Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Of the $2,000 original grant to LARAS House, we have so far been able to reduce the adoption fees of 21 cats and eight dogs by $40 each, coming to $1,160 towards the get-ready fees for those pets adopted. This has truly been amazing! We are so excited that so many cats over 1 year old have been adopted — so often, they languish at the shelter since so many adopters want kittens.
This grant has allowed us to encourage and subsidize the adoption of often-overlooked pets. It helped us care for even more animals since the costs associated with these pets have been subsidized.
29 pets were adopted with this grant (21 cats and eight dogs) in the first two months of implementation.
There were so many great stories involved with the pets adopted thanks to this grant. The one that may have been most special was the adoption of Army (who had been at the shelter for over a year) and Tiger. They are sweet cats whom we loved and we were so excited that they could be adopted together (first photo). Another story was Dutchess (second photo), a special kitty who needed extra love — and this grant help make it happen! Thank you so much!
The grant was used to reduce the adoption fees of some of our harder-to-adopt animals: seniors, adult cats, bonded pairs and those who could have long-term medical needs and those who had been in our care for a very long time.
Because of the ability to reduce our adoption fees, five animals in our care have found their forever homes!
When you take in a senior, blind, deaf, sick dog, there is a real chance he may never find his forever home, but that’s okay with us at PawPrints. We are willing to wait as long as it takes — or even forever, if that’s how things are meant to be. Senior dogs are hard enough to find homes for, but when they have all the other issues Gilbert has, it can seem like an impossible feat. All of this did not sway his foster mom from saying, “I want to foster this old man; I want to help make him well and feel loved again.” And that’s exactly what his foster mom did. These before and after pictures can attest to that.
Gilbert is completely and utterly devoted to his foster mom. He follows her from room to room; he waits for her if she leaves the house, standing at the door just waiting for her to return. Gilbert and his foster mom have a very special bond. It could be because Gilbert is just so grateful for the love and kindness she has shown him all these months, maybe the first love and kindness he’s received in a very long time or even forever.
So when we can say that Gilbert has been in his forever home all along, with the person whom his entire world revolves around, it is the absolute best feeling in the world! Our very special old man Gilbert is going to spend the rest of his life with his foster mom — Gilbert is officially adopted!
Happy adoption, Gilbert. You are forever where you were meant to be all along 💕
We purchased 12 Kitty Kasas houses and 200 Stretch and Scratch scratching posts with the grant money. These items are used in our shelter kennels and the kennels that we adopt cats from at our local PetSmart store.
These items provide comfort and enrichment for shelter cats. The Kitty Kasas provide a safe space to stay for shelter cats in our shelter kennels, but more importantly in the kennels at our local PetSmart, where it can be much busier with people and other animals. The Kitty Kasas not only allow our shelter cats to cuddle and take a break from people, they also provide vertical shelf space, and the cats often lounge on top of the shelves to relax. The Stretch and Scratch scratching posts that we purchased are provided to all shelter cats to provide a surface for them to use for scratching and letting off some steam. Not only do the cats love using them at the shelter, but the public love watching the kitties claw away on their tiny scratching posts. These items are sent home with the cat upon adoption, too, so they have something fun that they can use immediately in their new home.
The Kitty Kasas are sterilizable and reusable and will help thousands of cats during their use. The scratching posts will help 200-300 cats depending on how many cats are in the kennel.
Little Tim was transferred into our shelter from a local shelter where he was having a hard time adjusting. He had facial injuries on intake and was treated and had recovered, but was very sensitive to the noise and hustle at the busy shelter where he was housed. We transferred him into our shelter, which is much calmer and quieter, and placed him in a smaller kennel with the Kitty Kasas that we had purchased through the Petfinder Foundation grant. Tim immediately calmed down. He started to explore his environment and come out of his shell a bit. Turns out that he is quite a loving and social boy who would be a great family cat. He loves to come out and socialize, but also loves to hang out in his kitty cave to snuggle. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping our deserving cats stay happy, healthy and emotionally strong while they are waiting for their forever homes!
We reduced adoption fees for senior pets who are usually overlooked in our bully-breed rescue.
