Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rehabilitating Monty, a miniature pinscher. We will waive Monte’s adoption fee, which is $100. Monte is on insulin, five units, twice per day. The insulin costs about $35 per month, but we have had insulin donated. He is also on pancreatic enzymes.

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

Monty is now healthy and well, though not adopted because his medications cost about $200 per month. He is diabetic and needs to be on pancreatic enzymes.

How many pets did this grant help?

One – Monty

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

Monty was left in a building with little or no food and not much care for about eight months. The house was dirty and awful. The person who contacted me was a sister-in-law of the person who owned him and knew his situation was deplorable. She worried every night, knowing that he was living in these conditions, but because her brother and the owner had divorced, it made communication very difficult.

Our rescue was contacted and asked to accept Monty, which we did. He came to us emaciated, with major medical issues. Other than needing vaccines and blood work, he was diabetic and needed pancreatic enzymes. Slowly, Monty put on weight. We had his glucose levels checked on multiple occasions, and we finally got his insulin dosage correct. The pancreatic enzymes helped immensely.

Today, Monty is a healthy dog who will unfortunately probably never be adopted because his insulin and his pancreatic enzymes are costly. Not a problem! He can live with us if he has a good quality of life, and we believe that will be for a very long time. Active, playful, gets along with other dogs and a true family member, Monty is a great dog. We wish others would see the greatness in him. Meet Monty: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39792299

Palm Springs Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Alas, Jax has not yet been adopted so the funds have not been spent.

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

We would like to ask for a three-month extension on the grant in order to get Jax adopted. Although we have advertised Jax and the grant on social media, we regret to say Jax remains unadopted. Palm Springs is a highly seasonal resort town — our population almost triples from November to April. Summer — when our temperatures reach triple digits — is our slow season. Now that the snowbirds are returning, we hope to find Jax his forever home and hope that you will agree to a three-month extension.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is for one dog, Jax.

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

The Petfinder Foundation awarded our shelter $967.25 to pay for Jax’s medical care after adoption. Jax is a senior dog who suffers from arthritis but is otherwise quite healthy. He requires pills daily and a monthly shot. Jax is an older dude who wants to be your one and only companion in the home. A yard would be nice and Jax enjoys regular walks. If you are a couch potato, Jax likes to be one too. Jax would be very content and prefers just adults in the home. Jax needs love and attention, just like kids! Meet Jax: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42656545

Liberty Acres United Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from the grant was used to purchase insulin for a diabetic dog named Nick.

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

Having his insulin costs covered made him much more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Nick was saved from being chained in the yard of an owner who suffered from dementia and often forgot he had a dog. When Nick was rescued, he had little to no hair and was skinny and blind. Thanks to the rescue group that took him in, he was gaining weight and getting his hair back. They had him placed in a foster home and Nick was finally living a good life. Then Nick’s foster became terminally ill and could no longer keep him. Nick was once again homeless, and that’s when we heard of his situation.

Nick would not make it in a traditional shelter setting. Though he was blind, he hit our sanctuary grounds running. If he bumped into something, he would just shake it off and try a different direction. This silly boy loved water. It didn’t matter if it was the pond, the pool, or a mud puddle. He also loved playing in the hose. He would have both you and him soaked by the time he was finished.

After some blood work, we learned that Nick was also diabetic. He took his injections like a champ, but who would want to adopt a blind, diabetic dog? We adored Nick but really wanted him to have a real family. He seemed to be doing well with his insulin and we were so excited when we got the grant to pay for it. This grant renewed our hope that Nick would find his forever home.

Then, just a few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer that stemmed from his not being neutered when he was younger. This past weekend, our dear, sweet Nick crossed the rainbow bridge in our arms. Nick was a volunteer and staff favorite. His tail would wag like crazy every time he heard them say his name. He will be missed by many. Though he was never officially adopted, he now has a forever home at the rainbow bridge. Run free at the bridge, old friend.

Missy’s Haven: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds allowed us to waive the adoption fee for Suki, who is now in her forever home. We also arranged for her medical expenses to be paid for three years in coordination with our vet.

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

Suki was one of our seniors who had long-term medical expenses and an extended stay with us as a result.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Suki was surrender to ACS just for being old. She was in urgent need of saving. After her stray hold was up and nobody showed interest in adopting her, MHCR picked her up. She was in rough shape, in desperate need of a dental and care for her eyes. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, after Suki was in rescue for almost a year, she got adopted and is living a brand-new life.

Save-A-Pet, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help us find a senior dog, MJ, a new forever home.

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

The grant allowed us to waive MJ’s adoption fee, fund two years of senior vet exams and fund MJ’s monthly incontinence medication, making her more appealing to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped MJ find a new home and helped us free up space in the shelter for another dog.

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

The $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us find 14-year-old MJ a new, forever home. We were able to advertise her waived fee and covered medical expenses to all potential adopting families and were pleased to have found a match this past month. MJ is doing wonderfully with her new family and is loving life outside of Save-A-Pet. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us make this possible. Without the grant, MJ may have never been adopted. Thank you for your generous support. You’ve helped make a huge impact on MJ’s life and her golden years.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The funds are being used for Lillian’s medications — she has liver/gallbladder disease. When we rescued Lillian, she would try to bite, and would yelp when picked up. We had her blood tested and her liver values were high, so we did an ultrasound. This showed the “sludge” in her gallbladder. So she is taking Gabapentin (for pain), Denamarin (for liver support), and Ursodial (for the gallbladder). And Lillian is on KD dog food to support her kidneys. Lillian is doing very well in her new home and she has a much better disposition, which helped her become adopted!

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

Lillian is 12 years old and she was turned in by her family. She was in bad shape and she tried to bite people. We figured something was wrong with her medically, so that’s when we began to check her medical condition. This grant is helping Lillian with her medications and necessary tests (bloodwork, ultrasound) to make sure all her medications are working properly. Lillian feels better and she is much happier. And our group will cover Lillian’s medications for the rest of her life thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant. This made her more adoptable to the family, as they are on a fixed income. They really love her so much and we receive updates on a regular basis.

How many pets did this grant help?

One — but it will cover Lillian’s medications for the rest of her life.

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

Lillian, a 12- to 13-year-old senior “Reskie” from American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis, was selected for this grant. Lillian was transferred from another shelter in St. Louis and was so scared and untrusting. Lillian did not like to be picked up, so we wondered if she was in pain. After conducting blood tests and an ultrasound, the doctor diagnosed Lillian with gallbladder/liver disease. So Lillian was prescribed medications to help her condition. Lillian’s medications cost about $150 per month. Since Lillian started the medications, she is doing better and has been adopted! Thank you to Jordan and Gary (pictured) for adopting Lillian! And thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping her. There are so many senior dogs needing homes, and this grant made it possible to get one more senior into a forever home.

Animal Friends for Life: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to assist an adopter with medical costs for a senior, diabetic dog named Jelly.

