Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Live Love Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To provide Johnny’s adoptive family with support for his ongoing heart medication and future medical care so that his family can focus on giving Johnny love. By offering this support, financial concerns can be taken off the table when a family is considering adopting Johnny.

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

We strive to be a resource for our local community and shelter and rescue dogs who have urgent medical needs, are senior, or both. Johnny is one such case. Since he was found as a very sick stray with a baseball-sized tumor in his rear, we knew that the shelter would not have the resources to care for him. Our community came together to help this very sweet old man get the surgeries that he needed. He captured a huge social media following; however, when potential adopters learned about his ongoing medical needs, many were dissuaded. The Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant allowed us to take these concerns off the table and allowed us to match Johnny with a wonderful mom, who has specialized in adopting and caring for senior dogs and is a senior woman herself. We are thrilled that Johnny will have the very best home, be able to be spoiled and loved by his mom, and provide his mom the best type of companionship in her golden years. We could not have made this wonderful match without the help of the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Johnny was found as a stray in Long Beach. He was starving and had a prominent, baseball-sized tumor in his rear. Despite being so sick, he was playful, friendly and amazing with kids. In partnership with our vet, we were able to help Johnny heal via mass-removal, bladder-stone removal and neuter surgeries. He would need ongoing chronic medications for his heart condition and close monitoring of his health, but he was ready for a forever home. Johnny’s adorable face and gentle nature with kids and dogs made him a social-media star and he was loved everywhere he went. We had many inquiries for adoption, but when discussing his future health needs, we found them to be a roadblock for some families. By being able to offer the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, we found that many families felt that they could set aside concerns for financial costs and focus on making sure that their home was the right fit for Johnny. Our main concern was that Johnny could find a quiet home where he could relax and be spoiled. When Cori reached out to us, we were thrilled. It was magical to see her and Johnny together and we are thrilled that Johnny, our senior pup, could offer love and companionship to a senior human.

Bald is Beautiful Hairless & Small Breed Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a 2019 Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant in June 2019. Bellaboo, the dog we received the grant for, was finally matched with the perfect home and went home on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Her mom has been issued a check and will use it for medications and medical supplies for Bellaboo to treat her diabetes and Cushing disease.

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

The grant allowed us to help identify an adopter who could handle the medical needs of Bellaboo and we have passed the grant on to her to help defray the cost of the medications.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Bellaboo was taken in to our rescue after being surrendered to a local vet’s office as her family could not provide for her. Her blood sugar was over 600 at the time and her Cushing disease had been untreated. Once she was stabilized, we brought her into the rescue to help find her the perfect home. Bella waited several months for just the right home to find her, and on Jan. 11, her new moms and her foster moms each drove four hours one way to give Bella to her new family. She now has dog siblings, a monkey sibling, two moms who adore her, and lots of toys and clothes, and she gets to go to work with her one mom every day at her grooming shop. We couldn’t be happier!

New Hope Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used towards Bobbi’s adoption fee and veterinary costs after his adoption was finalized, which included tests for his diabetes and Cushing disease and medicine to treat those conditions, as well as cataracts.

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 directly assisted us in successfully adopting Bobbi out to a loving forever home. He had been with us for 21 months, but we had been unsuccessful in placing him until we received this grant. We’d had quite a few applications for him, but once we disclosed how much his monthly medications cost, the adopters backed out. The grant paid for Bobbi’s adoption fee and we are using the remainder by paying for Bobbi’s medical costs at the adopter’s veterinary office until the grant has been spent in full.

From his Petfinder profile: “I am Bobbi, a handsome shih tzu-bichon cross. I am 8 years old. I am crate-trained and house-trained. I currently weigh 10 kg. My foster mom takes me on daily walks to make sure I get my exercise. A guy has to look good!

“I have been diagnosed with diabetes and Cushing diseases. I am on medications for that and take them without any fuss! I will need these medications for the rest of my life and once you apply to meet me, my foster mom can give you more details about that.

“Now that you have read my story, I am sure you realize how special I am. I am looking for a loving family who will understand my needs. Having diabetic cataracts, I have virtually no vision in both my eyes. I do learn quickly to be mobile and independent. I need to go to a home with another canine sibling to help me adjust and settle in. Being diabetic, I need to go out every few hours to use the bathroom, so I do need a home where someone is home more.”

Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Chico is a larger senior dog and therefore has joint issues and pain. We purchased Rimadyl and Cosequin to help ease his discomfort. When an adopter is identified, we will provide three months of the same items for his care.

