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York Adopt-A-Pet: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report

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

This grant made it possible to waive or reduce the adoption fees for our senior and special needs dogs and cats, enabling them to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Belke and Venus arrived on April 26, 2021. They were puppy-mill dogs whose owner was shut down by the State of Nebraska.

These beautiful girls are 4-year-old white huskies who had received no socialization and were scared of people. Our staff and volunteers worked daily showing them love and compassion. Little by little, they started to come around, but they never totally trusted. They were very bonded and we knew they could not be separated.

After two years of working with them, our dog manager decided it was time to try to find them a home. Within days of them being posted on Petfinder, an application was received.

This potential adopter was told the girls’ story and that they were a work in progress and would require special care. The adopter understood and was more than willing to give them what they needed.

Because of the Petfinder Foundation-Kia grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee and, after being with us for two years and four months, these girls finally have a home of their very own.

Perry, a grey and white cat, was adopted on June 1, 2017, to a wonderful home. Sadly, on Dec. 18, 2022, he was returned when his family moved to a long-term care home and they were not able to take Perry with them.

Perry was 9 years old and weighed 22 lbs. He was a favorite among our volunteers because he showed them how much he appreciated them.

In August, an application was received for Perry and on Aug. 9, 2023, he left our care and went to his forever home. Because of the Petfinder Foundation-Kia grant, we were able to waive the adoption fee for our senior friend, Perry.

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