Friends of Companion Animals: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Our special-needs, senior pet named Kat the cat!
Having the extra funds to cover the adoption, exam and medicine was super helpful because it freed up funds so we could advertise Kat as the star of our Cats for Seniors program. In fact, her adopter came to us because of an insert ad we created using Kat's picture. That lead her to check out Kat's bio on Petfinder.com and, after reading it, she knew she had to meet Kat face-to-face.
How many pets did this grant help?
One very grateful cat seeking a forever home; however, the publicity has helped us drum up support for our Cats for Seniors program in general.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Kat, our senior cat, came to us a couple years ago when one of our volunteers was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, she passed and Kat, who has a thyroid condition, was suddenly parent-less. Finding a home for her has proved to be problematic. She had some applicants over the years, but they were never a good fit (either they were too active, couldn’t provide adequate care, didn’t have the financial resources or Kat simply didn’t make a connection with them).
However, all that changed March 2019. Knowing that we had a Senior Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we knew we could spend a little extra to promote Kat in some of our advertising venues. She was featured via a Facebook ad and in our local coupon publication called Town Money Saver, which is how Kat’s new mom made her way to Petfinder and then to us directly. She visited our shelter and almost instantly they were a match, so it was a “done deal.” Kat found her new person and her person found a new companion to keep her company.
Thanks to the senior cat grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to cover Kat’s adoption fee while also getting her a complete wellness check prior to going to the new home. The adopter also received food and the medication Kat needs, which should last for at least the next two years, along with instructions on how to administer it. We also covered Kat’s transportation to her new home. This way, the adopter, who uses public transportation, didn’t have to worry about getting her there to her house.
In conclusion, Kat needed someone who could offer her the time and support she needs to have an enriched life in her final years. Our adopter wanted to save a senior cat who could keep her company. It’s a perfect match and all of us couldn’t be happier for everyone.