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

The grant was used as a motivator for the adoption of a diabetic dog who has been in our care and who has been passed over due to her illness.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, so far.

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

The grant helped a dog named Jelly (first photo). Jelly was adopted by a local couple, but they decided to return the grant funds back to our organization to help another needy pet. The grant is being applied to another dog named Ruby (second photo), with permission of the recipient and the Petfinder Foundation. Ruby is a 3-year-old redbone coonhound with Addison’s disease.

Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help a senior with medical bills in order to get her adopted

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

We were able to get Lola, our senior, healthy so she was adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Lola is an 11-year-old boxer mix. One of her owners was hospitalized and the other became homeless due to medical bills. Lola found herself homeless. One of our supporters knew the homeless family well and reached out to FOCHP to see if we could take four of their senior pets. We agreed; we also took Hero, an 11-year-old terrier, and two 11-year-old cats. With a lot of support and social media, we were able to find homes for three of the seniors. Lola took a while longer.

We received a very generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation of $1,000 to help facilitate the adoption of Lola. Our goal was to offer her adopter a one-year pet-insurance policy to help cover any medical expenses she might need. Before we were able to purchase an insurance plan, Lola needed to see a vet. Her vet bills totaled $970 and we realized we would not be able to purchase an insurance policy, as it would not cover her preexisting conditions. So we paid her vet bills in the amount of $970 and offered to potential adopters that we would pay for her necessary medication for the remainder of her life.

Lola was adopted! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making this grant available to us and Lola – you helped save her life. Lola was adopted by the most amazing person who was also a previous adopter — one of our first adopters from almost 14 years ago.

A New Beginning Pet Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical expenses and care for Jack.

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

It allowed us to provide care for Jack to get him back to a healthy condition so that he can find a new home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We were able to have the following completed for Jack at our vet: Fecal exam, dental, removal of cancerous tumor and toe, pathology of tumor, CBC and chemistry profile, urinalysis, T4 testing and repeat CBC and chemistry profile. He is on prescription food for early kidney disease. We have waived his adoption fee and have also offered to provide his future medical care/food to a new adopter. Without this grant, his chances of finding a home would be close to zero. While we have not received any interest in him as of yet, we are hopeful that he will be able to find a home. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42168179

Peak Lab Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The beneficiary of this grant was Cleo, a senior Lab who survived breast cancer. The award of $950 was used for Cleo’s spay surgery ($175), to waive her adoption fee ($275), and to provide medication required throughout her lifetime to reduce the risk of recurrence of her breast cancer ($500).

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

Peak Lab Rescue is the largest foster-based dog rescue in North Carolina. Funding from the Petfinder Foundation allows us to continue to save dogs regardless of the cost of necessary medical treatment. This is especially important for the many senior dogs we save, all of whom need extensive medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The beneficiary of this grant was Cleo, a senior Lab with a host of health problems that required treatment to prepare her for adoption. In addition to her spay, she had two procedures to remove cancerous mammary masses and one procedure that removed 27 badly damaged teeth. Cleo’s prognosis is now excellent. Funding this request allowed Peak Lab Rescue to promote Cleo’s positive attributes and to cover a portion of her ownership costs to make her a more attractive candidate for adoption. Because she was a breast-cancer survivor, we knew that it would take someone special to adopt this loving, low-energy senior Labralady. And we were right! Cleo has been adopted by an amazing family and now has a 6-year-old Peak Lab brother named Sammy. Cleo’s adoption video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lN7N9dhYqo

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Cleo will live happily ever after.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the care and adoption of Cannon Ball, a senior cat.

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

Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of a senior cat’s dental, neuter, and routine medical care. It will free up other unrestricted money to help more pets in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cannon Ball was a needy kitty who had all the odds against him in terms of adoptability: He was older and extremely shy. After his dental procedure was completed, we posted him on social media and he was adopted the next day! Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of his dental, neuter, and routine medical care while he waited on a home.

Operations Paws for Homes: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds have not been used to date as Scrooge, a senior dog, has not yet been adopted. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of finding Scrooge’s home and the use of the funds.

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

We anticipate this will help us to find a loving and caring home for this senior dog faster than we would otherwise.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Operation Paws for Homes will further reduce Scrooge’s adoption fee by $200 to $50. With his health issues including problems with kidney function, Lyme disease and Ehrlichia in addition to fur loss, Scrooge will need his adopter to take on ongoing medical expenses, even if simply to monitor his kidney function and related health matters. We will offer his adopter reimbursement for medical checkups, testing (urine, blood) and related medication (antibiotics, etc.). We estimate that, even if he’s stable, Scrooge will need four vet appointments in his first year after adoption ($140 each). The $1,000 in grant funds will offset the cost of these vet visits, as well as preventatives (flea/tick: $128.76; heartworm: $65.59) and senior food ($57.99) for Scrooge during his first month or two at his new home. Finally, we will reimburse his adopter for items that will provide Scrooge with comfort and stimulation in his new home, such as belly bands ($17.99) to help with his occasional incontinence, an orthopedic bed ($55.42) to keep him comfortable, steps ($30.49) to help with climbing into vehicle or a bed, senior toys ($14.95) and other similar supplies. Meet Scrooge: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40756890

Casa de Love Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet’s adoption fee was waived and his annual wellness package was completed.

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

We were able to rescue a senior dog slated to be euthanized and get him cared for and into a forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sparky is a senior dog rescued from a [high-intake] shelter. He was slated to be euthanized and was in terrible condition. This sweet little young-at-heart senior boy is approximately 8 years old. The poor little guy had teeth falling out and a bunch more that had to be removed. The vet also neutered him and shaved him down because he was so matted. He is an absolute sweetheart. He loves people, dogs and cats. Sparky wants to spend all his days cuddling with somebody or another companion animal. Our little man has visual impairment in his right eye from a cataract. He is completely blind from it. However, he still gets around and can apparently see with his other eye. Nothing holds him back as he loves to be outside with the pack. He enjoys his little walks around the neighborhood and then is ready to come home and take a nap. He likes other dogs and cats and enjoys cuddling with them. When they won’t, it makes him sad, so we bought him a big furry sheep to cuddle up to and he loves it. Sometimes even his foster home’s resident cat, Laverne, would sleep with him. Sparky just loves everybody. With this grant, we were able to rescue him and get him medically treated and then placed in a loving home by waiving his adoption fee.

Casa de Love Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help with the vetting of the seniors. We rescue so many and the vetting is a lot for these guys.

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

It enabled us to rescue the seniors whom we would not have been able to otherwise. We just don’t have the money for the vetting.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Little Zinnia was in the shelter dying of pneumonia. Literally. This money allowed us to rescue her and take her straight to the vet. It was touch-and-go for a couple of weeks, but finally, after about six weeks, she turned around. After that, she needed a dental. Her teeth were completely rotten. We were so thankful for this grant.

