Purina New Year, New Home

LARAS House (Limestone Animal Rescue and Adoption Shelter): Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Of the $2,000 original grant to LARAS House, we have so far been able to reduce the adoption fees of 21 cats and eight dogs by $40 each, coming to $1,160 towards the get-ready fees for those pets adopted. This has truly been amazing! We are so excited that so many cats over 1 year old have been adopted — so often, they languish at the shelter since so many adopters want kittens.

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

This grant has allowed us to encourage and subsidize the adoption of often-overlooked pets. It helped us care for even more animals since the costs associated with these pets have been subsidized.

How many pets did this grant help?

29 pets were adopted with this grant (21 cats and eight dogs) in the first two months of implementation.

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

There were so many great stories involved with the pets adopted thanks to this grant. The one that may have been most special was the adoption of Army (who had been at the shelter for over a year) and Tiger. They are sweet cats whom we loved and we were so excited that they could be adopted together (first photo). Another story was Dutchess (second photo), a special kitty who needed extra love — and this grant help make it happen! Thank you so much!

PawPrints Animal Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to reduce the adoption fees of some of our harder-to-adopt animals: seniors, adult cats, bonded pairs and those who could have long-term medical needs and those who had been in our care for a very long time.

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

Because of the ability to reduce our adoption fees, five animals in our care have found their forever homes!

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

When you take in a senior, blind, deaf, sick dog, there is a real chance he may never find his forever home, but that’s okay with us at PawPrints. We are willing to wait as long as it takes — or even forever, if that’s how things are meant to be. Senior dogs are hard enough to find homes for, but when they have all the other issues Gilbert has, it can seem like an impossible feat. All of this did not sway his foster mom from saying, “I want to foster this old man; I want to help make him well and feel loved again.” And that’s exactly what his foster mom did. These before and after pictures can attest to that.

Gilbert is completely and utterly devoted to his foster mom. He follows her from room to room; he waits for her if she leaves the house, standing at the door just waiting for her to return. Gilbert and his foster mom have a very special bond. It could be because Gilbert is just so grateful for the love and kindness she has shown him all these months, maybe the first love and kindness he’s received in a very long time or even forever.

So when we can say that Gilbert has been in his forever home all along, with the person whom his entire world revolves around, it is the absolute best feeling in the world! Our very special old man Gilbert is going to spend the rest of his life with his foster mom — Gilbert is officially adopted!
Happy adoption, Gilbert. You are forever where you were meant to be all along 💕

Peaches Bully Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We reduced adoption fees for senior pets who are usually overlooked in our bully-breed rescue.

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

This grant allowed our rescue to offer families who are open to senior and special-needs dogs the ability to adopt a dog in need and not pay the normal adoption fee. Our goal was to take in four bully-breed dogs who needed medical attention and surgeries and place them into their forever homes with families. The adoption fee that would have been charged was covered by the grant and the family was committed to maintaining the healthcare needs of the dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

We were able to help four bully-breed dogs: Zackary, Freya, Dusty, and Oswald. Zackary (first photo) is a 10-year-old French bulldog who spent his life as a breeder stud dog living all over the U.S.A. His advanced age and his breed characteristics came with a list of medical concerns. Zackary was not potty-trained, didn’t know what toys were, had an eye ulcer and limited mobility in his legs and had not eaten from a bowl before. After two months of surgeries and recoveries, Zackary was able to start meeting families. People would completely dismiss his sweet self at events or meetings simply because of his age and potential future medical needs — until he met his new pawrents! They instantly fell in love and have never looked back. The grant allowed the family to redirect the adoption fee (which was now covered) towards his medical needs and outfitting their house with a ramp. This sweet boy even has convinced his new pawrents that they should foster with us. They have successfully fostered three dogs for our rescue. What a great story — all because of a grant.

Freya (second photo) was found as a stray, dumped on the side of the road. Estimated to be 12 to 13 years old, this sweet bulldog was dehydrated, bleeding, and greatly confused. After Freya spent a few days getting better at the vet, a previous adopter stepped up and not only fostered her but gave her the forever family we always wanted for her. By utilizing the grant money for the adoption fee, the family was able to use those funds to care for this sweet girl. She is happy with her three sisters and one fur brother and living her best self.