We boosted our Facebook posts that specifically identify Chico as an adoptable pet and we were able to reach a much wider target audience. We also included the fact that grant money was available to assist in his adoption and care. We will continue to promote Chico on social media and elsewhere.

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

It is always challenging to find homes for senior dogs. Chico had a rough life and has many tumors that may detract from his appearance, but having the funds to promote him as adoptable on media such as Facebook and in local newspapers and our own newsletter will help find that right person for him.

It is important that we can afford the medication he needs and the veterinary care. When people visit the shelter and understand the depth of care that our dogs and cats receive, they begin to appreciate the costs involved and the number of volunteer hours required to accomplish that.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, although we do have other dogs taking Rimadyl.

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

When we applied for the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, it was with the intention of finding Chico a fur-ever home. He is a good-natured boy who had obviously had a rough life before he came to us. He was abandoned by his previous family. At first, he was very reserved and wary of our volunteers, but now he loves his exercise time in the yard and still has a playful side. He can be seen throwing his toys around and loves to interact with the volunteers who care for him. We will continue to search for the right home for Chico. You can meet him here.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will provide approximately six months worth of prescription food and medication for Whitman, a senior cat, in his new home.

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

Whitman was adopted on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2019, after 440 days in our care. Being able to offer his new family this safety net was an added perk that solidified their commitment to his lifelong care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Whitman spent 440 days with the VHS. He came in with a very angry, red, itchy face and eyes. He constantly scratched, even finding ways to scratch around his E-collar, and eventually had to have an eye removed from infection. We spent several months trying to determine the cause of his allergies using trial and error, and he visited a dermatologist in July. We finally found the right combination that worked for him, and had to give it a few weeks to work. He was available for adoption most of that time, but not as visible as many of our other cats because he lived in our Spay & Neuter Clinic under close supervision. Finally, someone adopted him on Dec. 29. She was on board with his extra lifelong expense even before we were able to let her know that, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, the first six months were covered!

Eden Animal Haven: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to cover the adoption fee for 11-year-old Alexandra and and the cost of her monthly cortisone injections to help with the arthritis in her hips.

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

Without a doubt, this grant helped Alexandra find her adoptive home. She had been in our care for four months with no one interested in adopting her due to her being a senior cat with arthritis. Within days of us promoting her story and the Petfinder Foundation grant, she was adopted! Not only that, but due to the savings, her best friend (Fancy) was adopted with her! This then freed up space for us to rescue two other senior cats. 🙂 So even though this grant was applied directly to Alexandra, three other cats were indirectly helped through that!

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Shortly after we got the news that we’d qualified for the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we took Alexandra on our local news station to share about her and the Petfinder Foundation grant that would cover her arthritis treatments for life. We also promoted the TV segment through social media. You can see the video here.

A few days later, we were contacted by a young lady who worked for the news station and had seen Alexandra’s story. She had recently moved to our area and was wanting a cat companion to share her apartment with. She fell in love with Alexandra’s adorable face and story. Due to her new job and limited income, she was overjoyed to hear that Alexandra’s arthritis treatments would be covered, as well as her adoption fee! Due to this great savings, she was also able to adopt Alexandra’s best friend, Fancy! Now Alexandra and Fancy are enjoying their lives together with their new mom (second photo) thanks to the Petfinder Foundation!

Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fee of $125
Crate $85
Bed, blankets, toys $250

Supplements: The remainder of the funds were used to get two different veterinary check-ups (since it took so long for us to find her a home after receiving the grant). This included an update on all vaccinations, blood work including a senior panel, and monthly Heartgard for the adopters.

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

This grant provided a senior dog in our care with not only vet care and quality-of-life items, but aided in her finding her forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

CJ had been up for adoption for 11 years. Some of her time waiting was at the kennel and some was in and out of foster homes. I think the main barrier was her intensity with other dogs and her exuberant energy. One day, a new volunteer came to Saving Grace and began spending time with her. Brandi Lewis began taking CJ on day-trip outings, overnights, ice-cream dates, etc.

This is what she had to say: “We fell in love with CJ about seven months ago. She was waiting for us to take her forever and we made the promise that we would never give up on her. She is now going to be spoiled every day.”

CJ gets to be an inside dog, just like she deserves. She goes on a one-mile walk twice daily and loves to play fetch. We couldn’t have prayed for a better ending.