Jersey Shore Animal Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to waive Pom Pom’s adoption fee (she was adopted on Aug. 28, 2018), which was $50 (senior price) and we will give the remainder of the funds to the owner for her special diet for up to two years. A 22-lb bag of Purina One Sensitive Systems dry cat food averages about $33 per bag, and we can assume that she will consume about one bag every two months. Pom Pom also suffers from seasonal allergies and stress that causes her to sometimes scratch at her neck until she is raw. This funding will help ease her discomfort from the allergies/stress and help to treat any wounds/abrasions she may sustain because of overscratching.

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

To be able to receive a grant from the Petfinder Foundation (and any other organization) is a very special gift and, even though we did not have the grant funds for very long (we received the notice on Aug. 7 and Pom Pom was adopted on the 28th!), we were able to buy one bag of the food that she requires. Just knowing that the Petfinder Foundation was able to help Pom Pom is enough to draw awareness to the other pets looking for new homes. We thank the foundation for considering us and awarding Pom Pom this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The best thing happened here, and we are SUPER excited to share the news! After 2 1/2 years here at the shelter, Pom Pom was adopted! Our staff and our volunteers loved this sweet girl and could not be happier that she went home with Anne. Anne did not care that Pom Pom was 10 years old, she did not care that Pom Pom had no teeth, and she did not care that Pom Pom has an autoimmune disease! Anne just wanted to rescue a cat who really needed a home. She cried tears of joy when she walked out our doors with Pom Pom, as did we.

Many may not know that Pom Pom was pulled from another local shelter, where the volunteers loved her as well. When we held a fundraiser for Pom Pom’s surgery, they were the first to donate. One of them also painted a beautiful picture of Pom Pom (shown in the first picture) that was to be given to her adopter. Anne was thrilled to receive this gift. Happy life, Pom Pom — you truly deserve it!

Kiski Valley Cat & Kitten Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to subsidize Jeannette’s adoption fee, pay for a post-adoption veterinary appointment with the veterinarian of the adopter’s choice and a take-home basket of senior-cat-friendly items, such as a bed, senior treats and food, etc.

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

It helped Jeannette get adopted after 10 YEARS!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Jeannette had been a resident of our shelter for almost 10 years — her entire life! We really wanted to get her adopted before her 10th birthday, so we applied for the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant for her a month before her birthday. This little extra incentive helped to get her adopted within one week of receiving the grant! Jeannette is now living the good life in a home of her very own for the first time. She is more than deserving and it may never have happened without the Petfinder Foundation’s lifesaving help!

The Little Red Dog: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills for our senior rescue, Spirit.

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

Paid 100% of Spirit’s vet bill for conditions including:
– Grade 5 heart murmur; he is on heart meds that cost about $78 a month
– His heart is getting worse; he’s now on blood-pressure meds, Carprofen and Lasix as well. These are all monthly and cost $142.54 per month.
– He also needs periodic blood work ($75) and x-rays ($50).

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Spirit came to us after his owner died. He is super sweet, 9 years old, and weighs about 10 lbs. He is great with dogs, kids, and cats. As of this date (Aug. 10, 2018) he has not yet been adopted, but is living a wonderful life with his current foster in Orange County. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40600447

Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned - HALO: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to waive $150 adoption fees for three senior dogs and $65 for one senior cat.

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

We were able to waive the adoption fees for our senior pets. I believe this helped get the pets adopted quicker, as they went to homes where the adoption fee may have been the deciding factor for adopting a dog. Each animal went to an adopter who absolutely adores the senior animals. Since receiving this grant, we have started a program, “Seniors for Seniors,” to help seniors adopt senior companion animals. We also provide food, flea and heartworm preventative, and anything else the senior needs to be happy and healthy with the senior citizen. We believe this is a need in our community and we thank you for giving us a jump start with our program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four: Dogs Margo, age 6; Dulce, 9; and Eddie, 7; and cat Maggie, age 7

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

Margo was found sitting on the yellow line in the middle of a busy street. A good Samaritan saved her and contacted Halo. We found that poor Margo was not in good health. We spayed her, removed many tumors, and gave her a dental before we placed her up for adoption. We also discovered that poor Margo had severe loss of eyesight. Despite all of her medical issues, Margo was full of life and so loving that everyone at Halo fell in love with her. When she found her forever home, we knew she was just as happy as we were. We hear from the family often and we get the cutest pictures of Margo doing what she loves to do — lying on a pile of blankets, napping (second and third photos). We love to see the little sweaters that she wears so stylishly! Thank you for allowing Halo to waive her adoption fee. We believe that, because of this grant, Margo was able to find her perfect forever home!

Forever Friends Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant helped Arya, our 13-year-old senior cat. It was used to waive her adoption fee and supply 18 months of her medication.

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

Receiving the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to post that we would supply 18 months of the medication that Arya would need PLUS waive her adoption fee. In just a few days, she found her forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

We are so thankful that we received a Senior Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation on behalf of Arya, our sweet, 13-year-old calico lady! She was left at the Edmond Animal Shelter by owners who thought that, because she was drooling, she was in liver failure and dying (first photo). Well, we got her to our vets at Harvest Hills and they pulled all her teeth except for her canines — she had stomatitis! Once she was feeling better, she blossomed into a total lap cat love bug (second photo)!

We waived her $50 adoption fee; her initial medical bill of $250 covered removing her teeth, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, and testing, but Arya was so malnourished when she was surrendered that it had done a bit of damage to her internally. Medicine for this is around $25 per month and supports her kidney function; she also needs a special type of canned food since she has no teeth.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for reaching out to help groups who rescue, love and adopt out senior cats! The grant allowed us to ensure that Arya will receive the medication she needs monthly and with this, she now has a new mom, Patti (third photo), who has given Arya a chance to live a good life in a forever home!

Bond County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funding was used to waive Ellie’s adoption fee and provide her medications for a year. BCHS purchased the majority of her supplements prior to adoption. A portion of the prescribed medications were also purchased. The remainder of the prescribed medication would be purchased at a later date to ensure the medication would not expire.

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

It allowed our organization to redirect the funding used for Ellie’s medication to other animals in need without sacrificing her well-being. The grant allowed us to also waive Ellie’s adoption fee without negative impact to the organization’s financial status. It improved Ellie’s adoptability. It also covered some of the past veterinary expenses associated with diagnosing Ellie’s condition.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Ellie was originally rescued by Bond County Humane Society from an animal control facility in southern Illinois. The animal control person had thought Ellie was pregnant because she had a distended stomach. BCHS had x-rays done nine days after her arrival to determine her medical status. At that time, there was no sign of puppies. The x-rays were repeated in two weeks. Again there was no sign of puppies. Ellie was then spayed. A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with atypical Cushing’s disease. An ultrasound was conducted and results from that indicated that Ellie had an enlarged liver and spleen. It was also determined that she was 8-9 years old, much older than originally thought. The veterinarian recommended that Ellie remain on the prescribed supplements and medications for the rest of her life.

