Purina Adoption Grant

Pooch Savers Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to use the 2020 Purina Spring into Adoption Grant to help get some of our senior dogs, who often get overlooked, adopted.

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

We were able to significantly reduce our adoption fees and because of that, three senior dogs, including one with SIGNIFICANT medical needs, were adopted. Every time a dog gets adopted, it frees up space for us to rescue another dog. Getting these seniors adopted into loving homes may not have happened if not for the grant. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Purina!

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Austin and Mason (first photo), both 13 years old, were surrendered to our rescue in REALLY bad shape. They’d been neglected for years. In addition to being filthy, matted and covered in feces, their teeth were rotted and cracked. After getting them cleaned up and settled in, we immediately got them dentals and they both needed several teeth extracted. It took a while for them to recover, but once they did, they were adopted together into an incredible home (second photo).

Peanut (third photo) came from a hoarding situation and had also been severely neglected for many years. He was another one who was in bad shape when we got him. Filthy, matted, with teeth in awful shape and his nails so long that a couple were curled in a complete circle (fourth photo).

Even though he was only 10 years old, physically, he was about twice that. He had arthritis. He was incontinent, heartworm-positive and senile. We did what we could as far as basic vet care, but found he needed a more thorough exam, so we took him to a neurologist to see what, if anything, could be done to help him. Sadly, the neurologist found that, really, he was only a candidate for some medication to hopefully reduce his senility and any pain he might be in.

We listed Peanut on Petfinder and in his bio, we stated exactly what the neurologist said. We got inquiries, but the main turnoff was his incontinence, which was understandable, but still, he deserved a forever home just like any other dog.

Well … in walks this AMAZING couple into our lives. They’d seen Peanut on Petfinder, read about him and were not deterred. They lived four hours away but they were not deterred. They submitted an application, and they got approved.

We then spoke to them at length on the phone. We painted the most bleak picture we could because we certainly didn’t want them to drive four hours and not have a completely clear picture of Peanut and all his issues. They still were not deterred. They drove up to meet and possibly adopt Peanut and you can see in the fifth photo what we were met with when we arrived with Peanut to do the introduction.

I mean, have you EVER? They’d had masks made in a matter of like a day. Before they even came to Dallas to meet Peanut, they just knew he was the one for them. In addition to the masks, they had a ramp built so Peanut could easily get to the backyard and they bought a pool alarm, all with no prompting from us! Peanut has been in his new home for almost two weeks now, and they love him beyond measure. He will now live the rest of his life as it should’ve been all along: being pampered and treated with respect like the precious dog that he is.

The reduced adoption fees, which we were able to provide because of the 2020 Purina Spring into Adoption Grant and the Petfinder Foundation, allowed these precious senior dogs to find homes!

Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help defray the cost of adoptions for dogs and cats at the shelter.

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

This grant was beneficial to our animals in that they were given a chance to get adopted by helping to pay their adoption fee, or totally defraying it all together.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight: seven dogs and one cat

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

Bessie (first photo) was adopted on August 26, 2020. Bessie came to the shelter as a stray, picked up by the animal control officer in the city of Washington, GA. She was limping on her right front leg, and was taken to Wilkes County Veterinary Services for x-rays to see what the problem was. From reading the x-rays, it was discovered that she had been shot and had damage to her leg, and that an amputation needed to be done. Bessie was brought back to the shelter with pain medication and her picture was posted on Facebook to see if anyone claimed her. She went through a seven-day hold, and we posted a request on Facebook for money for her amputation.

When she was taken to the vet for her amputation, the vets said that she was walking so much better on her leg, and that she would be better off with a little limp that to have the leg amputated. So she was spayed and brought back to the shelter.

When we received the grant money, we reduced the adoption fee for all dogs weighing more than 40 lbs. by half. The price would be $50 instead of $100. Bessie was noticed by her adopter when the woman came to adopt a cat, but she was in the process of moving, so she couldn’t adopt her at that time. Ms. Tillman came back to the shelter on Aug. 26 and wanted to adopt Bessie. She had fallen in love with her and wanted to bring her into her family. Bessie went to her new home the next day.

