Home for Good Dog Rescue Inc.: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The money was used to encourage adoptions of older dogs (3+) by older adopters (55+) in our Senior to Senior program. It was also used to help honor veterans in our Pups for Patriots program by providing a monetary discount in order to encourage adoptions by post-9/11 veterans and their families.
We offered a $200 discount off our $340-$440 adoption fee/ or a $200 gift certificate to purchase basic supplies for a new dog (e.g. leash, crate, food, bed) to both these groups. This monetary incentive made the difference in closing the adoption and helping a rescue dog get a great forever home.
How many pets did this grant help?
Since April, this grant has helped five dogs at $200 each.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
The woman in the first picture was around 80 and had always had a dog. When her Lab mix died earlier this year, she fell into a depression. Many people felt she was too old to adopt and could not handle a puppy. However, she really wanted an older dog. When she came to us, she had been eyeing Charlie on our website, who was estimated to be about 3-4 years old. She fell in love with him, but she was on a limited income. Although she had a lot of supplies from her former dog, the adoption fee was high given her monthly living expenses. After filling out an adoption application and being approved, the woman met Charlie and it was love on both sides. Our staff discussed contingency plans with the adopter if she became too sick to care for Charlie, and had her grown daughter agree to care for Charlie if her mother was too sick. The daughter was required to be at the adoption when the contract was signed to meet the dog and agree she would be Charlile’s godmother. The woman had $200 of the $340 adoption fee waived due to this grant.