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North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report

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

The Kia Pet Adoption Grant has been invaluable to our organization. We have used the funds to drop adoption fees on our harder-to-place dogs. Many of our fees have been dropped from $250 to $195, and we have been able to drop some even lower.

A few weeks ago, North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue was asked to help with a puppy-mill situation. Due to the resources in place from the Petfinder Foundation, as well as the support from many individuals, we were able to take in 10 dogs.

They are Yorkshire terriers; many are older, and all were neglected and in very poor health. NMAR was able to provide them with medical and dental attention and place them in foster homes.

Five of the 10have been adopted as of this reporting. We could not have accepted this lifesaving project without the support provided by the Petfinder Foundation.

How many pets did this grant help?

The $1,500 awarded by the Petfinder Foundation should help us lower or waive adoption fees for approximately 25 dogs.

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

Lexi (first photo) is a puppy-mill survivor. She had spent her life in a small cage, having litter after litter of puppies. She received little exercise and very little care.

When she came to us, her hair was matted, her teeth were rotted, and we thought that she had several tumors. We were horrified to discover that what were first diagnosed as tumors were actually deceased fetuses in her uterus.

The amount of neglect was criminal. Lexi received the necessary surgery and other medical attention. Unfortunately, she lost all her teeth. She recovered in a foster home, where she learned to enjoy snuggles and human attention.

Lexi has been adopted and is thriving in her forever home with a wonderful family. They recognize how special she is and, since we know that she will continue to need extra care, NMAR waived the adoption fee.

Buster Brown (second photo) is another survivor. He has not yet been adopted. This brave little survivor has endured unpleas­antries we can only imagine. He has emerged as a very gentle, sweet, and snuggly dog who is now counting on you for help in overcoming that horrible experience.

It takes a very special person to do this — and if you’re ready and willing, it will be life-changing for both of you. His adoption fee will also likely be waived.

You can meet Buster Brown here.

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