Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant

Fearless Kitty Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to provide an adopter with funding they needed to give a senior kitty ongoing medical care. Specifically, it was to help this adopter continue to pay for ongoing acupuncture for the cat’s condition.

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

This money helped us get this kitty adopted. It can be very challenging for someone to adopt an animal when they know that the animal must have ongoing medical care for the remainder of his or her life. With the funding we received, we provided the needed medical care for this kitty for the next year. This funding was important for that adopter and the decision they made to adopt this kitty knowing the expenses they will incur.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Max was adopted! Max was a kitty whom we took after a plea from the Arizona Humane Society about a kitty who needed ongoing medical care. They deemed him “unadoptable” because of his medical condition. Max is a senior snowshoe and came to us with a degenerative neuromuscular disorder after his owners returned him because they could not afford to care for him. His symptoms required acupuncture treatments. These treatments give him more muscle control.

We took Max in on Aug. 29, 2019, and immediately starting getting him the medical treatments he needed. As a result, there was great improvement for Max and he became an “adoptable” kitty. However, we knew Max would need ongoing medical care that his adopter would have to provide. This was not funding we could afford to provide to an adopter, so we reached out to the Petfinder Foundation and applied for grant assistance, which we were awarded.

On Dec. 4, 2019, we were granted $850 from the Petfinder Foundation to help a potential adopter continue with Max’s care. On Dec. 31, 2019, Max was adopted and placed into a loving home where he will continue to get the acupuncture treatments he needs for the rest of his life!

Circle of Friends Animal Shelter: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Joint supplement medication, x-rays, adoption-fee subsidy, joint-health food, collar, leash and bed.

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

Thanks to the Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistant Grant, we were able to find Sweet Potato a loving home. We were able to remove barriers for potential adopters by providing medications, special food, supplies and a subsidized adoption fee.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sweet Potato is a 12-year-old yellow Lab who came to Circle of Friends Animal Shelter as a stray. He was found roaming on the county roads and was brought to us by a concerned citizen. At his entry exam, Sweet Potato was in rough shape. His nails were extremely overgrown, he had large calluses on his elbows, and he was limping and in desperate need of a bath. Most concerning, he had difficulties even standing on his own. When he found the strength to stand, he could only support himself for a short while before needing one of our laps to flop onto.

We immediately contacted our veterinarian and got him started on Dasuquin to help support his joint health and Vetprofen to help manage any pain he may be in. After being on his medication for a bit, he is almost like a brand new dog! He is now able to move around much better, though he still knocks himself over while trying to play like a puppy.

After he’d been in the shelter for a few days, we noticed that his right hock had started to swell. Our veterinarian recommended x-rays. Once we got him in for an x-ray, we received the sad prognosis from the veterinarian that Sweet Potato had bone cancer and only a few weeks to a few months left to live. The swelling was a pathological fracture that our veterinarian suspects was caused by the cancer. This prognosis would make it difficult for us find him his last loving home before he passed, but we believed and had hope that there is someone out there who will take this amazing Sweet Potato into their heart and home for his final days.

Sweet Potato was adopted on Nov. 29, 2019, after having multiple visits. The family who adopted Sweet Potato originally was looking for a new family pet as theirs had recently passed away of cancer. Once they saw Sweet Potato on our Facebook page, they fell instantly in love. The family now calls him Sweetie and is happy to have him for as long as they can.

Wag On Inn Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant we received was used to help Ethan, a 13-year-old Maltese mix. It enabled us to provide his adopter with pimobendan for his heart condition as well as Fresh Pet dog food that was recommended by his vet. It allowed us to reduce his adoption fee to $100. It also paid for Ethan’s pre-surgical blood work, in which his white blood count was found to be extremely high and he was referred to a specialist for further testing. With permission from the Petfinder Foundation, the grant was used to pay for part of his specialist visit, which included x-rays and flow cytometry, as they suspect he may have leukemia or a bone-marrow issue.

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

This grant helped pay for Ethan’s much-needed medicine and medical care. His adopter is extremely grateful, as is turns out this beautiful senior boy may have leukemia or a bone-marrow issue. He went for his specialist visit on Jan. 21 for more extensive testing, which was paid for in part by this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant was to help Ethan, a 13-year-old Maltese mix who was surrendered to a local New Jersey shelter when his owners could no longer care for him. He was initially diagnosed with a heart murmur, but after further testing, it may be something much worse, such as leukemia. Ethan is seeing a specialist for a diagnosis and to come up with a plan for his care. He was adopted by a loving family that has three other dogs for Ethan to play with.

