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Kent County Animal Shelter: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report

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

The grant helped in subsidizing our adoption fees. It has been our experience that reduced adoption fees tend to increase adoption numbers. We specifically selected dogs that were big and/or had been in our care longer than others. We also selected cats that needed to be adopted as a pair and/or shy cats that could take longer to adopt because of their hiding nature.

Our adoption fee was reduced to $25 for dogs from $147, and an adoption fee was waived for adult cats. By placing long-term dogs in homes, we could prevent stress-related responses from progressing further. Additionally, the grant allowed us to promote big dogs that could otherwise be overlooked by prospective adopters due to their size and activity level.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant will help 10 dogs and four cats by offering fee-waived adoptions or reduced adoption fees.

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

As of Sept. 30, all but one of the dogs have been adopted and all the cats have been placed in homes.

We were able to place Kenny and Lenny together, who were brothers and had been together all their lives (first and second photos).

Cassatt, a very shy and reserved cat, was also adopted with the help of this grant (third photo).

We continue to promote Blimpie (fourth photo) and offer a reduced adoption fee to find him a best match and forever home. You can meet Blimpie here.

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