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Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, Inc.: Grant Report

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

The New Year, New Home grant has been and continues to be used for reducing our adoption fee from $60 to $30.

In a number of ways:
1. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a reliable kitten adoption source because it is supported by respected entities such as the Petfinder Foundation and Nestle.
2. It helps make more adoptable kittens available to more qualified forever homes.
3. It helps publicize Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue as a safe, no-kill rescue to which people can bring orphaned newborn kittens for lifesaving care.
4. It reduces the rescue-to-adoption time, which reduces rescue costs, makes room for more rescued kittens, and cuts down on housed kittens' exposure to communicable ailments in the rescue.
5. It makes Tiny Paws more appealing to prospective volunteers because they know that Tiny Paws is supported by such a well-known funding source.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, 99 kittens have been adopted with the New Year, New Home grant. The adoption rate will really pick up next week when the spring litters begin to become adoptable.

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

Cheryl (first photo) was brought to Tiny Paws as a supposedly young pregnant cat who was sick and being beaten up by other cats. Upon evaluation by the Tiny Paws veterinarian, Cheryl was found to be about 11 years old (believe it or not), very pregnant, and sick with an upper-respiratory infection, gum disease and FIV. She was successfully treated for all of these conditions and had teeth pulled. Tiny Paws provided her with comfortable, safe surroundings for her and her babies, along with highly nutritious food and lots of loving care. When Cheryl was listed for adoption, the purrfect home applied to adopt her as the home’s one and only furry love. Cheryl’s new mom (pictured with her) was surprised and very grateful for the New Year, New Home grant support of her adoption.

Starsky (second photo) was thrown from the window of a moving car onto a front lawn. The good Samaritan in the house found the nearly lifeless body of the tiny kitten and brought it to Tiny Paws. Rescue volunteers rushed the kitten to the veterinarian, where he was given lifesaving treatment and X-rays. It was found that Starsky had disabled hind legs and a congenital digestive issue. Tiny Paws nursed him to top form, given his condition. When the veterinarian said he was ready, Starsky was listed for adoption with full disclosure of his special needs. His new mom (pictured with him) fell in love with his photo at first sight. Starsky’s special adoption fee was an unexpected gift for his new mom.