Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Pennington County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to cover Joe’s adoption fee of $200, thirty hours of training,12 bags of food, and supplies such as a new bed, collar, and leash.

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

This grant helped us find Joe a loving home by defraying some of the costs associated with getting a senior pet. Thank you SO much, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Joe found his forever home on June 11, 2021 thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and Petfinder.com! This grant helped us find Joe a loving home and also broadened our foster care program thanks to the interest in Joe.

Joe, a senior Shiba Inu, came to our organization as a surrender bonded with another senior small dog, Bodie. Joe and Bodie were not wanted anymore. We did a senior wellness panel on Bodie and it was discovered that Joe’s best friend was in the final stages of kidney failure and was declining fast.

Joe lost his best friend. Joe was sad in the shelter. He is very sweet but had never been in a shelter environment. Joe did have a senior wellness panel done and his bloodwork was within normal limits. Unfortunately, Joe’s mental health wasn’t doing as well in the shelter environment. He was going back and forth to foster care, but now is in his permanent home! They are very happy with Joe, who enjoys watching birds, lounging around on the couch, and taking naps with his new people!

Fearless Kitty Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide the adopter with funds for the diet and medical needs Teddy must have in order to stay healthy and continue to thrive as a senior kitty.

The funds will specifically cover Teddy’s monthly expenses, including his raw-diet food and his subcutaneous fluids and supplies, including needles, lactated ringers, and line. It will also provide funding for the dietary supplements Teddy is on.

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

This grant was the catalyst that helped a senior kitty with a lot of special medical needs, and who needed special food and care, get adopted. It’s hard to find the right adopter who will take on a kitty they know is going to have a lot of expenses even before the walk out the door. This $1,000 grant is what made the difference for the adopter, knowing they will have the funding to keep providing Teddy with the things he will need to stay as healthy as he can, as long as he can.

Teddy’s length of stay in our rescue was over 550 days by the time he was adopted. This kitty was so deserving of a home, and this grant is what made it possible!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Teddy was rescued from the streets in Cottonwood, AZ, in 2019. This sweet boy is FIV+ and has GI (stomach) issues, ear issues, and kidney disease. He had a tough life on the streets, and we wanted him to feel all the love an indoor cat should feel. He became a volunteer and staff favorite right away at the rescue, and we all knew it would take a special someone to give Teddy his forever home.

Well, in March 2021, that special someone saw Teddy on our website and just had to make him part of their home. They understood all of Teddy’s needs, and they were happy to do whatever Teddy needed for the rest of his life. They reached out to us and we not only set up a meet-and-greet, they came in several times afterwards to learn how to give Teddy his subcutaneous fluids.

Because of logistics, the adopters were not able to take Teddy home until May, but that only made things more special for Teddy at the rescue because we knew he’d be going home soon and he was given even more love than ever (if that was possible)!

Humane Society for Animals, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant money is being used for medications we have ordered for Nanna. Our organization is purchasing the medications as prescribed by the veterinarian we use. We will give these to the adopters when Nanna is adopted.

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

We take our pets to the veterinarian and have shots, evaluations, surgeries, and medications for animals so they are in an adoptable condition to lessen the burden on adopters. Assistance for these costs helps our nonprofit and all the animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Nanna is such a sweet-natured girl and a family is very interested in her. They have been to the shelter four times to visit her. The family is struggling right now (their son has two broken arms), but they hope to be able to take Nanna into their home soon. She is still on Petfinder here.

Nanna was found abandoned in Siloam Springs, AR, on Feb. 22, 2021. We have had her in our care for more than two months. After years of neglect and a poor diet, she has tremendous skin problems. We have been treating her with steroids, Bravecto, antifungal medications, and antibiotics. She gets baths two times weekly for the oily skin and is on a good diet of Blue Buffalo Senior Formula.

She has improved somewhat, but her treatments will continue for a long time due to her age and the severity of her condition. She possibly had an autoimmune disorder for many years before coming to our shelter. It is estimated that the treatments will continue for the remainder of her life. We will use grant funds to subsidize medication and feeding costs for Nanna for four months. This will go to her adopter. Nanna’s costs for medications and feeding are $2967.48 per year.

We have looked into the solemn face that was gazing up at us and felt something very special about this canine, a pervasive feeling of peacefulness and tranquil acceptance. Together, we walked to the bark park where the shepherd’s story was revealed. Her fur was disheveled and her skin wrinkled, but even though her eyes looked sad, she shared the elation of life with the joyful expression of spirit that is the gift of the canines.

This 8-year-old quickly received her name, Nanna, which matches her life experience and her friendly, nurturing energies that are mirrored in the gentle swish, swish of her happy tail wag. She has been through some tough times and has suffered neglect and abandonment, but Nanna has an amazing desire to be with her humans and, when called, will come running to you with a bounce in her step.

