Purina Adoption Grant

Lawrence County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to this grant, we have been offering a reduced-fee adoption rate since April 1, 2018. Our regular adoption fee is $60 per cat/kitten. From this grant, we are reducing our adoption fee to only $40 per cat/kitten.

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

Even though the notification letter was dated March 21st, the award letter was not received by our organization until March 26th. Therefore, we delayed implementation until April 1, 2018. We will continue to offer this reduced-fee adoption rate for as long as the grant funds allow — which will total 100 adoptions over the course of the next several weeks.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since the grant was received and implemented right at the beginning of kitten season, and the overwhelming abundance of “free kittens” seem to flood our area, the month of April produced only eight adoptions, while the month of May produced nine adoptions. However, we are confident that, as more people realize the benefits of adopting versus getting a “free cat/kitten,” our adoption rates will increase back to our normal rates of 20-25 per month.

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

The following story is provided by a woman named Kat Floyd, who contacted me in early April 2018 and wanted to adopt a male, all-black kitten. At that time we did not have any kittens old enough for adoption, but I told her we had an all-black mommy cat who had recently had a litter of four kittens who were all-black. I sent her pictures of the kittens and she immediately fell in love. Over the next several weeks, we stayed in touch and I gave her progress reports on how they were doing. Once they were big enough to be considered “adoption-eligible,” I notified her that she could come and meet them — and the right kitty spoke to her!

“Hi, my name is Kat Floyd. Here is Onyx (whom we renamed Ember) with my daughter. Thank you for working with me to adopt this precious black kitten. Many people in our area believe black cats are unlucky and no one wants one as a pet. We, however, wanted this exact one. Working with me and using the grant to help with the adoption fees helped give me the opportunity to give this black cat a forever home. I was able to use the money saved to purchase items necessary to take care of this kitten. Thanks so much for helping me and allowing me to adopt this precious kitten!
Sincerely,
Kat Floyd”

Routt County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to support a St. Patrick’s Day 50%-off adoption-fee special for cats. Two more such events are planned for July 4th and mid-August. We also placed two barns cats with this grant under our semi-feral cat relocation program.

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

The grant allowed us to open up space in the cat rooms at the shelter in the spring to accommodate “kitten season.” The event also helped us place a pair of bonded feral cats on a ranch where they are serving as “green rodent control” in the barn.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

T-Bone, the black-and-white kitty in the first photo, was turned in to the RCHS animal shelter after joining a jogger on a trail through town. The cat was walking along the trail when a man jogged by. T-Bone joined him and ran along beside him for a couple of miles. After the run, the jogger brought the friendly, unaltered male cat to the shelter, where he was listed in the stray report. T-Bone was never claimed, so he was neutered, microchipped and put up for adoption. It took several months before he was adopted during the Petfinder Foundation-sponsored promotion. During his time at the shelter, he became a staff favorite. He was very personable, and learned to “fist-pump” with the shelter staff. T-Bone has now found his forever home, where he is thriving!

Cache Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to offer $5 adoption fees on special-needs, senior, and long-staying feline residents. We found loving homes for almost 100 cats at our special Feline Frenzy adoption rate!

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

We found loving homes for almost 100 cats and went into spring kitten season with plenty of available foster homes and on-site kennel space. Petfinder Foundation support has allowed us to better manage our intake and serve our community. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Marcus and Cato came to us as a bonded pair from a crowded shed in the rural county. They were initially overwhelmed by their new environment, but quickly warmed up. They loved snuggling and grooming each other and enjoyed playing with our staff and visitors. However, they continued to battle reoccurring upper-respiratory infections. We knew they would prosper in a home, but they continued to be overlooked. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to greatly reduce their adoption fees and promote this special bonded pair. Marcus and Cato left Cache Humane Society together on May 10, 2018, after 168 days in our care. Their adopter reports that they are doing great in her home, without a stuffy nose in sight!

PAWSibilities Animal Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for fee-waived adoptions to help some of our harder-to-place animals find homes.

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

This grant helped Pawsibilities and Pawsibilities animals by enabling us to waive adoption fees for our harder-to-place animals. With their adoption fees waived, Pawsibilities was able to place these animals and provide initial medications for the newly adopted animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

21 animals were placed; however, the grant helped twice as many by freeing space.

