Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used to cover Blossom’s adoption fee of $185 and 15 months of Blossom’s heart medication, pimobendan (brand name Vetmedin), for her adopter.

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

By being able to offer the adopter financial help with Blossom’s costly heart medication, we were able to find a suitable adopter sooner rather than later, and got Blossom in her forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Twelve-year-old Blossom was dumped in South Florida and picked up by a good Samaritan. PPR was called and asked if we could help because she was in bad shape. We are well-known for taking in special-needs dogs and are experienced at getting these dogs the treatment they need and rehabbing them to the point of being adoptable and having happy lives down the road with a new family. We couldn’t say no knowing that this girl needed lots of medical care.

When Blossom first arrived at our vet partner, she was very quiet and disconnected, not engaging with our vet staff at all. This was not surprising since she had been left to fend for herself, outside, and all alone. After a thorough exam, our vet found her to be deaf, with an enlarged heart (grade-4), immature cataracts in both eyes, a sebaceous cyst on her right hip, thickened mammary glands, moderate to severe tartar on her teeth, and pyometra (uterine infection). With all this going on, we gave her several medicines to help make her better. She had to have surgery pretty quickly to treat the pyometra.

Sweet little Blossom needed to recover from her surgery and take time to get rid of her infection. Due to her enlarged heart, she could only do short walks and it was important to keep her from overheating. In her loving foster home, she perked up quite a bit compared to her demeanor at intake. She did really well in her foster home and became very attached to her foster family. She got along with the foster family’s other dogs and also with the foster’s young grandchildren.

Our goal was to give Blossom appropriate time to heal and eventually be listed for adoption. After completing her spay and vaccinations, getting a dental, and being prescribed the proper dosage of heart medication, Blossom was ready to be listed for adoption. She needed a special adopter for several reasons: 1. She was 12 years old, 2. she had a grade-4 serious heart condition that required expensive monthly medication as well as blood tests every six months, and it was unknown how much time she might have left and 3. she wasn’t housetrained and, at her age, will never be fully trained.

Luckily, Blossom ended up being a foster fail: Her foster family just couldn’t let her go and adopted her. They fell crazy in love with this sweet senior and she will live a wonderful life with the family and never have to worry about fending for herself again.

Outta the Cage: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help cover medical care for two “unadoptable” dogs: Kira and Georgie.

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

Kira is a senior girl who is dog-friendly and adoptable. But as soon as people heard she’d had surgery to remove a mammary tumor, they decided to look at other dogs.

Georgie was in the shelter for 14 months with a torn ACL. Again, no one wanted a dog with medical expenses. We rescued her and had her ACL fixed, then put her in recovery boarding for eight weeks so that she could heal. This cost us over $3,000.

How many pets did this grant help?

BOTH Kira and Georgie have been adopted since their operations!!!!

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

We rescued Kira, a 10-year-old pittie mix, from Downey shelter on her last day. She had been left there by her owners, who didn’t want to deal with a large mammary mass. Of course, no adopters stepped forward, and Kira was red-listed.

We rescued Kira and got her surgery: the removal of her right mammary chain. We then found a foster, Valerie (with Kira in the first and second photos), to help her recover. During that time, she saw an oncologist who didn’t see any evidence of cancer spread. But she had complications, including an antibiotic-resistant infection that was serious.

Then we found another foster, Mika, who ultimately adopted Kira. Kira is now happy with Mika in her new home, and Valerie, her first foster, recently visited Kira and Mika (third photo)!

Georgie (fourth photo) was in the shelter for 14 months with a torn ACL. No one wanted a dog with medical expenses. We rescued her and had her ACL fixed, then put her in recovery boarding for eight weeks so that she could heal.

She’s since been adopted by a great family in the Valley who already adore her (fifth and sixth photos). The feeling is mutual. Georgie (her new name is Jojo) is enjoying a healthy routine that includes a fun morning walk, rest in her crate, and playtime hunting for lizards (her absolute FAVE activity!).

Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to keep Bennie safe and comfortable while he waited for his new family by providing him a comfortable bed, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, high-quality food, new jackets, and a waived adoption fee. Thank you!

