Senior Pet Adoption Grants

San Nicola Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for awarding a grant for our large senior blind dog Jax who needs prescription food. So far we have not been able to find a reliable adopter for Jax. The one person who applied was out of state, is 21 years old, does not have an income and was very vague in the conversation. I did not trust the situation.

However, I keep networking for Jax. He is posted on Petfinder and other websites. Also, the blind-dog rescue posted him as a courtesy on their website.

The full amount of the grant is in the account of the rescue untouched.

I haven’t lost hope in finding the right person for him. Currently I have a lead: The librarian in Flagler, CO, said she would consider adopting Jax, but only in two months. Currently she is visiting with her family in another state.

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

The grant helps to get the interest from the web, but of course it is important to advertise Jax cautiously so as not to attract the wrong people.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jax is 8 years old and completely blind, probably from birth. He is a great dog — friendly, loving, and very willing to cooperate. He is good-looking and doesn’t look blind — you wouldn’t know it until he starts walking and bumping into things. He was transferred to our rescue from a Kansas shelter as a stray and a “difficult case,” and they wouldn’t keep him much longer. Once he came to the rescue, I realized that he is much easier to take care of than I had expected. He needs some assistance going up and down the stairs, mostly to spot him until he learns the size of the steps. On a flat surface, he pretty much follows your lead. He can be walked on a leash or without a leash, and he doesn’t pull. As a matter of fact, he is a great dog to take on a walk. At home he acts almost like any other dog, but unfortunately the other dogs sense that there’s something strange about him and mostly avoid him. With people, he is sweet and cuddly. He is in good health, but needs sensitive-stomach food such as Science Diet. The grant funds will be spent to sponsor his adoption fee, his first veterinarian visit after adoption, and sensitive-stomach food for a year.

I am sure he would make an awesome companion to someone who prefers shorter walks or has a yard. Someone just needs to give him a chance. He has not been adopted yet, but hopefully sooner or later there will be the right person who will want to help him. I think the grant would especially help a retired person, as the diet food he is on is rather expensive. Thank you! Meet Jax here.

Brown Dog Coalition: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our most complex medical case this year, Lydia Lou was brought to the vet with an array of problems: breast cancer, an ectopic pregnancy, other physical ailments from being overbred, heartworm, AND overgrown/torn-out toenails. Because of the variety of conditions Lydia Lou had, it wasn’t guaranteed that she would survive all the necessary procedures.

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

This grant greatly contributes to funding the surgery that removed Lydia Lou’s cancerous tumors and ectopic pregnancy.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Because of the variety of conditions Lydia Lou had, it wasn’t guaranteed that she would survive all the necessary procedures. Despite a few hiccups during surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy and tumors, Lydia Lou is alive, well, and pretty miffed that she has to wear a cone! Lydia Lou is now recovering in a foster home where, when she’s healthy enough, she will undergo heartworm treatment. Her foster says: “Even with all of this, she is a gentle angel. Little thing is one tough nugget! Lydia Lou has had the most horrible life. I want her to heal and get to know what a loving life is. My heart breaks for her. She will be the perfect companion for someone.”

The All Pet Brigade Foundation, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to purchase Vetmedin for our senior beagle, Babe, now renamed Marsha. Babe will need to be on a fairly costly monthly medicine for her degenerative heart valve disease for the remainder of her life. With help from Petfinder Foundation, Babe’s entire first year of medication is covered! This medicine was purchased through our primary vet, Grain Valley Animal Hospital in Grain Valley, Missouri.

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

This one grant ensured that our senior lady got her vital medicine as well as ensuring a wonderful home in the process.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Babe was found as a stray on the rural streets of Oak Grove, Missouri. This senior lady was soon after diagnosed with a moderate heart congestion that left her future adoption in doubt. Through love, prayers, and the intervention of the Petfinder Foundation, her dream of a home was soon realized. Babe was adopted shortly after we were granted funds for Vetmedin medication, which assisted her both physically and mentally. She is now in a wonderful home and we have had quite a few personal follow-ups to see the miracle this grant has been for her.

Friends of Companion Animals: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our special-needs, senior pet named Kat the cat!

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

Having the extra funds to cover the adoption, exam and medicine was super helpful because it freed up funds so we could advertise Kat as the star of our Cats for Seniors program. In fact, her adopter came to us because of an insert ad we created using Kat’s picture. That lead her to check out Kat’s bio on Petfinder.com and, after reading it, she knew she had to meet Kat face-to-face.

How many pets did this grant help?

One very grateful cat seeking a forever home; however, the publicity has helped us drum up support for our Cats for Seniors program in general.

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

Kat, our senior cat, came to us a couple years ago when one of our volunteers was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, she passed and Kat, who has a thyroid condition, was suddenly parent-less. Finding a home for her has proved to be problematic. She had some applicants over the years, but they were never a good fit (either they were too active, couldn’t provide adequate care, didn’t have the financial resources or Kat simply didn’t make a connection with them).

However, all that changed March 2019. Knowing that we had a Senior Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we knew we could spend a little extra to promote Kat in some of our advertising venues. She was featured via a Facebook ad and in our local coupon publication called Town Money Saver, which is how Kat’s new mom made her way to Petfinder and then to us directly. She visited our shelter and almost instantly they were a match, so it was a “done deal.” Kat found her new person and her person found a new companion to keep her company.

Thanks to the senior cat grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to cover Kat’s adoption fee while also getting her a complete wellness check prior to going to the new home. The adopter also received food and the medication Kat needs, which should last for at least the next two years, along with instructions on how to administer it. We also covered Kat’s transportation to her new home. This way, the adopter, who uses public transportation, didn’t have to worry about getting her there to her house.