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

Kitty, our 10-year-old orange man (first photo), came to Pawsibilities four years ago as a foster. His people were moving and needed a place for him to stay while they moved. Poor Kitty’s people never came back for him. Because of his vocal singing, Kitty quickly became a favorite of the staff. He is very outgoing and would “talk” to anyone who came by. During Kitty’s initial medical exam, it was noticed that kitty had polyps on his right ear. His polyps were removed and he returned to the shelter, awaiting his forever home. Two years later, Kitty’s polyp returned. It was determined at that time by our veterinarian that the polyp was possibly cancerous. Kitty continued to serenade the staff, even though it was easy to see that his ear bothered him. Thanks to Kitty’s outgoing personality, a visitor to Pawsibilities saw Kitty and fell in love. Kitty is now very happy in his home (second photo), watching TV with his person, eating snacks, and living the good life. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Kitty was able to find a loving home in which to live out the rest of his years.

Ewok is the resident fluffball kitten at Pawsibilities Animal Rescue. Ewok was found living under a trailer with her mother. Her feral mother had already left, and Ewok was on her own. Pawsibilities was conducting a trap-and-neuter program and caught her. Ewok was young enough to socialize and came to enjoy people, especially when they were feeding her. Ewok was adopted as a companion to a senior citizen (third photo). Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for enabling Pawsibilities to place Ewok in a home where she was needed and is loved.

Animal Care Centers of NYC: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous award from the Petfinder Foundation will be used to create care packages for our Summertime Sniffles adoption campaign. More specifically, we strive to incentivize adoptions for cats and dogs who have respiratory infections. We will be purchasing toys, treats, bedding and other types of supplies as a part of the care package for adopters.

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

Often overlooked due to their illness, dogs and cats with respiratory illness have a harder time being adopted than pets who are healthy. This funding is going to help make the adoption of a cat or a dog with the “sniffles” more attractive to prospective adopters. In conjunction with waiving our adoption fees, we’ll be offering treats, toys, a gift card and bedding as a care package for each adopted animal.

How many pets did this grant help?

We anticipate that this grant will help 40 animals.

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

We are launching this promotion on June 21, 2018, so we do not have a happy tail yet to share, but we will be happy to do so once the program is up and running. Pictured is Rapunzel: “A volunteer writes: We must begin with the superficial, because Rapunzel has the eyes of some glorious, other-worldly angel that two volunteers agreed were the most beautiful eyes they’d ever seen on any creature: Not quite blue, not quite gray, not quite green … sigh. And what a soul those eyes radiate. Gentle, kind, a bit timid, but extraordinarily docile, sitting immediately between two of us on a bench and enjoying being pet. The two of us weren’t alone in falling in love with this serene being: Notes about her from other volunteers include comments like, ‘perfect,’ ‘calm,’ and ‘walks like a dream on a leash.’ Rapunzel is indeed dream-like — a dog from one of the best dreams you’ve ever had. Please come visit her at MACC and make Rapunzel’s loving presence in your loving home a reality!”

Bond County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fees were either reduced or waived on some cats and dogs.

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

It allowed us to reduce or waive adoption fees to encourage adoption of the animals without negatively affecting our financial status.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eleven dogs and seven cats.

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

Here are three pets’ stories, pictured with their new adopters, who have already benefited from the “New Year, New Home” grant program! Jinx (first photo), a 2-year-old brown striped tabby cat, found her furever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Jinx was surrendered to Bond County Humane Society by her owner in Spring 2017. Miss Jinx was a new mom of three kittens, but she was not nursing them; the veterinarian and BCHS determined this was because she was so young and didn’t know what to do. BCHS volunteers tried bottle feeding, but the kittens couldn’t be saved. Her sadness is over now. Adopting an adult cat is great because they show their true personalities: Miss Jinx is an active cat, very friendly with people, gets along with other cats but prefers to play alone. She stays busy playing games with toys by herself: jumping, gnawing, batting, and snuggling. We are happy to have met you and helped you on your journey to your FUR-ever home, Jinx!

Happy Adoption Day to Snoopy (second photo)! The 5-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix found her forever parents on Friday, April 13, 2018. Snoopy was rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after her previous owners surrendered her, not being able to keep her any longer. She is good with kids and most other dogs and she has some basic training under her collar. The BCHS volunteers think her “down” looks like a bow or curtsy! Happy tails, Snoopy in your new permanent, loving home! Practice your leash walking and get your obedience classes in before football season (go, Chicago Bears!).

Tabitha (third photo), an 8-month-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix, found her forever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Tabitha and a littermate were rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after their previous owners surrendered the pups. Tabitha loves to sit on people’s laps and play with toys. She’s great at fetch and loves all the attention. We’ll miss you, Tabitha, but are certainly glad to send you off with your new “leash” on life!

Cowley County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help us offer our reduced-fee adoptions for the Pet of the Week and 50% off of adoption fees for other animals at our shelter. Our Pets of the Week are selected by shelter staff and reduced adoption fees are offered for these animals.

