We were able to use the $2,000 grant to run two adoption specials. The first special ran June 4-10, 2018, on cats. This was very useful because we had an abundance of felines in our care who were in need of finding homes and this special helped get 28 of them adopted. The next special we ran was for our state holiday, Pioneer Day, on July 24. We ran the special July 23 and 24 called it Petoneer Day. We offered $24 discounts on all adoption fees for these two days, which helped an additional 28 cats, dogs, and other animals find new loving homes. The remaining funds were used toward our own internal special we offer year-round, which is that any animal who has been with us for longer than 20 days or who is 7 years or older has a waived adoption fee. This helped us adopt seven cats and four dogs.
This grant helped us offer waived or reduced adoption fees on 67 of our cats, dogs, and other animals. This helped offset some of the other costs of maintaining our shelter in order to help even more animals in need than we would otherwise have been able to.
All of the 67 pets were adopted into loving homes during the time this grant was available. This means none of them are still adoptable, but there are two stories I would like to share. Jun (first photo), a 2-year-old chocolate point snowshoe cat, went through a lot to find her new home. She was transferred to our facility in May 2017. Since then, she was adopted and returned to us three times for reasons outside of her control and for no fault of her own. She had become very nervous at the shelter, but finally, she was adopted on June 6, 2018, during the Petfinder Foundation cat-adoption special, and we have a good feeling this home will be her permanent one!
Penny (second photo), a 9-month-old Lab mix, was surrendered to us at the beginning of July. Originally the owners wanted to euthanize her because she had acquired mange in their home they were using for dog breeding and they couldn’t afford to treat it. Fortunately, we convinced them to surrender her to us so we could help her. She was treated in a foster home until she recovered. She was very timid and was learning to come out of her shell during this time. She needed a very special, patient adopter who would be willing to spend considerable time and energy building her confidence. We are happy to report that she was adopted on July 23, 2018, during our Petoneer Day adoption special that the Petfinder Foundation supported.