Ten patiently waiting pooches — including a pair of bonded rat terriers — have found families thanks to an Orvis grant the Petfinder Foundation awarded to a shelter in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“This grant enabled us to waive adoption fees for ten of our ‘harder to place’ dogs,” Marsha Rana Wayman, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region grants and corporate relations manager, tells us.
This extra adoption incentive helped recruit one loving home for both Buddy and Lucky, two 5-year-old rat terriers who were surrendered when their owner’s health faltered.
“Buddy and Lucky were not only featured as a two-for-one bonded pair — their single adoption fee of $65 was completely waived,” Wayman says. “The pair was happily adopted after a mere five days at the shelter!”
The grant also helped ensure a happy ending for Percy, who was brought into HSPPR as a stray with a badly fractured leg. Shelter staff immediately treated Percy’s painful injury and pursued his case as a cruelty investigation, Wayman says.
After Percy spent months recovering in a loving foster home, his foster family signed on to keep him for life. Not only did the grant underwrite Percy’s waived adoption fee, it helped pay for the medical care he needed, Wayman says.