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SPCA Florida: Grant Report

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

The money was used to reduce adoption fees at the Mega Adoption Event in June 2019. The first of its kind in Lakeland, Florida, the Mega Adoption Event brought many local organizations together - including Polk County Animal Control, Humane Society of Polk County, and 15 for-profit veterinary clinics who not only donated time and resources to help prepare pets for adoption, but also participated in the event and helped us find homes for all these pets.

We have a rampant problem with homeless pets in Polk County, and this adoption event truly made a difference in finding homes for pets in need and making room in the shelters.

The "New Year New Home" grant was a tremendous help. Thanks to this grant - and other sponsors - we were able to lower adoption fees to $20 for a day. The Mega Adoption Event became more popular than we could have anticipated, with a line around the building hours before we opened. It is heartwarming to see so many pets find homes, and so many families find love in just one day.

How many pets did this grant help?

294

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

Buster spent quite some time at SPCA Florida. This sweet and loving boy had to live in an office because he refused to eat without company, and being away from the adoption floor made it difficult for him to find a home. He found his purrfect match at the adoption event and his new family sent photos of him at home the same afternoon!

We made a video from the event, it doesn’t show the true impact, but it tells the story better than words:

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