Purina New Year, New Home

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

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help us offer our reduced-fee adoptions for the Pet of the Week and 50% off of adoption fees for other animals at our shelter. Our Pets of the Week are selected by shelter staff and reduced adoption fees are offered for these animals.

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

It allowed us to continue to offer reduced-fee adoptions of animals on our floor. Our adoption fees are tied to the cost of providing spay-neuter, vaccinations and microchipping of animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

From the time of the grant receipt to date, we have had 49 reduced-fee dog adoptions and 27 reduced-fee cat/kitten adoptions.

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

Bambi had been on the adoption floor for several weeks, but had not had much interest. Those who were interested would bring her back from the play area, and back to the kennel she would go. The staff at CCHS selected her to be one of our pets of the week. These pets are featured on our Facebook page and by several other local businesses’ Facebook pages as well as on our website. One of these posts made it slightly outside of our immediate area and Matt made a trip to see her. They spent time in the play area and Matt knew that SHE was the one! Bambi is now one of our adoption success stories. We think Bambi looks very happy in the attached photo, which was taken right before she went out the door! Smiles all around! Thank you for helping us provide these reduced-fee adoption specials.

Pei People Shar Pei Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The New Year, New Home grant of $1,750 was used to reduce adoption fees on 13 dogs who were determined to be special-needs, have medical issues, be of mixed breed, or seniors. For our rescue, these are the dogs who tend to spend a longer amount of time waiting for their forever homes.

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

The New Year, New Home grant helped us to get dogs adopted who might otherwise have been overlooked, and/or spent longer periods of time in rescue. Seniors whose lifespan and costly medical issues may deter potential adopters, mixed-breed dogs who tend to spend longer periods in foster homes awaiting their forever homes, and dogs with special needs/medical concerns that may cause potential adopters to reconsider adoption. Additionally, helping these 13 dogs find forever homes also open up their foster homes, which allowed us to rescue more dogs.

The 13 dogs who benefited from the grant were:
Peppermint Patty-mixed breed
Gratuity Tucci-mixed breed
Simon-senior and mixed breed
Walter-special needs: vision impairment due to neglected entropion
Sherlock-mixed breed
Ruth-senior
Grayer-senior, deaf and partially blind
Jorja-mixed breed, missing one eye
Fabby-senior
Apollo-senior
Ritz-medical
Saint-medical
Jasper-medical

How many pets did this grant help?

13

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

One of the 13 dogs whom the New Year, New Home grant was able to help was Grayer. Grayer, a male Shar Pei, was estimated to be 7-8 years old. He was abandoned in a crate in a Nevada shelter parking lot in the middle of the night. He was a senior, deaf and partially blind from neglected entropion (a medical issue where the eyelids roll inward and can cause discomfort, eye irritation and eventual blindness if left untreated). He was terrified and at first wouldn’t let the staff touch him. The shelter completed his entropion surgery and removed some lumps and bumps during his neuter, and Grayer recovered in a loving foster home. With the discounted adoption fee thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, Grayer’s adopter (approved by Pei People volunteers in one of the other states we rescue in) was able to travel from Arizona to come get him, and potentially use the money saved towards any future medical issues that Grayer may have. We are happy to report that Grayer is adored and loved and well cared-for. (The average life span of a Shar Pei is 10 years, so when a dog reaches 7 years old, we consider them a senior.)

St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant helped us reduce and waive adoption fees on some of our long-term cats.

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

At St. Sophia’s, we work to have low adoption fees; but even so, some cats, for some reason or another, stay in our care longer than expected. This grant helped us reduce our adoption fees for cats who had been in our care more than 90 days (some of whom had been with us over 300 days!). For the month of April, we ran a “Not Spring Chickens” grant to reduce the adoption fee down to $30 for cats in our care who fit the above long-term stay requirements. About 30 cats were selected for this promotion — and each day in the month of April, a different cat was featured on our website and on our social media platforms.

How many pets did this grant help?

The goal was to have 30 cats adopted at the reduced rate of $30. So far, of the 30 posted, 11 have found homes and 19 are still looking!

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

A few success stories include: Aesop (first photo)! This boy came to St. Sophia’s as a terrified young kitten. He could hardly be interacted with, but loved the company of other cats. To top it off, he had extreme diarrhea that just wouldn’t get better no matter the testing, treatment, and medications. After a long six months, Aesop not only got his potty issues resolved, but became more and more trusting and comfortable around people. One of our previous adopters saw his story and came and scooped him up.

Ghostly (second photo)! This handsome lad, roughly 3 years old, was in our care for a whopping 195+ days! You can tell by the photos how happy his new adopter is to have him in her life now. Ghostly is a LARGE boy and deaf. He also is very rambunctious and loves to play, but doesn’t always realize how big of a lug he is and how loud he can be. Being deaf, he had no fear, but that meant he could also be a bit mischievous. He needed just the right home that would understand his personality and needs, and we’re glad he found it!