Dusty (third photo) was a very sick puppy whom we took in to give him the best medical care possible. After weeks of treatment for hookworm, coccidia, and an infection, Dusty had found himself in a good place and ready for adoption. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse a few days after he and his brother (pictured with him) met their future family. The rescue did everything possible and after Dusty spent six days in the ICU, we lost his fight. The family was devastated, as was the rescue staff who spent nights sitting with him at the incubator. Grant money allowed us to offer a reduced adoption fee to the family and cover some of the medical bills for Dusty. Rest in peace, sweet boy! Your brother is being well cared-for by a grateful family. You will always be in our heart.

Oswald came to us as a heartworm-positive bulldog who needed a new start in life. He had a family who wanted to love him forever but couldn’t afford the treatment and the adoption fee. Grant money allowed us to reduce their adoption fee and get him all the treatments he needed! He is now heartworm-negative and couldn’t be a happier boy.

Indiana County Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use our grant to provide free adoptions for spayed and neutered cats.

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

We were able to focus adoptions on cats who were older and were also spayed or neutered. Our organization, like most rescues, is able to quickly adopt kittens, but adult cats are harder to place. This grant allowed us to promote adult cats so they could get good homes, even during kitten season when lots of kittens were available.

How many pets did this grant help?

34

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

Here is Debra Stiles’s story of her adopted cat Jeep: “I found Jeep online on Petfinder.com in January 2019 after the loss of my 18-year-old Maine Coon. I instantly fell in love with his sweet face and kind eyes. I came into the shelter in the beginning of March with my daughter and grandson and sat with Jeep in a private “get to know the pet” room. He was a little scared, but I understood. I made a promise to myself that after Easter, if Jeep was still available, I would love to rescue him!!”

Jeep was lucky — Debra came in and adopted him one week after Easter and was able to get him with no adoption fee thanks to the Purina New Year, New Home free-adoption grant.

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Sponsoring adoption fees for adult and senior cats.

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

Because of the New Year, New Home grant, we were able to place 27 adult and senior cats into loving homes in the month of April. By being able to fully subsidize our adult and senior cats’ adoption fees, we sent nearly 60% more adult and senior cats home versus the same time last year. With kitten season in full swing, this provided much-needed space to accommodate cats who need to find loving homes.

Berkeley Humane’s model focused on where we can have the most impact: medically needy animals who are most often at highest risk for euthanasia. These are the hardest-luck animals who, without us, might not have a chance. In fact, most of the animals we rescued last year needed and received extensive medical care before adoption. The New Year, New Home Pet Adoption Grant enabled us to find homes for needy animals who likely would have been passed over in a traditional setting.

How many pets did this grant help?

27

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

Norma (first photo) is a sweet older girl who came into our care in the middle of February. She is a very gorgeous girl, with long diluted calico fur and big sparkly eyes — definitely a face that caught people’s eyes! We were excited to transfer her in and knew she had high potential to find a home early on. Yet as can be the case with older animals, her outwardly healthy appearance did not accurately depict what was actually going on inside. Norma needed a little extra attention: We had to address her oddly positioned liver. So she received an ultrasound, which showed her slightly herniated liver, and her heart, which had been pushed over to make room — an occurrence that sounds scary, but thankfully nothing we needed to address with an invasive procedure. We also did a dental on her that resulted in several teeth extractions and treated her for infected nail beds. It took a little bit to get her in tip-top shape, but once we did, she was ready to meet her person!

We learned quickly that Norma was not an extrovert and preferred to not be the center of attention. During her first few weeks, she kept to her cubby space or curled up tight on her bed, getting upset when too many hands were on her. So we decided to secure her cage and put up a friendly sign asking for interested adopters to come find a staff member for introductions. This made Norma so much happier! The less she felt like she was on display, the more she was open to meeting people. In the end, an older woman who had previously had a cat much like Norma took her home. She handled Norma beautifully and understood to admire her from afar until Norma came to her, which Norma did very quickly. Norma is now living in San Francisco, enjoying the views of the city from up high.