In conclusion, Kat needed someone who could offer her the time and support she needs to have an enriched life in her final years. Our adopter wanted to save a senior cat who could keep her company. It’s a perfect match and all of us couldn’t be happier for everyone.

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for:
Adoption Fee Sponsorship: $195
Medications for One Year: $314.97
Veterinary Check Ups (exam cost) for One Year: $436.53
Total: $946.50

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped in finding Tippy a forever family. Tippy is a senior who had been with Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., for more than six years and, due to his age and chronic heart condition, he was less adoptable and overlooked. We used the grant to sponsor his adoption fee as well as offer one year of paid veterinary checkups (sponsoring the exam fee) and a one-year supply of heart medications. This extra incentive has helped Tippy find his forever home and family. After six years of caring for Tippy, we all are very happy that he will be spending his last years with a family of his very own. Tippy was adopted thanks to the funding from this grant program.

Lab Lovers Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We pledged to use the money for Sammy’s pain meds and joint supplements, as well as waived his adoption fee. He has not been adopted so we are still providing the meds.

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

We are a very small rescue, so to receive $1,000 in grant money towards the care of a senior dog is a huge help. It would take us several fundraisers to even come close to raising that much money. Because of this grant, we are able to provide wonderful care for Sammy without draining our resources, which we can now use towards the care of other dogs in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant was to be used specifically for one dog, so, one.

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

Sadly, Sammy has still not been adopted. The ability to offer the grant has raised his visibility and, while we’ve had more inquiries, we received only one application and that adopter chose not to pursue things. We have not had a single person actually meet the dog since he’s been in our care (11 months). From Sammy’s Petfinder profile: “Hi, my name is a Sammy. I’m 13 years old, weigh 70 lbs., and am told I’m a handsome, purebred yellow Labrador retriever. My sister, Sasha, is 11 years old, weighs 73 lbs., and I know she’s a pretty, purebred chocolate Labrador retriever. We are a bonded pair that can’t live without each other so to adopt me, you must also adopt Sasha.

“GOOD NEWS! The Petfinder Foundation awarded us a grant to help get me adopted! The money will be used to provide a year’s worth of the pain medications I need for my creaky old hips, and a year’s worth of joint supplements that help my mobility, too. The grant also covers my adoption fee.

“Sasha and I love each other very much and have lived together since she was 8 weeks old. I’m very sociable and follow our foster mom around. Sasha keeps track of both of us.” Meet Sammy here.

Paws for Life Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant will cover the $60 adoption fee of a senior cat, Finnegan, and it funds approximately four years of Feline Enteric Support supplement from Standard Process, which, at $0.23 a pill (one tablet two times daily) will altogether total $732 (reimbursed to adopter).

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

This grant helps Paws for Life offer funding (adoption fee, supplements) to an adopter in hopes of facilitating the adoption of a very handsome senior cat. We appreciate all the support that the Petfinder Foundation gives Paws for Life to enable us to save more lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant is for Finnegan, a senior cat with pancreatitis which is managed with supplements. While he has had inquires, he has sadly not received any applications for adoption. He is still waiting for his forever home! The grant will cover his adoption fee and approximately four years of supplements. His profile can be found here.

National Mill Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We waived the $300 adoption fee for Sophie, a one-eyed, 7-year-old Maltese who had been a puppy-mill breeding dog all of her life until she was rescued.

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

Waiving the fee was a nice bonus for the family that adopted Sophie. It may have influenced their decision to choose her over another dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Recently, one of our special senior Maltese pups finally got her adoption day! Sophie has fought quite the battle to get to this day, including birthing a litter of pups she was carrying when she arrived at National Mill Dog Rescue, losing an eye (prior to arrival), and an injured leg! She is one tough little fighter. She certainly deserves the wonderful family who found her! She will have a terrific fur sister named Molly, too. Congratulations on your forever family, Sophie! We wish you all the best in the world! You can see a video of her here.

Animal Rescue New Orleans: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

ARNO used the funds to provide meds for Sweetie and offer meds included with her adoption.

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

This grant helped ARNO provide much-needed meds to Sweetie and also offer future meds to her adopter to make her more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

One beautiful, disabled senior

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

The Petfinder Foundation helped bring about a miracle for a senior pet: Sweetie was given a chance. Animal Rescue New Orleans rescued her from a municipal shelter, where she had been brought in the back of a pick-up truck with her gentle muzzle duct-taped. She could not walk on her back legs and would have been euthanized at the shelter had we not rescued her. X-rays later showed arthritis from old injuries, but also that Sweetie had been shot with a pellet gun. She still carries plastic pellets in her body.

Although when we got her, Sweetie could not walk on her back legs without a sling, but our vet believed that, with cage rest and medication, she would be able walk again. When you first awarded ARNO this grant, she had just started to walk. She has since gone into a foster-to-adopt home, where she is walking with no sling and doing great. She is going to be adopted. We could not have done it without your support! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation.

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Heartworm treatment and heartworm preventative

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

The dog, Coal, was adopted by a family that wanted him but did not have the funds for heartworm treatment. This grant helped get Coal adopted into a loving family.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog

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

Coal is a friendly Chow mix who is approximately 8 years old. He is a curious and playful dude who follows simple commands. He came to the shelter on Oct. 31, 2018, as a stray from the Snellville area. A wonderful family came to our shelter looking for a dog and Coal caught their eye immediately. When they took him out to the bonding pen, they all fell in love with him. Coal was heartworm-positive, and this grant help pay for the heartworm treatment as well as heartworm preventative for Coal to keep him healthy. Coal is loved very much by his new family.