Purina New Year, New Home

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).

Gateway Pet Guardians: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money will be used to eliminate the adoption fees for nine adoptable animals who have been with Gateway Pet Guardians for an extended amount of time.

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

Unfortunately, none of our featured dogs have found their own couch yet! We plan to use some of our advertising budget to purchase social media ads supporting these nine pets. We will also utilize an existing spot in a local newspaper, which a donor funds, to increase the visibility of these sweet dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

At this time, these dogs are still with Gateway Pet Guardians. We are currently increasing efforts to find them their people and get them home. Their adoption fees will forever be funded by the generous Petfinder Foundation grant. One of the sponsored dogs is Baby Bella (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “Baby Bella is GPG’s certified DIVA! Bella doesn’t let her small stature (only 25 lbs.) stop her from demanding the very best in life! A huge fan of the Real Housewives series, Bella knows the importance of keeping in shape and looking great! She enjoys walks and hikes to keep her girlish figure and requires daily massages/petting to keep feeling like a star.

“Like most famous divas, Bella surrounds herself with a small entourage of friends whom she showers with love and affection. Worried you aren’t cool enough to roll with Bella’s posse? Don’t be! A little bit of patience and a whole lot of corn dogs are the key to this lady’s heart. And other dogs? Bella graces our shelter’s doggie playgroup on occasion, so we think she could live with a dog willing to let her shine. Big personality, impeccable style, and slobbery kisses … that is what you get with Baby Bella!” Meet Baby Bella here.

Dedman Foundation: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded a grant to help cover the cost of adoptions.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing us to cover the cost of adoptions for several animals. We were full of dogs and had to continue turning down people needing to surrender their dogs. With this grant, we were able to get people interested in some of our more difficult dogs because they were able to put the money towards dog training instead. All of the dogs who were adopted are doing amazing! We were pretty low on cats at the time we received the grant, but we were able to use it to get the rest of our cats adopted, do a really deep clean in the cat room and then help two other shelters in Montana by taking several cats off their hands.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs and six cats

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

Our longest resident dog, Griff (first photo), had been with us since September. He was a great heeler mix, but he had his issues. He didn’t get along well with most other dogs, and he was able to climb our 6-ft. chain-link fence to get in the other yard with dogs, so he would have to go in a smaller area that was covered if any other canine was outside. He also had an issue with barking and jumping. We had a wonderful person see him on Petfinder and she liked him at first but was a little nervous about his issues with other dogs. When she found out that his adoption fee was waived because of the grant, she was ecstatic and called a trainer to make her first appointment before she even left the shelter! Griff now lives on a farm with another dog, cows, and horses!

Hood River Adopt A Dog: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

HRAAD was able to waive the adoption fee for Athena.

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

HRAAD was a able to waive the adoption fee for Athena so the her new adoptive family could afford the purchase of an E-training collar and the continued hands on training in its use with Northwest Balance Dogs

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Athena joined HRAAD’s program in 2017 and was adopted and then returned three times due to her high energy level and excitability. After the third adoption failure Athena received advanced behavior training with Northwest Balance Dogs. Athena learned to control her high energy level and excitability with the use of an E-collar. Her new family was approved and her adoption fee was waived so that they could afford to purchase an E-collar and continue her training. Unfortunately Athena was returned after 45 days due to an unexpected change in the family’s domestic situation. https://www.petfinder.com/dog/athena-41544363/or/hood-river/hood-river-adopt-a-dog-or209/

Hood River Adopt a Dog: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase an e-training collar and training for an approved adopter for Athena.

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

The grant allowed for the purchase of the e-collar and training that we would not have been able to do at the time of Athena’s adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Athena has been part of our program since 2017. She has been placed in an adoptive family and returned due to her hyper and excitable personality three times. After the third attempt, she was fostered with Northwest Balanced Dogs and trained using an e-training collar. When the latest family applied and was approved, HRAAD used the grant money to purchase Athena an e-collar and have Northwest Balance Dogs work to train Athena’s new family on its proper use. Unfortunately, Athena was returned to HRAAD after 45 days due to a unpredicted change in the family’s domestic situation. Meet Athena here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

We will be using this money to have a pet-adoption weekend where we will waive the adoption fees. We are waiting until we have an abundance of cats ready for this day.

