Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adopter receives funding to assist with the cost of medication, prescribed food and supplements for the duration of the adoptable senior pet’s lifetime.

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

This grant provided incentive to a potential adopter to offset medical costs for a senior dog who had been at Little Shelter for almost two years. Brynn was on several medications and supplements for kidney issues. Little Shelter was able to alleviate the expense of Brynn’s medication for almost a year to her new family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We are so happy to be able to share with you that Brynn has been adopted! When Brynn first arrived at Little Shelter two years ago, she was very ill. This poor girl’s body was riddled with mammary tumors that encompassed every nipple on both sides of her belly. Mammary tumors are a common problem with unspayed females, but this was one of the worst cases we had seen. Through the determination of Little Shelter’s staff and Brynn’s own will, she made it through all her treatments and was declared cancer-free.

The only thing left to do was to find Brynn the perfect home. During her time at Little Shelter, Brynn made friends with every staff member and volunteer. She spent her days hanging out in the adoption office or sunning herself by the front gate, where she could greet visitors in hopes of finding a family of her own. Brynn quickly became a favorite and would enjoy home-cooked meals that volunteers would bring in, as well as occasional car rides, which she loved. One day a family came in looking for a senior dog and Brynn came right up to them, wagging her tail and looking for love. Needless to say, they fell in love with the senior pitty on the spot.

A few days later, staff and volunteers gathered to say goodbye. Brynn was excited to have all her friends come to give her attention, and even more excited when she realized she was going for a car ride. Staff brought her to her new home and helped her family get her all cozy and comfortable. Now she is enjoying the life she’s always deserved – a life of luxury and being spoiled like the queen she truly is. Congratulations, Brynn and your new family!

Partners for Pets Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding provided by the Petfinder Foundation was used to promote the adoption of a dog in our care, Francis. Unfortunately, Francis has not been adopted just yet, but we have high hopes that our sweet girl will find her home very soon, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s assistance!

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

We will waive Francis’s adoption fee, which is $175, and sponsor one year of her veterinarian-recommended diet. When Francis came to us it was determined that her skin condition was due to allergies. She is required to be kept on a special diet to keep her coat healthy. Each bag of food is roughly $60, with one bag being purchased per month.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Francis came to Partners for Pets on Jan. 31, 2019, after being surrendered by her owner to St. Clair County Animal Care and Control due to her age (she’s 12) and a horrible skin condition due to allergies. Francis was passed up for several weeks at Animal Control due to her age and the way she looked. Partners saw something different. We saw a dog who needed a second chance and some special care. She is an amazing dog, with quite a lot of spunk despite her age. Although Francis has yet to find her happily ever after, we have no doubt her charming forever home is out there. Meet Francis here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used to cover Leo’s adoption fee of $200 for the new adopter, and to supply the new owner with seven months of Leo’s heart medications.

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

We believe that, by offering an adopter financial help with Leo’s costly heart medications, we were able to cast a wider net to attract people who would be willing to consider adopting Leo, a senior dog with ongoing medical expenses. With this grant, we significantly reduced the amount of time it would normally take to find a suitable adopter and get Leo in his forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Leo is a special-needs senior Peekapoo boy who came into Poodle and Pooch Rescue’s care on April 19, 2019. His owners had taken him to a boarding facility in south Florida and never came back to pick him up. When the boarding facility finally reached his family, they said they didn’t want him and that if they were forced to come back for him, they were immediately taking him to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Knowing he was a senior dog and very likely to be passed over at MDAS, since they have nearly 400 dogs currently up for adoption, the boarding facility called Poodle and Pooch and asked us to help. We have strong relationships with many Florida shelters, boarding facilities, and vets’ offices, who know we have an outstanding ability and deep experience in taking in senior dogs, providing them excellent medical care, and finding them new forever homes in which to see out their golden years. We often get calls, e-mails and pleas on Facebook to help senior dogs in the state because they know we have the compassion to help seniors in need.

We had Leo transported to one of our vet partners, Chuluota Vet Hospital, where Dr. Zern (the practice owner) examined him. Leo was aged at 13 years old, weighed 13.4 lbs. (thin), was heartworm-negative, had lenticular sclerosis, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was coughing. His heart murmur grade is a 5 out of 6, he has good joints, his urinalysis was normal, and he had an enlarged heart with marked pulmonary changes due to CHF and a large spleen.

