Purina New Year, New Home

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to provide discounted dog adoptions during construction on our campus. 2018 was our 51st anniversary of serving pets and people in the Walla Walla Valley, so we offered $51 off of adult dog adoptions during April, May and June, completing a total of 39 discounted adoptions.

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

In the spring of 2018, from February through June, our shelter was under construction, completing a long-planned expansion and remodel. The grant funds received allowed us to offer discounted adoption pricing for large, adult dogs, who were most impacted by the noise and stress of construction, and who historically have longer lengths of stay in our shelter. The discount was compelling and inspired visits to our campus — in spite of the upheaval during construction — to see available pets, resulting in adoptions that outpaced our projections for the months of April, May and June.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

Kandy was found tied to a tree in a yard where, based on the evidence, she had spent most of her life. Animal Control seized her and pursued charges for animal neglect. She arrived in our care, timid and shut down, on March 27, 2018. Within weeks, Kandy had blossomed into a warm, affectionate, playful dog who especially loved Dogs Playing for Life playgroup time. On April 24, Kandy went on a home trial with a family who were inspired to adopt in part due to the discounted adoption made possible through the grant from Purina and the Petfinder Foundation. Three days later, on April 27, Kandy’s new family finalized her adoption.

Humane Society of Utah: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used specifically to offset and waive adoption fees for cats in our care.

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

Many people seek to adopt pets, but since we provide significant veterinary care to animals relinquished to us, we do have an adoption fee so that we can cover our costs and remain operational. But, because there are adoption fees, some people are unable to adopt pets because they may not have immediate funds to cover the fees. As a result, we seek funding to offset adoption fees so that pets who are able to be adopted can go to loving homes. This grant provided waived adoption fees to cats waiting to be adopted. We focused on cats who had been in our shelter for 20 or more days.

How many pets did this grant help?

68

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

When we received Madam (first photo) at the Humane Society of Utah, she appeared timid. She was not as playful as other cats. Due to her age (11), she was with us for over a month. We decided to use the Petfinder Foundation cat adoption-fee waiver program to find her a family. She was adopted by a couple without kids because she prefers a quiet and relaxed home and she is now thriving with her new family.

Kiki (second photo) came to the Humane Society of Utah fearful of new people and she also had little interest in other cats. We found that she was not doing well in our adoptions center, as there are many cats waiting to be adopted there. She was fostered in an office with a staff person for a month while we worked to find someone to adopt her who could provide the kind of environment where she could thrive. We were able to waive her adoption fees through the Petfinder Foundation program and found a loving family who had recently had their senior cat pass away. Kiki is now thriving in her new home as the sole feline in the house.

This grant provided waived fees for cats to be adopted. We were able to adopt out 56 cats using these funds. Also we worked with seniors interested in adopting cats and we matched them with cats who had been in our shelter for 20 or more days. These funds were able to be used to match up seniors with these cats. Overall, 68 cats were adopted into loving homes with these funds.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To cover adoption fees related to a reduced-adoption-fee promotion to help adopt out dogs before kennel painting.

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

It ensured that funds needed for caring for the animals were not lost when adoption fees were reduced, and allowed us to draw attention to animals in need of placement.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Jack was a beagle who just couldn’t seem to find the right fit. Despite the fact that he was an outgoing and friendly fella, people just seemed to pass him by. Thanks to our discounted adoption-fee promotion, we were able to highlight dogs like Jack who needed some extra attention to find their new families! A family saw Jack’s promotion card on Facebook and came in and took him home. He is loving the family life!

Humane Society of Lincoln County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to subsidize both reduced and waived adoption fees.

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

We were able to waive adoption fees for veterans and reduce adoption fees on some of our harder-to-place animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

24

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

One specific pet who comes to mind is Quielo (first two photos). Quielo was found tied to a four-foot chain in the yard of a burned-out house. His owner had been in jail and, when released, only fed and watered the poor dog once or twice a week. The poor guy was underweight and had a terrible skin condition. His ears had been cropped so close that he hardly had any ears left. Still, after all that, he was still a sweet, loving boy. Of course, being a pit bull didn’t help his situation due to the negative reputation that follows this breed. To make matters worse, he was diagnosed with heartworm.

We thought his luck had changed when a retired veteran came by the shelter, fell in love with him and took him home. With the help from another rescue group, RADAR (Raising Aid for Dogs At Risk), we were able to raise the funds to pay for his heartworm treatment. Being a recipient of the Petfinder Foundation New Year, New Home Grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee. Seems like all is great — but not so fast! When Quielo’s new owner’s son came to visit with his family and saw that his father had a pit bull living there, he told his dad that either the dog goes or neither he nor the grandkids would ever be back to visit. Consequently, Quielo came back to the shelter. Poor guy was so depressed.

