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Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

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

Chico is a larger senior dog and therefore has joint issues and pain. We purchased Rimadyl and Cosequin to help ease his discomfort. When an adopter is identified, we will provide three months of the same items for his care.

We boosted our Facebook posts that specifically identify Chico as an adoptable pet and we were able to reach a much wider target audience. We also included the fact that grant money was available to assist in his adoption and care. We will continue to promote Chico on social media and elsewhere.

It is always challenging to find homes for senior dogs. Chico had a rough life and has many tumors that may detract from his appearance, but having the funds to promote him as adoptable on media such as Facebook and in local newspapers and our own newsletter will help find that right person for him.

It is important that we can afford the medication he needs and the veterinary care. When people visit the shelter and understand the depth of care that our dogs and cats receive, they begin to appreciate the costs involved and the number of volunteer hours required to accomplish that.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, although we do have other dogs taking Rimadyl.

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

When we applied for the Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, it was with the intention of finding Chico a fur-ever home. He is a good-natured boy who had obviously had a rough life before he came to us. He was abandoned by his previous family. At first, he was very reserved and wary of our volunteers, but now he loves his exercise time in the yard and still has a playful side. He can be seen throwing his toys around and loves to interact with the volunteers who care for him. We will continue to search for the right home for Chico. You can meet him here.

UPDATE March 18, 2020: Chico was recently adopted by a local couple who felt that Chico could likely spend the rest of his life at C.A.R.E. Needless to say, we are all over the moon that Chico has a home of his own. The grant helped us boost our Facebook posts about Chico as well as covering the medical needs of joint medicine that he was given.

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