Senior Pet Adoption Grants

Animal Aid of Tulsa: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Animal Aid received the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant for Theo, a heeler/great Pyrenees mix. We utilized the funds provided to cover Theo’s adoption fee, neuter surgery, and microchipping. We are providing heartworm- and flea-prevention treatment and routine vaccines for four years.

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

This grant helped one of our senior dogs get adopted. Senior dogs are often overlooked when people are searching for a dog, but relieving some of the financial barriers can draw potential candidates’ attention back to these wonderful pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We are not sure exactly what happened to Theo before we got him, but it is possible he was hit by a car. It also looked as if he’d had all his teeth removed other than the top canines, which were cut in half. Theo had a dislocated elbow. He also had a severe case of heartworm. He was treated for his trauma-related injuries and heartworm, and a pin was put in his leg. He also participated in physical therapy for several weeks.

Theo has completely beaten the odds against him! He recovered beautifully. His past does not take away from his sweet, loving personality. Theo was recently adopted by an amazing family and is loving life in his new home!

Days End Farm Horse Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds are being used to market Daphne as a horse available for adoption. Once an adopter is found, the funds will be used to cover Daphne’s adoption fee ($100), transportation, and food for up to one year from her adoption date.

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

This grant is helping get the word out about senior horses like Daphne who are available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Daphne arrived at DEFHR in 2013 from Howard County, MD. She was with us for eight months before being adopted. She would still be with her owner if her owner hadn’t died this year. DEFHR’s policy is to welcome back rescue horses when the adopter can no longer care for them. Daphne is currently over 30 years old and needs two to three feedings a day (Triple Crown Senior) to maintain her health. She also has issues with her feet which will require extra farrier attention, and has no teeth, which means she will need two dental visits each year as opposed to one, and the additional cost of grain in the winter.

From her Petfinder profile: “Daphne is one sweet, older mare (15.2 HH) looking for her new forever home. Daphne is being offered as a companion only through the Guardian Program at Days End. ‘I am an older, sweet mare looking for a new home since my previous adopter passed away. It is a sad time for me, but I love all my new friends at Days End Farm. I am looking for a new family to love me, groom me and laugh and my really droopy bottom lip! No ladies, I haven’t have any work done — this is all-natural. I have great ground manners and love people.” Meet Daphne here.

Once an adopter is found, Daphne will be moved to her forever home thanks to this grant, thus freeing up a spot for another rescue horse in need.

FieldHaven Feline Center: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

FieldHaven Feline Center was awarded a $1,000 grant to be used to help promote the adoption of one of our senior cats, Lawrence Longbottom. The grant money will be used by his adopter to offset expenses associated with his adoption and care (e.g. vet appointments; testing).

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

Unfortunately, Lawrence has still not been adopted! This is despite multiple posts on Facebook (below) and our June 18th e-blast (which included a YouTube video). In addition, Lawrence was recently featured in the program for FieldHaven’s annual donation-drive charity event, Classics, Cats & Cabernet, held on September 7, 2019.

June 18th eblast – https://mailchi.mp/fieldhaven.com/id-like-you-to-meet-lawrence-longbottom

Posts on Facebook:

June 18th – https://tinyurl.com/y57tosau
June 28th – https://tinyurl.com/y5d9q565
June 10th – https://tinyurl.com/yys7pnop
June 4th – https://tinyurl.com/yy49ae9m
April 6th – https://tinyurl.com/y5sbfwse

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Just over a year ago, Lawrence Longbottom’s life didn’t look so bright. He was wandering the streets of Sacramento and really needed help. He was taken to the University of California at Davis for medical attention. The veterinary staff fell in love with him, and that changed his life forever. UCD staff reached out to local shelters, asking if they would take Lawrence Longbottom. Lawrence soon found his way to FieldHaven, where he received the additional medical care he needed, as well as a lot of love from FieldHaven staff and volunteers. Being a senior guy, Lawrence doesn’t race around the house chasing toy mice; instead, he prefers to lounge on the couch with his person, watching TV or sleeping at the foot of the bed hoping to catch a glimpse of some birds flying by the window. Lawrence is a professional lap cat and is perfectly happy occupying a lap for the afternoon. If you are looking for a laid-back kitty companion and dedicated lap-warmer, please stop by and spend some time with Lawrence Longbottom. Just step into his room, put him on your lap and plan on staying for the day. He is FIV-positively adoptable and his adoption fee has been sponsored! All cats and kittens have received age-appropriate vaccines and are spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Lawrence is still waiting to find his furr-ever home. Meet Lawrence here.

