Purina New Year, New Home

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.

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

What was the money or product used for?

To subsidize discounted adoptions for large dogs. Since it is our 51st year, we offered $51 off the regular adoption donation requested.

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

The grant funding allowed us to highlight large dogs in our care, who tend to have longer lengths of stay in the shelter, by making them a great value for adopters. It sparked conversations that made people seeking a new pet consider a larger-breed dog, as they heard about the challenges some of the dogs have during longer shelter stays. It was perfect timing, as puppies were out in force, and people are always drawn to them instead of the large dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Preston is such a smart boy! He is patiently waiting for his forever home, practicing his “sit” and “stay” commands daily. He loves to walk on a leash, and is learning to be patient and not pull too hard. He gets along well with other dogs and is quickly becoming a playgroup favorite. Come meet Preston today! Read his profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41691472

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this grant were used to offer fee-reduced pet adoptions.

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

Offering reduced adoption fees through adoption specials helped us advertise our available animals in fun ways, promote adoption and help animals find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

241

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

We had three dogs at our Kona shelter, Paisley, Proctor and J.B., who had been patiently waiting for their new homes for months. One was very shy, one was a big goof, and the third was a senior. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to advertise these dogs (and all the other adoptable animals) and promote their half-off adoption fees. On the same day, Saturday April 28, ALL THREE were adopted into loving homes! It was such great news. Happy dogs, happy families and super happy staff!

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Your gift was used to support the reduction of adoption fees so that we could offer half-price adoptions to seniors adopting senior dogs!

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

This grant helped us to promote our senior dogs and, by reducing fees for senior adopters, improve adoption rates for this group of harder-to-place animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have helped 19 senior dogs so far find their forever homes and are still running the promotion and expect to help more by the end of the year to fulfill the grant expectations.

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

Patricia, a lovely senior who lives in a high-rise for seniors in Dallas, came to visit us and to meet Benji. Benji had become homeless when his elderly dad passed away. He adjusted well in our red cabin and especially liked the air conditioning and big bed! Benji had been an outdoor dog, so he thought life had just gotten better! Patricia thought he looked like a ragamuffin, but had already fallen in love with him. She had recently lost her dog of about 15 and was mourning her loss and wanting a lap dog to cuddle with and provide her that unconditional love that only a dog can give. Benji went home with her that day and has since lived a fabulous life, as Patrcia is retired and has lots of time to give to sweet Benji. She says Benji rescued her! One of our staff members recently visited Patricia and Benji’s home and had a photo to share from the balcony overlooking the courtyard. Seniors for Seniors provided this lucky dog and this lucky woman a new and happy life together!

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

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,000 grant was used to facilitate free adoptions for adult dogs and cats in our shelter.

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

This grant enabled us to waive the adoption fees for many deserving pets, allowing us to find them new homes faster. Offering free adoptions brought more people to our shelter and enabled the animals to spend less time with us and more time with loving families. Finding these animals homes also allowed us to have more space for new animals, both those who were surrendered by their owners or those we could pull from overcrowded area shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Fifteen cats and 15 dogs; two dogs are still available for free adoption.

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

Rocky Balboa (first photo) was a 6-year-old male border collie that we pulled from Baltimore County Animal Services. He was listed as “rescue only” because of his obesity, meaning BCAS would only allow an approved rescue group to pull him into its program — he was not available for adoption to the general public. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and was adopted in only eight days by a loving family.

Jar Jar (second photo) was a 3-year-old male mixed breed that we pulled from Prince George’s County to help alleviate crowding in that facility. After just 10 days on the adoption floor, Jar Jar went home with a new loving family.

Kit Cat (third photo) was a 2-year-old female domestic long hair cat who was surrendered by his owner but was adopted by a new loving family in just five days. The family decided to surprise their mom with a new family member after their previous cat passed away.