What was the money or product used for?
We received a supply of P.LA.Y. pet beds for use in our shelter adoption area.
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
P.L.A.Y. beds are beneficial in our adoption area. They are attractive and very easy to keep clean. They wash up well, dry quickly and still look great after repeated washings and drying. This is important in a shelter environment because we do have to launder frequently. The P.L.A.Y. beds still look great after dozens of launderings. Oh yes, and most importantly, the cats love them!!
How many pets did this grant help?
In our shelter we typically have 30-40 cats and kittens available for adoption at any given time, so it’s hard to count exactly how many kitties have napped on the P.L.A.Y beds!
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
FieldHaven Feline Center is partnering with the city of Marysville, CA, to TNR the Town. The Marysville High School is an area where there are large colonies of cats and, periodically, tame cats will join a colony. Often they are local resident cats who stop by for a snack but, sadly, sometimes a cat is abandoned at the colony. We think Frannie was one such kitty.
She appeared in the colony in late spring 2019, then started hanging out with the staff at the school-bus maintenance yard. Eventually “hanging out once in a while” turned into her living there.
A search for her people turned up nothing, so the decision was made to bring her to FieldHaven’s adoption program. An exam found her to be about 8 years old, with acute dental disease. She was spayed and had dental surgery. She was found to be FIV-positive, but at FieldHaven that’s no big deal to us. After she recovered from her dental surgery, she was debuted for adoption.
We were perplexed that she wasn’t snapped up for adoption. She was a favorite of our volunteers, who wrote dozens of notes about what a great kitty she is.
One day recently, we discovered why she hadn’t been adopted: She’d been waiting for her perfect family! When the Fetty family came to find an adult cat as a companion for another FieldHaven kitty they had just adopted, it was an instant attraction and Frannie is now snug and happy in her new home.
Thank you for the generous donation of P.L.A.Y. beds to help keep adoptables like Frannie comfy while waiting for families like the Fettys to walk through the door.