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Metro East Humane Society: Purina Consider A Shelter Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,950 Purina Consider a Shelter Pet Adoption Grant from the Petfinder Foundation provided adoption stipends.

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

Each year MEHS finds homes for nearly 800 homeless cats and dogs – animals who otherwise would be living on the streets or euthanized. Our ability to offer a discounted adoption fee via a stipend creates an incentive to potential adopters and, therefore, increases our ability to rescue and find homes for more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thanks to the adoption stipends, 59 cats and dogs were placed with their forever families.

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

Four-year-old Lhasa Apso Sophie arrived at MEHS because her previous owner was no longer able to care for her. Linda drove 2½ hours to meet Sophie and it was love at first sight. Sophie is now among the most spoiled pooches in Illinois, as Linda’s coworkers gave her a “dog shower” where Sophie was lavished with lots of treats and several outfits. Linda calls her Sophie Monroe because she is such a diva. Says Linda of her new best friend, “Sophie is very sweet and she has definitely filled the void from losing my other dog.”

Metro East Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds from an Adoption Options in Action grant were used to purchase 10 large Kuranda dogs beds for our indoor kennels.

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

Due to anxiety and boredom, many dogs destroy blankets or soft beds and, therefore, are left to rest on the cold, hard cement floor. The indestructible Kuranda dog beds provide a more comfortable resting place as well as a greater feeling of security for the dogs. Ultimately, dogs who have a comfortable resting place and feel more secure appear more relaxed and are more desirable to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Patches, a 3-year-old terrier mix, is one of the staff favorites! He is a couch-potato dog, is quiet in a home, potty-trained and loves everyone he meets. Patches loves to rest on his Kuranda bed with his “baby,” a toy ball he rarely parts with. Visit Patches at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40519882

Metro East Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $450 grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to offset the costs of surgery for one of the cats in our shelter. Billie required surgery on her eyelids to remove several cysts.

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

In June 2017, an animal eye specialist performed a conjunctival resection and superficial keratectomy on both of Billie’s eyes. They also did a liquid nitrogen cryosurgery on Billie’s left eyelid in an effort to remove the hair follicles and prevent the growth of additional cysts. Billie’s left eye is now perfectly clear and, while the vision in her right eye is impaired, her quality of life is greatly improved. Before being made available for adoption, all animals at MEHS are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have their vaccinations brought up-to-date. The additional costs incurred for special medical needs such as Billie’s are often prohibitive. Without support from the Petfinder Foundation, we would not be able to meet these critical medical needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant provided the necessary medical care for one cat.

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

Billie is now approximately 14 months old and still waiting for her forever family. Despite limited vision in her right eye, she is a typical mischievous young cat. She is frequently found in the director’s office or “helping” at the front desk. Billie’s profile is available at: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37327028

Metro East Humane Society: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Adoption Options in Action grant was used to purchase chemicals and cleaning supplies for our shelter, which are essential to maintain the health of the homeless dogs and cats in our care. Our cleaning and disinfecting protocols include the use of KennelSol, KOE, Trifectant, and bleach.

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

Each year, MEHS provides a temporary home to nearly 1,000 dogs and cats. A safe, clean shelter directly impacts the number of pet adoptions we complete. An outbreak of disease can temporarily limit the number of cats and dog intakes to the shelter, and, ultimately, limit the number of pets available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

A safe, clean facility helps all the animals in our shelter. During the three-month Adoption Options in Action grant period, 167 different dogs and cats were cared for at MEHS.

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

In September, MEHS officially opened Kitty City, our redesigned, newly decorated, free-roaming cat room. The cats are much more content lounging on the various pieces of furniture, perches and “ups” (high shelves). Ultimately, a cat who appears relaxed and friendly is more likely to be adopted than one huddled in the corner of a cage. Daily cleaning with the chemicals provided through the Adoption Options in Action grant means not only a more pleasant space for the cats in our care, but one that is safer for all our animals.

Metro East Humane Society: Beggin' Pet Parade Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder grant was used for general support to the day-to-day needs of homeless dogs and cats in our care.

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

See below

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Each year, Metro East Humane Society provides a temporary home to nearly 1,000 dogs and cats. Our no-kill policy means animals stay with us until they find forever families. Typically, our furry friends stay with us six weeks or less. And then there are some animals like Gracie, a 2 1/2-year-old gray domestic shorthair, who has been at MEHS for nearly a year. Gracie came to us in what we describe as a “nearly feral” state. While she was not living on the streets, her behavior mimicked that of a feral cat — she scurried away when people approached her, she startled easily and, in general, was very fearful.

One year later, Gracie’s behavior has changed drastically. While she is still a bit shy, she loves to greet visitors to the shelter. She is able to live agreeably with furry roommates in our free-roaming-cat room. Her pleasant disposition makes her an ideal candidate for adoption and we are certain she will find her forever family soon.

Like Gracie, the majority of dogs and cats arrive at MEHS in need of basic care and medical attention. The average cost to prepare an animal for adoption — spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccines — is $250. In addition, the average cost of sheltering an animal — housing, food, litter, toys, etc — is $25 per day. Thanks to support from friends like the Petfinder Foundation, animals like Gracie receive the gift of the time and care they need in order to become adoptable. Meet Gracie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31074978