Our goal was to give the appropriate treatment to Leo in order to prepare him for a foster home and, eventually, adoption. After completing his vaccinations, getting a dental and being prescribed the proper dosage of heart medications (Furosemide, Enalapril and Vetmedin), Leo moved into a Poodle and Pooch foster home. Leo needed a special adopter for several reasons: 1. He was 13 years old, 2. he had a serious heart condition that required expensive monthly medication and it was unknown how much time he might have left, and 3. he required a belly band due to frequent urination (caused by one of his meds).

We posted Leo for adoption on Petfinder and are happy to report that Leo found his forever home and was adopted on June 27, 2019. He’s such a sweet, happy and loving boy and deserves to live out his final years as a beloved part of a family.

Homeward Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will be used to purchase a year’s worth of insulin, insulin syringes and prescription food for Bella, a senior diabetic cat. Unfortunately, she has not yet been adopted, so we have not yet spent the money, but have been promoting her more in hopes that her new home can be found soon!

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

We are using this grant as an incentive to adopt Bella, our senior diabetic cat. Bella has been waiting over two years for a home and has not found one yet. We are hopeful that this grant will give someone the final “push” to meet Bella and fall in love!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bella has not yet been adopted. From her Petfinder profile: “My name is Bella, and I am a sweet, shy girl, with the softest of fur! I’m a little older gal, so I like to relax and take life at a slower pace. I am diabetic, so I take insulin shots after every meal, but I do take them very easily, so don’t that deter you from meeting me! I am a total sweetheart, and I would just love a nice, quiet home to spoil me! Come and meet me today — I’m sure you’ll fall in love!” Meet Bella here.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to remove the barrier to adoption for our senior pet, Walter, who had been in our care for several months. The funds were used for neuter surgery and waiving the adoption fee for his new family.

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

The grant funds directly helped a senior pet, Walter, by removing adoption-cost barrier and helping him to connect with potential adopters he otherwise may have not had the chance to meet.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant directly helped senior pet Walter find his furever family. Walter is a 12-year-old Queensland heeler mix who was rescued from Pinal County Animal Care and Control after he was found roaming a gas station in Casa Grande, AZ. He was emaciated, dirty and covered in ticks; it was obvious he had been out in the desert for a few weeks, but otherwise, he appeared healthy. Despite his ordeal, he was friendly upon intake, and to our surprise, had a microchip; but sadly, his owners refused to claim him due to his age, leaving him to die alone at the shelter. Abandoned and confused, Walter spent two months at the shelter before a plea was sent to rescue him, and on the eve before he was scheduled for euthanasia, we answered the call and rescued him, bringing him to a loving foster home where he was safe and comfortable.

In rescue, Walter’s light really started to shine, and he brightened every day with his infectious smile and gentle spirit. He is a happy, healthy, polite gentleman who wants nothing more than to spend time with his family and nap in the yard. He loves car rides, pancakes for breakfast and “spaw” days. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to find a family, he was in rescue for six months, and there wasn’t any interest in a large, senior pet ready for retirement.

Although he was happy, he was not home. As time went by with no interest, his adoptability declined, so in an effort to increase his chances of finding the right family and generate more interest, we requested a grant of $400 to waive his adoption fee $175 and cover the cost of neuter surgery for $225, which included mandatory surgical bloodwork for seniors ($175 surgery/$50 senior blood panel). We believed that this would open up the opportunity for more families to adopt, and also ensure he had all proper vetting prior to adoption.

Walter was adopted by a retired couple who wanted a friendly older companion, and Walter was the perfect fit. They appreciated his waived fee, as they are on a budget and the waived fee reduced the stress associated with bringing a new pet home. Instead, they used some of that money to treat Walter to a spaw day (second photo)!

Rescued Rescuers: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used to cover the cost of Shyla’s Cushing’s disease medicine to enable her to be more adoptable.

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

Shyla was successfully adopted, making room for another dog in need to be fostered.

How many pets did this grant help?

Shyla, plus the dog who took her vacant spot in rescue

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

Shyla was a wonderful, sweet mixed-breed senior dog who found her way to the Rescued Rescuers via the shelter. As a dachshund rescue, we have the hardest time placing the mixed breeds, and because of Shyla’s breed mix, along with her age and her medical condition, she was constantly overlooked and had been with us for much longer than usual. We looked to the generous Petfinder Foundation grant to help cover her known future medical costs. Once we did that, magically the right family found her and she is now living the life of luxury. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

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

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

This grant helped us to get Lillian the medications and tests that she required in order for her to live a normal life not in pain.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The money was used for Lillian, who was sick with gallbladder disease. She had an ultrasound and we found out she had a clogged gallbladder, so she could have been having some gallbladder attacks and thus was in pain. Therefore she needed medications and is still on Denamarin, which is helping her liver. She is also on Actigall, which keeps her gallbladder cleaned out. Since we were able to provide her with the needed medications, she is now able to live in her wonderful forever home. Lillian has a lot of energy and she just wants to be a dog.

