Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County: Purina Adoption Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Reducing adoption fees and shelter costs for kittens to get people to adopt a fixed shelter kittens instead of kittens in a box along the road. We also worked with people who were giving away free kittens in the paper to get more kittens fixed by bringing them into the shelter.

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

We were able to get more kittens adopted to make room for other kittens that were pouring into our shelter. This grant helped us bring in more kittens that would have been given away for free and helped us to fix them and reduce adoption costs on them.

How many pets did this grant help?

56 so far have gone home and we have another 25 that will be going home in the next week.

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

We had our largest fundraiser event of the year on June 2. I stopped by the shelter to pick up some items and as I walked up to the door, a kitten ran up to me. Someone had left a small bowl of food and water outside our back door and this kitten running loose. I picked her up to take her inside and realized she had a chain around her neck. I called a staff member to bring some wire cutters so we could get it off her. She only weighed 1.25 lbs. that day and the chain was snug. We named her Chain and she had an amazing personality. She was a customer favorite and brought out a lot of smiles with her climbing abilities. We worked hard to get her up to a healthy weight so she could be spayed and go to a great home. Once she was fixed, she was able to meet her new boy. Please see their first meeting in the fourth photo. Your grant made this and so many other happy adoptions of spayed and neutered kittens possible.

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