She walks easily on-leash, performs an instant “sit” on request, and impressed the photographer with her alert, focused nature. Nanna is hoping for a home with a kind, caring human who can accept her wrinkled skin, slender body, and thinning fur and who can look beyond the superficial and see directly into the loving heart of a calm, senior canine.

Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to sponsor the adoption fees of some of our senior animals. Approved families did not have to pay the fees, encouraging them to give senior pets the opportunity of a forever family.

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

This grant helped FMAR receive more interest from the community in adopting and helping senior pets in need. Three of our senior pets were able to be adopted into loving families. Oftentimes, when considering taking home a senior pet, people are hesitant due to potential medical bills. Having a sponsored adoption fee helps adopting families save up for these other costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

First adopted out was O’Malley (first photo), a chunky senior kitty who was found a stray. He stayed at the shelter for a few months before finding the perfect family. Because his adoption fee was sponsored, his new family was able to take the extra step to get O’Malley the special diet he needed to help him shed some pounds! O’Malley’s total adoption fee would’ve been $120.

Next was a very old Yorkie named Kane (second photo). He came in needing to recover from kidney stones and needing urgent dental care. After we got him fixed up, he was able to find an amazing family who were thrilled to have his $300 adoption fee sponsored.

Last to get adopted was a very long-term resident named Shadow (third photo). She is a beautiful long-haired tabby cat who found a family with another senior kitty for her to snuggle up with. Shadow’s $80 adoption fee was sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant.

PALS Animal Life Savers: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will be used toward the cost of the special diet food and the medications that Leo needs for his skin allergies and asthma.

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

The grant was an incentive toward Leo’s adoption, as his care is expensive.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The grant helped Leo, an 11-year-old Maine Coon who was surrendered to PALS. When he first came to PALS, he developed several health issues that required emergency veterinary care. He is currently stable on special diet food for skin allergies and medication for asthma and eczema. After a year in a foster home, Leo was adopted by PALS volunteers Tom and Tracy. He joined four other PALS cats.

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

What was the money or product used for?

We took in a senior dog named Artie, who at 11 years old had diabetes and Cushing’s disease — both of which can be managed by medications, but the medications are expensive. The money from this grant was used to cover Artie’s adoption fee of $200, and 5.8 months of Artie’s Cushing’s and diabetes medications and supplies, which were passed on to the adopter.

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

The Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant allowed us to extend financial help to a potential adopter to pay for Artie’s adoption fee and 5.8 months of his Cushing’s and diabetes medications.

This helped PPR focus on searching for the ideal family for him rather than worrying about attracting an adopter who would have to pay $100+ a month in medical costs.

Artie deserved to be with a family that would love him for the rest of his days and realize that just being a bit older and having medical conditions doesn’t have any impact on how much love this little guy can bring to their lives. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping to facilitate Artie’s adoption!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Artie the Chihuahua came to PPR after his owner passed away. With both diabetes and Cushing’s disease, Artie had complicated health needs. Treatment is medication for life, constant monitoring, and a prescription diet. He was prescribed Vetroyl for Cushing’s and twice daily insulin shots for his diabetes.

Well-mannered Artie did great in foster care but was going to need a local adopter who could commit to being on top of his health conditions. Artie’s medications and supplies cost more than $100 per month. Artie needed a daily oral tablet for his Cushing’s, he needed his ears pricked twice a day to check his blood sugar, and he needed daily insulin injections.

We listed Artie for adoption on the Petfinder site and were waiting for a special person to adopt him. We are happy to report that we found that person and he was adopted! His new family was looking for a small dog and when the mom saw he had diabetes, she knew he was the one! She also has had diabetes since a young age and does daily insulin shots. When they met, Artie displayed all his charm and she couldn’t help but scoop him up to take home.

This is a very happy ending for Artie and we are so thrilled! Thank you for making such a difference with your grant.

Carolina Cat Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Belle is a senior kitty with thyroid issues and anemia. The grant funds were used to help get her adopted by discounting her adoption fee to zero and assisting the adopter with the first year of food and vet care. The funding was used for:

Adoption fee subsidy – $65
Methimazole – $40.15
B12 injectable – $7.99
100 ml of subcutaneous fluids – 6 bags $63.54
Food:
Royal Canin Renal + HP dry food – 4 bags $200
Royal Canin renal wet food – 6 orders – $250
Forza10 renal wet – 6 orders – $331
Two vet visits and bloodwork – $524

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

Belle had been up for adoption for six months with no interest at the time we applied for the grant. It helped Belle by spurring more interest in her and finding her a home. It helped our organization by adopting out a senior kitty whose cost of care was very expensive to the organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Belle started showing up (off and on) on my outdoor cameras in November 2019. She would run when I would try to talk to her, but I could tell she was not feral. She had been seen around my neighborhood for months and I’d always receive the same answer when I asked about her: “I think someone is caring for her.” My husband was able to get her to come to him in March 2020 and I scooped her up into a cat carrier and put her in the bathroom adjoining my foster room. The next day, off to the vet she went. The next six months we spent getting her medically stable thanks to Dr. Sanders at Purr and Bark in Raleigh, N.C.