A couple of weeks later, a truck driver comes in and wants to adopt Quielo so he can travel around in the truck with him. Sounded like a great fit, as Quielo just loves going for rides. Once again, off he goes, only to be returned again because the boss of the trucking company wouldn’t allow him to travel in the truck and the owner’s elderly mother could not take care of him. Once again, Quielo is back at the shelter.

Several weeks pass, then one day this sweet young lady comes in and just falls in love with him. So in love that she actually is crying. She promises to take him for his heartworm treatment and give him the best home ever. Again we were able to waive the adoption fee and, with our fingers crossed once again, we said goodbye to Quielo (first photo). I guess the powers that be were finally smiling down on him, because he is now in a loving home and is receiving all the love and attention he deserves. It really was a New Year, New Home for him.

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

What was the money or product used for?

To provide fee-waived adoptions for 80 cats.

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

This grant helped to subsidize the $25 adoption fee on 80 cats. Utilizing open adoptions, we found great homes for these cats, many whom had had long lengths of stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

80

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

Casper originally came to Harbor Humane Society as a stray in 2016, and he was adopted soon after. Unfortunately, in June 2018, he ended up back at Harbor Humane Society due to a change in his owner’s lifestyle. Casper was somewhat territorial in his cage and would “attack” kennel staff when they tried to open the cage. We decided to see if Casper would act differently outside of that environment and he was put into office foster with our executive director and operations manager. Within a few hours, Casper showed his true nature. The staff took to calling him Caspuurrrr because of his loud purrs when he was pet. He loved hugs, playing, and sitting in the window sill. It was incredible to see his personality bloom. After 60 days of waiting for his home, he finally found the perfect match. Casper went home with another long-term resident cat and they are living a life filled with sunny windows, catnip, and ear scratches.

Humane Society of Utah: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to use the $2,000 grant to run two adoption specials. The first special ran June 4-10, 2018, on cats. This was very useful because we had an abundance of felines in our care who were in need of finding homes and this special helped get 28 of them adopted. The next special we ran was for our state holiday, Pioneer Day, on July 24. We ran the special July 23 and 24 called it Petoneer Day. We offered $24 discounts on all adoption fees for these two days, which helped an additional 28 cats, dogs, and other animals find new loving homes. The remaining funds were used toward our own internal special we offer year-round, which is that any animal who has been with us for longer than 20 days or who is 7 years or older has a waived adoption fee. This helped us adopt seven cats and four dogs.

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

This grant helped us offer waived or reduced adoption fees on 67 of our cats, dogs, and other animals. This helped offset some of the other costs of maintaining our shelter in order to help even more animals in need than we would otherwise have been able to.

How many pets did this grant help?

67

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

All of the 67 pets were adopted into loving homes during the time this grant was available. This means none of them are still adoptable, but there are two stories I would like to share. Jun (first photo), a 2-year-old chocolate point snowshoe cat, went through a lot to find her new home. She was transferred to our facility in May 2017. Since then, she was adopted and returned to us three times for reasons outside of her control and for no fault of her own. She had become very nervous at the shelter, but finally, she was adopted on June 6, 2018, during the Petfinder Foundation cat-adoption special, and we have a good feeling this home will be her permanent one!

Penny (second photo), a 9-month-old Lab mix, was surrendered to us at the beginning of July. Originally the owners wanted to euthanize her because she had acquired mange in their home they were using for dog breeding and they couldn’t afford to treat it. Fortunately, we convinced them to surrender her to us so we could help her. She was treated in a foster home until she recovered. She was very timid and was learning to come out of her shell during this time. She needed a very special, patient adopter who would be willing to spend considerable time and energy building her confidence. We are happy to report that she was adopted on July 23, 2018, during our Petoneer Day adoption special that the Petfinder Foundation supported.

Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reducing adoption fees and shelter costs for kittens to get people to adopt a fixed shelter kittens instead of kittens in a box along the road. We also worked with people who were giving away free kittens in the paper to get more kittens fixed by bringing them into the shelter.

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

We were able to get more kittens adopted to make room for other kittens that were pouring into our shelter. This grant helped us bring in more kittens that would have been given away for free and helped us to fix them and reduce adoption costs on them.

How many pets did this grant help?

56 so far have gone home and we have another 25 that will be going home in the next week.