Goose (second photo), now named Bandit Sweite, or “BamBam” for short, was adopted on Sept. 4, 2020. The adopter came in to the shelter to drop off donations and, on a whim, asked if we had any basset hounds up for adoption. As it happened, we had one senior basset-hound mix named Goose. The adopter got really excited and left the shelter. As it turned out, she went home and told her husband she was going back to the shelter to adopt Goose, sight-unseen. So about 45 minutes after she left, she came back and wanted to adopt Goose.

Since we were using the grant money for our older dogs and those over 40 lbs., Goose fit the bill perfectly. We did the paperwork and Goose was brought out to her new owner. It was love at first sight for both. The adopter called the next day and told us that it was destiny that Goose came into their home. She fit like a glove into their home. Everyone was happy.

Precious (third photo) came to the shelter as a stray and tested positive for heartworms. She had just had a litter of puppies and needed to recover from that. A young man came into the shelter looking for a dog whom his dad might like and who would benefit from having its treatment taken care of. So Precious came to mind.

The adopter took some pictures and sent them to his father. The father was very amenable to adopting her and getting her heartworm treatment. He came to the shelter and, because of Precious needing treatment, we waived the adoption fee. He was very happy and liked her at first sight. She was adopted and taken to Atlanta for her treatment — a great outcome for a very sweet dog.

Dude (fourth photo) was taken into foster care to have his heartworm treatment done. Before he was discharged from the vet’s office after treatment, he had an episode that has given him a cough and he will have to be on steroids for the rest of his life. His foster family have, of course, fallen in love with him, and were happy to adopt him, as his medical condition would make him extremely hard to adopt. So we waived the fee and Dude is now happy and doing great in his “new” home!

We had a Chihuahua (fifth photo) come in who was an owner-surrender. He was a bit overweight, but a really sweet and friendly boy. There was a lady who had called the shelter the week before and asked that, if we ever got in any Chihuahuas, could we please call her and give her the first option to adopt. So she was contacted and came to look at him and fell in love and wanted to take him home. However, she was on a limited income and was not going to get her money for another week. So, to help him get a good home, we paid half her adoption fee and she was ecstatic and took him home that day. This helped a very sweet animal find his furever home quicker.

Pittsylvania Pet Center: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to prepare and adopt seven dogs and 13 cats into loving home with fee-waived adoptions specials.

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

As a result of the fee-waived adoptions, we were able to free up space for incoming animals and provide 20 animals with loving homes, which may not have happened if not for the grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Cyree was surrendered to the shelter in July. She had been bred several times in her short life. Luckily for her, we were able to get her spayed and quickly into a loving home with the help of the Purina grant during a free adoption weekend. A sweet older gentleman fell in love with her and was overjoyed when he learned her adoption fee had been waived.

Pittsylvania Pet Center: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to get animals spayed and ready for adoption. We were able to get seven dogs and 13 cats spayed.

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

We were able to save taxpayers’ dollars with this grant. Every dollar saved is a victory.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Sweet Cyree was surrendered to the shelter in July. She had been bred several times in her short life. Luckily for her, we were able to get her spayed with the help of the Purina grant to end the vicious cycle of breeding. She was adopted just three days after her after.

Keller's Kats Rescue: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to reduce the fees for hard-to-place cats.

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

The placement of these cats in caring homes freed up space for us to bring in additional cats who were equally deserving of homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

13

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

Twiggie (first photo) was paralyzed and in a diaper when she came into the rescue. Extensive physical therapy provided by her foster has enabled her to regain a majority of her rear-leg function. She is a foster fail!

Ludo and Tibbs (second photo): These siblings suffered from eyelid agenisis and required surgery; we waived their fees to get them the best placement.

Timon & Pumba (third photo) were bonded 9-month-old brothers; Timon has a severe case of cerebellar hypoplasia and relies on his brother for safety and security.

