Purina New Year, New Home

Pit Sisters: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We waived adoption fees for TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) dogs who graduated from our program where inmates or their families wanted to adopt the dogs.

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

The grant allowed us to be able to keep the inmate trainers and their dogs together after graduation. Most inmates and their families do not have the means to pay the adoption fees, but that does not make them bad adopters, so we wanted to help them, and the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to do just that!

How many pets did this grant help?

50 dogs

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

Jackson is a dog who lost both eyes as a result of dog fighting. We took him into our TAILS (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills) program and when one particular guy started training him, it was love at first sight. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Jackson went home with his new dad in May of this year. Thank you so much, Petfinder Foundation, for helping homeless dogs.

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

What was the money or product used for?

Just after we received this grant for free or reduced-cost adoptions, the Humane Society of the United States contacted us about taking some dogs from a shelter in dire need of assistance. We partnered with four other shelters and took a total of 32 dogs, 16 of whom stayed here. We offered free adoptions for all of our animals the week following this transfer. We also offered reduced-fee adoptions as part of our summer kick-off party on June 2. The total number of animals adopted thanks to this grant were 26.

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

The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group (fourth photo). They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. This time of the year, we see a lot of animals in need come in. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us to find homes for some harder-to-place animals and helped us to free up space quickly to help even more animals. Thank you so much for all that you do!

How many pets did this grant help?

26 (seven cats, 15 dogs, two puppies, one rabbit and one reptile)

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

The majority of the animals helped were from our HSUS transfer group. They had been through so much already and were finally able to find their forever homes. A few other special pets who were helped by this grant were Maui and Zachary (first photo). These dogs were surrendered by their owners due to an inability to take care of them. Zachary was partially blind, both dogs were seniors, and they were a bonded pair. This made finding an adopter willing to take on the two of them together that much more challenging. Thanks in part to our fee-waived adoption, they have found their forever home with a wonderful family (second photo). Their mom sent us this update: “Hello from Maui and Zachary! We are enjoying our new home! We get to snuggle with Dad on the couch and go for walks to the park. We probably get a few too many treats, but that’s only because we’re such good dogs. Thanks for taking care of us and finding us a family! Love, Zachary and Maui”

Also helped was Charlie, a 14-year-old poodle who was surrendered to our shelter because he was old, blind, and hard of hearing. This sweet boy loves to be held and only wants to be by someone’s side. I am happy to say that, thanks in part to this grant, we found Charlie a loving home. Charlie and his new mom (third photo) have made each other very happy!

Finally, Debbie (fourth photo) was adopted too. This beautiful girl has grown so much since she came into the shelter last year painfully shy and frightened. Though the dedication of staff, volunteers, and foster families, she has blossomed into a wonderful companion.

MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the New Year, New Home grant to lower the cost of adoptions and pay for medical expenses.

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

Thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, 26 dogs were adopted in May because of reduced adoption fees! We were also able to use the grant to pay for medical costs such as heartworm tests, spay/neuter for 12 dogs, dental extractions, an MRI, and more.

How many pets did this grant help?

26

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

Jozey (first photo) was turned in to MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue (MABTR) at the age of 9 because he bit a toddler in the home. He was in foster care for a month and a half in Colorado before traveling to his new home in Kansas! He is well-loved by his new mom and enjoys playing with his new Boston sister.

Sunshine (second photo) arrived from a puppy mill, 6 years old and very shy. She found her forever home in Nebraska with a family that can offer her the patience and time to settle in, get comfortable and become the social butterfly we know she can be!

Morris (third photo) was turned over to MABTR at 2 years old because he was not getting along with the other dogs in his house. Unfortunately, it was the second time Morris had to be uprooted. Luckily, he found his forever home in Colorado, where he is king of the castle and doesn’t need to share his people or his palace!

I have several more photos, if you are interested. The grant was a HUGE help and allowed a lot of sweet pups to find their forever families!

Grant County Animal Outreach: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced adoption fees for dogs from May 25-31, 2018.

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

It allowed us to enable people to adopt an animal at a reduced fee so that they could take of their needs easier. We were unable to do a big media hit because we thought we had more time and wanted to do a big promotion after school got out.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five at this time.

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

Dear Jack had been with us almost a month and kept getting passed over. With help from the grant, he now a family that truly loves him.

Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Free dog adoptions

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

This grant allowed us to find new homes for dogs who had been in the shelter for 723 days total.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Luke (first photo) was adopted and is going to be a diabetic-alert service dog. Celia (second photo) has a new mom and boy to call her own. Bleu (third photo) had been in the shelter for 159 days. Daisy had been in the shelter for 146 days.

Santa Fe Animal Shelter: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide fee-waived adoptions for 27 cats (including four of our geriatric residents), and half-priced adoptions for 16 cats.

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

Being able to offer free or fee-reduced adoptions not only helps animals in our care find homes more quickly, it also provides us with additional resources and space for incoming animals. With the summer season upon us, stray cats and kittens will soon be flooding in — the 43 cats who found homes because of this grant have made space for those incoming animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

43

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

These stories come from our director of adoptions, Dylan Moore: Shayla (first photo): Her adopter came in after his cat passed away and he wanted another cat to keep him and his current cat company. He saw Shayla online, decided to come in and meet her, and fell in love. He didn’t know at that time that we had an adoption promotion going on, but because the fee was waived, he spent $8 in our store and donated $35. Shayla was received through a transfer from one of our partners, which doubles the positive effect of the grant.

