Purina New Year, New Home

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!

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

What was the money or product used for?

Petfinder Foundation support was used to offer $5 adoption fees on special-needs, senior, and long-staying feline residents. We found loving homes for almost 100 cats at our special Feline Frenzy adoption rate!

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

We found loving homes for almost 100 cats and went into spring kitten season with plenty of available foster homes and on-site kennel space. Petfinder Foundation support has allowed us to better manage our intake and serve our community. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

90

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

Marcus and Cato came to us as a bonded pair from a crowded shed in the rural county. They were initially overwhelmed by their new environment, but quickly warmed up. They loved snuggling and grooming each other and enjoyed playing with our staff and visitors. However, they continued to battle reoccurring upper-respiratory infections. We knew they would prosper in a home, but they continued to be overlooked. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to greatly reduce their adoption fees and promote this special bonded pair. Marcus and Cato left Cache Humane Society together on May 10, 2018, after 168 days in our care. Their adopter reports that they are doing great in her home, without a stuffy nose in sight!

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

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for fee-waived adoptions to help some of our harder-to-place animals find homes.

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

This grant helped Pawsibilities and Pawsibilities animals by enabling us to waive adoption fees for our harder-to-place animals. With their adoption fees waived, Pawsibilities was able to place these animals and provide initial medications for the newly adopted animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

21 animals were placed; however, the grant helped twice as many by freeing space.

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

Kitty, our 10-year-old orange man (first photo), came to Pawsibilities four years ago as a foster. His people were moving and needed a place for him to stay while they moved. Poor Kitty’s people never came back for him. Because of his vocal singing, Kitty quickly became a favorite of the staff. He is very outgoing and would “talk” to anyone who came by. During Kitty’s initial medical exam, it was noticed that kitty had polyps on his right ear. His polyps were removed and he returned to the shelter, awaiting his forever home. Two years later, Kitty’s polyp returned. It was determined at that time by our veterinarian that the polyp was possibly cancerous. Kitty continued to serenade the staff, even though it was easy to see that his ear bothered him. Thanks to Kitty’s outgoing personality, a visitor to Pawsibilities saw Kitty and fell in love. Kitty is now very happy in his home (second photo), watching TV with his person, eating snacks, and living the good life. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Kitty was able to find a loving home in which to live out the rest of his years.

Ewok is the resident fluffball kitten at Pawsibilities Animal Rescue. Ewok was found living under a trailer with her mother. Her feral mother had already left, and Ewok was on her own. Pawsibilities was conducting a trap-and-neuter program and caught her. Ewok was young enough to socialize and came to enjoy people, especially when they were feeding her. Ewok was adopted as a companion to a senior citizen (third photo). Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for enabling Pawsibilities to place Ewok in a home where she was needed and is loved.

Animal Care Centers of NYC: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous award from the Petfinder Foundation will be used to create care packages for our Summertime Sniffles adoption campaign. More specifically, we strive to incentivize adoptions for cats and dogs who have respiratory infections. We will be purchasing toys, treats, bedding and other types of supplies as a part of the care package for adopters.

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

Often overlooked due to their illness, dogs and cats with respiratory illness have a harder time being adopted than pets who are healthy. This funding is going to help make the adoption of a cat or a dog with the “sniffles” more attractive to prospective adopters. In conjunction with waiving our adoption fees, we’ll be offering treats, toys, a gift card and bedding as a care package for each adopted animal.

How many pets did this grant help?

We anticipate that this grant will help 40 animals.

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

We are launching this promotion on June 21, 2018, so we do not have a happy tail yet to share, but we will be happy to do so once the program is up and running. Pictured is Rapunzel: “A volunteer writes: We must begin with the superficial, because Rapunzel has the eyes of some glorious, other-worldly angel that two volunteers agreed were the most beautiful eyes they’d ever seen on any creature: Not quite blue, not quite gray, not quite green … sigh. And what a soul those eyes radiate. Gentle, kind, a bit timid, but extraordinarily docile, sitting immediately between two of us on a bench and enjoying being pet. The two of us weren’t alone in falling in love with this serene being: Notes about her from other volunteers include comments like, ‘perfect,’ ‘calm,’ and ‘walks like a dream on a leash.’ Rapunzel is indeed dream-like — a dog from one of the best dreams you’ve ever had. Please come visit her at MACC and make Rapunzel’s loving presence in your loving home a reality!”

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

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fees were either reduced or waived on some cats and dogs.

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

It allowed us to reduce or waive adoption fees to encourage adoption of the animals without negatively affecting our financial status.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eleven dogs and seven cats.

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

Here are three pets’ stories, pictured with their new adopters, who have already benefited from the “New Year, New Home” grant program! Jinx (first photo), a 2-year-old brown striped tabby cat, found her furever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Jinx was surrendered to Bond County Humane Society by her owner in Spring 2017. Miss Jinx was a new mom of three kittens, but she was not nursing them; the veterinarian and BCHS determined this was because she was so young and didn’t know what to do. BCHS volunteers tried bottle feeding, but the kittens couldn’t be saved. Her sadness is over now. Adopting an adult cat is great because they show their true personalities: Miss Jinx is an active cat, very friendly with people, gets along with other cats but prefers to play alone. She stays busy playing games with toys by herself: jumping, gnawing, batting, and snuggling. We are happy to have met you and helped you on your journey to your FUR-ever home, Jinx!

Happy Adoption Day to Snoopy (second photo)! The 5-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix found her forever parents on Friday, April 13, 2018. Snoopy was rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after her previous owners surrendered her, not being able to keep her any longer. She is good with kids and most other dogs and she has some basic training under her collar. The BCHS volunteers think her “down” looks like a bow or curtsy! Happy tails, Snoopy in your new permanent, loving home! Practice your leash walking and get your obedience classes in before football season (go, Chicago Bears!).

Tabitha (third photo), an 8-month-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix, found her forever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Tabitha and a littermate were rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after their previous owners surrendered the pups. Tabitha loves to sit on people’s laps and play with toys. She’s great at fetch and loves all the attention. We’ll miss you, Tabitha, but are certainly glad to send you off with your new “leash” on life!