Rasputin (third photo)! Rasputin was surrendered by his owner, then adopted, and then returned for not getting along with another cat, so we knew that finding the right home for him was going to be a challenge. He liked other cats — albeit only certain ones — and there was no rhyme or reason to why he was okay with some cats and not others. After 190+ days, Rasputin went home to a very loving family — where he’s going to be the ONLY kitty.

Sweetums and Woozie (fourth photo)! Surrendered to Chicago Animal Control as part of a multi-cat hoarding situation, Sweetums and Woozie were a young, but very bonded, pair of boys, so we really wanted to find a home for them together. Woozie was very outgoing, but Sweetums was shy and always looking for Woozie to show him the way. Both boys went to a home together after 94 days in our care.

Graceful (fifth photo)! My favorite story of all; this sweet girl couldn’t have asked for a better life. Graceful was surrendered by her owners along with another cat to Aurora Animal Control. On arrival, she was normal and healthy. Three days later, she couldn’t walk. Not knowing what to do, Animal Control slated her for euthanasia (her friend was healthy and adopted out). We took Graceful in, and after a battery of tests that all came back normal or inconclusive, our vets determined that the best course of action was to try a steroid and see if we got any improvement. And we did! Within a few days of her injection, Graceful was up and trying to get around. At first she couldn’t eat unless you held the dish AND her head (otherwise she’d just face-plant and then vomit it back up because of the nausea from all the bobbing and weaving) — but within a week, she was up and walking (albeit like a tin soldier) and eating (while her legs were splayed to prop her up). The hardest part was the litter box — but once we climbed that hill, Graceful was ready for a home. A loving family who had just lost one of their cats who’d had neurological issues saw our plea to find the “right” home for Graceful and they immediately contacted us. After 214 days, Graceful found her forever home! We’re so happy that we get updates on an almost weekly basis! She can now drink from a water dish!

Of course, these are just SOME of the stories! We can’t wait to continue this promotion to help our other cats get adopted as well.

We posted the 30 cats in our 30 “Not Spring Chickens” campaign on our website and social media. The link to our Facebook album with the photos of the cats and their descriptions is available here: http://bit.ly/2LMxVtk (this link only shows the ones in the promotion that are still available; please note, Flakka is pending for adoption this Friday, June 1, 2018, and Micah is being transferred to the care of another rescue that specializes in FeLV+ cats).

Cat Haven: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,000 Petfinder Foundation New Year, New Home grant was used to reduce or waive the adoption fees for our animals who are more difficult to adopt. The cats who were sponsored by this grant fell into several different categories, including: senior/adult cats, cats with chronic illness, cats with difficult attitude/behavior (shy, scared, hiding, etc.), long-term residents, etc. We also held a Mother’s Day adoption event in which all mother cats’ adoption fees were waived on May 13th.

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

This grant helped our organization by bringing more people through the door to meet the sponsored cats. Just like with any promotion, potential adopters were intrigued and more receptive to visiting the adoption center and adopting the sponsored cats. This grant sponsored 35 cats; 23 cats have reduced fees (from $95 to $50) and 22 cats have waived fees. So far, 15 of our sponsored cats have been adopted. The remaining 20 will always be sponsored during their stay here, even though the grant timeline has technically ended. Because this grant has sponsored 35 cats, it is helping to make room in our shelter for 35 more, thus bringing our total cats helped to 70. That means 70 cats will be saved and live happy, healthy lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Because Cat Haven always takes our cats back, Sugar (first and second photos) was returned to us when her adopter could no longer care for her. In her previous home, Sugar had become obese, weighing 20 lbs. Because of this, she needed a family that was willing to keep her on a weight-loss diet and exercise routine. She was also physically uncomfortable and took a longer time to warm up to visitors. Under these circumstances, many potential adopters favored her less than some of the other, younger kitties at our shelter. Because her adoption fee was waived through the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant, visitors had more of an incentive to give her a chance. She was finally adopted by the Chiasson family, who have given her a loving and caring home.

Bitsy (third photo) and Charlie (fourth photo) came to Cat Haven with five other adult cats after their guardian, a longtime supporter of Cat Haven, passed away from cancer. They came to us scared and confused, and took a long time to warm up to the staff, volunteers, and visitors. They wanted so badly to be loved, but needed adopters who would be willing to be patient with them.

Bitsy was an adult cat who would make a great companion for just about anyone. Charlie was an adult cat with allergies and needed a family who was willing to make accommodations to ensure his comfort. Because their fees were reduced to $50 through the Petfinder Foundation’s New Year, New Home grant, visitors had a greater incentive to be patient and give them a chance. Bitsy went home with the Gabor household and Charlie has a new family with Scott.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to offset the cost of low-fee cat adoptions.

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

The low adoption fee of $20 encouraged cat adoptions: We adopted 17 cats as of May 25, 2017, which is successful for our area.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

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

Bubba was surrendered to the shelter several years ago. Bubba was adopted during our low-fee adoption special being held because of the generous New Year, New Home grant. We will continue to offer these very-low-cost cat adoptions because of this grant.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the New Year, New Home grant were used to reduce dog adoption fees by $75 and cat adoption fees by $25.