Melon and Peach (fourth photo) are being adopted this week at a reduced rate by a previous adopter who just lost her cat to kidney disease.

Cal and Sailor Jerry (fifth photo) are bonded 5-year-old brothers who both suffer from cerebellar hypoplasia; they had been returned and we were able to place them again.

Allie & Kelly (sixth photos) are bonded 3-year-old sisters whom we would not separate.

Habanero needed to be in a single-owner home with no other pets. Oreo needed to stay with his foster, as he was just too shy to meet other adopters.

These cats were all adopted.

Pet Pal Rescue, Inc.: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to decrease our adoption fees on 10 senior pets.

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

This allowed more senior pets to find homes due to the reduced adoption fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Tina came into our shelter due to her owner’s death. At the time she arrived, she was almost 9 years old. She had not had any veterinary treatment for several years. It was determined that she has dry-eye syndrome and skin issues. She will need to be on medication for the rest of her life to keep her comfortable and avoid further damage to her eyes, and special medicated shampoo for her skin. Due to this additional, ongoing medical expense, we lowered her adoption fee and found a wonderful lady to take on the needed care for Tina. Tina is thriving and enjoying her new home.

For the Love of Strays: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide free pet adoptions to approved adopters.

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

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care in that we were able to waive our adoption fee that we normally have to have to cover at least some of the costs associated with bringing an animal into the rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to help four pets with this grant.

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

Simba had been with us for six years. He was our longest resident by a lot. He was not friendly with small dogs because he had been attacked by one before. Additionally, he was a big, black pit bull. All of these factors led us to have trouble finding him a good home.

You see, Simba is a sweetheart. He is a big old potato who just wants to look at you with his big puppy eyes until you pet him. He just wanted a couch to sleep on for the rest of his time.

People would pass him up because he was older, or neutered, or black, or big. They wanted him for breeding, or to just stick him in the back yard and use him as a lawn ornament. But we knew that Simba deserved much, much more than that.

After spending years in foster care with our rescue, he finally found his forever father. He and his new best friend get to hang out and play video games together, they take walks by the bay, and enjoy each other’s company every day. His new owner used the money he saved on his adoption fee to buy toys, beds, food, etc. to further spoil his new best friend. We couldn’t be happier for Simba and the wonderful new chapter of his life.

His adopter sent us this message: “I love this big dude with all of my heart. I am happy to have found my best friend. Thank you for pairing us.”

Humane Society of Morgan County: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We reduced the price of adoptions for seniors and senior pets.

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

Most importantly, it helped make adoptions of senior dogs more attractive, and senior adopters frequently like senior dogs. Of course, every adoption clears a space for a new abandoned dog to inhabit until we can find it a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Ms. Morgan is a senior citizen who lives with her daughter on her own part of the property that they share. She had papillions for many years and her last papillion passed away in August 2020. Ms. Morgan was so sad and missed her dog so much. She didn’t know what to do without a dog to care for.

Her daughter took her to Animal Control in Henry County to look at dogs, and they were walking through the kennels and saw Finn. She called him to her and he came over to the front of the kennel and licked her hand through the gate. That was all it took: Ms. Morgan was in love. Finn was going to be her dog.

Finn was rescued from Animal Control by the Humane Society of Morgan County right after they saw him, so Ms. Morgan called us and talked to Ellen. Ellen just knew Ms. Morgan would be perfect for Finn. She came and completed the adoption right away. She said Finn is with her when she does yard work, enjoys riding in the car, goes on walks with her, and loves to run around her huge fenced-in yard.

He’s protective of her when an unknown person or a strange car comes around, and he barks to let her know. He’s so much company for Ms. Morgan, he even sleeps with her under the covers and loves to steal her warm spots in the bed. She said, “Finn is my baby!”

We are so thankful for this grant from the Petfinder Foundation and Purina that allowed the senior citizens extra help adopting these great dogs, because it will help impact their lives and the lives of the dogs as well. #ChangingLives is our goal for every dog and cat adopted from us, as well as every human who adopts from us.

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.