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Greyhound Pets of America - Central Texas: Grant Report

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

We wanted to promote the adoption of senior greyhounds. The money was used for orthopedic beds and medications for senior dogs as an incentive to get folks to adopt a senior dog.

Although senior greyhounds are the most calm and gentle dogs, people are often reluctant to adopt them because of their physical and medical needs. By offering the adopters an orthopedic dog bed with adoption, this would be one thing the adopters would not have to buy and the senior dog would have a comfortable, supportive bed in their new home. We also were able to offer medications for the senior dog and, if the dog was not on medication, we sent him or her home with a supply of heartworm tablets.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two, so far. We have one senior who is still awaiting adoption and we hope to foster and adopt out at least three more seniors this year.

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

Breeze (first photo) came to us on Jan. 2, 2016, a beautiful jet-black senior dog. She fit comfortably in her foster home and got along well with the resident greyhound there. However, when the foster family took her to meet-and-greets, she was overlooked time after time because of her age. Her foster family took her to countless outings, hoping her sweet face would attract an adopter. It was not to be, and after one year with her foster family, they returned from a trip and applied to adopt her. The bed and medications we were able to give them through the help of the Petfinder Foundation grant will help keep her comfortable for years to come.