Happy Cats Haven: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The $1,000 grant sent to our shelter helped us keep 11 of our bonded adult-cat pairs and eight of our kitten bonded pairs together. Separating bonded cats can be traumatizing for both cats, which can lead to anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and an overall lower quality of life.
We offer discounted adoption fees to encourage adoptions of bonded pairs, as bonded cats are happier together, help each other transition to new environments, provide social and emotional enrichment for each other, and are sources of comfort for each other.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Bonded brothers Earl and Fox were returned to us separately after a year when their owners could no longer care for them.
Earl came to us first for a couple weeks before Fox rejoined him, and before being reunited with Fox, Earl was withdrawn and nervous in the shelter.
Fox came to us much more shy and looked to Earl for confidence and support in the new environment. They were able to comfort each other with cuddles, grooming, and play as they settled into their new routines. Once reunited, the boys quickly reacclimated, becoming more loving and outgoing with our shelter staff and volunteers before finding their new furrever home.
They were brought to their new home by an adoptions volunteer for a home install, and with each other they were quickly out and adapting to their new environment, family, and home.
They’re still with their new family and doing fantastically! They are still slowly exploring their new home and meeting their new dog siblings, but they continue to cuddle and explore together with their new family.