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

One of the most obvious barriers that must be addressed for a senior pet to be adopted is how to minimize the financial impact of their medical care for potential adopters. The dog which we were seeking assistance for was Mischief, a sweet senior dog who battles with arthritis and maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. In order to move Mischief into his forever home more quickly, grant funding is allocated to support his adopting family by 1) waiving Mischief’s $150 adoption fee; 2) funding just under two years of Proviable DC probiotic to reestablish healthy intestinal balance ($29.99 per 80-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 8 bottles = $239.92); and 3) funding one year of Galliprant 60 mg to treat Mischief’s osteoarthritis pain ($50.74 per 30-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 12 bottles = $608.88).

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

It is well documented by shelters and humane societies across the country, including PAWS Atlanta, that individuals and families looking to adopt are most often drawn to younger animals, particularly puppies and kittens. Adoptions take longer and become less frequent in direct correlation with a dog’s age. Many, many wonderful senior dogs come into our shelter, but they just do not move into their forever homes at a pace similar to younger, more active dogs. Our current length of stay for a senior dog is 105 days, compared to 65 days for younger dogs. Our goal is to reduce this length of stay for senior dogs, because we know that new surroundings and circumstances create an enormous amount of stress on an animal. Their worlds are turned upside down. To reduce this stress, dogs (and all abandoned pets) ideally need to be placed into their forever homes as quickly as possible. Being able to reduce the length of stay for a dog at our facility—especially a senior dog—is critical to reducing this stress and settling them into their new homes.

Grant funding through the Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Grant will help us, most importantly, find a forever home for Mischief and reduce the financial burden on his new family because of the medical care he requires. Funding also helps our organization because, as we move animals into their new homes, this opens space at our facility to help yet another dog or cat.

Unfortunately, Mischief has not been adopted yet, but he is in a wonderful foster home while he waits to find his new home. We know that once he is adopted, he will be greatly helped by this grant. Mischief’s photo and story have been highlighted repeatedly on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, since we received the grant. He has also been highlighted in our email blasts, is posted on the Petfinder site, and our shelter manager and adoption counselors have been talking about him to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Grant funding will be used to support Mischief, an 11-year-old, 75-lb. pit bull mix who came to us for safekeeping after his beloved parent passed away over a year ago. Mischief has not been adopted yet, but we have been working very hard to publicize Mischief using a variety of communication tools (e-newsletters, social-media outlets, etc.).

Currently, Mischief is staying with one of our foster families. Our foster family has really been enjoying Mischief, providing him with a lot of much-needed love. They recently told us, “Despite his name being Mischief, he’s a real easy-going kind of guy. He loves to be in the same room with us, especially his foster dad. He’s a good companion to his people and does exceptionally well with other dogs. Mischief loves to play with toys and adores treats of all kinds. Being an older dog, Mischief is really a low-key guy and would thrive in a home that is quiet. He has a tiny bit of separation anxiety and would probably love to be in a home with someone who is retired or works from home.”

We will continue our outreach efforts to find Mischief a permanent home and the funds generously donated by the Petfinder Foundation will be used for the purposes outlined in the grant. We are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its support of our organization and its commitment to join us in finding Mischief his forever home.

From his Petfinder profile: “Walking Mischief yesterday, he seemed like the happiest boy in the shelter — happy to have his paws on the trail, happy with all the delicious smells, happy to be outside, happy to have a human friend to walk with him. He’s a leisurely walker at 10, prone to many ‘sniff-stops’ to investigate who’s been where doing what. Mischief came to PAWS Atlanta for safekeeping after his beloved owner died. He loves that all the volunteers and staffers are making a big fuss over how handsome and sweet he is, and he loves it even more when they give him treats for being a good boy. Mischief is friendly with other dogs and would probably love to have a dog companion. Most of all, he would love to be back in a home with someone he can love and watch over. He seems house-trained and very used to being around people. This guy is just smooth, easy company. And, also, his tiny picket-fence teeth. Can we talk about his tiny picket-fence teeth?!” You can meet Mischief here.

Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P): Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to this generous grant, we were able to purchase some really nice things for sweet seniors Foxy and Daisy, including orthopedic beds, easy-step pet stairs, a nail dremel, high-quality dry and wet food, new collars and leashes, and flea and tick preventative, with remaining funds to cover their rabies vaccines and reduced adoption fee.

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

The orthopedic beds and stairs are especially helpful, since both Foxy and Daisy are 13 years old! The beds that we typically get donated do not provide the orthopedic support needed for their old bones, and the stairs will prevent potential injury from them jumping off the furniture. The ones we were able to purchase are wide and sturdy and the pups use them constantly.

While we get donations of dry and canned food, often it’s of lesser nutritional value and packed with fillers verses needed vitamins and minerals. The food we were able to purchase with this grant is Foxy- and Daisy-approved! They totally clean their bowls now. While we do provide flea and tick preventatives to our adoptable babies, they are expensive, so being able to purchase some through this grant is a huge savings for us!