This grant allowed our rescue to offer families who are open to senior and special-needs dogs the ability to adopt a dog in need and not pay the normal adoption fee. Our goal was to take in four bully-breed dogs who needed medical attention and surgeries and place them into their forever homes with families. The adoption fee that would have been charged was covered by the grant and the family was committed to maintaining the healthcare needs of the dog.
We were able to help four bully-breed dogs: Zackary, Freya, Dusty, and Oswald. Zackary (first photo) is a 10-year-old French bulldog who spent his life as a breeder stud dog living all over the U.S.A. His advanced age and his breed characteristics came with a list of medical concerns. Zackary was not potty-trained, didn’t know what toys were, had an eye ulcer and limited mobility in his legs and had not eaten from a bowl before. After two months of surgeries and recoveries, Zackary was able to start meeting families. People would completely dismiss his sweet self at events or meetings simply because of his age and potential future medical needs — until he met his new pawrents! They instantly fell in love and have never looked back. The grant allowed the family to redirect the adoption fee (which was now covered) towards his medical needs and outfitting their house with a ramp. This sweet boy even has convinced his new pawrents that they should foster with us. They have successfully fostered three dogs for our rescue. What a great story — all because of a grant.
Freya (second photo) was found as a stray, dumped on the side of the road. Estimated to be 12 to 13 years old, this sweet bulldog was dehydrated, bleeding, and greatly confused. After Freya spent a few days getting better at the vet, a previous adopter stepped up and not only fostered her but gave her the forever family we always wanted for her. By utilizing the grant money for the adoption fee, the family was able to use those funds to care for this sweet girl. She is happy with her three sisters and one fur brother and living her best self.
Dusty (third photo) was a very sick puppy whom we took in to give him the best medical care possible. After weeks of treatment for hookworm, coccidia, and an infection, Dusty had found himself in a good place and ready for adoption. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse a few days after he and his brother (pictured with him) met their future family. The rescue did everything possible and after Dusty spent six days in the ICU, we lost his fight. The family was devastated, as was the rescue staff who spent nights sitting with him at the incubator. Grant money allowed us to offer a reduced adoption fee to the family and cover some of the medical bills for Dusty. Rest in peace, sweet boy! Your brother is being well cared-for by a grateful family. You will always be in our heart.
Oswald came to us as a heartworm-positive bulldog who needed a new start in life. He had a family who wanted to love him forever but couldn’t afford the treatment and the adoption fee. Grant money allowed us to reduce their adoption fee and get him all the treatments he needed! He is now heartworm-negative and couldn’t be a happier boy.
We use our grant to provide free adoptions for spayed and neutered cats.
We were able to focus adoptions on cats who were older and were also spayed or neutered. Our organization, like most rescues, is able to quickly adopt kittens, but adult cats are harder to place. This grant allowed us to promote adult cats so they could get good homes, even during kitten season when lots of kittens were available.
Here is Debra Stiles’s story of her adopted cat Jeep: “I found Jeep online on Petfinder.com in January 2019 after the loss of my 18-year-old Maine Coon. I instantly fell in love with his sweet face and kind eyes. I came into the shelter in the beginning of March with my daughter and grandson and sat with Jeep in a private “get to know the pet” room. He was a little scared, but I understood. I made a promise to myself that after Easter, if Jeep was still available, I would love to rescue him!!”
Jeep was lucky — Debra came in and adopted him one week after Easter and was able to get him with no adoption fee thanks to the Purina New Year, New Home free-adoption grant.
Sponsoring adoption fees for adult and senior cats.
Because of the New Year, New Home grant, we were able to place 27 adult and senior cats into loving homes in the month of April. By being able to fully subsidize our adult and senior cats’ adoption fees, we sent nearly 60% more adult and senior cats home versus the same time last year. With kitten season in full swing, this provided much-needed space to accommodate cats who need to find loving homes.
Berkeley Humane’s model focused on where we can have the most impact: medically needy animals who are most often at highest risk for euthanasia. These are the hardest-luck animals who, without us, might not have a chance. In fact, most of the animals we rescued last year needed and received extensive medical care before adoption. The New Year, New Home Pet Adoption Grant enabled us to find homes for needy animals who likely would have been passed over in a traditional setting.
