Dedman Foundation: Purina New Year, New Home

What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded a grant to help cover the cost of adoptions.

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

This grant helped our organization by allowing us to cover the cost of adoptions for several animals. We were full of dogs and had to continue turning down people needing to surrender their dogs. With this grant, we were able to get people interested in some of our more difficult dogs because they were able to put the money towards dog training instead. All of the dogs who were adopted are doing amazing! We were pretty low on cats at the time we received the grant, but we were able to use it to get the rest of our cats adopted, do a really deep clean in the cat room and then help two other shelters in Montana by taking several cats off their hands.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs and six cats

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

Our longest resident dog, Griff (first photo), had been with us since September. He was a great heeler mix, but he had his issues. He didn’t get along well with most other dogs, and he was able to climb our 6-ft. chain-link fence to get in the other yard with dogs, so he would have to go in a smaller area that was covered if any other canine was outside. He also had an issue with barking and jumping. We had a wonderful person see him on Petfinder and she liked him at first but was a little nervous about his issues with other dogs. When she found out that his adoption fee was waived because of the grant, she was ecstatic and called a trainer to make her first appointment before she even left the shelter! Griff now lives on a farm with another dog, cows, and horses!

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