Two dogs were helped with this grant: The crate, bed, blankets, and toys were donated back by the adopters as a pay-it-forward, so our sweet Rosie was sent with these items to her new home!

From Facebook: “After ELEVEN YEARS of waiting, CJ has finally been adopted! Brandi and Stephen have been a blessing to the Saving Grace dogs. They take them for outings, sleepovers, and also foster little Abby. CJ captured their hearts and they decided weekly outings weren’t enough time with this precious old lady. She gets to be a spoiled only child with Stephen and we couldn’t be happier. We cried tears of joy as she left yesterday. Our hearts are so full of joy and gratitude. Calamity Jane is so deserving of a good life in a forever home, and she finally gets her happily ever after.”

American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for Lillian, whom we rescued as a senior and who was quite sick with liver disease.

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

This grant helped Lillian stay on her medication, as it covered medications, vet visits, and an ultrasound. With this grant, we were able to do bloodwork and other tests to make sure she was not getting any worse. Lillian continues to do very well in her adoptive home. She is a happy and healthy 13- to 14-year-old American Eskimo dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Lillian was rescued from the Humane Society of Missouri. They released her because she was “nippy.” When we rescued her, we took her to the vet and checked her blood and urine. Based on those results, we did an ultrasound that showed that Lillian had gallbladder disease and may have been having “mini” gallbladder attacks, which caused her pain. Since she is now on the appropriate medications, she has improved so much, is not in any pain, and is not nipping! She was doing great and was ready for her new home. In order to get her adopted, we were able to tell the new parents that we could cover her medications and vet visits for the next three years. Twelve months at $150 per month is $1,800. The $1,000 grant helped us with this adoption and gave Lillian the chance to go into a new home and not have to remain in our rescue group. Lillian deserved a forever, loving home!

Lillian was adopted by a family that was used to the American Eskimo dog, as Lillian could be a little snappy, but that was probably because when we got her, she was in a lot of pain. We could not even pick her up, she was so painful. Not any longer! With the help of this grant, we were able to get a complete diagnosis and continued medications for Lillian.

Jackson County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the adoption fee and Dasuquin joint-health supplements for one of our senior dogs, Red Run.

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

We were able to get Red Run adopted. Also, the article about Red Run in the newspaper helped to make the community aware of the shelter’s needs, and we have gotten donations because of this to help with other senior dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Red Run is an 8-year-old, 21-lb male terrier who came to us via a transport from Dade City, Florida. As part of the Saving Death Row Dogs and Cats program, we take in animals from high[-intake] shelters. Red Run was on the list to be euthanized in Dade City because of his age, but because of the transport and great volunteers, we were able to save him. He was the only one of the animals who came on that transport who still needed to be adopted. Red Run is good on a leash and is mellow. He gets along well with other dogs and cats.

Besides the issue of his age, he also has some joint problems and needs to be on a joint-health supplement to help him move better. Red Run was a great dog with a lot to offer, but adopters were concerned about the price of the supplements. He’d had a difficult life and deserved a loving home to live out the rest of his days. We knew he would make a good companion if just given the chance.

The grant money was used for his adoption fee, which was 70 dollars, and Dasuquin supplements, which are $47 for an eight-week supply. We used the funds to purchase the Dasuquin for a two-year period.

We put an article in our local paper about Red Run and the grant that we received. We got a lot of calls from potential adopters and were able to find a man who fit with Red Run’s personality.

Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To fund medications and other medical costs for a senior cat, Addie, in our care. Addie, thus far, has not been adopted. She is 14 with some urinary issues. She is on medication to help this, but her right person has just not discovered this wonderful girl yet.

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

This grant has helped us highlight Addie to potential adopters at the shelter and we tell them that we will provide medication for her after adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Addie is a sweet old girl who came to Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) via our intake program with a local open-admission shelter. Addie has litter-box issues and is on medication and a special diet to help with this. Our vet team and volunteers are giving her great care! Addie prefers to be an only cat. This, coupled with her lifetime need to be on medication, fluoxetine, and the extra cost of urinary-care food, turns off most adopters. OAR is honest in sharing this information and also letting potential adopters know that she sometimes “thinks outside the box.”

As you can see from the photos, Addie is an office favorite and a fine supervisor!

An older cat with health issues is not for everyone, but OAR hopes that by providing an adopter with medication and covering some other expenses, her person will see past the costs and focus on her beautiful (and spirited) personality. She has not been adopted yet. We know her day will come! Meet Addie here.