Animal Care Centers of NYC: Purina Adoption Grant

What was the money or product used for?

This generous award from the Petfinder Foundation will be used to create care packages for our Summertime Sniffles adoption campaign. More specifically, we strive to incentivize adoptions for cats and dogs who have respiratory infections. We will be purchasing toys, treats, bedding and other types of supplies as a part of the care package for adopters.

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

Often overlooked due to their illness, dogs and cats with respiratory illness have a harder time being adopted than pets who are healthy. This funding is going to help make the adoption of a cat or a dog with the “sniffles” more attractive to prospective adopters. In conjunction with waiving our adoption fees, we’ll be offering treats, toys, a gift card and bedding as a care package for each adopted animal.

How many pets did this grant help?

We anticipate that this grant will help 40 animals.

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

We are launching this promotion on June 21, 2018, so we do not have a happy tail yet to share, but we will be happy to do so once the program is up and running. Pictured is Rapunzel: “A volunteer writes: We must begin with the superficial, because Rapunzel has the eyes of some glorious, other-worldly angel that two volunteers agreed were the most beautiful eyes they’d ever seen on any creature: Not quite blue, not quite gray, not quite green … sigh. And what a soul those eyes radiate. Gentle, kind, a bit timid, but extraordinarily docile, sitting immediately between two of us on a bench and enjoying being pet. The two of us weren’t alone in falling in love with this serene being: Notes about her from other volunteers include comments like, ‘perfect,’ ‘calm,’ and ‘walks like a dream on a leash.’ Rapunzel is indeed dream-like — a dog from one of the best dreams you’ve ever had. Please come visit her at MACC and make Rapunzel’s loving presence in your loving home a reality!”

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