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

We had our largest fundraiser event of the year on June 2. I stopped by the shelter to pick up some items and as I walked up to the door, a kitten ran up to me. Someone had left a small bowl of food and water outside our back door and this kitten running loose. I picked her up to take her inside and realized she had a chain around her neck. I called a staff member to bring some wire cutters so we could get it off her. She only weighed 1.25 lbs. that day and the chain was snug. We named her Chain and she had an amazing personality. She was a customer favorite and brought out a lot of smiles with her climbing abilities. We worked hard to get her up to a healthy weight so she could be spayed and go to a great home. Once she was fixed, she was able to meet her new boy. Please see their first meeting in the fourth photo. Your grant made this and so many other happy adoptions of spayed and neutered kittens possible.

Central Missouri Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding received from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to waive/reduce adoption fees for several animals in our shelter. Kitten season started early at our shelter and we quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of adult cats and kittens in our care. We also had several dogs with mild behavior or medical issues who were having a more difficult time finding the right home. This grant allowed us to host an adoption promotion where fees were reduced for both adult cats and dogs at our shelter. Almost all of our foster homes were overwhelmed with kittens who were too young for adoption and the shelter was filled with adult cats looking for homes. This grant allowed us to reduce adoption fees to $20 for cats and just $50 for dogs! A few weeks later, many of our kittens were ready to be adopted and we held another adoption promotion and reduced fees again for all cats and kittens! Spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, FIV/FELV testing and preventatives were all included with the reduced adoption fee.

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

The grant helped us to place several animals into homes and raise awareness of our shelter and all of the animals in our care. During our first adoption promotion, we were able to place 13 animals into homes: seven cats and six dogs! During the first three days of our second adoption promotion, we were able to place 14 more cats and kittens! Not only did this grant help us place animals into homes, it also helped open up space in our shelter for more animals in need. Kitten season is overwhelming each year and being able to offer adoption promotions helped moved cats and kittens out of the shelter quickly and allowed us to take in more stray, abandoned and homeless animals. The adoption promotions also helped us increase general awareness for our shelter and helped us increase our network of foster homes. Every new foster home makes a huge difference for us, especially in the spring and summer months, when space is limited. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!!

How many pets did this grant help?

54

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

In early April, a good Samaritan came to our door to relinquish a stray he had found wandering the streets (first photo). She was a beautiful tan-and-white pit bull mix who had terribly cropped ears and appeared to have been used for breeding. When no owner came forward to claim her, we evaluated her before placing her up for adoption. She passed her evaluation with flying colors! She had an incredibly sweet disposition and was very gentle and loving with everyone she met, dogs included. And she had the best butt-wiggle ever! Her incredibly sweet personality helped us come up with the perfect name for her: Cookie Dough! Cookie Dough was not only an amazing dog but a wonderful representative of her breed. A young couple came to the shelter to look at dogs and consider taking one home to join their family. They took a few dogs outside to play before a staff member suggested they meet Cookie Dough. They immediately fell in love with her! They had no other animals at home and would be able to give Cookie Dough all the love and attention she deserved. Our staff members were thrilled to see her find such a great home and several tears of joy were shed. The adopters took her home that afternoon and were so grateful to have found her!

Kitty Cat Prevent a Litter Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Petfinder Foundation funds to pay for treatment and transportation for four cats who had complex medical issues. The Petfinder Foundation funds of U.S. $2,000 equaled approximately $2,500 Canadian dollars at a conversion rate of 1.28.

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

Thanks to the grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get cats with complex medical issues the treatment needed, foster them through recovery, adopt two to loving homes without any extra costs for the adopter, and in Sambuca’s case, deliver him to a wonderful refuge for FIV-positive cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant allowed us to care for four cats.

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

Limerick (first photo): Total medical care cost of $239.56 CAD. Limerick, a 12-year-old black-and-white male cat, was found in Cumberland scrounging for food. Thankfully, an animal lover recognized that this emaciated, sad-looking kitty needed help, fed him, and then called KCP. Limerick was flea-infested and extremely underweight, but very sweet. His tattoo simply read “KCP,” and we discovered that he was from an old feral colony in Cumberland that KCP had helped TNR (trap/neuter/return) years ago. The colony caretaker had passed away and Limerick had been left to fend for himself. The Comox Valley Animal Hospital determined that Limerick has hypothyroidism. His condition will be managed with medication for the rest of his life. Since being in KCP foster care, Limerick is thriving, gaining weight, and his coat is once again shiny. He is a loving kitty who seeks attention whenever possible, has a quiet purr and enjoys being brushed as well as lots and lots of treats. Limerick remains in foster care while we seek a loving, forever home for him.

