Purina New Year, New Home

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.

Arizona Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds covered the adoption fees for 49 adoptable pets, including 28 dogs and 21 cats, who had been on AHS’s adoption floor for more than 30 days.

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

For many hard-to-adopt pets such as cats, pit bulls and Chihuahuas, adoption fees can be a barrier between these pets finding a forever home and staying in the shelter for an extended period of time. At the same time, it costs an average of $910 to care for each pet who enters our shelter because we are committed to helping the sick, injured and abused pets in our community and many require extended medical and behavioral treatment before they make it to the adoption floor. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s support in helping us waive adoption fees for those pets who are harder to adopt and who face longer wait times on our adoption floor, we were able to place these pets into forever homes, helping to make space for more pets who are ready to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

49

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

Stretch Armstrong came into AHS at the beginning of January 2019 through our field team. Poor Stretch had been abandoned by his owners, and this had an impact on his behavior when he was adopted for the first time back in March. Because he had been abandoned before, he developed severe separation anxiety in his new home, tearing up blinds, ripping up the couch, and making a huge mess, all out of his fear that his new owners would never return. Because of this, his new owners ended up returning Stretch to AHS, unable to deal with his anxiety.

Stretch waited two more months and, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, had a waived adoption fee! After waiting for months, Stretch found his new home with a wonderful couple who have dealt with separation anxiety in dogs before, and who work from home all day!

Des Moines County Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant funds are being used to offset the cost of adoptions for our longest-term residents at the shelter.

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

The grant has enabled us to adopt out our longest-term dogs and cats more quickly by decreasing each of their adoption fees by $50.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Sweet Queenie was involved in a house fire here in Burlington with her puppies, but was left behind by the owners. The owners took the surviving puppies from the home, but Queenie was found the next day sitting in front of the burned-out house with one dead puppy. Our director got the call and personally went to the home to bring Queenie to the shelter, but nobody ever came to claim her. We worked with Queenie for almost a month and she was recently adopted to a wonderful new mom.

The news story about the house fire is here.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To subsidize name-your-price adoptions.

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

It helped to encourage those who were thinking of adopting to come adopt during the name-your-price adoption event!

How many pets did this grant help?

117

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

Ritz and Charm (first photo) were kittens who came to the ARL in terrible shape. Victims of abuse, they both were in grave condition when they were surrendered: Neither could walk due to trauma to the head; Charm, the black kitten, couldn’t even hold her head up and her face was very swollen. Our medical team took action immediately and worried that Charm might not make it through the night — but she did! Over months of care at the ARL, the two made miraculous progress. They even won the heart of an ARL medical staff member, who cared for them from the moment they arrived, fostered them in her home and adopted them during the “Friends” adoption event. Ritz and Charm will always have some neurological damage due to their abuse, but they are now safe and LOVED, adopted members of a wonderful family!

Nevada SPCA: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our Petfinder Foundation grant for the promotion and fee reduction for some of our long-stay pets. We ran the promotion for a month and were able to assist with adopting out 25 long-stay pets. Some of them had stayed with us more than 365 days!

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

This grant allowed us to waive/reduce the adoption fees for our long-stay pets in order to find them forever homes, all while freeing up kennel space to take in and save additional lives. We were also able to help educate the community on long-stay pets and senior pets and the amount of love that they can give.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Queenie (first photo) was a 10-year-old senior who was with us for 1,265 days! She was a staff and volunteer favorite. Her hero came in multiple times to meet Queenie and create that special bond. Queenie was fostered for a week to ensure that the process was going to work long-term; Queenie’s new family came in the next week to adopt her for good. There was not a dry eye in the house. We love her so much and are so thankful the Petfinder Foundation was able to help us spread the word to find her forever home. Although we waived Queenie’s adoption fee thanks to your grant, Queenie’s adopters donated $200 dollars to help more animals in need.