Later on, Ellie was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism and prescribed a medication that would be required for the rest of her life. There was also a suspicion that Ellie had an adrenal tumor, but surgery was not recommended because of the fatality rate, and side effects if she survived. Ellie was a happy dog and always ready for a walk and sniffing out rabbits. Ellie was living in a foster home until she suddenly passed away on June 26, 2018.

Best Chance Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to get meds and all the vetting needed for our senior dog Scooby.

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

This grant helped with Scooby’s medical bills, allowing a rescue in another area to take him in and find him a wonderful new home in an area where he was more likely to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Scooby was a dog whose owner had died, leaving no one able to care for him. He was at least 12 years old, heartworm-positive and intact; he also had a yeast infection on his skin. Once we got him up to a particular state of health, a partner rescue in a high-adoption area stepped up to take Scooby in.

Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds provided by the senior pet grant were used to sponsor Maya’s adoption fee and provide her adopters with a year’s supply of her hypoallergenic food and allergy medications.

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

It helped one longtime resident get adopted. Maya is a senior coonhound with severe food allergies who had been waiting in foster care for a long time, hoping to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Almost immediately after announcing the grant, we were contacted by a former adopter. Their previous adoptee, also a senior dog, had recently passed away. They had been following Maya’s story but were concerned about the affordability of her diet and medication. The grant was exactly the help they needed to offer Maya a forever home. And the timing helped another dog, too, because right after Maya was adopted, another dog, Daisy, was returned to the program. It so happened that Maya’s foster family was also Daisy’s original foster family. So her getting adopted opened up a new, safe place for Daisy to return to. Since her adoption, we have had several staff and volunteers spot Maya riding shotgun with her new mom. And on more than one occasion, she made her presence known by throwing her head out the window and baying her heart out at passersby. It seems Maya is very happy and her family loves her despite, or maybe because of, her utter houndiness.

Second Chance Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Ellie’s adoption and transport costs were covered for the adopter, and two giant-breed-sized orthopedic beds and $400 worth of joint supplement were provided for her adopters.

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

We were able to help offset some of the cost of adopting a senior pet, a giant-breed one at that, so that she was more adoptable and she will be nice and comfy and in the best shape she can be, hopefully for years to come.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ellie was surrendered by her owners when they returned a dog that they had adopted from us. They had moved and were unable to keep two giant dogs contained, and they ended up at the shelter. We couldn’t leave Ellie behind, an older gal who was losing the only home she had ever known. Ellie did very well in foster but waited a long time to find her forever home. Finally she caught the eye of a young couple with a baby who had just moved to the area and settled in, but knew they would probably move in the next five years or so. They had fostered and volunteered for rescues in their old home, and they knew how difficult it can be for seniors to find homes, so they specifically searched for an old lady to share their love with for the time that they are here. We were very honest about her breed and her projected lifespan, and with her big smile and sweet and gentle personality, Ellie was the perfect choice for their family. We were so excited to help out this wonderful and thoughtful family and reward them for their kindness to a good old girl.

Barks of Love: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Overall care for a senior dog in our rescue named Bandit.

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

Bandit has a chronic thyroid condition and is having allergy issues. This grant allowed us to pay for his medications and testing.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bandit is 12 years old. He was pulled from the Orange County shelter last year and placed into foster care. We noticed shortly after pulling him that he was gaining weight. After a trip to the vet, senior blood panel and other testing, he was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. He has also developed environmental allergies. Although his medication isn’t expensive, because he’s a senior dog, Bandit has been in our care for about eight months and we don’t anticipate him being adopted in the near future, as he gets very little interest (we don’t understand it — he’s perfect!). This grant allows us to pay for his medication and testing without having to worry about the care of other dogs or longevity of being able to provide the appropriate medication for him. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41537765

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was intended to be spent on promoting Monty, a min pin, who is on eye medications, medications for pancreatic enzymes, and insulin. The original thought was to offer an adopter the grant funding to support his medical care as a way to attract a potential adopter.

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

It supported Monty’s medical care with medications that cost approximately $200 per month.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Monty

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

Monty is a very healthy dog who must be kept on his on-going medications in order to remain healthy. From his Petfinder profile: “Monty has a personality of his own. He is a loving dog who likes to play, but also has his rest times. He is full of energy. Monty is a special-needs dog: He is on a daily eye drops, is diabetic, and takes pancreatic enzymes. Yes, there is a cost associated with owning Monty, but what he gives back makes it all worth it. Through the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, dollars have been donated towards Monty’s medications, which, for a limited time, will be provided by our rescue. This grant was given in hopes that a special-needs dog like Monty will have a better chance of finding his forever family, which he so deserves.” Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39792299

Clark County Dog Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our shelter dog, Brutus.

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

Specifically, the Senior Pet Adoption Grant helped provide initial and continuing care of Brutus to make him more adoptable as a senior.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Brutus was abandoned at the Clark County Dog Shelter by his old owner’s family member. He came in and was sad, depressed, and in poor condition. He had severe skin allergies that made him uncomfortable, a horrendous mouth infection with teeth on their way to falling out, and other issues. Thanks to the Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to get Brutus a full dental, get his mouth infection under control and healed, heal his skin conditions, provide allergy shots for continued care, and cover his adoption fee so that he could go to his new family!

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Senior Pet Adoption Grant for Abby

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

The funds we received will allowed us to waive her adoption fee and give a starter kit of supplies to the adopter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Abby is a gorgeous middle-aged cat who got off to a slow start but has done a total 180. She has decided that humans are great — especially when they offer a treat! She knows her name because staff and volunteers make sure she gets attention every day. What a great companion she will make for some lucky human. She’s been at the shelter way too long … come take her home! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40918604

Angel's Rest Animal Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to offset the cost of Patrick’s adoption, vetting prior to getting adopted, travel expenses to take him to a home two hours away from sanctuary location and to support his costs for the next few years.

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

This grant helped a senior pet named Patrick, who came in heartworm-positive, get a second look by potential adopters and eventually get adopted into a loving home. Not only did the funds help get him adopted, but also his best friend Max who lived at the sanctuary as well. I am thrilled and grateful that this grant was able to get two old dogs adopted who were otherwise being overlooked. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Patrick (first photo) is a senior dog who came to our sanctuary from a nearby [open-admission] shelter. He was heartworm-positive and that is the reason he was admitted as a hospice candidate. Months passed and Patrick’s health improved, he tested negative for heartworm and he became very close with another senior named Max (second photo). Both Max and Patrick were overlooked by adopters due to their advanced age. Patrick and Max attended adoption events together frequently. They also spent a lot of time together. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant, Patrick got a few more views as his potential high medical bills would not be an issue, at least not in the foreseeable future. Then a wonderful woman named Marian decided to bring Patrick into her home, but also wanted Patrick’s friend to come along. She has opened her home to senior dogs and now Patrick and Max enjoy long walks in her expansive fenced yards, enjoying their couches in the air-conditioned rooms and getting loved and pampered.