On intake, she was all bones. Her ears were full of yeast, bacteria, and mites and were very painful to her. She was diagnosed with a urinary-tract infection that had likely spread to her kidneys. Her kidney values were high on her bloodwork. She had a leg injury or deformity. She had a mass at the base of her tail that could be infection, could be arthritis. She had thin hair from fleas and lack of nourishment. She was estimated to be 12 years old. She spent two weeks in the vet hospital receiving fluids, antibiotics, ear medication, and TLC. All she did was sleep. The vet and her staff described her as loving and a great patient.

When I brought her home to foster care, I learned how loving she was. She purred non-stop and wanted nothing more than to be near me and sit on my lap or lie on my chest. She got great comfort from a soft bed with a pet heating pad underneath. She drank nearly non-stop and had a good appetite. I told her daily, her ordeal was over, she was no longer unwanted or lost, she was a Carolina Cat now and would be taken care of.

We thought once we had the UTI and other medical conditions resolved, she would either go up for adoption or transport to our partner in New Hampshire for adoption. We have a pretty long wait for elderly pets to get adopted in N.C., but in N.H. they find homes rather quickly.

So she continued getting daily antibiotics, eye drops, and ear drops. She had a pet heating pad to lay her aching body on. She had soft food and plenty of fresh water. Then she went in for her next round of bloodwork and that is when we learned she had hyperthyroidism. Okay, we would get that under control and find her a home. Well, it wasn’t that simple: The hyperthyroidism was masking chronic kidney disease, so we had yet another hurdle to overcome.

After several months of trying various dosages and medications, special food, and bloodwork, and working closely with out vet, we finally found a regimen that works for her. She receives subcutaneous fluids twice a week, B12 injections twice a week, B-complex daily, methimazole twice a day, and prescription renal food. Her bloodwork was finally somewhat stable, although she was still mildly anemic.

Belle had been up for adoption for six months with no interest at the time we applied for the grant. We suspected that the cost of ongoing care was holding back potential adopters. With the funding, we were able to waive her adoption fee and purchase approximately six months worth of food and medical supplies for new family. She was adopted in February and is very happy to be the only pet in her new home.

PALS Animal Life SAvers: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money will be used to support the adoptive parents of senior cat Leo for expenses incurred. Leo currently is on a prescription diet (both wet and dry food) as well as medications.

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

This grant will assist with the essentials to ensure a happy, healthy life for Leo and his new family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Leo had been in foster with PALS since February 2020. Leo was surrendered by his family after the addition of a baby to the home. At 10 years old, Leo struggled with the changes in his life, but was always supported by his loving and caring foster parents. Leo experienced several health challenges during his time in foster but is now feeling healthier and more confident. After almost 14 months, his foster family decided that it was time to make it official and adopt Leo. They love him very much and were concerned that another change in his life would be more than he could take. Leo joins three other rescue felines in his new home.

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cayden has not yet been adopted, so we have not spent the money. We will use it to cover his adoption fee, the estimated costs of senior care over the next two years, and four bags of prescription food. It will take a special adopter for Cayden and we hope that offering some assistance will help us find a forever home that won’t be afraid of adopting a senior with special needs.

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

Although Cayden has not yet been adopted, these grants are valuable in helping to promote some of the cats who have been at the shelter or have special needs (like Cayden). We haven’t given up hope that we’ll find the perfect forever home for him!

How many pets did this grant help?

It will help one

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

Cayden was found in the ditch along a gravel road with another cat, dehydrated and emaciated (bottom photo). Upon intake and examination, we found that he had maggots in his eyes, mouth and penis. We can’t even imagine how much pain he was in and we are so thankful someone found them and brought them to Wildthunder to get the medical care they both desperately needed. Cayden means “fighter,” and he certainly is one! He had a will to live, and within three days of treatment, he was up walking!

Due to the injuries he sustained, he has ongoing urinary issues and requires a special diet of Hill’s Science Diet Prescription C/D food. Not only is Cayden a senior, he also requires special care for the urinary complications.

Cayden lives in a community room with other cats with similar special needs. He is a sweet boy with the bright blue eyes and we would love for him to find his forever home. After everything he has been through, he deserves that.

Our sweet Cayden was not yet been adopted despite our promoting him on our page with the added benefit of the Petfinder Foundation grant. We have not given up hope, though, and will continue to promote him so we can find his forever home.

Meet Cayden here.

Grateful Hearts Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the adoption fee and kitty food.

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

The grant helped to get a photo of Dr. Seuss out there.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dr. Seuss is a senior and FIV-positive kitty. Senior kitties and especially those who are FIV-positive are very hard to find homes for. Dr. Seuss was just adopted by a wonderful lady who was looking for a companion animal. Dr. Seuss was perfect for her!