Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant

Animal Aid Vermilion Area: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spike was the original winner of the grant, but unfortunately he passed away before he could find his forever home. We were allowed to choose another senior in need, and Truman was selected.

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

Truman is actively looking for his forever home. He is being marketed as receiving $600 worth of food in the first year of his adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Truman suffers from a skin condition due to food allergies and he is on a prescription food. He came to us in terrible condition and it took months to figure out what was causing his problems. Since starting this food, he is doing much better, but is still looking a little rough. The grant will allow his adopter to continue his special diet as “treatment” for his food allergies. Unfortunately, Truman is still searching for the perfect home. You can meet him here.

I Heart Dogs Rescue & Animal Haven: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

$150 was used to pay for the adoption fee of our senior dog Noah.

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

This grant helped Noah find a forever home. He had some behavioral issues in previous homes resulting in his return to the haven, and he also needed to be the only dog in the home. These were challenges he was facing finding a home. Your grant allowed us to promote and show him with an incentive of a sponsored adoption fee. It took longer than we wanted, but I am happy to report he’s finally in his forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

One (and more because we have a kennel space open now to help more dogs)

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

Noah came to us in June 2019 from Texas. The vet estimated his age 8-10 at the time. He was extremely energetic for his age, we thought. His love for food was obvious and, after two adoptions and returns, it turned into a resource-guarding issue. He had minor trust issues too. After some extra TLC from staff and volunteers, and upping his meal intake, his issues were showing to be minimal to non-existent. It took time and patience, but we think he’s finally made it to his forever home, especially thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, because we were able to waive his adoption fees to his family. He has been settling in nicely as the only pet in his home and soaking up all the love and attention. We at the rescue miss him a lot, carrying around his stuffy toys everywhere, but are extremely happy to see him living his best life in a loving home.

Gerda's Equine Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds from this grant were used as follows:
$300.00 – 50 bale of hay
$139.95 – Five bags of Purina Ultimate Gastrogard Grain
$114.95 – Five bags Purina Strategy Healthy Edge Grain
$445.10 – Shipping

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

After seven months of searching for their new home, Will and Chance finally found it thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant! Being able to offer them with free transport to their new home and a supply of hay and grain to get them started was just what they needed to find their happy ending!

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Will and Chance are two handsome paint geldings who lost their owner to cancer at a young age. She was a beloved equine dentist from New Jersey who showered these boys with all the love and attention they could have possibly asked for. They have lived together since they were colts and are extremely bonded.

They were adopted out in 2018 into a home that they thought would be their last, but the woman grew tired of horses and neglected to feed them. As soon as we found out about the situation, we drove to her farm and she relinquished ownership back to us. They put weight back on and were ready for a new home where they could enjoy retirement together. After searching for seven months, they finally found the home of their dreams thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Grant!

Their new dad, Craig, had lost his beloved horse recently and was searching for the perfect fit to fill the void in his heart. Will and Chance more than fit the bill with their loving personalities, and the three of them are enjoying getting to know each other through snuggles and brushing! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping to make their happy ending come true!

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Bud and Chico’s medical costs — Galliprant (arthritis medication), kidney-diet food, benazepril, fish oil/Cosequin supplements, and thyroid medications — to help them find their forever home.

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

Bud and Chico’s medical costs being sponsored, in addition to “start-up” medication costs for a new home, assisted them in being adopted into an amazing home!

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Bud and Chico needed a hospice home together after they were surrendered because their owners were moving. They were super sweet, with lots of lumps and bumps (more to love!), but at their age and condition, the vet didn’t think it was a good idea to put them through surgery. They both had really bad arthritis and we started them on pain medication. There were also signs of early kidney disease that we treated with medication and diet.

They laid quietly in their beds in the front office of RBARI, waiting. They wouldn’t typically get up or make a sound. They laid waiting, confused as to why they were living in a shelter after 13 years together in a home. They listened for the sound of a familiar voice, a sign of home, among the sounds of dogs barking and the hustle and bustle of the shelter. Bud and Chico waited for someone who would never come.

Bud and Chico were struggling. They were having a hard time getting around in the shelter. They were super sweet and low-energy. Bud desperately pawed for more love and nuzzled into anyone who took the time to sit with him. Chico quietly rested, just as desperate for attention, but too shy and nervous to ask for it. Bud and Chico didn’t deserve to live their days out in a shelter. We were desperately trying to find them a home as soon as possible and sponsored their medical care. They were quiet, sweet, mild-mannered pups who were so deserving of a compassionate family.

