Reports From This Organization

East Bay SPCA: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to cover the adoption fees of some of our most vulnerable and difficult-to-place animals. This group typically includes dogs and cats who are senior or have significant medical or behavioral challenges to adoption.

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

By removing the adoption fee as a barrier to adoption, we were able to reduce the length of stay in the shelter and find these animals loving homes sooner.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Marie, Cruella, and Berlioz were brought into our shelter halfway through June of 2020 as stray kittens. All three were showing high levels of fear — hissing, spitting, and retreating in the kennel. We began working to build positive associations with people approaching and opening the kennel door.

Berlioz made fast progress, first in our shelter and then in a foster home, and was quickly adopted. But while Marie and Cruella were food-motivated and would readily approach for offered reinforcers, they continued to show reactive — bordering on panicked — responses to any attempted handling.

Happily, we reached out and found an adopter who was specifically looking for a pair of under-socialized kittens with some outdoor experience. We were able to cover their adoption fees and send them to a loving home where their special needs are being addressed.

East Bay SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to enrich the lives of dogs in our shelter.

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

The dogs in our care greatly benefited from the extra enrichment provided by the Kongs. When dogs were given Kongs, the noise and stress levels in the kennel runs dropped drastically as the dogs worked to get the treats and peanut butter from the Kongs. We are now using these items as part of a regular enrichment program to provide ongoing mental stimulation for the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since receiving the Kongs, we have had 284 dogs in our care, all of whom have benefited from the additional enrichment.

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

Jasmine was a very small terrier mix puppy who came into our shelter as a transfer from a municipal shelter partner. She was transferred in with her sibling, who was twice the size she was. We were concerned about her due to her size difference from her sibling and worried that she may have had an underlying medical condition. We sent Jasmine to foster care while she got bigger and was treated for GI issues. She underwent extensive medical testing with us, including bloodwork, full body x-rays, and numerous veterinary exams. We were thrilled to learn that she was fully healthy and just needed some extra time away from her sibling to gain weight and flourish into an adorable, active puppy. When she returned to the shelter from foster care, she was kenneled alone, as her sibling had already been adopted. We were able to provide her with a Kong toy to help occupy her time and ease her transition back into the shelter. Her comfort in her kennel helped showcase her to potential adopters and she has since found her forever family.

East Bay SPCA: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to help us test some end-of-year social media and Google ads using lookalike identifiers to find more followers and potential donors.

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

It helped us expand awareness of the East Bay SPCA in our region. It also helped us reach out to lapsed donors using social-media profiles matching emails in our database. The funds raised during this period went right back into operations to help us adopt out more animals than any previous year on record.

How many pets did this grant help?

We adopted a record 3,417 animals in 2016 — a 20% increase over 2015. Of that number, 903 — one third — were adopted in the fourth quarter of the year versus 607 in the fourth quarter of 2015. We attribute this leap to smoother shelter operations and more-targeted marketing.

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

Walter is the sweetest, gentlest dog you’ll ever find. And like most of us—humans and pets alike—he has a few medical issues. Walter is a doberman pinscher and suffers from a common, potentially fatal canine blood-clotting disorder. Because of that, many shelters would euthanize him. But not the East Bay SPCA. With your help, we intervened on Walter’s behalf and brought him to our shelter. In one month, he was adopted by a physical therapist (pictured with him) who works with elderly patients. In Walter’s gentle nature, she spotted a future therapy dog who could be by her side at work every day, gently cheering her elderly clients.

Similarly, many shelters view cats like 13-year-old Blackberry as a burden to avoid. Blackberry came to us as an emaciated stray. We fell in love with her huge polydactyl feet. Over three months at our shelter, we helped her gain back the weight she needed, cured painful skin issues and provided long-overdue dental care. She was adopted by a terrific Oakland family and now lives with another cat, coming back to our clinic for periodic checkups.

Thanks to generous support from donors like the Petfinder Foundation, we are always by the side of animals like Walter and Blackberry, every day, year after year.