When we have two bonded cats, it is our mission to get them adopted together. With Chipmunk and Possum (second photo), we had the challenge of them being bonded cats, black cats and shy cats. We gave them a two-tiered condo with plenty of space to go wherever they felt the safest. For the first few days, they remained wedged together in one cubby space. Open to light petting, they began to enjoy brief moments of affection from the staff, a really hopeful sign! They were still fairly shy by adoption day, but had come far enough that we did not want them to miss out on any opportunities to find the perfect home. That Friday, they were visited by a few people, every now and then when they would come out to get a drink of water or glance through the window to see what all of us were doing up front. Every little moment of engagement with us was positive progression, so we were very hopeful! We may have been hopeful, but we weren’t expecting what came next. Chipmunk and Possum found a home the very next day! A wonderful couple who had lost their bonded pair last year had been on the search for the right duo and they found it in these two. We always love when the “undercat” wins!

Beagle Freedom Project: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees for rescued animals in need

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

This grant has helped to significantly increase our recent adoptions through a reduction of our standard adoption fee for dogs and cats. In total, our goal is to help 20 former victims of animal cruelty with the funds awarded to find loving, forever homes for our rescues. So far we have we applied the grant towards seven deserving animal survivors — Ringo, Bennie, Trooper, Rae, Rufus, Tia, and Scout — who were all rescued from animal testing, abandonment, high[-intake] shelters and/or the dog-meat trade.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently seven, with the aim to help 20 animals in need total

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

Rufus (first photo) was rescued from animal testing, where he spent the first year and a half of his life in a U.S. laboratory. Since Rufus was a larger hound, it took a little while for him to be adopted. However, with a little patience, we found Rufus the perfect home — and it could not be a more of a beautiful fit. Rufus lives with another female hound who has taken him under her wing. They snuggle, walk, and play together. Honestly, they never want to be separate!

Scout (second photo) was rescued from a lab, where he was used for testing for the first year of his life. Scout was adopted by a family with two young daughters, and since he is the only dog, he loves getting all the attention and pets. Scout now enjoys his days playing outside, going for long walks, socializing with other dogs in the neighborhood, and occasionally barking at the squirrels outside on the lawn. His favorite activity is to go long hikes with his new family in the forests surrounding his new home and getting pampered with love as the only hound dog.

Rae (third photo) was rescued from the South Korean meat trade. She went to a foster home right away that fell in love with her and immediately wanted to keep her forever. Rae now has another Dachshund sibling whom she loves very much. She has adjusted to home life amazingly well after all the trauma she has endured. Rae has really warmed up to people and learned to trust humans again. She was so fearful and shy of people when we first rescued her. Now, she allows pretty much anyone hold her!

Bennie (fourth photo) was rescued nearly one year ago from the streets of China. He was unable to use his hind legs, incontinent, and unable to hold himself up or walk. We knew it would take a highly dedicated, experienced, and committed adopter to open their home to Bennie. Bennie found his forever home just last month. An incredible family in Wisconsin who design, create, and build wheels for paraplegic dogs adopted Bennie, giving him everything he needs to thrive. We knew it was a match made in heaven, as Bennie’s new family previously had a paraplegic black Lab named Gunnar who was almost the spitting image of Bennie. They had named their company Gunnar’s Wheels. We are so absolutely thrilled for Bennie, as we know he is the best and most loving, capable home now!

Ringo (fifth photo) is an animal-testing and shelter survivor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, who live right next to a dog park. So now one of Ringo’s favorite activities is to play at the park with the local neighbor pups. He is very curious about squirrels and acts playful around them. He is really thriving in his new home and his adopter, Sam, absolutely adores him. Not to mention he’s an only dog so he is spoiled -– and he deserves it!

Trooper (sixth photo) was rescued from South Korea. She was found on her own in a broken plywood shed. Although her story is pretty uncertain, she was at high risk of being butchered for the dog-meat trade. Luckily, we were able to rescue her and transport Trooper to the U.S., where she was adopted by a couple who live near the beach. Now, she is living her absolute best life! She continues to grow, as she is still a puppy, and her adopters say she is a total character. She has her own way of doing things and she is very stubborn when it comes to her training. But she is learning. Trooper definitely loves being the only dog and getting her way -– well, most of the time!