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Foxy and Daisy were transferred to us together after they were found in the home where their owner had passed some time prior to their rescue. They were sick, confused, and in need of medical attention — how could we say no to these innocent babies when the shelter called? We knew these two would have to be fostered and adopted together. It took a while to get them healthy, but they have an amazing, albeit humble, foster mom, who is now adopting them — yay! They will live out their lives with stability, warm, comfortable beds, and full bellies. Petfinder Foundation, thank you!

Good Karma Pet Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

With your generous grant, we were able to fund Kane’s extensive medical needs and get him healthy and happy.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We rescued Kane from Broward County Animal Care in July 2019 after he was confiscated from his owner, who kept him outside, tied to a tree with insufficient food or shelter, for years. He was in terrible shape and had clearly been neglected with no medical care. When we took him on, he was full of tumors and needed a lot of medical care, including more than $1,000 a month in medications.

With this treatment, Kane made great progress and settled in to be a happy boy. His mobility improved, he started to play again, his pain was reduced and he became very goofy and funny with his foster and other dogs.

But then he started to decline in November. He lost his appetite and his quality of life diminished significantly. He had been through so much, his poor old body just gave out and he passed on Dec. 18, 2019.

While we were all devastated at his loss, we were so happy that, after years of neglect and suffering, he was able to know love and feel safe and happy for his last six months.

Rescuing complicated senior cases is often heartbreaking, but we know that, with your help, we were able to give Kane comfort and joy even for just a short time. He was loved and we miss him.

Thank you for helping us help Kane.

Oshkosh Area Humane Society: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used for senior animal adoption assistance, including costs associated with needed medication and/or special food for seniors with medical conditions.

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

Potential adopters may be wary of adopting an older animal because of known, and unknown, medical issues and the cost of treatment. Relieving some of the financial burden of caring for the animal removes barriers to adoption!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Pina Colada is a beautiful senior girl of approximately 9-10 years who came in as a stray. She is extremely sweet and affectionate. Medical diagnostics indicated hyperthyroidism along with severe digestion issues. Different treatments and food trials were introduced and she started doing well on a combination of prednisolone (a steroid) and Felimazole to treat her overactive thyroid. She was also successful with a new food called Science Diet GI Biome and canned food, Proplan EN. The cost of her medication and special diet for one year is $785, which we are sponsoring for her adopter. On Jan. 2, 2020, Pina Colada was adopted! We are so happy she found a loving home and we are grateful we can support her adopter by helping with the costs of her care.

Dachshund Rescue of Houston: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter surgery for each of our seniors. Reduction in adoption fees for seniors. Heartworm preventative (three months to each adopter).

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

Vet care is expensive, and this grant helped defray some of these costs. Seniors are especially vulnerable to less-than-minimal medical attention because “they’re just old dogs.” Heartworm preventative is expensive and each of our dogs starts as soon as they come to DRoH. Spay/neuter is the first step to new lives for these pups.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four of our seniors

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

Chrysanthemum (first photo) was our leading lady for senior adoptions. She charmed herself into a new life with her very own senior, Grace. Chrysanthemum, a.k.a. Libby, now visits (and attends) afternoon Mahjong games and socializes with other residents. A life of leisure for Libby and her very own person, Grace!

Two of the three other seniors from our posting have also been adopted, but Petey Shore (second photo) is still available. You can meet him here.

Georgia Jack Russell Rescue: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This is a senior-pet adoption grant for Buttons, a lovely older “lady” who is blind but fearless!

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

Buttons has been on a trial adoption period this past month and we are happy to say that her paperwork will be completed next Monday. We were so very lucky to find and be found by an adopter who has the willingness and the skill to take on a blind senior, and even more so that the family dogs have happily accepted Buttons, and she, them.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Buttons is a wonderfully sweet dog who has been blind for some time. Nothing can be done for her sight and she requires ongoing medication to keep her eyes comfortable, but she does not let anything slow her down. She is willing and ready to walk anywhere and smell the roses, the beach or the sidewalk. She recently completed an adoption trial and fits in nicely with her new family. As soon as they return from a short trip, we will make the adoption official! We are so happy to have found this special girl a special place where she can enjoy a new family of both people and dogs.

Because her adoption is not final until Jan. 20, you can still see her Petfinder profile here.

Heartland Animal Shelter: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Senior Pet Adoption Assistance grant was used to help promote Thyme for adoption, waive her adoption fee, and cover her medical expenses for life.

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

This grant helped us adopt out our longest-term feline resident, Thyme, who had been at the shelter for almost four years. She went home just in time for the holidays!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Thyme was our longest-term resident cat and had been at the shelter for almost four years. Because this much-adored senior has medical issues including epilepsy and is on lifelong medication for this condition, it was a challenge to find an adopter willing to welcome her into their lives. Removing these barriers to adoption and offering ongoing support to potential adopters made it easier for them to consider her. Before we knew it, she had multiple adoption applications (after going years without a single one) and this special and deserving senior was adopted into a loving home!