Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
To offset the cost of adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older to move them into homes quickly and more efficiently.
This grant assisted us in finding homes for dogs 6 months and older much quicker, as we were able to run adoption specials that provided reduced adoption fees to families interested in adopting dogs. It assisted the organization in recouping the lost revenue from these discounted fees.
Brutus was a 1-year-old Am Staff mix who was a picture-perfect example of a “pit bull”-type breed. He had some issues with leash reactivity, which his foster was working on for a while. The foster already had a few dogs and was determined to find Brutus a home despite his rambunctious behavior. However, with one of the adoption specials that was provided, the foster was finally able to find a home for Brutus: the home he’d been in all along!! The low-cost adoption fee allowed the foster to decide that it was the right time to keep Brutus for good, and he joined a family of three other dogs where he is now happy, healthy, and loved.
We used the KONG products for all our little and big foster pups. They each were given one KONG, their size. We also sent some peanut butter along with some of the KONGs and other treats and goodies. The foster pups enjoyed each and every treat and KONG they were given to play with.
It helped our foster dogs come out of their shells, trust, play, and enjoy some peanut butter in their new KONGs. Some of the dogs didn’t know what to do with the KONGs because they were never taught to play or just be a dog.
Say hello to Tex, Warren, and Velma (first photo, left to right). All three dogs were strays who were brought to [an open-admission] shelter in North Carolina. Warren was skin and bones, Tex was shy and scared, and Velma just didn’t know why she was there. Underhound Railroad decided to rescue all three dogs so they wouldn’t be euthanized. A wonderful foster took all three home to care for them.
As they wait to be transported to Maine to find their forever homes, they are hanging out in foster care down south. All three dogs have opened up and have given and have received much love. They enjoy the activity of getting the peanut butter out of their KONGs!
The KONGs aid us in so many functions, including calming separation anxiety, crate-training, trust-building, reducing boredom, and deterring play-biting, barking and chewing issues.
Underhound Railroad appreciates the Petfinder Foundation 2019 KONG Toy Grant that we were awarded. These KONGs help dogs like Velma, Tex, and Warren come out of their shells and become playful, happy dogs with very bright futures in their pursuit of finding their forever homes! Thank you, KONG!!
This money was used exclusively to reduce adoption fees by 50% for adoptable cats, kittens, adult dogs and puppies.
The grant of $1,600 allowed PAHS to reduce our adoption fees for 28 cats (from $50 to $25) and 15 dogs (from $120 to $60).
PAHS held a kitten adoption event in Montgomery, AL, at Pet Supermarket on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. A total of 15 kittens were adopted at half price. One family had lost their family cat of 18 years to cancer earlier in the week. They missed having a cat in the home. They read about our event and the reduced adoption fees on social media; they adopted two male kittens together, Binx and Ghost (first photo). The family is in love!
The money was used for waived adoption fees for dogs and cats in the shelter.
This grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of harder-to-adopt cats and enabled us to adopt to people who would not have financially been able to adopt.
Eva was, we think, dumped at a rural home and brought to the shelter. We soon found out that she did not like living in our community room with the other cats, so she was put in a large kennel in our lobby, where she received much attention. Several times a day, she was allowed out of the kennel to roam the lobby, and every time, it took moving heaven and earth to get her back in the kennel; she was so happy being free. To our delight, her adoption day came with someone who could give her a home where she could roam wherever she wanted. There were other cats in the home, but we assumed that, with the space of an entire home, she would be fine. Well, not so much. Eva was brought back within two days: She wouldn’t let the other cats eat and she actually stalked and cornered them to the point that they hid in a safe place and would not come out. So we are now on a mission to find Eva a home where she will be the only cat and where she can do as she pleases 24/7. Since she has special needs and thanks to this grant, there will be no adoption fee for Eva. We know there is a home out there for her and our hope is that, with no adoption fee, that special person will walk through our doors. Meet Eva here.
This grant money was used for a reduced fee for dogs and cats in the shelter.
The grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of harder-to-adopt cats and dogs and enabled us to adopt to people who would not have financially been able to adopt.
Tyra was found in a nearby rural community and brought to the safety of our shelter. Tyra was very hungry and had the battle scars of having been on her own for some time. Half of her tail looked like a thin twig, so after she gained some weight and strength, it was decided it would be best if that part of her tail was amputated. A young woman had read Tyra’s story on Petfinder.com and instantly fell in love, sight-unseen. Tyra was adopted to her with no fee because we knew she would give her just the right home.
The money was used for no and reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats in the shelter.
This grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of older and special-needs dogs and cats. It also enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats to people who would not have financially been able to adopt.