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

Thanks to funding received, we were able to ensure Bennie received everything he needed while in foster care and to help minimize initial costs for his adopter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bennie was the most overlooked pet we had. We thought he was absolutely the cutest, but hounds are a dime a dozen around here and, like many larger dogs, Bennie was passed over for the smaller, cuter pups.

But Bennie hit the jackpot when his adopter found him. Bennie loves being outdoors (when not stealing your spot on the couch) and his adopter couldn’t have been more perfect. As lovers of the outdoors, Bennie and his new mom are constantly walking/hiking, so Bennie gets his exercise and can smell to his heart’s content while spending time making awesome memories with his best friend!

Cat Town: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used for post-adoption support of a senior cat named Sequoia. The grant provided for medical care and special prescription food needed for her health.

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

This grant allowed us to offer to support the ongoing cost of care and prescription food for a senior cat. Sequoia had been in our care for almost two years before being adopted, and these grant funds helped remove cost-of-care as a barrier to her adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We took Sequoia into our care from our local municipal shelter, where she was on the euthanasia list. She is the most affectionate, loving cat you could care to meet, but she had the worst dental disease any of us had seen, and very severe, chronic respiratory infections.

We immediately had her seen at our veterinarian, where they diagnosed stomatitis and completed a full-mouth extraction. She was also diagnosed with early-stage kidney disease. Even after recovering from her dental surgery, she continued having severe mucous discharge from her nose and mouth.

We were eventually able to get that under control through a special diet, but then poor Sequoia got sick again and started vomiting. This time our veterinarian believed she had a mass in her stomach, which needed to be scoped and biopsied. Good news: It was “just” an ulcer, and easily treatable. Our little Sequoia was a trooper through all of this, with nothing but the sweetest disposition. She continued to have health issues and requires an expensive special diet, both of which were barriers to her being adopted.

Thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption grant and Cat Town’s “In It For Life” program, we were able to offer to cover the cost of her food, and her medical care, for the rest of her life. With cost removed as a barrier, sweet Sequoia was quickly adopted and is living her best life!

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Senior Pet Adoption Grants 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?

The grant made it possible for Olivia Pope to find the loving placement she deserved in an adoptive home. Her adopter received follow-up vet care at PAWS, medications, and prescription food for her kidney health.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Olivia Pope was found as a stray, entered the city shelter, and was then rescued by PAWS on Oct. 15, 2019. We estimated her to be around 10 years old.

While Olivia Pope was in our care, our veterinary team diagnosed her with kidney issues that could be managed but not cured, as well as a heart murmur and eye issues. With her medical concerns mounting, her foster parent, Kimberly, decided to commit to her for life, however long that would be. We performed an adoption to make it official, with no fee charged thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. We also provided Olivia Pope with three months of vet visits along with several needed medications and a prescription renal diet. 

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This amazingly helpful grant of $1,000 was used to support the adoption of the individual senior pet named in the application. Her name is Twinkle and the money was spent specifically on diagnostic testing to determine the cause of her chronic intestinal trouble, ongoing care and treatment toward a cure, and a supply of her special diet to relieve some expenses for her adoptive family.

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

This grant was not only lifesaving for Twinkle, it gave a much-needed boost to the morale and enthusiasm of our volunteers during these uncertain and difficult times. Often, in rescue, one individual pet is so gentle and sweet that he or she feels special to everyone. This is the case with Twinkle. It was deeply emotional for our volunteers to continue to try, week after week, to relieve Twinkle’s severe abdominal discomfort as she struggled with intestinal allergies and inflammatory bowel disease. When funding became available to help her in some very real and practical ways, and when her symptoms resolved and she became the happy, comfortable kitty she deserved to be, the relief and joy and gratitude of all who know Twinkle was profound! Twinkle’s permanent place in her adoptive home is now confirmed, thanks to this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, the senior kitty named Twinkle — as well as all of the hundreds of other pets cared for by our re-energized volunteers!!