Five Freedoms Farm: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds granted to us for Bella, a senior dog in our long-term foster care. We purchased her insulin, syringes, and prescription food and have waived her adoption fee. She is still with us (she has not been adopted yet).

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

Bella is a super docile, well-mannered senior pit bull mix we rescued who is blind and diabetic. While the diabetes is taking its toll on her over time, she still has a great quality of life!

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Bella is a beautiful and perfectly behaved senior pit bull who is diabetic and blind. She gets along with dogs and cats and loves to spend time with people and go for walks and car rides! Very docile and sweet-natured girl. Weighs 43 lbs., fully vetted. Here is the link to her Petfinder listing: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38325562

Animal Aid of Tulsa: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money from the Senior Pet Adoption Grant was used to cover Brittany’s ongoing medication to help alleviate pain caused by arthritis. Additionally, heartworm/flea/tick treatment were covered. Grant money was also utilized to cover her spay and microchip fee. We had planned to use grant money to waive Brittany’s adoption fee; however, she passed away before she could be adopted. She spent her last few months in a wonderful, loving foster home.

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

This grant allowed us to cover Brittany’s ongoing medication for arthritis. Having her medication covered freed up additional funds to provide her more comfort.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Brittany, a 15-year-old Labrador retriever, was found outside a school, collapsed due to malnutrition and pain from arthritis. She was also very lethargic. She took ongoing medication to help manage her arthritis. Her arthritis medication alone cost $78 per month. She later needed to have her medications compounded and given to her topically, as she would no longer take them orally. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Brittany was able to spend the last six months of her life with less pain and in a happy and loving foster home.

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

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funds to complete Greta’s spay surgery and will waive her adoption fee when her furever family adopts her. She is currently still in rescue, available for adoption.

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

We are able to waive her adoption fee, which removes a barrier to adoption. Potential families will still need to meet adoption requirements and criteria, but her fee is waived, and she will go to her new home completely vetted: spayed, vaccinations, microchip and 30-day free pet insurance from Pet First!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Greta is a 7- to 8-year-old pointer who was found in a rural area, probably dumped because she was too old to hunt. She is full of spunk and loves comfy beds and cozy blankets. She will be a wonderful companion, and is waiting for the purrfect family to find her. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41762567

L.A.S.S.I.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Weekly allergy injections, medicated shampoo, senior dog food, joint supplements, orthopedic bed.

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

This grant assisted Kila (a 9-year-old pit bull with severe allergies) in helping to keep her comfortable with weekly allergy injections, medicated shampoo, joint supplements to help her with her aging joints, a new orthopedic bed to keep her comfortable, and senior dog food. Kila has been in foster care for the past several months because she was shutting down in the shelter setting and this grant really gave her the quality of life she deserved.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kila arrived at the shelter on November 4, 2017, is terrible condition. She basically had no hair and, since she was a senior dog (when she arrived, she was 8), staff and volunteers knew they had to jump into quick action. After some testing and a medical review, it was found that she was severely allergic to almost everything. She couldn’t be with another animal, and was allergic to trees, dust mites, cats — you name it. She was shutting down in the shelter setting, so a specialized foster home was found for her and she thrived. We just found out today (June 26, 2018) that she was adopted! We couldn’t be happier for her. The grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped her during her recovery and she is now on to a happy home life! Thank you so much!

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Senior Pet Grant was used to promote the adoption of our senior pit-bull mix, Chico. The grant money was used for Chico’s adoption fee, one thyroid test, and one year of thyroid medication for his adopters.

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

This grant helped find Chico his forever home after 313 days in rescue! Promotions highlighting the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Grant began when Chico had spent nine months (270 days) in rescue, and this grant was instrumental in helping find Chico his forever home six weeks later!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Chico, a 12-year-old pit bull mix, had been overlooked for months in rescue, despite his lovable qualities. Upon finding the Senior Pet Grant, TCPR decided that Chico would be an ideal candidate as the beneficiary of this grant, and we were honored to find out that we (and, moreso, Chico) had been chosen as a recipient! With a couple of social-media promotions highlighting the Petfinder Foundation grant and Chico’s 300th day in rescue, Chico’s forever home was found … and after 313 days in rescue, Chico gets to enjoy his retirement in a FOREVER home!

Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Daisy’s adoption fee was waived and the funds were used for medical expenses and for her foster care and relocation to her forever home.

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

Senior dogs are hard to adopt due to age and high medical expenses. This grant allowed YTNR to waive the adoption fee on Daisy and find this senior girl a loving home with a family that could otherwise have not been able to pay the high adoption fee but will provide a loving environment for this wonderful senior furbaby.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We had been fostering Daisy since May 2017, when she was surrendered to YTNR. She was well cared-for and loved very much during this time. Her medical needs were all addressed and she needed a dental, all her shots, heartworm testing, etc. This adoption is one of the best matches we have ever had and I personally have fostered more than 150 dogs! Angel is a disabled, stay-at-home empty-nester. Her husband commutes to work and is gone 15 hours a day! Angel needed a companion to help fill her lonesome days. Daisy has become the center of attention and main focus of this couple since the moment she set paw in their home. Daisy is featured on almost daily Facebook posts, showing off her variety of sleeping spots, hair bows and squeaky toys. I’m not sure which of them is happiest! It truly is a great match, and Daisy will forever be doted on.

PAWS4thought Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

A large portion of the money was used to purchase a year’s supply of arthritis medication for Chase. We also bought him a raised dog bed so that he doesn’t have to lie on the ground. We also purchased a bag of senior dog food especially for him. We will be waiving Chase’s adoption fee ($250) once we find him his furever home.
Medication – $546.46
Adoption fee to be waived – $250
Raised dog bed- $20
Senior food – $29.15 (on sale)
TOTAL – 845.61

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

The grant helped our organization because we were able to provide the best possible care for a truly amazing miracle dog. It also has helped us afford some of the little things that we normally wouldn’t spend the money on, like senior food or the raised dog bed. Chase has benefited greatly from the Deramaxx arthritis medication. He had a very hard time getting up and moving at first. Now he runs and chases the birds and wrestles with his buddy, Lalo. Other dogs will benefit because the money provided by the Petfinder Foundation for Chase will allow our funds to go further and help more dogs, from puppies to seniors. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Chase, one of our senior pets, was rescued from a pile of trash along with his friend, Lalo (first photo). Both dogs were hairless, suffering from mange, and had oozing wounds (second photo). Chase didn’t have any teeth, and part of his jaw seemed to be missing (third photo). After months of rehab, his hair finally began to grow back. We were very surprised to see that he was a chow chow! Chase has now been in foster care for almost a year. He is happy and healthy now. He loves to chase the birds and lie in the sun on his raised bed. He is able to do so because of the Deramaxx medication he has received to help his old bones. Chase also now loves to go for walks. But what Chase loves the most is affection. Unfortunately, Chase has not found his furever home yet. We are sure that the perfect family is out there and we hope to find them soon.
Meet Chase: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40856178
Meet Lalo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40856073

