The New Year, New Home grant of $1,750 was used to reduce adoption fees on 13 dogs who were determined to be special-needs, have medical issues, be of mixed breed, or seniors. For our rescue, these are the dogs who tend to spend a longer amount of time waiting for their forever homes.
The New Year, New Home grant helped us to get dogs adopted who might otherwise have been overlooked, and/or spent longer periods of time in rescue. Seniors whose lifespan and costly medical issues may deter potential adopters, mixed-breed dogs who tend to spend longer periods in foster homes awaiting their forever homes, and dogs with special needs/medical concerns that may cause potential adopters to reconsider adoption. Additionally, helping these 13 dogs find forever homes also open up their foster homes, which allowed us to rescue more dogs.
The 13 dogs who benefited from the grant were:
Peppermint Patty-mixed breed
Gratuity Tucci-mixed breed
Simon-senior and mixed breed
Walter-special needs: vision impairment due to neglected entropion
Grayer-senior, deaf and partially blind
Jorja-mixed breed, missing one eye
One of the 13 dogs whom the New Year, New Home grant was able to help was Grayer. Grayer, a male Shar Pei, was estimated to be 7-8 years old. He was abandoned in a crate in a Nevada shelter parking lot in the middle of the night. He was a senior, deaf and partially blind from neglected entropion (a medical issue where the eyelids roll inward and can cause discomfort, eye irritation and eventual blindness if left untreated). He was terrified and at first wouldn’t let the staff touch him. The shelter completed his entropion surgery and removed some lumps and bumps during his neuter, and Grayer recovered in a loving foster home. With the discounted adoption fee thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, Grayer’s adopter (approved by Pei People volunteers in one of the other states we rescue in) was able to travel from Arizona to come get him, and potentially use the money saved towards any future medical issues that Grayer may have. We are happy to report that Grayer is adored and loved and well cared-for. (The average life span of a Shar Pei is 10 years, so when a dog reaches 7 years old, we consider them a senior.)