We used the $750 grant money we received to sponsor the adoption of 15 cats who were either long-stay residents or seniors.
It helped bring attention to these pets and gave an incentive for adopters to choose cats who had been overlooked or were statistically harder to adopt.
Sassy (first and second photos) and Thelma (third photo) were two senior cats who were surrendered to us as a pair when their owner passed away and their family couldn’t keep them. Generally, senior animals are overlooked and have a much longer length of stay, but TWO senior cats hoping to stay together had even lower odds of finding a home. Because of this grant, we were able to spotlight and sponsor their adoption so they could find a home together. Both were adopted to a loving family together.
We also had a long-term cat named Rainbow (fourth and fifth photos) get adopted. He came to us after his owner committed suicide. The horrible circumstance of his entrance into our shelter definitely affected his behavior here; he was shut down and did not want to be around other cats. We knew he would be hard to place, but through social media and this grant, we were able to shine a light on him and someone patient gave him a chance and adopted him!