Mollie was relinquished when her family divorced and neither could take or wanted her. She is 10 years old and a sweet little girl. At her vet visit, it was determined that she had severe dental disease, but all other tests showed she was in good health. The poor girl had 17 teeth extracted but was like a new dog when she came back. She had to have been in so much pain, and now she was pain-free and acting like a puppy. Even though she was a darling little girl, we knew because of her age it would be harder to find a home for her, so because of this grant, we were able to adopt her with no adoption fee for the right home. Shortly after her dental, the perfect home was found and we have heard from her family saying she is doing well and they thanked us for choosing them to be her new family.
The money was used for waived and reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats in our shelter.
This grant allowed us to increase our adoptions of older and special-needs dogs and cats and enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats to families who would not have financially been able to adopt.
Shiner came to us in 2014. He was picked up by our police department and was never claimed. He waited and waited and finally, his day came when a compassionate local pastor and his wife took him into their home. Shiner suffered from separation anxiety and whenever he was outside and could not see Pastor Art, Shiner would jump the fence and run. Thankfully, he was always found and brought to YAAP, where Pastor Art would always come to take him home. Pastor Art never gave up on Shiner, and in time, Shiner’s anxiety lessened and he stayed home. Sadly, Pastor Art’s wife passed away and he decided he should move to be closer to his children. He was moving to a home where he could not take Shiner, so sadly he brought him back to his home away from home, our shelter.
Shiner was now 8 years old and we were concerned this setback would reinstate his separation anxiety, so were praying that just the right home could be found. Shiner is a handsome and very friendly boy, so he was looked at by many families, but with his history of running, we were looking for just the right home. On April 19, that day came when Kyle submitted an application for him. The two met and it was instant love on both parts. Shiner would fit perfectly into Kyle’s lifestyle. We receive updates from Kyle and everything is going great; both couldn’t be happier. The second photo is Shiner with one of our youth volunteers.
The money was used for waived and reduced adoption fees for dogs and cats in the shelter.
Because of this grant, we were able to increase our adoptions of older and special-needs dogs and cats. It also enabled us to adopt several dogs and cats to people who would not have financially been able to adopt.
Cinnamon and Lambie are both Chihuahuas who came to us from a puppy mill breeder who was retiring. They were very bonded, so we were determined to adopt them together so they could spend the rest of their lives together in the comfort of a loving home. The perfect person visited the shelter and instantly fell in love with these two. She was eager to adopt both, but did not feel she could afford the adoption fee. These little girls had come to us needing extensive medical care (spays, dentals, testing and vaccinations), so because of this grant we were able to adopt both dogs to her. A happy ending for everyone.
Grant funds are being utilized to cover the cost of our dogs’ adoption fees or future training post-adoption. Funds targeted long-term dogs who have been in our care longer than three months and helped assist their adopters in the transition from adoption to home. Each long-term/underdog was awarded $100 to contribute to either their adoption fee or training assistance.
This grant not only helped to increase visibility of our underdogs, but helped to build a stronger connection between our organization and our adopters by assisting them in adoption.
A long-timer with All Breed Rescue, Lily worked hard in training to become comfortable with new people and environments, learning to trust and grow. She was originally adopted in 2017 and, after a year, returned. She needed an experienced owner who was willing to help her confidence while finding time for couch snuggles and long winter naps. Lily, a 3-year-old boxer mix, was a goof. She loved to play with other dogs and her foster brother, give kisses, and curl into the blankets for a cozy sleep. She was the most amazing dog for an appropriate match and she waited patiently for it. Finally, in May of this year, she landed herself the perfect fit. A family with a history of boxers, they understood doggie body language and diverse play styles. They were the stability she always deserved and took her home with patience, love and compassion. Lily has settled in with her forever family and we couldn’t be more grateful for them taking a chance on one of our underdogs. We are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation and the awarded grant in order to put funds toward her adoption fee.
Part of the grant was used for a vet exam for Eddie, the dog originally awarded the grant. Unfortunately, Eddie died before he was adopted. The remainder has been allocated to Meka, a senior pittie who is still waiting adoption.
We were able to provide Eddie with a vet exam and the medications he needed.
Eddie (first photo) was a 12-year-old poodle with heart failure. He was very sweet and he needed daily medication to support his heart. Unfortunately, he crossed the rainbow bridge before he was adopted. Meka (second photo) is a 9- to 10-year-old pittie who’s a big girl but very sweet, even though she looks mean. She has a heart murmur and because of it has not been spayed yet. The grant allowed us to have a vet exam and spay scheduled for Meka. It will hopefully help her get adopted. We will waive the adoption fee and provide a bed that she won’t chew and any medications she might need. She is at Jelly’s Place pending adoption. Meet Meka here.