Bud and Chico’s new mom says it best! “Just wanted to give you an update on the little geezers. Other than diarrhea (started Centrine in addition to the metronidazole), they are doing as well as can be expected. I brought them in to work with me today for physicals, updated bloodwork and lasering. I’ve also started them on Adequan injections to see if we can make them a bit more comfortable. I’m not sure how long they will be around, but for now, they’re very happy and bright-eyed. Our set-up is probably the best for Bud as he only has two steps to go down to go outside. All four dogs are getting along just fine — Reagan (our shepherd) was even playing tug-of-war with Chico a little. Hoping to make them as happy as possible.”

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP): Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are using the grant money to purchase necessary medications and prescription food for Christine, a 15-year-old dog. We have not yet exhausted the grant funds, as the medication and food purchases are spread out, and it’s only been two months since we were awarded the funds. We were awarded $850 on Nov. 25, 2019, and thus far we have used $200.21. We will continue to draw from these grant funds as Christine’s new forever family needs to purchase more food and medication. Here is a breakdown of how we have spent the money thus far:
$44.82 for Royal Canin prescription food
$155.39 for Pimobendan (Christine was diagnosed with congestive heart failure during her first post-adoption veterinary appointment, so we decided to dedicate some of the grant funding to cover her necessary heart medication)

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

This grant has helped Christine’s new adoptive family pay for necessary medications and prescription food for Christine. As noted above, during Christine’s first post-adoption veterinary appointment, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (she had not had any signs of this while in our care). Given that this new development occurred immediately after Christine was adopted, we felt that we needed to cover the cost of her newly prescribed heart medication, and we determined that the best way forward was to draw from these grant funds to do so. This means that a little less money from this grant will go toward Christine’s food and the medication that we mentioned in our application, Apoquel, though we will still use grant funds to purchase these as well.

We are very much hoping that this adjustment is acceptable to the Petfinder Foundation, as it is still in the spirit of the grant, which is to provide assistance with Christine’s required medications and prescription food, and as this was a required medication expense that we did not know about when we submitted the application.

The addition of the new heart medication (Pimobendan) is helping Christine to improve her health as she adjusts to life with her new forever family. SVPP, Christine, and Christine’s adoptive family are very grateful for this assistance.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we applied for a grant that affects a single senior pet, this grant helped one pet, Christine.

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

Christine is a 15-year-old West Highland white terrier (Westie). Her owners surrendered her to our local municipal shelter, San Jose Animal Care and Services (SJACS), for euthanasia. We do not know why her owners chose to give up on this sweet girl in her elderly years, but the shelter asked SVPP if we could take her, as they were not comfortable euthanizing this sweet, spirited senior.

When she came to us, Christine had alopecia (hair loss) due to flea allergies, as well as early kidney disease. We were able to provide her with the medical care she needed to stop her itching, and her hair has grown back beautifully. However, because of her flea allergies, she will need allergy medication for the remainder of her life. She is also now on a prescription kidney-disease diet, which she will require for the rest of her life.

Despite her age and her chronic conditions, she still has a lot of life and love to give. She is spunky, very sweet, and loves to meet new people. She loves children, cats, and dogs, and she adores a good nap!

Christine has been adopted, and her new family treasures her. Unfortunately, in Christine’s first post-adoption veterinary appointment, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (of which she had shown no signs while she was in our care).

Since this diagnosis came immediately after she was adopted, we felt that we needed to cover the cost of her new heart medication. With the help of the food and medications that this grant is funding, Christine is now thriving in her new forever home.

Peaches Bully Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to fully offset the adoption fee for Jolie, a senior bulldog mix dog in need of a furever home. In addition, her family was given a voucher for her Rimadyl, predisone and meloxicam for the entire year.

Penelope’s adoption fee was also offset due to the grant. Her medications for long-term care and a breathing surgery for her palate were made possible due to the grant.

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

Jolie was a senior pet who was going to have ongoing medical expenses that were daunting to most families looking to adopt. This grant allowed Jolie to get a great home and family who made the decision to adopt based on her personality and not on the ongoing medical expenditure.

Penelope received a much better quality of life and a great family who adopted a senior dog with few medical needs other than Rimadyl.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Jolie (first and second photos) lived with one family for all of her 10 years. Life was good for her and she never saw the change coming. Her family got a divorce and suddenly Jolie found herself alone most of the time, being passed around between the two parents and not getting medical attention. Peaches Bully Rescue took pity on this sweet girl and brought her to foster care. There, Jolie received the meds needed for her arthritis and a loving home full of kids and a fur-sister to love her. Jolie was adopted by this family, who couldn’t bear to let her go. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Jolie’s family could afford to take on a senior dog whose medications would be paid for by the rescue.

