Purina New Year, New Home

Milo Foundation: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees on some of our residents who were struggling to find their forever homes.

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

It helped the animals by finding them their forever homes and it helped us by freeing up space in our kennel to help more animals in high[-intake] shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Pittany Spears was a Brittany spaniel/pit bull mix Milo had rescued from a high[-intake] shelter in the summer of 2018. Pittany is a beautiful girl with the body and head of a pit bull and a spaniel’s coat. Pittany is a wonderful girl, but her look is intimidating to many people, and she was also selective with the people she would warm up to, as she really chose her people. After months in the shelter, we were able to use the grant funds to supplement her adoption fee, and she was able to find a home with a wonderful young couple in Novato. She’s living there happily now with their two cats and a big backyard of her own!

Muncie Animal Care & Services: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation grant money was used to reduce dog adoption fees from $100 to $50 and cat adoption fees from $65 to $30.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped spotlight our adoptable animals in the paper and on Facebook. The “adoption special” encouraged the public to visit the shelter and meet our amazing animals, creating more foot traffic, more potential adopters and more supporters to think about homeless animals and to offer forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 33 cats and 17 dogs get adopted.

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

Chevy (first photo) is one of our dogs who was adopted for $50 through our Petfinder Foundation adoption special. She had been confiscated as part of a neglect case. There were several dogs in the home and two were locked in a room and not fed. One actually starved to death. Chevy was in our holding area for over nine months because she was a court case and for several months the owners did not come to the hearings. She was a staff favorite and was taken out every day for interaction. Finally, we were told by the prosecutor that Chevy was ours. She was spayed and put on the adoption floor. After less than a week, someone fell in love with Chevy and adopted her. She is now living the good life. Thank you for the grant funding to reduce her adoption fee and make her (and all of our adoptable animals) more visible in the paper and social media.

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

What was the money or product used for?

To waive adoption fees for our shy and FIV+ cats.

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

We were able to market our hard-to-adopt cats with waived adoption fees, which prompted interest in them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

In October 2018, we received a request for help regarding several cats. It was believed they had been tossed outside from a run-down duplex when the renter moved out. We set traps on the concerned neighbor’s property and were able to secure Natters (first photo) and Chatters (second photo). In addition to these kittens, we rescued, fully vetted, and found forever homes for five adult cats.

Chatters and Natters were extremely scared of humans. They were not mean or aggressive, but they certainly were not adoptable. They were beautiful Maine Coon-looking kittens. They would cower in the backs of their cages and curl up into tiny little furry balls of tight muscles. During their first vet visit, we discovered someone had shot them with pellets, which the vet had to remove.

Several months had gone by and we still had these two scared kitties. We desperately wanted to get them into forever homes, but when potential adopters found out how scared they were, they no longer had any interest in adopting them. On Petfinder.com, we explained their fearful nature. We received a lot of interest based on their beautiful appearances, but we knew only a quiet home with a very patient caretaker would work.

Their difficult disposition was explained to one potential adoptive family, which resulted in our redirecting them to a much friendlier cat, Sophie, as they wanted a long-haired female cat. Thankfully, the family could not be happier, as indicated by the picture of Sophie playing peek-a-boo in their daughter’s bed (third photo).

After some time, we finally received a carefully thought-out email regarding our post about Chatters and Natters. Finally we felt that we may have found a good potential adopter. This couple had recently had their last adult child move out. Further, they had lost their Maine Coon cat to an old-age illness a few months prior. They decided they wanted to adopt a rescue cat and save a life with their next pet and really liked the Maine Coon breed. They explained in their correspondence that they had the time, devotion, and patience to work with Chatters and Natters. They indicated they would take as long as necessary.

This wonderful couple spent an hour and a half in the foster home, gently and patiently interacting with the kittens. At this point, we knew we had finally found the perfect forever home for Chatters and Natters!

There was no adoption fee charged for their adoption thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. Within a week, we were informed how both girls, now 10 months old, were coming along very well, with “wonderful breakthroughs” of trust and love. They even said that they cannot imagine their lives without them. “Violet Chatters” and “Daisy Natters” found their happy ending (fourth photo)!

Without the Petfinder.com posting, we would have never found this wonderful home for Chatters and Natters. Their adopters live over 100 miles away and searched the breed on Petfinder. Chatters, Natters, Sophie and all of us who volunteer at SOS thank you!

MAD Rescue of WNY: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to offset the adoption fees and care of two of our senior dogs and one long-waiting adult. We are thrilled to be able to announce that two of the three dogs have been adopted. One is still waiting.

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

This grant helped us to offer low-cost adoptions for six of our rescues to-date, for various reasons that we felt warranted them lower adoption fees, and to help these special cases get adopted more quickly.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Nicolas was rescued from a garbage dump in Puerto Rico (first photo). Lack of nutrition caused him to have a hormonal imbalance that resulted in a loss of body hair. He was emaciated when we picked him up and estimated to be approximately 10 years old. One of our pet-food donors contacted us with an odd request: Her 101-year-old great, great grandfather had lost his dog recently to old age, and he was lonely and hoping for another dog. No rescues would talk to them when they heard the man’s age. We knew the family situation and that there was enough family involvement that any dog placed with this man would be safe and well cared-for. The family was open to senior dogs, and when they met Nicolas, it was a perfect match! We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee, and today, Nicolas and his new dad are very happy (second photo). Nicolas accompanies his dad to the workshop every day and keeps him company in the evenings. We are so grateful for your help with this match!

Cece (third photo) was turned in to our rescue after her family went through a divorce. She was considered a bit difficult to place as she needed to be an only dog and did not do well with cats. Cece waited for three months before a wonderful family came along and fell in love with her. We were able to offer a very reduced adoption fee to this family that had three young children and could offer a wonderful, safe and loving home (fourth photo). Cece is so loved and we receive updates frequently!

Animal Welfare And Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the $500 grant, we gave discounts for a few of our foster dogs and donated one dog, Floyd, to become a service dog.

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

We were able to place dogs in a slow season.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

We were able to place one dog at no charge to the adopter. Floyd (first photo) will become a service dog to a veteran. We also lowered the adoption fee for a few others, including Marshall, a black dog (second photo). He is now in his forever home and will be loved dearly. He and other dogs had their adoption feed reduced to $50.

Lazy Dog Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received $200 that went to offset the cost of adoption for three senior dachshunds who all had medical care paid for by Lazy Dog Rescue.

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

Our grant outreach and fundraising help to keep adoption fees low so that Lazy Dog Rescue does not need to pass the cost of medical care on to our adopters. We often pull senior dogs whom the shelters deem unadoptable solely due to the major dental they need. Although this is a large expense, Lazy Dog Rescue believes these senior dogs have many years to bring joy and enjoy life.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Lazy Dog Rescue pulled three dogs at about the same time in January 2019, but this grant mainly helped Penny. When Animal Friends of the Valleys got Penny as a stray, she was not spayed, had terrible breath and tumors on her belly. They reached out to Lazy Dog Rescue to see if we could take her and pay for the medical to get her healthy enough to be adopted. Penny is so sweet and loving that Lazy Dog Rescue was happy to help her feel better and find a loving home. After all her medical procedures were completed and she was healed, she was approved to be adopted by a couple with a cat. Since we didn’t know how she would be with a cat, the couple wanted to foster her until they were sure about their compatibility. After a few weeks it was clear that Penny loved her new people — and the cat. This grant made it possible for Lazy Dog Rescue to offset the expense of her medical costs so that the adoption was successful.

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.