Lillian is 13 years old now and was let go at the age of 12. Senior dogs are hard to get adopted, especially when they are sick! She is doing very well now and has a very loving, caring family. They stay in touch, too.

Tri-County Humane Society (DBA Tri-County Animal Rescue): Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to treat our senior rat-terrier mix Minnie’s behavioral issues. We spent quite a bit of the grant on a trainer who worked extensively with her. The funds were also used to waive her adoption fee and provide her forever family with heartworm and flea and tick prevention.

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

This grant 100% changed the life of one of our very sad pups. Minnie’s history is absolutely heartbreaking. Minnie, a rat-terrier mix, was rescued by Tri-County along with eight other dogs over two years ago from a horrendous hoarding situation in Athens, GA. They were living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. The eight dogs she arrived with were adopted quite quickly, but Minnie remained. There were two issues that made finding a forever home for her challenging: Minnie came to us a senior, and she was consumed with fear.

It was an incredible experience to see Minnie’s transformation after working with a trainer. She still has trust issues, but working one-on-one with a professional made a huge difference. It helped turn a dog who we once feared was unadoptable into a pet with a shot at a second chance. Thanks to your generosity, all of us at the shelter have a renewed sense of hope, because on April 20, 2019, Minnie left our shelter in the loving arms of her forever family.

And she wasn’t the only dog who benefited from your generous grant: Minnie’s adoption opened up an additional kennel and I am pleased to report that since April 20, 2019, nine other dogs have been placed in Minnie’s old kennel and eight of them have found forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

Our beloved Minnie, a senior rat-terrier mix, had spent the first 10 years of her life living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. Prior to Tri-County rescuing her over two years ago, she lived her life in a heartbreaking hoarding situation. Minnie arrived at our shelter consumed with fear, and no matter how much love we lavished on her, shelter life was incredibly stressful for her. Despair was written all over Minnie’s face; life had disappointed her. We knew that she was desperate to form a connection, but she was paralyzed with fear. Staff and volunteers could barely make physical contact with her. She’d growl sometimes, but never showed aggression. It was hard to look into Minnie’s eyes, because they were filled with such a deep longing. Minnie needed someone to become her “person.”

We frequently highlighted her on social media, but truth be told, while we NEVER give up on any one of our animals, given Minnie’s age and issues, we were beginning to lose hope that she would ever experience the feeling of being in a secure home filled with love. Your grant helped change all of that. The moment we had the funds in-hand, we hired an animal behaviorist/trainer and he began working with her one-on-one. The transformation was pretty astounding. On April 20, 2019 — two long years after her arrival — Minnie left our shelter in the loving arms of her forever family.

Since that time, nine other dogs have been saved thanks to that open kennel space, and thus far, eight of them have been adopted. But this grant didn’t just help our beloved dogs — it gave the entire staff at Tri-County (as well as our volunteers and loyal followers) a much-needed boost in morale. Minnie’s adoption reminded us all that it’s never too late for a dog to experience happily ever after. Minnie’s adoption further strengthened our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and homeless dogs and cats.

Whisker City: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money Whisker City received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to help one of our senior diabetic cats, Rock. This grant enabled us to provide his future adopter with a three-month supply of insulin, syringes, high-quality food and a discounted adoption fee.

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

Rock has been with us for several months, and the fact that he’s diabetic has made it difficult to find potential adopters. This grant has allowed us to promote Rock more with a discounted adoption fee, along with a three-month supply of insulin, syringes and high-quality food.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

When Rock arrived at Whisker City at the end of 2018, he was in rough shape. He was very lethargic, was walking on his back hocks and had limited mobility. He also was drinking excessively, which led us to believe that he was diabetic. After a trip to the vet, it was confirmed that Rock was in fact diabetic, so we started him on insulin and high-quality food. With time, Rock has made an amazing transformation and we are now happy to say that Rock’s diabetes is easily managed. He’s much more active these days, he’s no longer in pain and gets around without issues.

Rock is still waiting for his forever home, but we are confident that his perfect match is out there waiting for him. Whoever adopts him is going to be very lucky to have such an amazing cat. Meet Rock here.

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!”