Tequila, nicknamed Tia (seventh photo), has settled right into her home like the princess that she is! Tia was rescued from animal testing after being sold to the lab by Class B traders from a shelter in Mexico. It wasn’t long before Tia was in foster home and her family adopted her. She is currently learning new commands quickly (the treats definitely help!) and never leaves her mom’s side.

Animal Rescue Force: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for reduced fees on adoptions at $50 per animal. A total of 40 dogs and cats benefited from this grant.

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

It allowed more animals to get adopted at a faster pace, as people were able to save money and concentrate on the bills for any vet care needed in the future.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 dogs and cats

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

Some of the pets adopted through this promotion include: Bentley, a 3-year-old Chihuahua-Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix (first photo). His adopter sent us this update: “Bentley is doing really well. We took him to the vet yesterday and he’s got a clean bill of health. The incision healed up nicely. He’s definitely not a terror by any means; he will run around when he first gets out of the crate, but settles down in a few minutes. He’s getting along with Snoopy, so all is well.”

Also adopted was Kobe, a Cairn terrier (second photo), whose adopter writes: “Kobe is doing excellent. He made such a smooth transition and has never had any accidents in our home. He now sleeps in the bed with us and is such a sweet, loving and happy dog. He loves playing with my grandchildren and his daily trips to the dog park. We love him so much and could not imagine life without him. We had waited so long for a dog exactly like him!”

Finally, 8-year-old Inky (third photo) also found a forever home. His adopter says, “Hi, I adopted Inky last week and wanted to share a picture of us! He is great.”

San Antonio Pets Alive!: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To offset the cost of adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older to move them into homes quickly and more efficiently.

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

This grant assisted us in finding homes for dogs 6 months and older much quicker, as we were able to run adoption specials that provided reduced adoption fees to families interested in adopting dogs. It assisted the organization in recouping the lost revenue from these discounted fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

261

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

Brutus was a 1-year-old Am Staff mix who was a picture-perfect example of a “pit bull”-type breed. He had some issues with leash reactivity, which his foster was working on for a while. The foster already had a few dogs and was determined to find Brutus a home despite his rambunctious behavior. However, with one of the adoption specials that was provided, the foster was finally able to find a home for Brutus: the home he’d been in all along!! The low-cost adoption fee allowed the foster to decide that it was the right time to keep Brutus for good, and he joined a family of three other dogs where he is now happy, healthy, and loved.

Prattville/Autauga Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used exclusively to reduce adoption fees by 50% for adoptable cats, kittens, adult dogs and puppies.

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

The grant of $1,600 allowed PAHS to reduce our adoption fees for 28 cats (from $50 to $25) and 15 dogs (from $120 to $60).

How many pets did this grant help?

43

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

PAHS held a kitten adoption event in Montgomery, AL, at Pet Supermarket on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. A total of 15 kittens were adopted at half price. One family had lost their family cat of 18 years to cancer earlier in the week. They missed having a cat in the home. They read about our event and the reduced adoption fees on social media; they adopted two male kittens together, Binx and Ghost (first photo). The family is in love!

York Adopt-A-Pet: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for waived adoption fees for dogs and cats in the shelter.

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

This grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of harder-to-adopt cats and enabled us to adopt to people who would not have financially been able to adopt.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

Eva was, we think, dumped at a rural home and brought to the shelter. We soon found out that she did not like living in our community room with the other cats, so she was put in a large kennel in our lobby, where she received much attention. Several times a day, she was allowed out of the kennel to roam the lobby, and every time, it took moving heaven and earth to get her back in the kennel; she was so happy being free. To our delight, her adoption day came with someone who could give her a home where she could roam wherever she wanted. There were other cats in the home, but we assumed that, with the space of an entire home, she would be fine. Well, not so much. Eva was brought back within two days: She wouldn’t let the other cats eat and she actually stalked and cornered them to the point that they hid in a safe place and would not come out. So we are now on a mission to find Eva a home where she will be the only cat and where she can do as she pleases 24/7. Since she has special needs and thanks to this grant, there will be no adoption fee for Eva. We know there is a home out there for her and our hope is that, with no adoption fee, that special person will walk through our doors. Meet Eva here.