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NaNook & NaKoda's Big Paws Rescue: Purina ONE Adoption Grant Report

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

We applied the grant to eight dogs' adoption fees (our Guardian Angel program).

The grant helped us get Bella, Axle, Alpha, Sirena, Tantoo and Harmonie (who is currently in a foster-to-adopt trial) adopted out. The adoption fees of dogs go towards the vetting and care of incoming dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Bella (first photo) was adopted by an older man who had recently lost his previous dog to cancer. She now lives on a small ranch and spends all day with him and his wife (they are a retired couple) playing and working and going to town!

Axle (second photo) was a senior dog whom the local [high-intake] shelter was going to euthanize for space because he was an owner-surrender and because of his age. We pulled Axle immediately and, thanks to his lowered adoption fee (on top of our senior-dog discount and other grant funds applied), he was adopted immediately (third photo) by the son of the couple who adopted Bella, so Axle and Bella get to meet and play all the time!

Sirena (fourth photo) is a heartwarming story. We pulled her, along with 11 other dogs, from a “rescue” that wasn’t properly caring for the dogs in its care. She had been with us for six months and just kept getting passed over. In April, we were contacted by a woman who had an 8-year-old son whose elderly dog was reaching the end of his life. The dog had been with them since the boy was born and slept in his crib with him as infant. They thought getting him a new dog would help ease the transition when the time came. We evaluated them, approved them for adoption and scheduled a meet-and-greet. The night before the meet-and-greet, the elderly dog passed away in his sleep. The little boy was heartbroken.

The mom went ahead and came and met Sirena and just fell in love. She knew Sirena was the right dog for her son. Sirena went home with her and, when her son got off the school bus that day, Sirena was standing in their driveway waiting for him. He ran up to her crying and Sirena just stood there letting him love all over her. We have received several updates of Sirena and Kason playing in the creek on their property (fifth photo), running in the pastures and sleeping in the bed together. Kason said Sirena is the second best dog in the world!

Hermione (sixth photo) came to us with 10 other dogs from a rescue that was not properly caring for the dogs in its care. She was a 3-month-old puppy with coccidia and hookworms. She developed digestive sensitivities and, after being nursed back to health, she is currently on a foster-to-adopt trial. We’re pretty sure she’ll be adopted based on all the updates we’ve received about how much the kids in the family (seventh photo) and their two other dogs love her.

Tantoo (eighth photo) was in the local [high-intake] shelter for two months before they figured out he was deaf. Upon realizing this, they ordered him to be euthanized. The worker just happened to know us and called. We went right down and pulled him out of that shelter. Within the first three days, he learned several signs and was just a lovebug. His worst habit is jumping up on people to hug them. He puts his paws on their hips and squeezes. It’s so adorable.

Tantoo had been with us for a year. A woman reached out to us who just couldn’t get him off her mind after seeing some of the pictures and videos of him that we post on our Facebook page. He now lives in the country with her and her 14-year-old son and he is adored.

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