Senior Pet Adoption Grants

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.

Oshkosh Area Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money will be used to treat Rayna’s diabetes and provide her with a special diet. She is on Science Diet dry, which cost $86 a month, and Science Diet canned, which costs $21.47 per month. Her insulin needles cost $10.46 per month. The Vetsulin costs $124.32 per month, with two injections per day. The bloodwork: Glucose and fructosamine level rechecks are done approximately every two weeks at $24 each until Dr. Wickman confirms she’s regulated. The total cost per month is $290.25 a month, or $3,483.00 per year. The cost is significantly higher than what we stated in the original grant.

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

Rayna’s diabetes was recently regulated and she is now ready for her new forever home. The generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation will help fund the cost of Rayna’s care for one year. Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

When Rayna arrived at OAHS, she was severely underweight and couldn’t drink enough water. Staff immediately suspected diabetes, and test results confirmed the condition. Even though she had clearly been without treatment for the condition for some time, her wagging tail and face-washing kisses never stopped.

Some other shelters might not have used precious resources to help a diabetic dog, but OAHS is committed to giving every animal the best opportunity to find a loving home, and that includes providing needed medical care. It took many months to get Rayna’s insulin and dosage just right, and now she is the healthiest she’s been in a long time. She will happily drop tennis balls in your lap in hopes of a game of fetch or climb on the couch with you for a cuddle and a snooze. Rayna is truly all about LOVE!

We want to see this sweet girl in the forever home she deserves. Unfortunately, the costs of her insulin and specialty food pose a financial barrier to many potential adopters. In addition to a wonderful grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help fund Rayna’s care for a year, staff and volunteers believed in Rayna so much that they began a Rally for Rayna campaign to raise money to help offset the costs of her medicine and food for her new adopter for the rest of her life. So far, just from the generosity of volunteers and staff,the cost of almost a year’s worth of food and insulin has been raised, plus an additional year from the Petfinder Foundation!

Rayna is still listed for adoption on Petfinder. You can meet her here.

Wadena County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Mojo (senior hard-to-adopt dog)’s Adoption Fee
Indestructible Crate
Indestructable Crate Pad
Large Durachew Chicken Bone
Large Durachew Knot Bone
XXL Extreme Kong
Weight Management Greenies 4 Pack
Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

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

This grant helped Mojo get adopted through a reduced-adoption-fee post, set him up for success in the home by providing a tool for managing his territorial behaviors (an indestructible crate) when visitors came, and prevented him from having to need further obstruction surgery by supplying his adopters with indestructible toys and supplies. It helped us empty one kennel that sat full for a long time with a very sad dog. That made both Mojo very happy and the other dogs that kennel could then be used for happy too since we could save them! Because the grant helped us adopt a dog who had been holding a kennel for a long time, we think it helped save at least nine more lives by opening that kennel more quickly than had we not received it. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Mojo had been at the shelter for more than 100 days, and he was breaking the staff’s hearts. WCHS applied for a Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant to help him get adopted, and we are happy to share that he was awarded $665 to go toward reducing his adoption fee and providing his future family with needed supplies. Shortly after, our adorable smooshy face with a big underbite was adopted!

Mojo had a lot going against him. He is a senior, he’s a big dog, he needs to be an only pet, and he is loyal to a fault — becoming overly protective when strangers visit. But we knew he was exactly what someone was looking for with his very loving, loyal nature. Because Mojo once needed obstruction surgery after eating a sock, WCHS, with the help of the Petfinder Foundation, provided his adopter with a brand-new, indestructible kennel, indestructible bedding, slow feeders, durable chew toys, and all the things he would need to stay healthy. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for saving Mojo!

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

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used towards assisting in the adoption of our senior pet, Holly “Girlfriend.”

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

The grant helped by providing services such as a waived adoption fee to potential adopters for Holly!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Holly “Girlfriend” has been in our care for 10 months is still available for adoption. She was brought to our shelter back in April 2018 as an owner-surrender. The reason for her surrender is unknown. In Holly’s time here at the shelter, many of the employees have grown quite attached to her. She received her nickname “Girlfriend” from one of our employees and she loves it! Holly was actually adopted in August 2018 by a family that was over the moon for her. That’s why it was quite shocking when she showed up at our shelter once again as a stray. We reached out to the adopters and questioned the situation; they didn’t seem too concerned for her getting loose. She was reclaimed by the adopters and a few weeks later showed up at our shelter once again — except this time, the adopters did not want her back. We still love Holly very much, but we certainly wish she had found her forever home by now.