Windy (second photo): Total medical care costs of $1049.19 CAD. Windy is a gorgeous black cat rescued by KCP as a kitten in 2017. A wonderful family adopted him, and he flourished. However, Windy likes to eat things. Odd things. He eats any small, squishy thing he can find: Nerf pellets from toy guns, plants (real and artificial), and small cat toys. Windy ended up with a stomach obstruction and several items lodged in his intestinal tract. Comox Valley Animal Hospital performed surgery to remove the blockage. Once home, he was okay for a few days until the signs of blockage occurred again. After being rushed to the vet, he was operated on once more. Poor little guy; he just can’t help himself. We’re not sure if it’s a texture issue that he’ll grow out of, or if he has an eating disorder called pica. Either way, we successfully adopted him to a home where he lives a very controlled life with an owner who continuously cat-proofs her house to prevent Windy from eating something again. It’s not likely he’d survive a third surgery. We hope he grows out of his destructive habit.

Sambuca (third photo): Total medical care and transportation costs to Richmond Animal Protection Society of $732.23 CAD. Sambuca, a large black-and-white intact male cat, was trapped in a residential area in Courtenay. We thought he was feral as he was difficult to trap, wary of humans, and a “scrapper” judging by his unkempt appearance, cloudy eye and various wounds. After a few days in our shelter, volunteers saw a different Sambuca, seeking affection and engaged. When we had Sambuca neutered, the Comox Valley Animal Hospital determined that he was blind in one eye and in significant pain from rotten teeth. A second surgery removed his eye and a few teeth. He came through with flying colors and was more loving after surgery. Sadly, Sambuca tested positive for FIV — feline immunodeficiency virus. FIV compromises a cat’s immune system, making it harder to fight off infections. Typically, FIV is contracted through deep bite wounds from fighting. Intact males are at high risk, as they fight more. Although FIV-positive cats can live long and relatively healthy lives, there is risk of passing it on to other cats. Sambuca stayed in foster for many months but was not adopted. We determined that the best outcome for Sambuca was to live out his life at RAPS (Richmond Animal Protection Society), a fantastic sanctuary for FIV-positive cats in Vancouver. Several of our volunteers accompanied him to his new home and we have reports that he is thriving.

Scout: Total medical care costs of $712.85 CAD. Scout is beautiful, young male domestic short haired silver tabby. Scout came from a rural property in Merville where unfixed cats are frequently abandoned. Scout’s mom abandoned him, but he bonded with another semi-feral tabby, Ivy, who’d also had babies at this property. Ivy and Scout stayed around the farmer’s house most of the time, although both were scared and didn’t want contact. KCP trapped both Ivy and Scout. Safe at our shelter, it was soon apparent that Scout liked human contact, he was just terrified. The poor little guy would shiver in his cage and wasn’t eating well. The vets at Comox Valley Animal Hospital diagnosed Scout with feline stomatitis, an extremely painful inflammation of the mouth and gums. Ulcers form on the lips, tongue, gums and back of throat from chronic irritation due to plaque build-up on teeth, making eating a painful challenge. One treatment is to remove the cat’s teeth. Once the teeth are gone, there is no plaque build-up, and inflammation stops. Cats can live long, healthy, pain-free lives after surgery. We treated Scout with several rounds of antibiotics and tender loving care in one of our foster homes. Scout’s inflammation level is currently under control; however, he will require costly surgery in the very near future. He remains in long-term foster care until we can complete his surgery. Then we will find him a loving forever home.

The Cat Network, Inc.: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dental care.

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

We were able to provide dental care for two of our older cats who were being adopted and were in need of a dental cleaning.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

It’s an amazing thing when you are able to find fur-ever homes for cats who are no longer tiny kittens. People frequently overlook the “mature” cat, even though they are wonderful animals! We were fortunate enough to have two such cats be adopted in early 2018: Opie and Jojo. Jojo (first photo) was a totally affectionate girl who was about 10 1/2 and could have some issues with other cats, so we were starting to despair about finding a fur-ever home for her where she would get the attention that she wanted. Then a wonderful young woman fell in love with her! It was time for Jojo’s annual visit — and we found out that Jojo needed a routine dental cleaning. Even with no extractions, they are not inexpensive!

The second cat was a large, fluffy, leash-trained orange boy named Opie (second photo). Opie was 8-10 years old and also asthmatic. We had him in foster care for 7 1/2 years! When Bobby wanted to adopt him, it was truly an excellent match! Opie was also of the age where a dental cleaning was in order. He too had no extractions, but the grant money helped us afford this necessary care for Opie.

Both cats have been adopted for some months now and are loving their new homes!