg that needed to be set. Thankfully, we were able to get the owner to surrender them to us and we then got them medically treated and into loving foster homes. Both girls found amazing forever families during one of our reduced-fee adoption events.

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

Funds were used to offer $50 discounts on adoption fees for the dogs in our care to help stimulate adoption rates.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Cayde came to our rescue from New Mexico in late March of 2019. Because he was a pit-bull mix, we knew finding the right home for him would be challenging, but we had the Petfinder Foundation’s help. Sure enough, not long after his arrival, a wonderful young family stepped forward to give Cayde a chance. Here is what they say now: “Cayde is doing so amazing and we are so grateful for finding him through y’all. He and my son are non-stop on-the-go. Cayde loves the river and jumping into my son’s crib and sleeping with him. Forever grateful. Thank you!”

Boone Area Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $2,000 grant to reduce adoption fees for 40 cats.

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

The reduced-fee adoptions helped get adult cats adopted faster. As we reduce the amount of time a cat spends in the shelter, it opens up more space for us to help other cats and kittens.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

During this period, we had three pairs of bonded cats who were surrendered to the shelter, including Anna and Elsa, a pair of sisters who were given up when their owner had to move. Normally, adult cats who need to be adopted in pairs are some of our hardest ones to adopt, but because we were able to lower the adoption fees, they were adopted in just 29 days (first photo). Both of the other bonded pairs were also adopted in under two weeks.

Kylo (second photo) was a young black cat who was adopted out as a kitten and returned several months later. Kylo also had a heart murmur, making it difficult to adopt him. But after we lowered his adoption fee, it only took a couple of weeks for him to find a great home (third photo).