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

It allowed us to continue to offer reduced-fee adoptions of animals on our floor. Our adoption fees are tied to the cost of providing spay-neuter, vaccinations and microchipping of animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

From the time of the grant receipt to date, we have had 49 reduced-fee dog adoptions and 27 reduced-fee cat/kitten adoptions.

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

Bambi had been on the adoption floor for several weeks, but had not had much interest. Those who were interested would bring her back from the play area, and back to the kennel she would go. The staff at CCHS selected her to be one of our pets of the week. These pets are featured on our Facebook page and by several other local businesses’ Facebook pages as well as on our website. One of these posts made it slightly outside of our immediate area and Matt made a trip to see her. They spent time in the play area and Matt knew that SHE was the one! Bambi is now one of our adoption success stories. We think Bambi looks very happy in the attached photo, which was taken right before she went out the door! Smiles all around! Thank you for helping us provide these reduced-fee adoption specials.

Pei People Shar Pei Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The New Year, New Home grant of $1,750 was used to reduce adoption fees on 13 dogs who were determined to be special-needs, have medical issues, be of mixed breed, or seniors. For our rescue, these are the dogs who tend to spend a longer amount of time waiting for their forever homes.

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

The New Year, New Home grant helped us to get dogs adopted who might otherwise have been overlooked, and/or spent longer periods of time in rescue. Seniors whose lifespan and costly medical issues may deter potential adopters, mixed-breed dogs who tend to spend longer periods in foster homes awaiting their forever homes, and dogs with special needs/medical concerns that may cause potential adopters to reconsider adoption. Additionally, helping these 13 dogs find forever homes also open up their foster homes, which allowed us to rescue more dogs.

The 13 dogs who benefited from the grant were:
Peppermint Patty-mixed breed
Gratuity Tucci-mixed breed
Simon-senior and mixed breed
Walter-special needs: vision impairment due to neglected entropion
Sherlock-mixed breed
Ruth-senior
Grayer-senior, deaf and partially blind
Jorja-mixed breed, missing one eye
Fabby-senior
Apollo-senior
Ritz-medical
Saint-medical
Jasper-medical

How many pets did this grant help?

13

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

One of the 13 dogs whom the New Year, New Home grant was able to help was Grayer. Grayer, a male Shar Pei, was estimated to be 7-8 years old. He was abandoned in a crate in a Nevada shelter parking lot in the middle of the night. He was a senior, deaf and partially blind from neglected entropion (a medical issue where the eyelids roll inward and can cause discomfort, eye irritation and eventual blindness if left untreated). He was terrified and at first wouldn’t let the staff touch him. The shelter completed his entropion surgery and removed some lumps and bumps during his neuter, and Grayer recovered in a loving foster home. With the discounted adoption fee thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, Grayer’s adopter (approved by Pei People volunteers in one of the other states we rescue in) was able to travel from Arizona to come get him, and potentially use the money saved towards any future medical issues that Grayer may have. We are happy to report that Grayer is adored and loved and well cared-for. (The average life span of a Shar Pei is 10 years, so when a dog reaches 7 years old, we consider them a senior.)

St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant helped us reduce and waive adoption fees on some of our long-term cats.

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

At St. Sophia’s, we work to have low adoption fees; but even so, some cats, for some reason or another, stay in our care longer than expected. This grant helped us reduce our adoption fees for cats who had been in our care more than 90 days (some of whom had been with us over 300 days!). For the month of April, we ran a “Not Spring Chickens” grant to reduce the adoption fee down to $30 for cats in our care who fit the above long-term stay requirements. About 30 cats were selected for this promotion — and each day in the month of April, a different cat was featured on our website and on our social media platforms.

How many pets did this grant help?

The goal was to have 30 cats adopted at the reduced rate of $30. So far, of the 30 posted, 11 have found homes and 19 are still looking!

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

A few success stories include: Aesop (first photo)! This boy came to St. Sophia’s as a terrified young kitten. He could hardly be interacted with, but loved the company of other cats. To top it off, he had extreme diarrhea that just wouldn’t get better no matter the testing, treatment, and medications. After a long six months, Aesop not only got his potty issues resolved, but became more and more trusting and comfortable around people. One of our previous adopters saw his story and came and scooped him up.

Ghostly (second photo)! This handsome lad, roughly 3 years old, was in our care for a whopping 195+ days! You can tell by the photos how happy his new adopter is to have him in her life now. Ghostly is a LARGE boy and deaf. He also is very rambunctious and loves to play, but doesn’t always realize how big of a lug he is and how loud he can be. Being deaf, he had no fear, but that meant he could also be a bit mischievous. He needed just the right home that would understand his personality and needs, and we’re glad he found it!

