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City of Mount Juliet Animal Shelter Volunteer Organization: Grant Report

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

The Petfinder Foundation awarded us a $1,000 Adoption Options in Action Grant. With this money, we were able to buy a brand new camera to take appealing and professional pictures of all of our animals to post on our social-media accounts, Petfinder, and our organization's website in hopes of finding more potential adopters. We were also able to cover the adoption fees for low-income families for nine of our animals. We are still in the process of working with a graphic designer to create a new banner with our new logo on it to take to our adoption events.

This grant helped us so much. The pictures we have been posting on our social-media accounts have brought in more people interested in adopting from us. This grant also helped us find nine of our animals forever homes by waiving their adoption fees. One of the dogs who was adopted out, Skydance (third photo), was our longest resident of more than three months. Two of the cats who were adopted, Simone and Nastia (first photo), were long-term residents of three months as well.

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This grant helped two of our longtime resident cats, Nastia and Simone, find their forever home. They had both been at the shelter since early August. They were brought to the shelter along with their furbrother Dalton after being dumped inside of a Dumpster. They were very scared and timid. Nastia and Simone weren’t doing very well warming up to humans. They were pretty skittish and would hide when someone walked into the room. After being released from the vet, they all went up for adoption and Dalton got adopted within the first few weeks. With more time spent at the shelter, Nastia and Simone became a bonded pair. Simone became more outgoing and Nastia became more reliant on Simone. When they met their new family, Nastia really came out of her shell. With this grant money, we were able to waive their adoption fees and now they have found their forever home — just in time for the holidays.