Senior Pet Adoption Grants

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to subsidize the adoption fee of a senior long-term rescue resident, Amelia.

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

The $250 funding from the Petfinder Foundation allowed 4 Paws 4 Life to successfully place Amelia with an adoptive family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Amelia was in rescue care for 378 days. Being a bully breed, she was overlooked until the Petfinder Foundation pushed her to the forefront with a waived adoption fee. A wonderful family was able to see her potential and gave her a forever home. From Facebook on Jan. 31, 2019: “Meet Amelia! Amelia came into the shelter as a single mom caring for her two pups. We were able to save the family and bring them to Colorado, where the puppies almost immediately found loving homes. Amelia has really flourished in her foster home. She is housebroken, great on a leash and super affectionate. She can be choosy with her canine friends but has yet to meet a human she doesn’t adore!”

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to help make Monte, one of our senior dogs who had been with our rescue for over a year, more adoptable. Thanks to the grant received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to cover the cost to his adoptive family of five months of Adequan Canine shots and the following supplements: Platinum Performance, Movoflex joint support, and Pain Plus.

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

This grant helped us promote Monte’s adoption by allowing us to offer potential adopters assistance in covering the cost of the medications and supplements he needed to manage the pain and discomfort caused by an old, untreated injury. Also, by helping us get Monte adopted, we’ll now have additional resources available to help other dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Monte first came to our rescue a little over eight years ago and we helped him find what we had hoped would be his forever home. Sadly, after about two years, his new mom, who had loved him dearly, passed away and he was returned to us. Monte was adopted a second time, but after five years he was once again returned to our rescue, this time as a senior with some health issues.

When Monte came back to us the second time, we were told that he had suddenly begun to have “accidents” in the house. Upon examination, we found that these “accidents” were due to crystals in his urine and a UTI, which we were able to treat through medication and a special diet. Sadly for Monte, a UTI was the least of his problems. He was also found to have damage to his left hip, right knee and an old fracture that hadn’t healed properly, leaving him with ongoing discomfort and pain. His condition could not be treated surgically, so we’ve had to manage it through medication, supplements and therapy. Due to his age and the cost to cover the lifelong care Monte needs, we received little interest from potential adopters and he remained with our rescue for over a year.

Thanks to the funding received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to offer assistance to his adoptive family in covering the cost of his care. He has now finally been adopted and will live out his years with a wonderful family.

Jelly's Place: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Part of the grant was used for a vet exam for Eddie, the dog originally awarded the grant. Unfortunately, Eddie died before he was adopted. The remainder has been allocated to Meka, a senior pittie who is still waiting adoption.

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

We were able to provide Eddie with a vet exam and the medications he needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Eddie (first photo) was a 12-year-old poodle with heart failure. He was very sweet and he needed daily medication to support his heart. Unfortunately, he crossed the rainbow bridge before he was adopted. Meka (second photo) is a 9- to 10-year-old pittie who’s a big girl but very sweet, even though she looks mean. She has a heart murmur and because of it has not been spayed yet. The grant allowed us to have a vet exam and spay scheduled for Meka. It will hopefully help her get adopted. We will waive the adoption fee and provide a bed that she won’t chew and any medications she might need. She is at Jelly’s Place pending adoption. Meet Meka here.

Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc./Safe Haven: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant was to support a DNA breed test and sponsor Goofy’s adoption fee.

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

Goofy’s DNA test revealed that he is 50% pit bull and 50% boxer — and his boxer side is from AKC champion lines! This allows us to confirm to potential adopters his true mix. In addition, the grant sponsors his adoption fee, which also allows us to showcase our partnership with the Petfinder Foundation! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Unfortunately Goofy is still available for adoption, but he is still a sweet, people-friendly, goofy boy waiting for that perfect home. Partnering with the Petfinder Foundation has really allowed him and so many of our other dogs to be seen and supported in so many ways! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! From his Petfinder profile: “Goofy is a SWEET 8-year-old, people-loving, happy, bouncy (and strong) boy. He enjoys his people and loves his off-leash runs. Goofy is very eager to please and energetic, so regular exercise is needed. He has come a long way and really could use a home environment to help him take his next steps. He is off-leash trained, loves swimming in a river, enjoys walks with a loose leash and enjoys playing retrieve with you. He would make a great companion for anyone who has a fenced property and would enjoy his company. Goofy is not dog-friendly and would need to be the only dog/pet in the home.” Meet Goofy here.

Humane Society of Warren County: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Supplies for a dog, Jackson. We purchased an orthopedic dog bed, a lifetime supply of joint supplements and ear cleaner, an elevated feeder bowl and a harness. We were able to offer these items to his adopter to ensure that any barriers to his adoption were removed. He has since been adopted, and his new family really appreciated the supplies.

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

We are so happy that Jackson will always have supplies that will keep him happy and healthy, and he was able to find his forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jackson had been at the shelter for over a year. He had been through so much since his arrival after being abandoned in an apartment with no care. He had regular ear infections, eventually requiring surgery, and a high prey drive, which made finding the right adopters difficult. It was so hard watching him go through all of these things alone, but thanks to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we knew that when the right family finally came around, Jackson would go home with everything he needed to live a long, happy, comfortable life. Jackson’s right people finally found their way here in the spring of 2019. They were so happy to receive such a great care package for Jackson, and have been back to let him visit with his staff friends. It is clear that Jackson loves his new mom and dad, and that they cherish him as well. Such a happy ending was made possible thanks to the Petfinder Foundation helping to remove the barriers to adopting a senior dog.

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.