Funds were used to provide discounted dog adoptions during construction on our campus. 2018 was our 51st anniversary of serving pets and people in the Walla Walla Valley, so we offered $51 off of adult dog adoptions during April, May and June, completing a total of 39 discounted adoptions.
In the spring of 2018, from February through June, our shelter was under construction, completing a long-planned expansion and remodel. The grant funds received allowed us to offer discounted adoption pricing for large, adult dogs, who were most impacted by the noise and stress of construction, and who historically have longer lengths of stay in our shelter. The discount was compelling and inspired visits to our campus — in spite of the upheaval during construction — to see available pets, resulting in adoptions that outpaced our projections for the months of April, May and June.
Kandy was found tied to a tree in a yard where, based on the evidence, she had spent most of her life. Animal Control seized her and pursued charges for animal neglect. She arrived in our care, timid and shut down, on March 27, 2018. Within weeks, Kandy had blossomed into a warm, affectionate, playful dog who especially loved Dogs Playing for Life playgroup time. On April 24, Kandy went on a home trial with a family who were inspired to adopt in part due to the discounted adoption made possible through the grant from Purina and the Petfinder Foundation. Three days later, on April 27, Kandy’s new family finalized her adoption.