We have now promoted her adoption as being FREE in hopes of gaining some new interest with this pet. We hope this will help get her a forever home very soon! From her Petfinder profile: “Meet Holly! A 10-years-young Lab mix. Holly is very outgoing and still has a lot of spunk left. She does need to work on her walking manners, but is very snuggly and LOVES to get attention. She would do best in a home without cats and can be dog-tested.” You can meet her here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

This grant covered necessary costs of diagnostics and veterinary treatment for Dolly, a rescued senior dog with skin infections and liver disease. It also enabled us to waive her adoption fee, making her adoption more accessible in consideration of the ongoing veterinary care she is going to need.

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

We are thrilled to report that, thanks to the care she has received, Dolly’s conditions are stable and well-managed, and she has officially found an adoptive home! From neglected stray to pampered pet, she now has the loving family she deserves. The Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant made her happy beginning a reality.

Rescuing senior pets is central to our lifesaving mission and an essential part of the effort to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Thanks to supporters like the Petfinder Foundation, 2019 is already shaping up to be a record-breaking year of lifesaving for PAWS and for the city of Philadelphia. We are grateful for your ongoing partnership.

How many pets did this grant help?

2 (Dolly, plus the next dog we were able to rescue thanks to the open space left behind by her adoption!)

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

Dolly, age 7-10, was found by animal-control officers back in September, wandering a South Philly park alone and suffering from hair loss and badly itching skin. PAWS took her in to provide the care she desperately needed and left behind an empty kennel at the city shelter for the next dog in need.

During her time with us, Dolly showed a variety of symptoms that led to a diagnosis of liver disease; however, with ongoing care, our vets determined this lively girl could enjoy a good quality of life for her golden years. Now in her forever home, that’s exactly what she plans to do!

We have shared Dolly’s story and thanked the Petfinder publicly on Facebook and Twitter.

We are also proud to recognize Petfinder Foundation’s support with logo placement on our website as a valued PAWS Partner.

Valley Animal Haven: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was utilized to provide much-needed dental procedures for Lionel, a senior cat at our facility. He spent two months at our Office Administrator’s house as a foster and he is now back at our facility, ready for adoption!

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

This grant assisted us in providing care for one of our animals who needed significant dental work. The grant improved Lionel’s quality of life significantly.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lionel came to our rescue from a sad situation. He also had significant dental issues and required extensive dental work. This grant provided Lionel with the dental work he needed. He had eight teeth extracted and he is feeling much better now! He is still young at heart and enjoys nap time the most. Although his dental work exceeded the quote we initially received, we were able to provide the care he desperately needed through this grant.

Lionel is still looking for his fur-ever family. Meet him here.

National Mill Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to cover Salsa’s adoption fee of $200 and the estimated cost of her heart medication, which is $190. Salsa and her bonded pal, Dudley, were adopted on Jan. 22, 2019. She had been with NMDR since 2014!

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

It helped our organization cover a portion of the cost of rescue and care for Salsa. Any time a gift or grant is received, it gives our mission a lift so that we can keep going back for more discarded mill dogs.

It also helped her adopter make a decision to take her home, knowing the cost of her medication would be covered and the adoption fee was waived. Every incentive helps move our precious dogs to happy homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Salsa was a commercial breeding dog in a puppy mill for the first seven years of her life. Then, in 2014, the mill owner decided she was no more good to him. He was about to take her to one of Missouri’s notorious dog auctions when Theresa Strader of National Mill Dog Rescue stepped in to save her. Salsa is a timid Chihuahua who Theresa could see right away would not do well in a kennel setting, so she has been in a foster home for the past four-plus years. There, she bonded with Dudley, another senior foster Chi. (Here’s a video of Salsa.)

