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Humane Society of Greenwood: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report

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

A fee-waived adoption offer for cats began Feb. 1, 2015, called “Freezing Cat Adoption Fees,” which tied into the winter weather very nicely. Our agency shared the exciting news of the grant award and adoption promotion on our website, Facebook page, local newspaper, radio stations, and online newspaper.

The offer was very successful as we ran low on healthy, adoptable cats through most of the period. There was an actual "demand" for cats! This sort of offer would be really helpful during the spring and summer months when cat/kitten intake is so high in open-intake shelters. We would be able to move cats/kittens out quicker, keep them healthy, and shorten the length-of-stay. The small revenue stream from adoption fees does go right back into the operational costs of the county shelter that we manage.

How many pets did this grant help?

37 cats and kittens have been adopted at no charge funded by the $1,000 Purina grant!

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

Dolly (first photo) was originally adopted from the Greenwood Shelter in 2008, but returned in 2015 for behavioral problems that arose as the family added four dogs to the household in a few short years. It can be challenging for pets to get adopted more than once from a shelter, but thankfully she was adopted again by very quickly by a wonderful couple.

Anna (second photo) and her three siblings were born to a stray cat and brought to the shelter at the tender age of six weeks. All four, named after characters from “Frozen,” went into a foster home until they were old enough to return to the Adoption Center. Anna’s three littermates were all quickly adopted, but she was left on her own for another two weeks before being adopted to her new little boy.

Vegas (third photo) and Phoenix (fourth photo) were found as strays together and, since they favored each other so much, we surmised they were brothers. Vegas’ adopter, from Columbus, Ga., found him on Petfinder and drove to Greenwood, S.C. to adopt him! (Phoenix was adopted by another family.)

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