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York Adopt-A-Pet: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report

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

No-fee, reduced-fee and two-for-one cat adoptions.

This grant enabled YAAP to place more cats and kittens into good, loving homes.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Jolene and her husband have a dairy farm and were wanting to adopt a few cats to live in the dairy barn and, once established, to enjoy the farm life. YAAP on occasion has rescued cats that are not well socialized and would be very happy to have the freedom of a farm. We only adopt these cats to farms where we have inspected their barns and surroundings, and know will provide food, water and a secure environment. All YAAP’s cats are spayed/neutered, tested and vaccinated prior to any adoption. Jolene’s home was perfect for Shawnee, Donna, Anya and Kendra.

Ann came to YAAP wanting to adopt a cat for her mother who had lost her cat several months ago. Ann met two cats that she loved, so she decided to not only adopt Felicity (second photo) for her Mom but to adopt Laura (third photo) for herself. It was the best of both worlds, as she would be able to see Felicity whenever she wanted and Laura and Felicity would be able to continue to be friends.

Vicki could not choose between Hadie (fourth photo) and Odie (fifth photo) and jumped at the chance to adopt both when told about YAAP’s two-for-one adoption special.

Gina had lost her beloved calico cat and asked YAAP to let her know when a calico kitten became available. A beautiful orphaned calico kitten was rescued and brought to the shelter. After the kitten spent several weeks in foster care, Gina was contacted and it was love at first sight. Prior to adoption, Gina asked that we have the kitten FELV/FIV tested prior to her taking her home. We do test all cats for FELV/FIV but per our vet it is not done until the kitten is 10-12 weeks old. Our vet agreed to test and everyone was shocked when the test came back positive for FIV. Gina did not want the kitten euthanized and wanted a second test. Blood was sent to the closest vet school and it too came back positive. Heartbroken, Gina asked that we find a home for Missouri as she had an older cat and she was afraid to bring the kitten into her home. We were able to place Missouri into a rescue that places FIV-positive cats. We are very happy to report that sweet Missouri has been adopted into a loving home where she will hopefully live a long, long life. Not long after that, a new little calico/tortie kitten was rescued and Gina was contacted. This time we can report a happy ending for Gina and Mia (sixth photo). YAAP placed Mia in Gina’s arms, telling her there would be no adoption fee. Happy endings all around!

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