Purina Adoption Grant

Forever Friends Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fee at reduced price

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

Many folks have gone through difficult times with the virus going on. Many would be wonderful homes, but they have a fear of committing, feeling like they just cannot justify paying the fee involved. With the grant, we were able to offer a reduced fee for their new companion. Ten puppies and one kitten are now in loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

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

Six pets came to us and were very sickly. We had to keep them longer than our normal time and were afraid people would fear adopting them. When it was time for their adoption, we did not charge a fee because at this time people were getting leery of justifying the money involved due to job security. (We did ask for small donation of $7.) We had five pups that were at our foster home for three months whom we were going to send on transport, but with the reduced fee we were able to get them homes also!

Fat Heads Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees for the dogs in our care to help us adopt out more dogs

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

We were able to adopt out 10 dogs at reduced adoption fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Sophia is a 10-year-old pit bull. We are extremely excited and grateful that she found a loving forever home through this program.

Des Moines County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to sponsor the adoption fee of two older animals who might have not otherwise been adopted.

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

It allowed us to provide a cost-free adoption for the owners and allowed them to concentrate their monies on purchasing items needed to care for elderly dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

This adoption brought tears to our eyes…Sweet 13-year-old Isabella found a wonderful home with an experienced Chihuahua dad! This elderly Chihuahua came to us after being run over by a vehicle. She is healing nicely and will be very well taken care of by her new dad. Isabella also has two Chihuahua sisters to teach her the ropes of her new home! We are so very happy for Isabella and her new family! A big thank you to her dad for adopting from the Des Moines County Humane Society. And a big thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for the 2020 Purina Spring into Adoption Grant!

Fat Heads Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Senior pet adoption

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

It helped us place a senior dog into a loving home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sophia is a 10-year-old pit bull. She came to us from a high[-intake] shelter. Because of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to adopt her into a loving home where she can live out her life.

Forever Friends Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical care
Extended vet care
Food

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

There was no way we could have afforded to take care of the ones we helped with them being in such dire need. We are a small organization and rely only on adoption fees and the few donations we get. The ones I listed in this grant report would not have made it if we had not received the grant …. so thank you from all of us!

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

A litter of puppies was found in the woods by a hiker. It looked like they had been there a while on their own; several were dead. They were just 5 weeks old. No mom in sight. When we got them, I was very worried about their survival. But with the money on hand, we were able to get them the vet care they needed! It took a couple of months to get them well; it was touch-and-go with most of them. All had a great outcome! The photos show them with their new families.

We also had a kitten brought to us with low hopes of surviving. The foster home she went to spent many days and many nights holding this sweet baby girl, mostly to keep her warm. Her journey was a very long one, but her outcome was also a happy one also. All are in happy loving homes.

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $750 grant money we received to sponsor the adoption of 15 cats who were either long-stay residents or seniors.

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

It helped bring attention to these pets and gave an incentive for adopters to choose cats who had been overlooked or were statistically harder to adopt.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Sassy (first and second photos) and Thelma (third photo) were two senior cats who were surrendered to us as a pair when their owner passed away and their family couldn’t keep them. Generally, senior animals are overlooked and have a much longer length of stay, but TWO senior cats hoping to stay together had even lower odds of finding a home. Because of this grant, we were able to spotlight and sponsor their adoption so they could find a home together. Both were adopted to a loving family together.

We also had a long-term cat named Rainbow (fourth and fifth photos) get adopted. He came to us after his owner committed suicide. The horrible circumstance of his entrance into our shelter definitely affected his behavior here; he was shut down and did not want to be around other cats. We knew he would be hard to place, but through social media and this grant, we were able to shine a light on him and someone patient gave him a chance and adopted him!

Heartland Animal Shelter: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant award was used to hold a reduced-fee and fee-waived adoption event for the cats and dogs at Heartland Animal Shelter.

