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Katz 4 Keeps, Inc.: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report

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

Free or reduced-fee adoptions.

We screen our applicants well and visitors always feel comfortable when visiting our facility. We used the grant in several areas: (1) To suggest adopting two kittens versus one, and had success with wonderful families; (2) We had visitors we felt comfortable suggesting adopt an adult cat as their new family member, and (3) In a situation where we felt the reduced fee was a compliment to the individual or family for adopting an abandoned, unwanted, but "worthy" feline. In all cases, we mentioned the grant only after we were certain they were going to adopt, as we didn't want the "no fee or reduced fee" to be the reason for adopting. The adoptive families were thrilled to learn they had been "chosen" as recipients of the grant's benefit. The grant was a plus in sibling/littermate adoptions and, most importantly, adoptions of our adult cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

Fourteen (15 including Art, who was adopted with a littermate; the adopting family paid his fee)

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

GeGe (now Gigi) was the best. GeGe and her mother and twp siblings were surrendered to K4K when their drug-dependent owner lost her home and could no longer keep them. GeGe’s quiet and aloof personality may have been the reason she wasn’t adopted sooner. She was active, as our cats have out-of-cage play twice daily, but just didn’t “click” with that “special person” — until Jodi and her three children visited. One of our teenage socializers had suggested that Jodi “focus” on GeGe, which she and her family did … and they loved her! It was very exciting to all volunteers working that weekend. GeGe is doing very well in her new home with her wonderful, loving (and patient) new family. We miss her, but are thrilled for her. Our mission is complete relative to GeGe and others who benefited from this grant. GeGe was born Feb. 23, 2006, and joined Katz 4 Keeps Jan. 27, 2012.

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