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Homes Fur Hounds, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

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

The funding we received is being used for potential adopters to offset Rufus's adoption fee and to purchase food and other items needed to set up a home for a new dog, as well offsetting some of his ongoing medical costs, such as his eye medication and the ear drops he needs for his chronic otitis media.

Finding a home for a senior, blind and deaf dog requiring ongoing medical treatment is no easy task. Adopters are very aware of the costs involved in his care. With the grant, we can offer to offset these expenses, making it more likely that Rufus will be adopted. Although his foster parents love him and would keep him, if he is adopted, it will free up resources, including the foster home and financial resources, so that we can take in another needy dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two: Both Rufus and the dog that we will be able to take in once Rufus is adopted.

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

Rufus is a very special boy who’s had a rough life. We found him in a very crowded shelter, where he’d had no interest from any adopters. He has limited sight, is deaf, and his back legs are a bit wobbly. The vet suspects it could be due to a combination of atrophy from poor care and/or a possible old spinal injury.

Despite this, Rufus does get around fairly well. Because of his wobbly legs and limited sight, he probably needs few or no stairs in his new home or an owner who is able to carefully pick him up to help him navigate stairs. His limitations make it difficult to find a home for him.

We are grateful we were able to pull him into our rescue. This grant will go a long way toward offsetting the financial concerns many have associated with the prospect of adopting a senior dog. Rufus has not been adopted yet, but we’re hopeful! Here is the link to his profile.

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