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

Hello, everyone! My name is Twinkle — yes, like “a twinkle in your eye” and “twinkle, twinkle, little star.” I guess I got my name because I have sort of a twinkly personality, all happy and chirpy. But I wasn’t always this happy. For a while there, I was actually pretty miserable.

The first sad thing that happened to me was that my special person who loved me passed away suddenly and I got sent away to a place where kitties go when there is no one to love them. I was really upset and scared, and I think that is when my tummy first got sick.

Then I got adopted by a really nice family and they loved me a lot and I tried to get my twinkly personality back. But as I got older, my tummy got sicker. I started to have stinky accidents all over the house. I felt really bad about this, but I truly couldn’t help it. The stinky stuff would get all over my legs and tail and eventually I couldn’t even keep myself clean any more, and everyone knows how much cats like to be clean. It was really embarrassing and I got very sad about everything.

When things got really bad, and my tummy hurt a lot, my family finally took me to the doctor. The doctor said it would cost a lot of money to find out what was wrong with me, so my family took me to another one of those places where kitties go when there is no one to love them. I guess they didn’t love me as much as I thought.

But, even though I didn’t know it at the time, I was very lucky. The place they took me to is especially for kitties like me who are sick and need to get well so they can find their real forever homes! I went to the doctor a lot of times. I didn’t really mind because everyone was really nice to me, even the doctor. I had a lot of tests and different medicines and special foods. I tried to be really good and cooperative to show everyone how grateful I was for them trying to help me. I kept getting better and better and pretty soon I wasn’t having stinky accidents any more. What a relief that was! I remembered how much I liked to be clean and so I started cleaning myself again.

Then, best of all, when I felt better I got my twinkle back! The nicest family in the world noticed, and they said they really wanted to adopt me, but they were a little worried about the cost of my medicine and special food. When they found out that there was some money to help with my expenses, they adopted me right away! I have gotten well so much that I hardly need medicine at all any more, just my special food and, of course, the best medicine of all: Love. Thank you for helping me. Twinkle

Happy Tales Ranch and Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our senior cat who was sponsored was adopted today.

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

I wanted to give you an update!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Frannie, our sponsored senior pet, went home today. Pictured is the young lady who fell in love with her and fully understood what a senior pet meant and her lifespan.

Panora P.E.T.S.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Given to the adopter of a senior kitty who had been treated for cancer.

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

It allowed our organization to financially assist a senior kitty’s adopter with future vet visits if the cancer he was previously treated for returned.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The following is a posting we did about Yager. We had already applied for a $1,000 Petfinder Foundation grant a few weeks prior to the post since he is a senior kitty and had been treated for an aggressive form of cancer. We believed he had a very limited chance for adoption and hoped that if some financial assistance was available to his adopter in the event that his cancer returned, it would increase his chance for adoption. As it turned out, a wonderful adopter opened her heart to him without ever knowing about the grant.

March 13, 2020 Facebook post: Yager doesn’t believe that Friday the 13th can be as unlucky as all the bad luck he has had. He’s a senior who is missing a front leg and was turned outside in the middle of winter to fend for himself after his owner died. Oh, and did we mention that his one front paw is declawed and that he had a large growth near his back leg? How’s that for some bad luck?!

Although Yager was thin, scared, and filthy when he got to us, none of that kept him from being amazingly friendly and sweet. He showed his gratitude for being inside where it was safe and warm with oodles and oodles of purrs and head bumps. He settled right in, began putting on weight, and groomed his dirty coat until it shined.

As it turned out, the growth on his back leg was an aggressive form of cancer and was successfully removed. He is in good health now and does very well with just three legs (including using the litterbox without issue). Yager is the most gentle and loving kitty and he is extremely easy to take care of. He gets along easily with other kitties, and although we haven’t seen him interact with dogs, his purr-sonality seems to suggest that he would do fine after a proper introduction.

