Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The grant was used to offer reduced adoption fees or to waive the adoption fee completely for 20 of the 36 cats we adopted out between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 13, 2015.
The grant allowed us to help low-income families who would otherwise not have been able to afford a cat get a new family member. Sixteen families chose not to use the grant because they did not need to use it and wanted to leave the funds for the families who really needed the assistance.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Zoey’s adopter writes: Zoey’s acclimation was the fastest I’ve ever seen in a cat. We took her out of the box and she immediately climbed up the cat tower and laid down. She never lost her appetite, and she’s gained about 2.5 lbs. We also found that her new favorite treats are Feline Greenies Smartbites (chicken flavor). One of my favorite things that she does is crawl under the blankets with me at night, which I enjoy because it’s super warm. Additionally, she gives kisses! I’ve never had a cat who gave me kisses like a dog does, and it’s adorable because she does it so softly that it feels like feathers. I want to thank you again for your help in getting Zoey.
Snowball’s adopter writes: Just a little note to let you know how well Snowball is doing. He’s a great cat it only took him about 20 minutes to get used to the house, and he has taken it over. My daughters were just so thrilled to have a cat again. He is so loving and follows us all over the house; he will even try to beat us up the stairs when it’s time for bed. And he talks all the time — he even talks in his sleep. My younger daughter changed his name to Simba from The Lion King.
Our house feels full again for the first time in a year; we have always had both cats and dogs — we had our other cats for eight years and our dogs as emotional therapy animals, but when we lost our home due to my husband getting sick, we were able to find a foster home for the dogs but not the cats. We tried to keep them in our truck but we ended up having to have them put up for adoption, which just about set my kids into a very deep depression. But now having Snowball in the the house has just been great. We love what you guys do for homeless pets; please keep it up — there needs to be more places like this. Thank you for letting us adopt Snowball. He’s doing great and I’m enclosing a picture of him sleeping on our couch.