Purina New Year, New Home

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.

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

What was the money or product used for?

This grant money was used for a reduced fee for dogs and cats in the shelter.

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

The grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of harder-to-adopt cats and dogs 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.

Tyra was found in a nearby rural community and brought to the safety of our shelter. Tyra was very hungry and had the battle scars of having been on her own for some time. Half of her tail looked like a thin twig, so after she gained some weight and strength, it was decided it would be best if that part of her tail was amputated. A young woman had read Tyra’s story on Petfinder.com and instantly fell in love, sight-unseen. Tyra was adopted to her with no fee because we knew she would give her just the right home.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for no and reduced 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 older and special-needs dogs and cats. It also enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats 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.

Mollie was relinquished when her family divorced and neither could take or wanted her. She is 10 years old and a sweet little girl. At her vet visit, it was determined that she had severe dental disease, but all other tests showed she was in good health. The poor girl had 17 teeth extracted but was like a new dog when she came back. She had to have been in so much pain, and now she was pain-free and acting like a puppy. Even though she was a darling little girl, we knew because of her age it would be harder to find a home for her, so because of this grant, we were able to adopt her with no adoption fee for the right home. Shortly after her dental, the perfect home was found and we have heard from her family saying she is doing well and they thanked us for choosing them to be her new family.

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 and reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats in our shelter.

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

This grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of older and special-needs dogs and cats and enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats to families 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.

Shiner came to us in 2014. He was picked up by our police department and was never claimed. He waited and waited and finally, his day came when a compassionate local pastor and his wife took him into their home. Shiner suffered from separation anxiety and whenever he was outside and could not see Pastor Art, Shiner would jump the fence and run. Thankfully, he was always found and brought to YAAP, where Pastor Art would always come to take him home. Pastor Art never gave up on Shiner, and in time, Shiner’s anxiety lessened and he stayed home. Sadly, Pastor Art’s wife passed away and he decided he should move to be closer to his children. He was moving to a home where he could not take Shiner, so sadly he brought him back to his home away from home, our shelter.

Shiner was now 8 years old and we were concerned this setback would reinstate his separation anxiety, so were praying that just the right home could be found. Shiner is a handsome and very friendly boy, so he was looked at by many families, but with his history of running, we were looking for just the right home. On April 19, that day came when Kyle submitted an application for him. The two met and it was instant love on both parts. Shiner would fit perfectly into Kyle’s lifestyle. We receive updates from Kyle and everything is going great; both couldn’t be happier. The second photo is Shiner with one of our youth volunteers.

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 and reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats in the shelter.

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

Because of this grant, we were able to increase our adoptions of older and special-needs dogs and cats. It also enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats 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.

Cinnamon and Lambie are both Chihuahuas who came to us from a puppy mill breeder who was retiring. They were very bonded, so we were determined to adopt them together so they could spend the rest of their lives together in the comfort of a loving home. The perfect person visited the shelter and instantly fell in love with these two. She was eager to adopt both, but did not feel she could afford the adoption fee. These little girls had come to us needing extensive medical care (spays, dentals, testing and vaccinations), so because of this grant we were able to adopt both dogs to her. A happy ending for everyone.

All Breed Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds are being utilized to cover the cost of our dogs’ adoption fees or future training post-adoption. Funds targeted long-term dogs who have been in our care longer than three months and helped assist their adopters in the transition from adoption to home. Each long-term/underdog was awarded $100 to contribute to either their adoption fee or training assistance.

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

This grant not only helped to increase visibility of our underdogs, but helped to build a stronger connection between our organization and our adopters by assisting them in adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 dogs

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

A long-timer with All Breed Rescue, Lily worked hard in training to become comfortable with new people and environments, learning to trust and grow. She was originally adopted in 2017 and, after a year, returned. She needed an experienced owner who was willing to help her confidence while finding time for couch snuggles and long winter naps. Lily, a 3-year-old boxer mix, was a goof. She loved to play with other dogs and her foster brother, give kisses, and curl into the blankets for a cozy sleep. She was the most amazing dog for an appropriate match and she waited patiently for it. Finally, in May of this year, she landed herself the perfect fit. A family with a history of boxers, they understood doggie body language and diverse play styles. They were the stability she always deserved and took her home with patience, love and compassion. Lily has settled in with her forever family and we couldn’t be more grateful for them taking a chance on one of our underdogs. We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation and the awarded grant in order to put funds toward her adoption fee.

NaNook & NaKoda's Big Paws Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We applied the grant to eight dogs’ adoption fees (our Guardian Angel program).

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

The grant helped us get Bella, Axle, Alpha, Sirena, Tantoo and Harmonie (who is currently in a foster-to-adopt trial) adopted out. The adoption fees of dogs go towards the vetting and care of incoming dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Bella (first photo) was adopted by an older man who had recently lost his previous dog to cancer. She now lives on a small ranch and spends all day with him and his wife (they are a retired couple) playing and working and going to town!

Axle (second photo) was a senior dog whom the local [high-intake] shelter was going to euthanize for space because he was an owner-surrender and because of his age. We pulled Axle immediately and, thanks to his lowered adoption fee (on top of our senior-dog discount and other grant funds applied), he was adopted immediately (third photo) by the son of the couple who adopted Bella, so Axle and Bella get to meet and play all the time!

Sirena (fourth photo) is a heartwarming story. We pulled her, along with 11 other dogs, from a “rescue” that wasn’t properly caring for the dogs in its care. She had been with us for six months and just kept getting passed over. In April, we were contacted by a woman who had an 8-year-old son whose elderly dog was reaching the end of his life. The dog had been with them since the boy was born and slept in his crib with him as infant. They thought getting him a new dog would help ease the transition when the time came. We evaluated them, approved them for adoption and scheduled a meet-and-greet. The night before the meet-and-greet, the elderly dog passed away in his sleep. The little boy was heartbroken.

The mom went ahead and came and met Sirena and just fell in love. She knew Sirena was the right dog for her son. Sirena went home with her and, when her son got off the school bus that day, Sirena was standing in their driveway waiting for him. He ran up to her crying and Sirena just stood there letting him love all over her. We have received several updates of Sirena and Kason playing in the creek on their property (fifth photo), running in the pastures and sleeping in the bed together. Kason said Sirena is the second best dog in the world!

Hermione (sixth photo) came to us with 10 other dogs from a rescue that was not properly caring for the dogs in its care. She was a 3-month-old puppy with coccidia and hookworms. She developed digestive sensitivities and, after being nursed back to health, she is currently on a foster-to-adopt trial. We’re pretty sure she’ll be adopted based on all the updates we’ve received about how much the kids in the family (seventh photo) and their two other dogs love her.

Tantoo (eighth photo) was in the local [high-intake] shelter for two months before they figured out he was deaf. Upon realizing this, they ordered him to be euthanized. The worker just happened to know us and called. We went right down and pulled him out of that shelter. Within the first three days, he learned several signs and was just a lovebug. His worst habit is jumping up on people to hug them. He puts his paws on their hips and squeezes. It’s so adorable.

Tantoo had been with us for a year. A woman reached out to us who just couldn’t get him off her mind after seeing some of the pictures and videos of him that we post on our Facebook page. He now lives in the country with her and her 14-year-old son and he is adored.