Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Senior Pet Adoption Assistance grant helped us find the right home for Ella — and she didn’t need to go far to find it! Ella was initially placed in a foster home with a college-aged student at the University of Minnesota, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit and campus closed, we needed to move Ella when her foster returned to her hometown. Ella found a new foster home with a great couple who ended up falling in love with her. Ella’s adoption fee was sponsored, as well as a reactivity-focused training class and a year’s worth of meds to help with her anxiety.

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

This grant helped us find the right match for Ella, but not only that, Ella’s foster was so touched that she’d like to pay it forward and sponsor another harder-to-place dog’s adoption fee.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ella, a 10-year-old pit mix, was surrendered to TCPR by her family in January 2020. Ella was adopted by the family at 1.5 years old and notes from the shelter had indicated that Ella showed some resource guarding, but the family was able to manage the behavior and prevent any escalation with the other resident dog. However, the family recently had a baby and felt they could no longer safely manage resource guarding and subsequent reactivity with the other resident dog and devote the time necessary to behavioral management.

Ultimately, it was the right decision both for the family, but also for Ella — as a senior, she shouldn’t live out the end of her life quarantined and separated from her people. In the right home, we believed Ella could live her golden years happily, as she was sweet and friendly toward people. Given her prey drive and resource guarding, she was unable to be adopted to a home with other pets, making her placement as a senior more difficult.

Ella was adopted by her foster (see details in above paragraph)! This grant not only helped Ella, but it will indirectly help another dog find their home, as the adopter would like to pay it forward and sponsor the fee for another dog in rescue!

Happy Tales Ranch and Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dry and canned food, bowls, a bed, a cat tree, litter, and cat litter pans.

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

Frannie’s adoption fee will be paid, and she will get six months of food, a bed, and cat tree. We put her new items in her room for her to use. If she gets adopted, they will smell like her and ease her transition.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Frannie is 12+ years old, front-declawed and was found as a stray wandering outside. Happy Tales transfers cats for a small town’s vet office so the animals won’t be put to sleep. Frannie has had a dental and a lump-removal procedure. She loves attention and being in your lap. She is okay with other cats who respect her space. Frannie is currently still at the rescue; you can meet her here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to waive the adoption fee and provide the necessary vaccinations and senior food for Ragtime, a senior pet who had been at the shelter most of her life.

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

Having this grant for Ragtime provided her adopters with the medical and financial ease of adopting a senior cat. It also provided her adopters with the startup items necessary when adopting for the first time.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

After being in the shelter 12 out of her 13 years of life, Ragtime, along with another senior cat, was adopted! Both Ragtime and Gracie were adopted by a couple who hadn’t realized how difficult it was to place senior cats. When they heard about the difficulty of adopting out senior cats and Ragtime’s story, they said it sealed the deal!

San Nicola Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant helped find home for a wonderful large 9-year-old blind dog named Jax. He is pretty healthy in general but he can only have prescription food. Four times people tried to foster/adopt him, but four times he was returned to the rescue within the first few days. Finally he got adopted by Cecilia Plunkett, a patient, kind and caring person. She will be using the grant for his medical needs and especially for expensive Royal Canin special-diet prescription food.

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

I don’t think Jax would have been adopted if we had not had the grant to help with his medical needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One senior dog

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

Jax’s adopter, Cecilia, wrote this: “I feel so fortunate to have found my forever friend! Jax finally came into my life after a couple of setbacks, but he was totally worth the wait. He is so calm and happy, which fills my heart. He is teaching me how to relax and breathe deeper, to enjoy the little things in life, and to listen to the birds sing in the morning as we walk along the babbling creek that we take long walks along daily. Jax’s happiness is contagious, as all who meet him just smile at him. I’m not sure who rescued whom. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family of people who wish to rescue animals in need of love.”

Grassroots Animal Rescue of Mississippi: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to offer an adoption incentive for Adele, a 10-year-old deaf cocker spaniel mix in our care. In order to stay healthy, Adele needs daily skin supplements and ear wash. Her skin supplement (Zesty Paws Omega Bites) come in a 90-count container, which last 45 days at her dose of two chewable supplements per day. The cost of the 90-count supplement is $25.97. The two-year cost of this supplement is $441.49. Her ear wash (Ultra-Otic Advanced Ear Cleaner plus Aloe) is $17 per bottle, and one bottle lasts about three weeks. The two-year cost of her ear wash would be $589, bringing the total cost of Adele’s supplies for two years to $1,030.49. With the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant of $1,000, we were able to send two years of supplies with Adele to her new forever home (our rescue funded the remaining costs not covered by the grant). We are happy to report that Adele has been adopted!

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

We used this grant to offer an adoption incentive for Adele, a 10-year-old deaf cocker spaniel mix in our care. In order to stay healthy, Adele needs daily skin supplements and daily ear wash. Offering two years of Adele’s supplies as an incentive helped to relieve some of the financial pressure of adopting Adele for her new owner. We are happy to report that Adele has been adopted and is thriving in her new home in Alabama! She has a great mom and another senior dog with whom she has bonded well! This home was a perfect match for Adele, made possible in part by the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation. Thank you!

Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money we received as a 2019 Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant for Mouse was used for her adoption fee and medication.

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

The grant helped one specific senior dog find her forever home! Mouse was a senior pug who suffered from arthritis and was partially blind so required assistance with stairs. She loved to eat and wander around the back yard. It was going to take the right kind of person to give Mouse the care she needed in her final years.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Mouse was adopted out to a loving lady after the grant was issued last fall. Her mom told us in January 2020 that Mouse had crossed the rainbow bridge and shared this sweet message: “This sweet girl and I had a Divine appointment. I knew when Mouse came to me that it was to give her a little space of love, peace, and rest after a tough life of abandonment and neglect. She was scared, blind, deaf, and slow-moving. Last night, I wrapped her in a blanket, rocked her, and affirmed to her the belovedness she hadn’t always experienced. A little after midnight, she crossed into what I hope is a place where she is whole and she is love. Vaya con Dios, my sweet pug dog. I already miss your waddle, your ‘hold me’ yelp, your utter delight in peanut butter. Thank you for all the lessons in love and compassion you’ve given me.”

Live Love Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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

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

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

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

New Hope Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

One, although we do have other dogs taking Rimadyl.

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

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

UPDATE March 18, 2020: Chico was recently adopted by a local couple who felt that Chico could likely spend the rest of his life at C.A.R.E. Needless to say, we are all over the moon that Chico has a home of his own. The grant helped us boost our Facebook posts about Chico as well as covering the medical needs of joint medicine that he was given.