For inexplicable reasons, Salsa was one of the least viewed dogs on our and Petfinder’s websites. She was simply passed over in favor of other dogs. But when Angie Morrissey of Longmont, Colo., and her two children decided they wanted Dudley, they couldn’t bear to adopt him without Salsa, who was so dependent on him for her security.

Because Salsa was not their first choice, it really helped the family make the decision to take her when they learned there would be no adoption fee and the cost of her heart medication would be covered for the rest of her life!

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping Salsa find her forever home.

Acadiana Animal Aid: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $700 awarded to Acadiana Animal Aid is being used for Bree’s medication and wellness exams in her adoptive home.

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

This grant helped us promote Bree, a 7-year-old Lab who has been in our care for the past six years, for adoption. We received multiple applications and have selected one that is currently pending.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bree arrived at Acadiana Animal Aid on March 21, 2013. Bree’s adoption will be considered a “Compassionate Adoption,” under which Acadiana Animal Aid will provide her medications and wellness exams with a waived fee. The grant funds will contribute to: Bree’s waived adoption fee, which is $200; Bree’s prescribed medications: one capsule of Fluoxetine per day and one tablet of Alprazolam as needed for severe weather anxiety; and annual wellness exams, which will include flea/tick/heartworm prevention for the year, a heartworm snap test, and DA2PP, bordetella, and rabies vaccines. Acadiana Animal Aid will provide this care for the remainder of Bree’s lifetime, expected to be four to seven more years.

After patiently waiting for her chance at a furever home for nearly six years, Bree is hoping 2019 will be her year! Bree is smart as a whip and learns like lightning. She has mastered her commands and loves to perform them! She adores leaning against her people to return hugs and gentle touches. At 7 years young, Bree is an active, affectionate, and amazing companion! She is also the lucky recipient of a wonderful grant from the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Program — a huge thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for supporting one of our most special girls!

Bree received multiple applications, and the most appropriate applicant for her is one of our previous adopters in Colorado. We have had multiple discussions with her about Bree’s adoption and her status is currently pending. We are currently planning a meeting between Bree and her potential family to take place within the next two months. In the meantime, we are preparing Bree by increasing the frequency of her introductions with other dogs to ensure a smooth transition and a comfortable future. Meet Bree here.

Gone to The Dogs Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dolly’s mammary tumor was removed and tested. She was also heartworm tested (result negative) and spayed. Costs incurred prior to grant application (and subsequently approved with grant) were rabies vaccine, blood work, fecal test and doxcycyline.

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

Dolly’s medical expenses would have greatly diminished our veterinary fund for our current dog residents. The Petfinder Foundation grant enabled us to save Dolly and provide safe sanctuary for her while we find her a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In September 2018, Dolly was picked up by the County Municipal Animal Control as a stray. She did not have any identification, and was scared and thin. She was a middle-aged girl who still had spunk in her and wanted to share her love for life. Shortly after that, a lump appeared on her tummy, and her tenure in the County Shelter was questionable. With her zest for life, she needed to share her sunshine with others and we decided to save her.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, she had all the preliminary test work done, the tumor was removed, and tests showed that it was benign! Dolly has not been adopted yet, but we are sharing her and will find her a new home! The photos show her after surgery. Meet Dolly here.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds have not yet been spent. They will be used to find a second-chance home for Gypsy, a senior horse currently being evaluated.

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

Once a home is found for Gypsy, we will have an opening to take in another rescue horse.

How many pets did this grant help?

It will ultimately help two horses: Gypsy and another that we are able to take in once space is available.

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

Gypsy’s Good Groove (“Gypsy”), approximately 25 years old, is a Hackney-type pony who arrived at DEFHR for rehabilitation in November 2018 from West Virginia, where she had been a stray for several years. She is a senior with Cushing’s disease, requiring medication to manage it, as well as special feed to help her maintain a healthy weight and optimum wellness. Gypsy is currently undergoing evaluation. As soon as she is ready for adoption, her marketing campaign will be launched, including letting prospective adopters know that the Petfinder Foundation grant will help with the adoption/guardian fee, transport to the second-chance home, and one year’s medication and feed. Please see budget below:
Guardian fee – $100
Transportation to guardian home – $160
Cushing’s disease medication – $280
Specialty feed (senior) – $460
TOTAL: $1,000