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

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

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

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

How many pets did this grant help?


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.

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