Norma (first photo) is a sweet older girl who came into our care in the middle of February. She is a very gorgeous girl, with long diluted calico fur and big sparkly eyes — definitely a face that caught people’s eyes! We were excited to transfer her in and knew she had high potential to find a home early on. Yet as can be the case with older animals, her outwardly healthy appearance did not accurately depict what was actually going on inside. Norma needed a little extra attention: We had to address her oddly positioned liver. So she received an ultrasound, which showed her slightly herniated liver, and her heart, which had been pushed over to make room — an occurrence that sounds scary, but thankfully nothing we needed to address with an invasive procedure. We also did a dental on her that resulted in several teeth extractions and treated her for infected nail beds. It took a little bit to get her in tip-top shape, but once we did, she was ready to meet her person!
We learned quickly that Norma was not an extrovert and preferred to not be the center of attention. During her first few weeks, she kept to her cubby space or curled up tight on her bed, getting upset when too many hands were on her. So we decided to secure her cage and put up a friendly sign asking for interested adopters to come find a staff member for introductions. This made Norma so much happier! The less she felt like she was on display, the more she was open to meeting people. In the end, an older woman who had previously had a cat much like Norma took her home. She handled Norma beautifully and understood to admire her from afar until Norma came to her, which Norma did very quickly. Norma is now living in San Francisco, enjoying the views of the city from up high.
When we have two bonded cats, it is our mission to get them adopted together. With Chipmunk and Possum (second photo), we had the challenge of them being bonded cats, black cats and shy cats. We gave them a two-tiered condo with plenty of space to go wherever they felt the safest. For the first few days, they remained wedged together in one cubby space. Open to light petting, they began to enjoy brief moments of affection from the staff, a really hopeful sign! They were still fairly shy by adoption day, but had come far enough that we did not want them to miss out on any opportunities to find the perfect home. That Friday, they were visited by a few people, every now and then when they would come out to get a drink of water or glance through the window to see what all of us were doing up front. Every little moment of engagement with us was positive progression, so we were very hopeful! We may have been hopeful, but we weren’t expecting what came next. Chipmunk and Possum found a home the very next day! A wonderful couple who had lost their bonded pair last year had been on the search for the right duo and they found it in these two. We always love when the “undercat” wins!
Kuranda towers for our shelter cats
Kuranda towers are awesome! Cats love to be high up, stretch, lounge and have their own space. Plus they like to play on them too! And they are sturdy and easy to disinfect, which is important. Providing for our shelter cats’ mental well-being is just as important as providing for their physical well-being. Cats have natural behaviors and needs; to be healthy and happy, they must have opportunities to express those natural behaviors in appropriate ways. PLUS in turn, a more relaxed and happy shelter cat will be adopted faster!
Mackenzie (first and second photos) LOVED her tall Kuranda! She was put in a colony room and that was her safe space to be. She was overlooked many times in her small kennel because she was an older, black cat. But once she got into the open room and up on her Kuranda and able to look out the window — well, this little lady opened up! She has since been adopted and doing very well in her new home!
Reduced adoption fees for rescued animals in need
This grant has helped to significantly increase our recent adoptions through a reduction of our standard adoption fee for dogs and cats. In total, our goal is to help 20 former victims of animal cruelty with the funds awarded to find loving, forever homes for our rescues. So far we have we applied the grant towards seven deserving animal survivors — Ringo, Bennie, Trooper, Rae, Rufus, Tia, and Scout — who were all rescued from animal testing, abandonment, high[-intake] shelters and/or the dog-meat trade.
Currently seven, with the aim to help 20 animals in need total
Rufus (first photo) was rescued from animal testing, where he spent the first year and a half of his life in a U.S. laboratory. Since Rufus was a larger hound, it took a little while for him to be adopted. However, with a little patience, we found Rufus the perfect home — and it could not be a more of a beautiful fit. Rufus lives with another female hound who has taken him under her wing. They snuggle, walk, and play together. Honestly, they never want to be separate!
Scout (second photo) was rescued from a lab, where he was used for testing for the first year of his life. Scout was adopted by a family with two young daughters, and since he is the only dog, he loves getting all the attention and pets. Scout now enjoys his days playing outside, going for long walks, socializing with other dogs in the neighborhood, and occasionally barking at the squirrels outside on the lawn. His favorite activity is to go long hikes with his new family in the forests surrounding his new home and getting pampered with love as the only hound dog.