Gus (second photo) was adopted by a sweet lady who wanted a cat for companionship. She looked around and even visited with a few of our cats, but once she met Gus it was like they chose each other. I like Gus as an example because it shows how the grant was effective and how we were able to multiply its effectiveness. The adopter came in because she’d heard we had an adoption promotion going on. She looked at everyone we had and adopted a 3-year-old cat who’d been transferred in from another shelter. Because the fee has been waived, she spent $39 dollars in our store getting him set up to go home, which raised more money for us to continue to save lives.

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Waived adoption fees for feline leukemia-positive cats available for adoption as well as the medical and basic care for FeLV+ cats still in our shelter’s care.

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

This grant has helped us to provide care for our FeLV+ cats and offer reduced adoption fees to encourage adopters to consider one of these very-special-needs animals as a viable adoption choice.

How many pets did this grant help?

As of May 25, 2018, we have helped six FeLV+ cats in our care and adopted out three FeLV+ cats and can take in more FeLV+ cats in need.

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

Summer came to us in January of 2017, was adopted and then returned due to a flare-up of cystitis — bladder inflammation caused by stress, and likely linked to her diagnosis of feline leukemia. Summer has now been successfully adopted (again) with the help of the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant. She even got to go home with one of her other FeLV+ buddies named Stormy!

Capital Area Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding was used to discount the adoption fees of pets who had been at the shelter the longest.

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

Due to this grant, we were able to discount the adoption fees of some of our longer-term residents. This allowed them to be adopted much quicker, into really wonderful homes. These adoptions also freed up kennel space, allowing us to take in even more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

Dude is an adorable hound mix who had been at our shelter since March. He had been adopted a few times since then, but returned within days each time, through no fault of his own. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to discount Dude’s adoption fee, and the adoption fee on other dogs, during Memorial Day weekend. His new family came to the shelter that Friday, just to look, because they heard that we were having an adoption special on select dogs. Once they saw Dude, it was love at first sight. They spent an hour in our visitation room getting to know him before making him a permanent member of their family. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us to make happy memories!

Lawrence County Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to this grant, we have been offering a reduced-fee adoption rate since April 1, 2018. Our regular adoption fee is $60 per cat/kitten. From this grant, we are reducing our adoption fee to only $40 per cat/kitten.

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

Even though the notification letter was dated March 21st, the award letter was not received by our organization until March 26th. Therefore, we delayed implementation until April 1, 2018. We will continue to offer this reduced-fee adoption rate for as long as the grant funds allow — which will total 100 adoptions over the course of the next several weeks.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since the grant was received and implemented right at the beginning of kitten season, and the overwhelming abundance of “free kittens” seem to flood our area, the month of April produced only eight adoptions, while the month of May produced nine adoptions. However, we are confident that, as more people realize the benefits of adopting versus getting a “free cat/kitten,” our adoption rates will increase back to our normal rates of 20-25 per month.

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

The following story is provided by a woman named Kat Floyd, who contacted me in early April 2018 and wanted to adopt a male, all-black kitten. At that time we did not have any kittens old enough for adoption, but I told her we had an all-black mommy cat who had recently had a litter of four kittens who were all-black. I sent her pictures of the kittens and she immediately fell in love. Over the next several weeks, we stayed in touch and I gave her progress reports on how they were doing. Once they were big enough to be considered “adoption-eligible,” I notified her that she could come and meet them — and the right kitty spoke to her!

“Hi, my name is Kat Floyd. Here is Onyx (whom we renamed Ember) with my daughter. Thank you for working with me to adopt this precious black kitten. Many people in our area believe black cats are unlucky and no one wants one as a pet. We, however, wanted this exact one. Working with me and using the grant to help with the adoption fees helped give me the opportunity to give this black cat a forever home. I was able to use the money saved to purchase items necessary to take care of this kitten. Thanks so much for helping me and allowing me to adopt this precious kitten!
Sincerely,
Kat Floyd”

Routt County Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to support a St. Patrick’s Day 50%-off adoption-fee special for cats. Two more such events are planned for July 4th and mid-August. We also placed two barns cats with this grant under our semi-feral cat relocation program.

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

The grant allowed us to open up space in the cat rooms at the shelter in the spring to accommodate “kitten season.” The event also helped us place a pair of bonded feral cats on a ranch where they are serving as “green rodent control” in the barn.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

T-Bone, the black-and-white kitty in the first photo, was turned in to the RCHS animal shelter after joining a jogger on a trail through town. The cat was walking along the trail when a man jogged by. T-Bone joined him and ran along beside him for a couple of miles. After the run, the jogger brought the friendly, unaltered male cat to the shelter, where he was listed in the stray report. T-Bone was never claimed, so he was neutered, microchipped and put up for adoption. It took several months before he was adopted during the Petfinder Foundation-sponsored promotion. During his time at the shelter, he became a staff favorite. He was very personable, and learned to “fist-pump” with the shelter staff. T-Bone has now found his forever home, where he is thriving!