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical treatment for one dog (Dakota):
Ruptured eye removal
Spay
Ovariohysterectomy
Teeth cleaning
Urinalysis
Associated prescriptions

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

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary is a small rescue with limited funds dependent on donations. This grant enabled us to save Dakota from [an open-admission] shelter and provide all the medical treatment she needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Here is a summary of Dakota’s journey to finding a new home: Dakota was found in a crate outside at the Charles City County Animal Shelter with the note, “Found on Route 5 at Route 618.” She did not have any identification. She was very friendly, thin and appeared to have a eye rupture. The county shelter is [an open-admission] shelter. A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary saw the love of life in her and knew she had a lot to give anyone who was willing to help her. We also tested her for heartworms, and she was positive. This did not deter us.

We rescued her and, with the Petfinder Foundation’s grant, she received all the immediate medical care she needed. While she is heartworm-positive, we chose the slow method of removal due to her age. When she was spayed, it was found she also needed a hysterectomy, which was unknown at the time of grant request.

Dakota is still searching for her forever home. She experiences separation anxiety and will require a home that accommodates her special needs. Dakota will be perfect in a home with retired caregiver(s) or another environment where a member of the family is home the majority of the day. Until she finds that home, she is safe here at A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary enjoying life with our other residents. Meet Dakota: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41033373

Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home for Cats: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $600 grant was used to sponsor the adoption fees for three senior cats.

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

Our senior cats were getting overlooked, due to the shelter regularly having cats who were much younger. Having their adoption fees sponsored gave more adopters an incentive to want to meet these seniors. All were lovable, sweet cats and they just needed adopters to give them a chance to show their wonderful personalities. This gave them the advantage they needed to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three senior cats who have all been adopted.

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

Miss Little (first photo) had been surrendered by the only family she ever knew and was not doing well at the shelter. She would find places to hide when volunteers, staff or visitors would come by and she would shrink and make herself as small as possible. Her potential adopter had come in looking for a much younger cat. Our adoption specialists knew that Miss Little would be a great match for her and the cat she had at home who needed a companion. When the adopter visited the room where Miss Little was staying, volunteers were surprised that Miss Little popped her head up and did not scurry away! She let her visitor pet her and talk to her and seemed to enjoy the attention. It looks like Miss Little chose her person!

Pablo (second photo) was so handsome and chatty, the shelter staff and volunteers thought he would get adopted fairly quickly. Days turned into weeks and Pablo was still at the shelter and became a volunteer favorite. Those same volunteers started taking his photo and posting it on Facebook and Instagram. One of those photos got his adopter to the shelter to meet Pablo in person (third photo). Finding out his adoption fee was sponsored made the decision to adopt him even easier, since she had clearly fallen in love. She is a grad student who lives alone and was looking for the perfect cat companion — and it was a match! Pablo now has a forever home and his adopter has updated the shelter staff to let them know he is settling in and has already claimed “his side” of the bed.

Mission (fourth photo) was a long-term shelter resident who had spent part of his life outside in a small cat community. The staff and volunteers noticed that he loved the other cats in the room and, as some of his friends got adopted, he would find a new cat to bond with. Most often, his new bonded pal would be the cat with the least confidence, and his compassionate and nurturing nature would give the other shy cat the bravery to become more social. His adopter had been visiting Mission frequently to make sure he would be a good match for her own shy cat. After many visits, she decided to take Mission home, and she was pleasantly surprised to find that the grant money received would sponsor his adoption fee. Mission is settling in with his new family, and his adopter has kept us updated on the progress of introductions between Mission and his new kitty sister, including a long “meowing” conversation between the two a couple of days after he arrived at his forever home!

Fayette County Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Meja – medications, vet bills, and general care.

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

This grant went directly to one of our seniors, Meja. She has been diagnosed with Addison’s disease and requires expensive medication to keep her alive. We are hopeful that she will find a forever home! When she does get adopted, Fayette County Animal Rescue will pay for her medication for the rest of her life. Since this grant will go towards Meja, this gives us the opportunity to use other funds/donations for our other rescues in need and we will be able to help more and more dogs and cats in our community! Thank you so much!!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Meja is one of our sweet, special senior girls! She is still available for adoption and we would love to find her forever home. Here is her story: Meja was a very thin stray roaming the streets, and luckily a good Samaritan spotted her and brought her to us. She was heartworm-positive, so it took a while to get her healthy, but she has fully recovered now and she’s looking for her forever family! Meja is a very sweet and affectionate girl; she just loves being with people. She likes some other dogs, but she prefers dogs around her size or larger and she would prefer a home without cats. Meja is housetrained and will make great addition to the right family! Her date of birth is Sept. 10, 2011 and she weighs about 55 lbs.

Meja has been in a foster home and her foster mom says she is “the best dog ever!” She is extremely good and doesn’t need a crate because she behaves so well! We just discovered she has Addison’s disease, but it is controlled with medication. Meja has been spayed, is current on all shots, is on flea and tick prevention and heartworm prevention, is microchipped, and comes with a 30-day pet-health guarantee. Her adoption fee is $95 with an approved application. Visit fayettefcar.com to fill out an application. Meet Meja: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28878525

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide heartworm treatment for a senior cattle dog named Maggie. It also paid for her adoption fee.

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

This grant helped us provide the care Maggie needed and find her a loving forever home, regardless of her age and the condition in which she entered our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We want to thank the Petfinder Foundation for supporting our senior Maggie with a grant to cover all of her heartworm treatment AND her adoption fee. Maggie was part of our hurricane-relief efforts and traveled a long way to find her safe place with us. She and other homeless pets were pulled from Texas shelters in order to make room for dogs stuck in the destruction and devastation left behind from Hurricane Harvey. Maggie was under-socialized and heartworm-positive upon her intake in September 2017. Since then, she has undergone treatment for her condition and has been living with one of our loving fosters while she waited for the right family to adopt her. The Petfinder Foundation saw her potential and granted her the chance at a new life. She had a rough start, but she got the love and care she deserved thanks to the support of the Petfinder Foundation. She has been adopted.

Waggytail Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used $482 toward a dental cleaning that Bear had while he was in foster care, waiting to be adopted. The remaining $518 was given to his adopter to help pay for medications he will need to treat his chiari malformation [a congenital defect where the brain and spinal cord connect].

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

Waggytail Rescue has recently had a lot of fosters who have been very sick and our medical bills are at an all-time high. This grant helped to begin chipping away at vet costs that are not covered by adoption fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

This grant helped an 11-year-old long-haired Chihuahua named Bear who was an owner-surrender to our organization. Bear had been neglected for several years by his former owner and now that he is adopted and his new owner has your grant funds, she will be able to afford the medications, gabapentin and omeprazole, that Bear needed to become adoptable and have a better quality of life.