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

This grant was a great opportunity to help place pets into adoptive homes. We were able to successfully help 56 animals find homes, including three of our longest-term animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

56

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

Judge (first photo), an approximately 2- to 3-year-old pit bull terrier, had been with us for one day short of a year. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Judge found his new home, and is doing great! During his time at the shelter, Judge was rarely asked to be seen. When you first looked at him, he appeared to be “too hyper” or “aggressive” as he ran around his kennel, kicking off the walls and barking at visitors. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Judge was a sweet dog who got along great with kids and adults. He loved to play and run around the yard. Once he burned off some energy, he would seek the comfort of human companionship. He loved giving kisses and enjoyed cuddling and lying at your feet and relaxing. Judge, like many dogs, did not prefer the company of cats, but did well with some dogs upon a proper meet-and-greet.

Amelia (second photo) and Midnight (third photo) were two of our longest-term cats, also just shy of one year at the shelter. The New Year, New Home grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation helped to find them both loving families to adopt them.

Creatures By Theresa: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help reduce or eliminate the fees for our homeless pets to help them find new homes in the new year.

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

We provided medical care for a few and spayed a couple of rabbits. Also provided regular husbandry items such as shavings, toys, hide boxes and more. And great vegetables and food. We were able to get the fuel we needed to pick up animals around the area.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

We have found 45 animals new great homes since March 10, 2018. We do have a few more who need homes, but we will get homes for them. Thunder the rat (first photo) was found running the streets in Kansas City, MO. He was loose out in terrible storms that we were having. He was caught by some good Samaritans, and they kept him until we could pick him up. Thunder was very scared, shy, skinny and dirty. We gave him a safe place to stay and he still wanted nothing to do with us. Feeding him and picking up and talking to him got him out of his funk, and he now lives the life of luxury with a new pet mom.

Mossie (second photo) was a beautiful ball python who came to us not eating. She had an upper-respiratory infection. Several trips to vet and injections later, she started acting better, then shed, and once we got her eating well, she came around. Mossie was very friendly and didn’t mind being held. Once she got a little weight back on her, she found a great home.

Emma the bearded dragon (third photo) has been adopted.

With a few more dollars left, we will be able to continue to help at least 25 more pets. We had a special: adopt one rat, get the other free, with a reduced fee of $5. Rats found great homes. We had great opportunities with this grant and we thank the Petfinder Foundation for making it happen.

Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW): Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous Petfinder Foundation grant of $2,000 was used to promote and offer fee-reduced pet adoptions, with a special emphasis on placing bonded pairs of adult cats, including the featured duos Manny and Sheba, Beezur and Lady, Fatone and Myrcella, Mandy and Moses, and Fleece and Squeakers.

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

This grant helped FFGW create interest and find loving homes for adult bonded pairs, who can sometimes be overlooked by adopters. This promotion was a huge success and we are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for supporting our all-volunteer organization!

How many pets did this grant help?

As many as 30

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

Fatone and Myrcella (first photo) have been best friends since an observant shelter volunteer paired them up. These sweet girls adore each other and clearly needed to be adopted together, but the timid duo would need someone who understood their initial shyness and allowed them time to settle into a new home. With love from an experienced foster and financial security provided by a generous Petfinder Foundation grant, this lucky pair learned to trust people. With newfound confidence, they captured the hearts of their adoptive family and moved into their purrrfect new home on May 22, 2018!

Fleece and Squeakers (second photo) are brothers. Fleece is the handsome short-haired fellow, while dapper Squeakers sports the long, silky fur! These boys worked as “shop cats” in a quaint West Virginia antique store until they suddenly found themselves unemployed. The siblings packed their bags and set out for Northern Virginia in search of a more favorable job market. Fleece and Squeakers were so well-qualified, with a resume that included a stellar reference from the Petfinder Foundation, that they soon found permanent positions working side-by-side in a delightful new family.

THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION, FOR SUPPORTING HOMELESS PETS EVERY DAY!!

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

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption special promotion

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

This grant helps animals find homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Jake Ryan has been at our shelter for 2 1/2 years. During this promotion, he found his perfect furever home! We had several long-termers find placement during the adoption promotion from this grant. Jake’s new parents report that he’s loving it in his new home, where he’s getting spoiled, and say, “He is doing so well. He is such a sweet dog.”

Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced-fee/free adoptions

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

This helped us to adopt more dogs. Our costs for vetting the pets, in most cases, outweighs the adoption fee, so the grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us rescue and then adopt more pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Josh and Titus were adopted from us when they were just 8 weeks old and returned to FOCHP after 10 years. Not only were they now senior dogs, but we also needed to make sure they were up-to-date on all vetting. They were a bonded pair and very sweet but a tiny bit shy when you first met them. We were able to adopt them to the most wonderful home together since there was no adoption fee. We were able to spend money on advertising and vetting thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, which covered the adoption fee.