Rae (third photo) was rescued from the South Korean meat trade. She went to a foster home right away that fell in love with her and immediately wanted to keep her forever. Rae now has another Dachshund sibling whom she loves very much. She has adjusted to home life amazingly well after all the trauma she has endured. Rae has really warmed up to people and learned to trust humans again. She was so fearful and shy of people when we first rescued her. Now, she allows pretty much anyone hold her!
Bennie (fourth photo) was rescued nearly one year ago from the streets of China. He was unable to use his hind legs, incontinent, and unable to hold himself up or walk. We knew it would take a highly dedicated, experienced, and committed adopter to open their home to Bennie. Bennie found his forever home just last month. An incredible family in Wisconsin who design, create, and build wheels for paraplegic dogs adopted Bennie, giving him everything he needs to thrive. We knew it was a match made in heaven, as Bennie’s new family previously had a paraplegic black Lab named Gunnar who was almost the spitting image of Bennie. They had named their company Gunnar’s Wheels. We are so absolutely thrilled for Bennie, as we know he is the best and most loving, capable home now!
Ringo (fifth photo) is an animal-testing and shelter survivor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, who live right next to a dog park. So now one of Ringo’s favorite activities is to play at the park with the local neighbor pups. He is very curious about squirrels and acts playful around them. He is really thriving in his new home and his adopter, Sam, absolutely adores him. Not to mention he’s an only dog so he is spoiled -– and he deserves it!
Trooper (sixth photo) was rescued from South Korea. She was found on her own in a broken plywood shed. Although her story is pretty uncertain, she was at high risk of being butchered for the dog-meat trade. Luckily, we were able to rescue her and transport Trooper to the U.S., where she was adopted by a couple who live near the beach. Now, she is living her absolute best life! She continues to grow, as she is still a puppy, and her adopters say she is a total character. She has her own way of doing things and she is very stubborn when it comes to her training. But she is learning. Trooper definitely loves being the only dog and getting her way -– well, most of the time!
Tequila, nicknamed Tia (seventh photo), has settled right into her home like the princess that she is! Tia was rescued from animal testing after being sold to the lab by Class B traders from a shelter in Mexico. It wasn’t long before Tia was in foster home and her family adopted her. She is currently learning new commands quickly (the treats definitely help!) and never leaves her mom’s side.
The grant was used for reduced fees on adoptions at $50 per animal. A total of 40 dogs and cats benefited from this grant.
It allowed more animals to get adopted at a faster pace, as people were able to save money and concentrate on the bills for any vet care needed in the future.
40 dogs and cats
Some of the pets adopted through this promotion include: Bentley, a 3-year-old Chihuahua-Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix (first photo). His adopter sent us this update: “Bentley is doing really well. We took him to the vet yesterday and he’s got a clean bill of health. The incision healed up nicely. He’s definitely not a terror by any means; he will run around when he first gets out of the crate, but settles down in a few minutes. He’s getting along with Snoopy, so all is well.”
Also adopted was Kobe, a Cairn terrier (second photo), whose adopter writes: “Kobe is doing excellent. He made such a smooth transition and has never had any accidents in our home. He now sleeps in the bed with us and is such a sweet, loving and happy dog. He loves playing with my grandchildren and his daily trips to the dog park. We love him so much and could not imagine life without him. We had waited so long for a dog exactly like him!”
Finally, 8-year-old Inky (third photo) also found a forever home. His adopter says, “Hi, I adopted Inky last week and wanted to share a picture of us! He is great.”
The money was used to pay for the needs of an adoptable shelter dog named Doc — food, toys, etc.
Every donation helps to pay for the care of the hundreds of stray and abandoned dogs and cats that we take in every year.
Doc is a great big lovable Great Pyrenees mix who’s been at our shelter for quite awhile. Recently, he got to spend some time with a foster family. He loved playing in the river! Unfortunately, the family couldn’t keep Doc, so he’s still up for adoption. The third photo is of Doc at our event Furry Flicks and Fashion from this spring. Meet Doc here.