Purina Adoption Grant

Converse Animal Shelter, Inc.: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

CASI received a grant from the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home campaign. We divided the $2,000 grant so that we could apply $50 to each dog adoption. CASI was able to lower the adoption fee to $100 for 40 different dog adoptions.

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

The San Antonio, Texas, area has a low cost of living, but also has lower salaries than most of the state. People are very cost-conscious when making a purchase. By lowering the adoption fee to $100, CASI was able to get these animals adopted, which raised the morale of the staff and volunteers at the shelter. Of course, the animals, who were adopted into good homes, and their new families were thrilled as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

Forty individual dogs were adopted through this grant, making room at the shelter to take in more abandoned pets.

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

Bentley, a 15-year-old hound (first photo), was left in a carrier at CASI’s gate in 2004. She was adopted in December 2009 but unfortunately was returned in February 2016 due to the poor health of her adopter. She found a second home in August 2016, but was returned to CASI in October 2018 when her owner lost her job and had to move in with relatives. A couple came to see her in August 2019 and they both fell in love with her. The fact that the adoption fee was down to $100 helped these adopters make up their minds to take Bentley home (second photo).

A lady surrendered a tiny white Chihuahua (third photo) to CASI in February 2019. The 4-year-old female pup had been the constant companion of a relative from the time she was 6 weeks old. Her owner had passed away and Baby was inconsolable; she hid from everyone, she cried constantly, and our staff was unable to comfort her. A lovely lady visited CASI in August of 2019; Baby climbed into the lady’s arms and we knew they were a match. The grant made it possible for the adopter to cover the adoption fee with her senior citizen’s income.

In June of 2019, a thin, balding little gray dog showed up at our gate. Hunter (fourth photo) turned out to be a very pregnant 3-year-old Siberian husky who was suffering from mange. With a lot of love, medical treatment, and good nutritious food, she turned into a sweet, beautiful dog. After she had her five puppies, we were able to put her up for adoption. Her coat has grown in and she has gained a healthy amount of weight. A couple came to CASI and, thanks to the reduced adoption fee, they were able to take Hunter home with them.

Animal House Shelter: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to support our programs that waive adoption donations or give discounts to those in need.

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

This grant gave us the ability to adopt out pets to those who would otherwise be unable to due to financial restrictions.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Wendy was relinquished to the shelter after her owner passed away. Because she was 12 years old, many people passed her over, until one day a very nice older lady on a fixed income came in and met her and fell in love. AHS was able to waive the adoption donation as part of a senior-to-senior program to make the adoption a reality!

Here is a list of 12 pets who were able to be adopted with the help of the grant, with detailed information about each pet’s original adoption donation and their discounts:

Wendy (first photo)- $300 of $300 was waived to help a senior on a fixed income adopt a senior pet.
Slick- $175 of $350 was discounted to allow a struggling military family to adopt.
Willy (second photo)- $300 of $300 was waived to help a low-income family adopt a senior pet.
Malibu and Cubby- $400 of $400 was waived to allow this bonded pair of dogs to be adopted together. The family would have otherwise been unable to adopt them both due to funds.
Macy- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a low-income family to adopt a puppy.
Opal (third photo)- $75 of $75 waived to allow a low-income senior to adopt a cat.
Prince (fourth photo)- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a struggling family to adopt a puppy.
Caroline- $300 of $300 was waived so that her foster could officially adopt her and make her a part of the family forever!
Rainy- $112.50 of $450 was discounted for a low-income family to adopt a puppy.
Weston (fifth photo)- $100 of $400 discounted for a disabled veteran.
Harper- $100 of $400 discounted for a young man getting on his feet. He plans to have Harper as his comfort dog.

Animal House Shelter: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Additional medical care of pets in need

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

Provided much-needed medical care and needed surgeries

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Paige came into the shelter with an injured and severely painful eye. With this grant’s help, we were able to perform an enuclation surgery to remove her painful eye. She is now a happy, thriving puppy looking for her forever home! Meet Paige here.

SPCA Florida: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to reduce adoption fees at the Mega Adoption Event in June 2019. The first of its kind in Lakeland, Florida, the Mega Adoption Event brought many local organizations together – including Polk County Animal Control, Humane Society of Polk County, and 15 for-profit veterinary clinics who not only donated time and resources to help prepare pets for adoption, but also participated in the event and helped us find homes for all these pets.

We have a rampant problem with homeless pets in Polk County, and this adoption event truly made a difference in finding homes for pets in need and making room in the shelters.

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

The “New Year New Home” grant was a tremendous help. Thanks to this grant – and other sponsors – we were able to lower adoption fees to $20 for a day. The Mega Adoption Event became more popular than we could have anticipated, with a line around the building hours before we opened. It is heartwarming to see so many pets find homes, and so many families find love in just one day.

How many pets did this grant help?

294

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

Buster spent quite some time at SPCA Florida. This sweet and loving boy had to live in an office because he refused to eat without company, and being away from the adoption floor made it difficult for him to find a home. He found his purrfect match at the adoption event and his new family sent photos of him at home the same afternoon!

We made a video from the event, it doesn’t show the true impact, but it tells the story better than words:

Haven Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

An adoption incentive for cats over a year old so they could get adopted before the kittens took over the adoption center.

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

We had several older cats who had been at the adoption center for a long time or who had been adopted and returned. We knew once the kittens started filling the adoption center, these older cats would be passed up for kittens and would spend many more months living in cat kennels. This grant helped those cats get into homes before kitten season started.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Autumn was a Carr Fire evacuee. Her owner brought her to Haven Humane Society for temporary shelter when she was evacuated from her home. Her home had burned down and she never returned for Autumn. Autumn was adopted, but returned to the shelter after four months because she hid under the bed all the time and was frightened by the family’s energy. Thurman was also adopted and returned. Thurman had been caught in a trap and brought to Haven Humane Society. Our staff worked with shy Thurman for a month and he became a friendly, loving cat. He was adopted, but was later returned for being aggressive. Thanks to this grant, Autumn and Thurman got a second chance — together! The Price family adopted both of them in May and they are living happily ever after.

Saving Our Companion Animals - Fort Bend County: Purina Adoption 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 Adoption 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 Adoption 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 Adoption 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 Adoption 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!