Rescue One: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide six months of lifesaving insulin for Cocoa, an adoptable dog with us at Rescue One. What was especially cool about this grant is that rather than using it while Cocoa was in our care, we were able to use it as a way to help get her adopted! Not only was Cocoa’s adoption fee sponsored, but her adopter received the money to cover six months of her insulin after adoption.

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

This grant was extremely helpful in our journey of finding Cocoa’s forever home. Cocoa had multiple strikes against her: She’s a senior, has an expensive medical condition, and can be wary of other dogs. However, the combination of the grant, which alleviated some of the cost of Cocoa’s condition, in addition to the exposure Cocoa received on the Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook page, helped us find her home!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cocoa came to us from a senior couple who were moving into a nursing home and could no longer keep their beloved girl. She was up for adoption through Rescue One in Springfield, Missouri, for over a year, but is now adopted! Here is an amazing update from Cocoa’s adopter: “Cocoa has been here at home since Dec. 2, 2017, and she has been a wonderful addition to my little pack of granny dogs. She has three small old-lady sisters now. Her diabetes hasn’t slowed her down. When it’s not too cold in Kansas, we do daily walks so she can sniff out the neighborhood, and when we stay close to home, she loves keeping an eye on her new large fenced yard. Cocoa joyfully and quickly made her way through the toy bin when she moved in and took care of any and all squeakers. I’m so happy to give her whatever she wants, so she is now a loyal BarkBox subscriber so she can stay her busiest and happiest. Everyone who has met Cocoa has fallen in love. She is the sweetest, happiest girl. And I’m overjoyed to be able to give her her much-deserved forever home.” The pictures attached are of Cocoa in her forever home. Feel free to share!

Riley County Humane Society (RCHS): Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant will cover Radar’s adoption fee and the first year of his medication for seizures post-adoption.

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

This grant will be a tremendous help to Radar’s adopter. It levels the playing field so that Radar will be no more expensive than a “normal” healthy dog for at least the first year post adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, Radar.

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

Radar is a very sweet special-needs border collie who is still looking for his forever home. He had an adopter meeting last week and is scheduled to go home on a trial adoption Sept. 6. We are crossing our fingers for the big guy! We think Radar was a distemper virus survivor. He has dental malformations, one eye, seizures and a different sort of gait. Cognitively, he is not on the same plane as most dogs, especially for his breed. Despite his differences, he is a very happy, snuggly boy. He adores his cat friends and is always up for whatever his humans want to do. Radar can learn new things with lots of repetition and food rewards, and his foster families have taught him all about the joys of being an indoor dog who is part of a family while he has been with RCHS. He even went paddle-boarding with his foster mom this summer! (Don’t worry, his seizures are very well controlled with medication, he has never had a seizure while on his medication.)

Radar has been with us for over a year now but thanks to your generous grant, we hope he will be safe and happy in his new home very soon. Meet Radar: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36138154

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Jenna is our office dog at RBARI. A long-term RBARI resident with multiple medical needs, Jenna is a happy, sweet girl who is loved by all of the RBARI staff and volunteers. The funds were used for Jenna’s medical needs, which have increased over the past few months even beyond what was expected.

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

Because Jenna has not yet been adopted, we are providing her an environment that’s as close to a home as we can, and funds are still much-needed for her medical expenses. RBARI is founded on the belief that all animals have a right to humane treatment, including proper care and safe shelter. This certainly includes our senior dogs. One of our objectives is to work with special-needs cases, and many of these cases are senior dogs. Rescuing senior dogs completes every aspect of our mission as a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to promoting the welfare of dogs and cats in the surrounding communities by protecting these abandoned, abused, and unwanted dogs and finding them kind and loving homes. Your grant funding enables us to continue to rescue more senior dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Jenna

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

We at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc., would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for the Susie’s Senior Dogs grant awarded to Jenna, our office dog/greeter who has been a long-term RBARI resident and has multiple medical needs. Jenna is a happy, sweet girl who is loved by all of the RBARI staff and volunteers. But, at the end of the day, when the staff goes home, Jenna is still yearning for her forever home. Our hope is to place Jenna into a forever home utilizing funding to support Jenna’s medical needs. It can often be daunting to adopt a senior dog given their medical expenses, but the Petfinder Foundation has helped to lift that weight from Jenna and hopefully encourage a family to bring her home this year! Meet Jenna: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38459373

Humane Society of Northeast Iowa: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant supported Annie’s adoption fee, care with our organization, testing, diagnosis and treatment for her pancreatic enzyme deficiency.

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

Without this grant, finding Annie a home would have been nearly impossible. Having her medical costs covered by the grant ensured we had funds to continue helping other animals in our care as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant was specifically to help Annie. However, the funds we would have spent on Annie were used to spay/neuter 10 other animals.

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

Annie is a senior dog, and a black Lab, so not a good mixture for being adopted in our area. In addition, she has a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. This grant ensured Annie found a great forever home that was able to handle her medical condition. Her new mom says, “We are so happy and just so in love with her. She picked out a new toy and bone last night when we got home, and met her ‘siblings.’ She walked right into her kennel and laid on her new bed, so I think she is adjusting quite nicely.” She adds that in the winter, Annie loved romping around in the snow with the other dogs. Annie found her happily ever after.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medication (phenobarbital and glucosamine)

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

Co Coa’s seizures and arthritis are now managed with her phenobarbital and glucosamine.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two (until one of them passed away in February)

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

Co Coa and her sister, Frieda, were surrendered to us back in January (in the first photo, Frieda is on the left and Co Coa is on the right). They were two little old ladies who did not do well in the shelter environment. Freida was 10 and Co Coa had just turned 12; they were very confused and depressed upon being surrendered to us. Back in February, just a month after being dropped off at the shelter, Frieda passed away. Co Coa was placed into a very loving foster home with four other dogs (all small pups!) and she is loving her life!! She is being spoiled by her foster mom and enjoys going to SPCA events to get lots of love and attention from anyone she meets. She’s a true Lab! Co Coa is still looking for her forever home! Meet Co Coa: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36756108

L.A.S.S.I.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of $400 that covered the dog’s adoption fee and two bags of senior dog food and two bags of Daisiquin joint supplement.

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

This grant allowed for one of our senior dogs, Elanor, to be adopted! It provided sponsorship of her adoption fee and gave the family joint supplement and senior dog food to take with them to get her on a healthy start to her new future with them.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Elanor, an 8-year-old hound mix, arrived as a stray at the shelter with her sister on March 3. Her sister was adopted out quickly but no one was interested in Elanor. This grant not only allowed sponsorship of food, joint supplement and her adoption fee, but in addition her story was featured on the Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook page, where it was shared more than 800 times. This publicity reached numerous interested families, and Elanor was adopted today, April 22.