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

This grant made it possible for us to find loving homes for more cats and dogs than we could have otherwise, and promote some of our long-term residents for adoption! We used the funds from the grant to reduce or waive fees for 18 animals, but with the marketing done to announce the grant and event, we found homes for 63 additional cats and dogs just before and after the event as well!

How many pets did this grant help?

18 as a direct result of the grant funds

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

Bobkat (first photo) is a senior cat who had been living outside in southern Illinois but was brought into a local animal control, sick and injured. His health issues soon resolved with treatment while in our care, but because of his rough appearance from his time outdoors, he was at the shelter for almost two months. He was finally adopted into a loving home during this adoption event!

Simon and Garfunkel (second photo) are two best friends who were impounded together at a local animal control. Because of their incredible bond, we were committed to finding them a special home willing to take in both of them. This affectionate duo found their new family during this adoption event as well!

FOWA Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used towards helping families adopt who were considering adopting two kittens, but felt they couldn’t swing the adoption fee for two. We used the money from the grant for an adopt-one/get-one option. This allowed three more kittens to be adopted along with their siblings. Our standard adoption fee is $150. We also offered a Chewy gift card in the amount of $50 to a first-time pet owner upon his adoption of a kitten.

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

We receive several requests daily to take in kittens. Since we are foster-based, we can only take in those we have foster homes for. This allowed us to free up space for us to save more.

How many pets did this grant help?

We got four additional kittens adopted through the use of this grant.

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

When a family suddenly lost their beloved cat to a cardiac episode, they were devastated. This time they were hoping to adopt two, but were concerned about the adoption fee for two. The Purina grant allowed both Angelique and Adelaide (first photo) to be adopted together into a loving home.

When a family lost their calico cat, they wanted to adopt again. They not only found calico Kalani, but her sister Kathleen, also a calico. Both kittens were very bonded and the family was thrilled to be able to adopt both due to the grant (second photo).

Claude and Callie were being fostered together. A family friend of the foster mom saw the two, fell in love, and Claude and Callie went off to their forever home together (third photo). This also freed up the foster home to save two more kitties in need.

We were also able to offer a Chewy gift card to a family that was adopting their first kitten to help them along with all the supplies they would need to welcome their new family member.

Animal Education and Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

AEAR has applied the grant funds toward two adoptions so far: Georgia, a cat, and Abe, a rabbit. We have reserved the remaining funds for the adoption of cats or other animals who have special needs.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two pets to date. We still have funds to assist with three more adoptions.

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

Georgia (first photo) is a cat who needed additional time and patience from her adopter. She was adopted with another cat, Marshall (with Georgia in the second photo), and Georgia’s adoption fee was waived to provide assistance for the double adoption. In addition, Abe is a senior rabbit who needs to have his teeth trimmed every six weeks. To assist his adopter with these expenses, we used the grant to waive Abe’s adoption fee.

West Valley Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This $500 grant award was used to cover the cost of adoption fees for adult cats. This allowed 25 adult cats to find their forever homes for a $5 adoption fee while allowing the shelter to help pay for the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines prior to adoption.

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

During kitten season, adult cats have historically had the longest length of stay at the shelter and had difficulty getting adopted. This grant allowed us to adopt out adult cats for a $5 adoption fee, allowing them to find their new homes more quickly while also helping us to pay for the medical care associated with each cat.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Alfredo is a beautiful senior Turkish Van cat who was found wandering the streets of Caldwell, Idaho, with a badly broken leg. Thankfully, he was picked up by a good Samaritan and brought to the shelter in order to receive much-needed care.

Unfortunately, his leg/hip was badly broken and ultimately needed to be amputated. Despite this injury and the recovery needed to get him back on his feet, Alfredo remained an affectionate, loving and charming cat who was eager to find his forever home.

This grant allowed him to be adopted for a discounted adoption fee and into a new home where he could recover away from the shelter environment. Thankfully, he was adopted with 10 days of being brought in and has recovered well in his new home.