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Safe Animal Shelter: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report

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

This grant is allowing us to offer 50% off our adoption fees on dogs and cats over 1 year old. This has helped us to adopt out 24 adult dogs and 11 cats, allowing us to bring in more pets from our partnering agencies, owner surrenders, and strays.

With part of the adoption fee being paid for our adopters, many are donating more money to us, which is helping to offset some of the vaccine and spay/neuter costs for these pets. We anticipate we will be able to adopt about 12 more pets with these funds, for a total of 47 adopted one-year-old or older pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

We anticipate that this will help 47 pets this year -- about 3% of our total adoptions for the year.

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

Lily was the longest resident in our shelter. She was in our shelter for over 900 days, nearly half of her life. When a dog is in a shelter for that long, people begin to think, “What’s wrong with her?” or, “Will she be able to acclimate into a home setting?”

With smiles on our face and tears in our eyes, we can proudly say, “YES, SHE CAN!” Lily was finally adopted on Dec. 3.

Lily had gone through many different training programs and was not a fan of other dogs, so we had Lily as needing to be in an only-dog home. Since she had been here so long, we decided to attempt a meet-and-greet with her new brother. Lily surprised everyone and absolutely adored her brother. Her new family gives us updates regularly and she is doing great.

Lily’s story made us reevaluate many of our dogs to make sure they really required one-dog families. How many other Lilys are out there who, over time, may now be good with other dogs?

Gorgeous! That is her name, and whoever named her that gave her the perfect name!

She is a 1-year-old female cat who started her stay with us in a condo in the cattery room so she could adjust to people and other cats. She then moved out of the condo into the cattery room. She became more comfortable around people and no longer was hiding. She even started venturing out to be pet and get some loving.

She was still a little shy, but after five months, she went to her forever home, to the joy of the entire staff.

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