Purina New Year, New Home

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To subsidize discounted adoptions for large dogs. Since it is our 51st year, we offered $51 off the regular adoption donation requested.

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

The grant funding allowed us to highlight large dogs in our care, who tend to have longer lengths of stay in the shelter, by making them a great value for adopters. It sparked conversations that made people seeking a new pet consider a larger-breed dog, as they heard about the challenges some of the dogs have during longer shelter stays. It was perfect timing, as puppies were out in force, and people are always drawn to them instead of the large dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Preston is such a smart boy! He is patiently waiting for his forever home, practicing his “sit” and “stay” commands daily. He loves to walk on a leash, and is learning to be patient and not pull too hard. He gets along well with other dogs and is quickly becoming a playgroup favorite. Come meet Preston today! Read his profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41691472

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this grant were used to offer fee-reduced pet adoptions.

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

Offering reduced adoption fees through adoption specials helped us advertise our available animals in fun ways, promote adoption and help animals find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

241

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

We had three dogs at our Kona shelter, Paisley, Proctor and J.B., who had been patiently waiting for their new homes for months. One was very shy, one was a big goof, and the third was a senior. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to advertise these dogs (and all the other adoptable animals) and promote their half-off adoption fees. On the same day, Saturday April 28, ALL THREE were adopted into loving homes! It was such great news. Happy dogs, happy families and super happy staff!

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Your gift was used to support the reduction of adoption fees so that we could offer half-price adoptions to seniors adopting senior dogs!

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

This grant helped us to promote our senior dogs and, by reducing fees for senior adopters, improve adoption rates for this group of harder-to-place animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have helped 19 senior dogs so far find their forever homes and are still running the promotion and expect to help more by the end of the year to fulfill the grant expectations.

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

Patricia, a lovely senior who lives in a high-rise for seniors in Dallas, came to visit us and to meet Benji. Benji had become homeless when his elderly dad passed away. He adjusted well in our red cabin and especially liked the air conditioning and big bed! Benji had been an outdoor dog, so he thought life had just gotten better! Patricia thought he looked like a ragamuffin, but had already fallen in love with him. She had recently lost her dog of about 15 and was mourning her loss and wanting a lap dog to cuddle with and provide her that unconditional love that only a dog can give. Benji went home with her that day and has since lived a fabulous life, as Patrcia is retired and has lots of time to give to sweet Benji. She says Benji rescued her! One of our staff members recently visited Patricia and Benji’s home and had a photo to share from the balcony overlooking the courtyard. Seniors for Seniors provided this lucky dog and this lucky woman a new and happy life together!

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

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,000 grant was used to facilitate free adoptions for adult dogs and cats in our shelter.

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

This grant enabled us to waive the adoption fees for many deserving pets, allowing us to find them new homes faster. Offering free adoptions brought more people to our shelter and enabled the animals to spend less time with us and more time with loving families. Finding these animals homes also allowed us to have more space for new animals, both those who were surrendered by their owners or those we could pull from overcrowded area shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Fifteen cats and 15 dogs; two dogs are still available for free adoption.

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

Rocky Balboa (first photo) was a 6-year-old male border collie that we pulled from Baltimore County Animal Services. He was listed as “rescue only” because of his obesity, meaning BCAS would only allow an approved rescue group to pull him into its program — he was not available for adoption to the general public. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and was adopted in only eight days by a loving family.

Jar Jar (second photo) was a 3-year-old male mixed breed that we pulled from Prince George’s County to help alleviate crowding in that facility. After just 10 days on the adoption floor, Jar Jar went home with a new loving family.

Kit Cat (third photo) was a 2-year-old female domestic long hair cat who was surrendered by his owner but was adopted by a new loving family in just five days. The family decided to surprise their mom with a new family member after their previous cat passed away.