Ferry Dog Mothers/Saving Our Seniors: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for Corky’s ongoing care while in foster and currently with his new forever permanent home. This included medication to prevent seizures, food, supplements, enrichment toys, equipment, vetting and ongoing training.

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

This grant helped tremendously by lifting the financial burden so we could focus on finding a forever home for Corky. While he was in foster care, he was able to get on a well-balanced diet, receive regular vet care and receive training to help his foster family manage his reactive behavior when out in public.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Corky is a spry 12-year-old Jack Russell who was faced with losing his home — and almost his life — last summer when his person became ill and could no longer properly care for him or keep him in her home. The family needed to relocate their mother but did not know what to do with Corky because he could not come to live with them. He did not get along with other dogs, and they had one. So they were going to have him euthanized. A family member did not want to see that happen to Corky, who was a very loving and good dog. So she reached out for help. Thankfully, a foster family stepped up to provide a temporary home for Corky while the search for a permanent family began. While in their care, Corky was able to get on a consistent diet, get regular vetting, daily exercise and of course lots of love!

Corky was overweight from being fed improperly and he had a skin reaction to the bad food he was being fed. He also suffered from seizures that never got tended to. Corky was not socialized as a puppy so he is not able to be near other animals of any kind, especially dogs. He is very reactive but not deemed aggressive. So whoever was going to adopt this senior pup would need to agree to ongoing training to learn how to manage him so he could have a good quality of life.

After eight long months of networking, Corky’s wish for his forever family came true this past March. He now has a stable home where he can live out his golden years. His family is 150% on board with helping Corky with all the special needs he came with. They attend weekly training sessions, working with Corky and learning about canine behavior, nutrition and enrichment exercises. Everyone’s goal was to provide Corky with the best quality of life possible so that even with all his “quirks” he can live life safely and with joy.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant and to Susie’s Senior Dogs for recommending that we apply, Corky’s care is manageable without the financial burden upon his family so they can solely focus on his quality of life. We are so very grateful to those who open their hearts and homes to senior dogs in need.

Animals-R-Family: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Due to severe arthritis and allergies, Jojo is on a lot of meds. The grant was used to buy two of his medications for one year: Rimadyl and Apoquel.

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

It allowed us to ensure that he has these meds for a year. They are expensive and we struggle to buy them on our own.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Jojo.

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

Jojo spent the first eight years of his life living in a cage in a windowless warehouse. He was dumped there as a puppy after his people had cut his ears off at home and called him “Funny Ears.” He now has freedom, but has severe arthritis in his legs and spine. He never got to experience what it is like to be a normal, healthy dog living as a beloved family pet. The good news is that Jojo is getting adopted at the end of April and will only know love and affection, comfort for his arthritis from his Tempur-Pedic dog bed, and lots of yummy food and fun toys for the rest of his days. Meet Jojo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35264487

Ark-Valley Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fee reimbursement: $100 ($100 paid for by grant)
Superchem w/CBC bloodwork & processing fee: $85.22 ($80 paid for by grant)
Dental cleaning $264.70 ($250 paid for by grant)
4 Skin Excisions of fatty tumor and sebaceous cyst $206 ($150 paid for by grant)

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

This grant provided us the majority of funds to address Honey’s medical needs, making her more adoptable and healthy at the time of going into her home. By offsetting our expenses, this grant has made it easier for us to help senior dogs in the future reach good health while in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Honey was a nearly 12-year-old dog who needed bloodwork, a dental, a lumpectomy of a fatty tumor and removal of a sebaceous cyst. She was adopted by a woman who operates a rescue for miniature horses. This woman was specifically looking for an older dog and was so appreciative of the procedures provided to Honey to get her to good health and the sponsored adoption fee. This home was a great fit. We have since followed up with her and Honey is doing great in her new home!

AVHS Executive Director Jonathan McDonell says, “We are so grateful that the Petfinder Foundation, through their support of Ark-Valley Humane Society, was able to ensure Honey, a senior dog, received much-needed dental surgery which we believe will vastly improve her quality of life and overall health – thank you Petfinder Foundation!”

Remembering Ruthie Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Susie’s Senior Dog grant was used for Tony’s heart medication and will be used to cover his ultrasound, bloodwork, and blood-pressure testing next month.

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

This grant helped Tony get seen by more people who may be interested in adopting a senior. Adopting a senior dog, especially a medically needy one, can be overwhelming. This grant took some of the anxiety out of his adopters’ minds knowing we were going to help with his next set of tests.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tony is a 12-year-old Chihuahua/terrier mix who was neglected by his previous owner. When we got him, we found out he had a grade 5 (out of 6) heart murmur. His heart is damaged and not pumping blood as well as it should due to the neglect. The medications and limited activity help keep the blood flowing upward. He will need ultrasounds routinely to make sure the valve is functioning correctly. Thanks to the grant, he will continue to get those tests and medications and live out whatever time he has left in a loving home. Meet Tony: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36515768

Update Feb. 7, 2017: Our sweet Mr. Tony was ADOPTED by his wonderful foster mom, Jennifer! Thanks to the grant for Tony’s care from Susie’s Senior Dogs and the Petfinder Foundation, Tony was given his monthly medications and we will be covering his heart ultrasound, bloodwork to make sure the medications are still working and blood-pressure test next month! This was his mom’s announcement to everyone: “This little booger became a permanent part of our family this week! Call it a foster fail or call it destiny, but we love him so much and couldn’t give him up! Tony is such a sweet pup and even Zoe is excited!” From rags to riches — we couldn’t be more excited for Tony! He will live out the rest of his life in the best home ever!

Neenah Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money is being used to help offset the cost of Rayne’s medication once she is in a forever home.

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

This grant has helped the Neenah Animal Shelter promote Rayne for adoption. Since Rayne’s medication is rather expensive, NAS felt she was getting overlooked for a home for that reason. The grant will allow her new family a transition period as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Rayne was brought to NAS as a stray in July and was originally thought to have a bad case of fleas because she was missing a good amount of fur on her sides and tail. Once she was fully treated for fleas and her fur was not growing back, another vet appointment was scheduled. She was then diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, which affects her hormone production. Rayne has been on the proper medication since September and her health has improved greatly. Her completely hairless tail now has a cottontail look as the hair grows back. Her intense thirst has decreased some and she is no longer having accidents when out of her kennel. All in all, Rayne is happier now too. She is still searching for her forever home and we’ll keep looking. Meet Rayne: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37151315

UPDATE: Rayne’s adopter writes: “We adopted our beautiful dog Rayne from the Neenah Animal Shelter on March 21. She had been waiting for us since July 2016. While she was there, it was discovered she had Cushing’s disease. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding the shelter a grant to cover the cost of her medications while she was in the shelter and during the transition into our home. Rayne is thriving. Thank you!!”