Rasputin (third photo)! Rasputin was surrendered by his owner, then adopted, and then returned for not getting along with another cat, so we knew that finding the right home for him was going to be a challenge. He liked other cats — albeit only certain ones — and there was no rhyme or reason to why he was okay with some cats and not others. After 190+ days, Rasputin went home to a very loving family — where he’s going to be the ONLY kitty.

Sweetums and Woozie (fourth photo)! Surrendered to Chicago Animal Control as part of a multi-cat hoarding situation, Sweetums and Woozie were a young, but very bonded, pair of boys, so we really wanted to find a home for them together. Woozie was very outgoing, but Sweetums was shy and always looking for Woozie to show him the way. Both boys went to a home together after 94 days in our care.

Graceful (fifth photo)! My favorite story of all; this sweet girl couldn’t have asked for a better life. Graceful was surrendered by her owners along with another cat to Aurora Animal Control. On arrival, she was normal and healthy. Three days later, she couldn’t walk. Not knowing what to do, Animal Control slated her for euthanasia (her friend was healthy and adopted out). We took Graceful in, and after a battery of tests that all came back normal or inconclusive, our vets determined that the best course of action was to try a steroid and see if we got any improvement. And we did! Within a few days of her injection, Graceful was up and trying to get around. At first she couldn’t eat unless you held the dish AND her head (otherwise she’d just face-plant and then vomit it back up because of the nausea from all the bobbing and weaving) — but within a week, she was up and walking (albeit like a tin soldier) and eating (while her legs were splayed to prop her up). The hardest part was the litter box — but once we climbed that hill, Graceful was ready for a home. A loving family who had just lost one of their cats who’d had neurological issues saw our plea to find the “right” home for Graceful and they immediately contacted us. After 214 days, Graceful found her forever home! We’re so happy that we get updates on an almost weekly basis! She can now drink from a water dish!

Of course, these are just SOME of the stories! We can’t wait to continue this promotion to help our other cats get adopted as well.

We posted the 30 cats in our 30 “Not Spring Chickens” campaign on our website and social media. The link to our Facebook album with the photos of the cats and their descriptions is available here: http://bit.ly/2LMxVtk (this link only shows the ones in the promotion that are still available; please note, Flakka is pending for adoption this Friday, June 1, 2018, and Micah is being transferred to the care of another rescue that specializes in FeLV+ cats).

Cat Haven: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,000 Petfinder Foundation New Year, New Home grant was used to reduce or waive the adoption fees for our animals who are more difficult to adopt. The cats who were sponsored by this grant fell into several different categories, including: senior/adult cats, cats with chronic illness, cats with difficult attitude/behavior (shy, scared, hiding, etc.), long-term residents, etc. We also held a Mother’s Day adoption event in which all mother cats’ adoption fees were waived on May 13th.

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

This grant helped our organization by bringing more people through the door to meet the sponsored cats. Just like with any promotion, potential adopters were intrigued and more receptive to visiting the adoption center and adopting the sponsored cats. This grant sponsored 35 cats; 23 cats have reduced fees (from $95 to $50) and 22 cats have waived fees. So far, 15 of our sponsored cats have been adopted. The remaining 20 will always be sponsored during their stay here, even though the grant timeline has technically ended. Because this grant has sponsored 35 cats, it is helping to make room in our shelter for 35 more, thus bringing our total cats helped to 70. That means 70 cats will be saved and live happy, healthy lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Because Cat Haven always takes our cats back, Sugar (first and second photos) was returned to us when her adopter could no longer care for her. In her previous home, Sugar had become obese, weighing 20 lbs. Because of this, she needed a family that was willing to keep her on a weight-loss diet and exercise routine. She was also physically uncomfortable and took a longer time to warm up to visitors. Under these circumstances, many potential adopters favored her less than some of the other, younger kitties at our shelter. Because her adoption fee was waived through the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant, visitors had more of an incentive to give her a chance. She was finally adopted by the Chiasson family, who have given her a loving and caring home.

Bitsy (third photo) and Charlie (fourth photo) came to Cat Haven with five other adult cats after their guardian, a longtime supporter of Cat Haven, passed away from cancer. They came to us scared and confused, and took a long time to warm up to the staff, volunteers, and visitors. They wanted so badly to be loved, but needed adopters who would be willing to be patient with them.

Bitsy was an adult cat who would make a great companion for just about anyone. Charlie was an adult cat with allergies and needed a family who was willing to make accommodations to ensure his comfort. Because their fees were reduced to $50 through the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant, visitors had a greater incentive to be patient and give them a chance. Bitsy went home with the Gabor household and Charlie has a new family with Scott.