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

What was the money or product used for?

The grant is being held for Bellaboo’s adopter for her daily medications when the right adopter is located.

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

The grant is allocated for the adopter per the grant agreement to help encourage the adoption of a special-needs senior.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Bella was abandoned at a vet’s office we use for our foster dogs in very poor health due to untreated diabetes and Cushing syndrome. Bella is also blind due to the diabetes. The vet’s office stabilized her and asked that we take her into rescue to find an adopter. Since entering foster care, Bella has lost some weight and is learning to walk outside on a leash with her halo. Bella is a remarkable dog with a huge, loving personality. We are still seeking the right home for her where she will be loved for a lifetime and her medical needs met. She remains on Petfinder. Meet Bella here.

Top Dog Foundation: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

As per our request in the grant, these funds purchased Ligaplex II (a supplement to support ligament health), Nordic Naturals Fish Oil, and prescription Galliprant to support the rehabilitation of two torn ACLs (both rear legs) in Buddy, an 8-year-old feist terrier. The adopter received all supplements/prescription meds directly, approximately a 9-month supply. Buddy is doing well, and we are very hopeful that continued supplementation will allow us to avoid any surgery on his knees.

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

Buddy is part of a bonded pair; his best friend is Bear, a husky mix. We had very little adoption interest in them over a several-month period. Buddy also had torn ACLs in both rear knees, a factor that deterred any applicants we did receive. We were able to provide nine months of supplementation to the adoptive family via the Petfinder Foundation’s help, and add another $1,000 of support through our Bentley Vet Care Grant, which is supported by two other granting organizations. Combined, these funds provide about 15 months of supplements. With your help, Buddy and Bear were adopted in July 2019 by a family that fell in love with them.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant directly helped one dog, Buddy, by supporting his healthy recovery and adoption. As Buddy is bonded to Bear, and we do not separate bonded pairs, it concurrently helped Bear find an adoptive home.

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

Buddy was adopted in July 2019. Buddy is a resilient, ever-cheerful and happy terrier mix: His tail has been likened to a metronome, waving gaily all day long. He is inseparable from his best friend, Bear, a husky mix who watches out for his smaller friend. Both dogs were surrendered to a Tennessee county animal facility in February when their person died. No adopter stepped forward in Tennessee, and the dogs came up to Minnesota-based Top Dog Foundation in March to seek adoption here.

Buddy gives every appearance of a happy, active and energetic fellow, even though vets found he had torn two ACLs in his rear legs. Given his overall health and his capacity to enjoy daily life, Top Dog Foundation — with the cooperation of its vet partners — chose to try nutrition and supplements to support Buddy’s healing to see if he could thrive and recover without surgery. (Dogs his size may actually grow new tissue that can stabilize such injuries.) Those supplements added up in costs, however, and finding an adopter to take on those costs proved difficult.

Enter the Petfinder Foundation, which provided a Senior Pet Adoption grant to help with Buddy’s adoption by purchasing nearly a year’s worth of supplements. Problem solved: In July, Buddy — with Bear — went home to a new family. Buddy’s happy “let’s go for a walk” trot was almost immediately matched by the family’s 5-year-old boy while Bear accompanied a parent nearby. We love happy new beginnings!

Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant covered our senior horse Sheza’s adoption fee as well as her yearly knee injections for her arthritis.

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

The senior pet grant helped us find our senior horse Sheza a new home, opened up a space at the rescue so we could help another horse, and made a connection to a new foster family! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us find great homes for our senior horses!

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Sheza was rescued from auction and adopted, but returned a few months later for bucking under saddle. Her arthritis in her knees was bugging her more than we had realized, so we decided we needed to find her a retirement home as a companion. Sheza was with us for a few months without any interest, but within a day of our posting that her adoption fee was waived and her first year’s knee injections for her arthritis were sponsored thanks to the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we found her a perfect new home! Her adopters also decided to become a foster family and are currently fostering Louise, a neglected senior thoroughbred who came from auction and needs to put weight on to get her ready for adoption. None of this would have been possible without your Senior Pet Adoption Grant! Thank you!

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

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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

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

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

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

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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

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

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homeward Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

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