He minds his own business and prefers to sleep on the bottom rung of the kitty tree and loves to be brushed as he rolls around on his back. And he still has some spunk when batting at the kitty wand, pawing at the laser light, and tossing around some catnip toys as well! Yager is approximately 10-11 years old and is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. He sports a cute-as-can-be black-and-white tuxedo coat and eyes that stare at you with love and admiration. ❤️

We did a follow up Facebook post on July 9, 2020: In June we were contacted by the Petfinder Foundation about the status of our still-pending grant application. We told them that Yager had been adopted but if we were awarded the grant, our intention was to give it to his adopter for future veterinary care and treatment. A few days later, we received word that our application had been approved and we would be receiving a $1,000 grant! We happily sent Yager’s adopter the check accompanied by a letter explaining the grant and received a lovely response back.

She shared that Yager is doing wonderful and is such a great kitty. He minds his own business, comes for loves, and is very tidy. He talks quite a bit and loves to head-bonk at the weirdest times. She went on to say that he sleeps between the pillows on the bed every night and occasionally will reach out to touch her face with his one front paw. She thanked us for letting her adopt him and noted that it turned out that she needed him as much as he needed her.

Her response concluded by saying that she appreciated the grant money, and fortunately, was not in a position to need it, but understood the uncertainty of his future health. She decided to donate a portion of the money back to us to be used in assisting another senior kitty find a home. We couldn’t be more appreciative of her generosity and for knowing that Yager found such a wonderful home. We are also so thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding the grant and making this heartwarming story possible.

Underdogs Rock! Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for our senior program, The Elders of Underdog. The money was used to pay the adoption fee for Oscar and Thor, two 15-year-old bonded dogs who were locally owner-surrendered to us in very poor physical shape. The money was also used to fund ongoing medical care for Oscar, who has a heart murmur and takes medication.

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

This grant helped us pay for the following:
Thor: blood panel and dental with extractions
Oscar: x-rays for spinal issues and blood work for dental and anemia. Heart medications for murmur, dental.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two: Oscar and Thor

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

Oscar and Thor have been adopted. This is the story shared with our volunteers: “Sometimes it’s meant to be. Thor and Oscar were listed on Craig’s List as ‘free to a good home.’ They are both 15 years old and they were both in pretty rough shape, especially the doxie, Oscar. Both needed dentals badly, and Oscar also has a heart murmur and anemia. We rescued them and Chops Holste and Mary fostered them. As time went on and our applications just weren’t the best fit for these two, Mary and Chops decided to adopt them. I mean really, they aren’t going anywhere at this point. 🙂

“Kari Boss applied for a Petfinder Foundation grant for seniors and we received $1,000 towards their adoption fee and medical treatment!

“A big thanks to Kari, Mary and Chops, and the Petfinder Foundation for a lot of teamwork getting these pups what they needed: healthy mouths and bodies and a whole lotta love. ❤️”

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Senior Pet Adoption Assistance grant helped us find the right home for Ella — and she didn’t need to go far to find it! Ella was initially placed in a foster home with a college-aged student at the University of Minnesota, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit and campus closed, we needed to move Ella when her foster returned to her hometown. Ella found a new foster home with a great couple who ended up falling in love with her. Ella’s adoption fee was sponsored, as well as a reactivity-focused training class and a year’s worth of meds to help with her anxiety.

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

This grant helped us find the right match for Ella, but not only that, Ella’s foster was so touched that she’d like to pay it forward and sponsor another harder-to-place dog’s adoption fee.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ella, a 10-year-old pit mix, was surrendered to TCPR by her family in January 2020. Ella was adopted by the family at 1.5 years old and notes from the shelter had indicated that Ella showed some resource guarding, but the family was able to manage the behavior and prevent any escalation with the other resident dog. However, the family recently had a baby and felt they could no longer safely manage resource guarding and subsequent reactivity with the other resident dog and devote the time necessary to behavioral management.

Ultimately, it was the right decision both for the family, but also for Ella — as a senior, she shouldn’t live out the end of her life quarantined and separated from her people. In the right home, we believed Ella could live her golden years happily, as she was sweet and friendly toward people. Given her prey drive and resource guarding, she was unable to be adopted to a home with other pets, making her placement as a senior more difficult.

Ella was adopted by her foster (see details in above paragraph)! This grant not only helped Ella, but it will indirectly help another dog find their home, as the adopter would like to pay it forward and sponsor the fee for another dog in rescue!