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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Trolli Dynamic Duos Grant Report

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

We were able to find homes for 42 guinea pigs during our fee-waived adopt-a-thon, which took place May 11-14 at our four adoption center locations. Thirty-three of those adoption fees were covered through the generous sponsorship of the Dynamic Duos Grant.

During the event, the $30 adoption fee for guinea pigs was waived. Before the event, all of our guinea pig cages were full. The event was important in helping to find loving homes for the guinea pigs waiting at the adoption center and in helping to create space to allow more guinea pigs that needed to be surrendered to be taken in at our adoption centers.

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

I think the below three adoption updates are a great testament against the misconceptions around fee-waived adoption events. People tend to worry that giving a pet away for free means the person won’t be prepared for the commitment or won’t provide adequate care for the pet.

I think the below follow-up emails we received upon check-in from these adopters is a great illustration of how deeply adopters care for their pets, regardless of any adoption fee.

“Concert and Chorus, now named Oakley and Forest, are adjusting to their new life! They love to snuggle in their house or their banana cuddle sack, as well as running around and through their play tunnels.

“They absolutely LOVE romaine lettuce, crunchy gala apples, and cucumbers (has to be the tiny European kind, they don’t like peeled cucumbers) and they are slowly figuring out who’s alpha, so that’s been a fun time at 3:00 a.m.

“They are so loved and spoiled! They will grow up together having the best time. Here is a picture of them (first photo; Forest left, Oakley right) snuggling in their house.”

“Rachel is fantastic. I took her to work the Thursday after I adopted her and Dr. Staudenmaier says she is perfect. All my coworkers took turns carrying her around, which was great for socialization.”

“Gizmo is doing great in his new home with the Sears family! We love having him and he is getting plenty of attention and fresh veggies. He’s been very good about letting us groom his luxuriously long fur, and we have given him a new haircut that keeps his hair out of his eyes and lets us see his sweet facial expressions. Thank you for connecting our family to our sweet guy Gizmo!”

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