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East Ridge Animal Shelter: Kia Pet Adoption Grant Report

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

The grant funds received from the Petfinder Foundation were used to help animals in the care of East Ridge Animal Shelter reach their forever homes. East Ridge Animal Services staff were able to offer free adoptions to all available animals at the shelter. Upon receiving the funds, staff began advertising and promoting free adoptions more than ever! With this grant, the City of East Ridge was able to adopt out 29 animals in total.

How many pets did this grant help?

29 animals (21 cats and eight dogs)

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

Bella, pictured below, was dumped at East Ridge Animal Shelter in the late hours of the night by her owner. He claimed to have found Bella at a local restaurant, but was later found to be her registered owner.

Bella was in the care of East Ridge Animal Services for 78 days before being adopted by a loving family.

Ms. Bella was a favorite of both shelter staff and volunteers. She was always smiling and loved having visitors. Shelter staff moved Bella to the front office, lovingly referred to as the “nursery.” Staff took every opportunity to promote Bella on social media, at adoption events, and even at the local dog park during playtime hours.

Bella was adopted by her new family on Aug. 19, 2023. She has since settled very well into her new home with family members both human and furry.

Bella has a new dog brother named Doug. They enjoy spending their days eating treats and running around the yard. Since moving into her new home, Bella gets to spend more time doing her favorite hobbies of playing in the water hose and dancing with her humans.

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