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

We have not utilized the grant yet.

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.

We have not utilized the grant yet

Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, Inc.: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The New Year, New Home grant has been and continues to be used for reducing our adoption fee from $60 to $30.

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

In a number of ways:
1. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a reliable kitten adoption source because it is supported by respected entities such as the Petfinder Foundation and Nestle.
2. It helps make more adoptable kittens available to more qualified forever homes.
3. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a safe, no-kill rescue to which people can bring orphaned newborn kittens for lifesaving care.
4. It reduces the rescue-to-adoption time, which reduces rescue costs, makes room for more rescued kittens, and cuts down on housed kittens’ exposure to communicable ailments in the rescue.
5. It makes Tiny Paws more appealing to prospective volunteers because they know that Tiny Paws is supported by such a well-known funding source.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, 99 kittens have been adopted with the New Year, New Home grant. The adoption rate will really pick up next week when the spring litters begin to become adoptable.

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

Cheryl (first photo) was brought to Tiny Paws as a supposedly young pregnant cat who was sick and being beaten up by other cats. Upon evaluation by the Tiny Paws veterinarian, Cheryl was found to be about 11 years old (believe it or not), very pregnant, and sick with an upper-respiratory infection, gum disease and FIV. She was successfully treated for all of these conditions and had teeth pulled. Tiny Paws provided her with comfortable, safe surroundings for her and her babies, along with highly nutritious food and lots of loving care. When Cheryl was listed for adoption, the purrfect home applied to adopt her as the home’s one and only furry love. Cheryl’s new mom (pictured with her) was surprised and very grateful for the New Year, New Home grant support of her adoption.

Starsky (second photo) was thrown from the window of a moving car onto a front lawn. The good Samaritan in the house found the nearly lifeless body of the tiny kitten and brought it to Tiny Paws. Rescue volunteers rushed the kitten to the veterinarian, where he was given lifesaving treatment and X-rays. It was found that Starsky had disabled hind legs and a congenital digestive issue. Tiny Paws nursed him to top form, given his condition. When the veterinarian said he was ready, Starsky was listed for adoption with full disclosure of his special needs. His new mom (pictured with him) fell in love with his photo at first sight. Starsky’s special adoption fee was an unexpected gift for his new mom.

Animal Outreach of Shelby County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to offer FREE adult-cat adoptions to adopters who passed through our screening process.

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

We specifically targeted several regional open-admission shelters to help them with cats they were having trouble placing: FIV+, older, cats with weird medical stuff (profiled later in this report), long-termers, shy cats. We didn’t target the cute and cuddlies for this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

26

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

Sweet Pea was at a municipal shelter up in northern Indiana. She had the benefit of a local sponsor, so she was able to visit the vet several times for a raging, full-body ringworm infection. They had tried all the usual treatments, but the inconsistency of treatment, coupled with the stress of shelter life, meant that little Sweet Pea just wasn’t getting any better and was put on their urgent medical-rescue list. The poor girl needed some rescuing.

A foster stepped up and we were able to pull her. It took several different attempts and the right combination of drugs and medicated dips, but five months and 22 ringworm cultures later, she was finally ringworm-free and ready for adoption.

Tracy has previously adopted outside, community cats to have on her working farm, so we knew her well. After her elderly tortie cat passed away, Tracy started thinking about another inside-only cat.

It was truly love at first sight. We had made a “storyboard” chronicling Sweet Pea’s journey to health and asking for donations to help pay her mounting medical bills. Well, Tracy took one look at the pictures and declared Sweet Pea to be hers. She was so patient. It took another four months before Sweet Pea could join Tracy’s family, but it was worth the wait!