Penelope (third and fourth photos) lived her life as a breeding mom until Peaches Bully Rescue stepped up to take her in. At 9 years old, this petite girl had recently been bred (way past when she should have been) and her puppies died. This left this sweet mama brokenhearted and needing a new purpose in life. Penelope needed an expensive breathing surgery to help her take in air to her lungs, and palate surgery can be quite invasive. After receiving the grant, we were pleased to give her a second shot at a great quality of life. Penelope’s new family was excited to rescue a senior and, with help from the grant, this sweet girl got a new home of her own.

ARF-Texas rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used for the medical needs and dietary needs of Arbor.

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

Without this grant, we would not have been able to adequately provide the medication and food that this dog needs daily for her condition.

How many pets did this grant help?

Just one

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

Arbor came to us severely malnourished and suffering from severe skin and gastrointestinal issues. After extensive blood work and tests, it was determined that she would need to be on medication and special food for the rest of her life. With this grant, we were able to make sure she was adopted and provided with the care she needs.

M&M's Fur-Ever Furbabies: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funding was used to promote the adoption of a senior rescue pet in need of re-homing. The grant allowed us to offset the adoption fee and provide the family that adopted the pet with a variety of cost savings to help with the responsibilities of an aging pet.

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

The grant provided our senior pet his chance at finding the loving family and forever home he deserved. Funding provided our organization with the ability to not only offset the cost of adoption but also allowed us to assist the family with providing Old Man his needed medications, vet appointments, and more for up to one year post adoption. Without help from the Petfinder Foundation and Purina ONE, Old Man may have never found his forever home, where he can rest peacefully for the remainder of his golden years surrounded by those who love him most. This senior-pets grant opportunity gave our senior pet his second chance at living his life full of love that we had been trying to find for him alone without success.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Old Man came to our rescue as an abandoned and injured senior back in 2019. After months of searching for his owners with no luck, we finally listed him for adoption, but were not surprised to have limited inquiries due to the stigma or costs associated with owning an elderly or aging pet. Desperate to find him the loving home he so deserved and yearned for, we took the chance and applied for the Purina ONE Senior Pet Adoption Assistance grant, which we were awarded. It allowed us to offer a waived adoption fee, and provide one year’s worth of medications, food and more as an added benefit to the family that was interested in adopting Old Man. Shortly after posting the new ad, we were pleased to have a variety of inquiries, which led to him successfully finding the forever home and love he deserved.

FIV Felines, Transports and More: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

$451.50 for dental
$75.00 for adoption fee
$50 for home visit (two hours away)
Total grant was $576.50

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

O’Malley was in need of a dental so we were able to have it done thanks to this grant. $75 of O’Malley’s adoption fee and $50 for the home visit helped to get him a good home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

O’Malley came to our rescue two years ago with horrible ear infections, gingivitis, FIV and food allergies. He was neutered and a dental was done when he first arrived here. It took several months of treatment and tests to determine that O’Malley had food allergies which were causing his skin problems and ear infections. O’Malley was put on prescription food and his ears were to be cleaned two to three times a week once the infection was under control. Four months ago, O’Malley was drooling excessively, and the vet determined that he had gingivitis again. The cost for his dental, bloodwork and fluids was just under $500, which was a financial strain for our small rescue. We applied for and were given this grant. O’Malley had his dental on Jan. 14, 2020, was rechecked by the vet on Jan. 24, and was adopted on Jan. 25! His new family loves him so much and has another special-needs cat with food allergies, so he and O’Malley have the same requirements to keep them feeling their best.

Wish Bone Canine Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to purchase a year’s supply of eye medications, Optimmune and Dorzolamide, and heartworm/flea preventatives, as well as waiving of the adoption fee.

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

This grant helps offset the costs incurred by the prospective adopter for one of our senior dogs, Baxter, who requires lifetime eye medications. The grant enables us to provide a year’s worth of both his glaucoma eye drops and Optimmune ointment to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca as well as providing heartworm and flea preventative for a year. Additionally, the grant allows us to waive Baxter’s adoption fee. Providing these medications and preventatives helps make Baxter more adoptable for many families.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Baxter was first adopted from Wish Bone Canine Rescue back in 2015. Four years later, in 2019, his adoptive family returned him to our rescue after he nipped at a child. Upon his return, our veterinarian diagnosed Baxter with keratoconjunctivitis sicca and glaucoma in his right eye. Because of these conditions, he requires two different eye drops daily for the rest of his life. Baxter is quite adjusted to his eye-drop routine, sitting very politely and patiently — mostly because he knows he will receive a special treat afterward. Baxter’s foster says he is a wonderful companion, well-behaved and very sociable. Nevertheless, Baxter needs to go to a home without small children since he tried to nip one once. He is also dog-selective, so due to those limitations, along with the cost of medications and grooming, he is taking longer than hoped to find the right adopter. He is still waiting to find his forever family. Baxter can be viewed here.