What was the money or product used for?
We pledged to use the money for Sammy’s pain meds and joint supplements, as well as waived his adoption fee. He has not been adopted so we are still providing the meds.
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We are a very small rescue, so to receive $1,000 in grant money towards the care of a senior dog is a huge help. It would take us several fundraisers to even come close to raising that much money. Because of this grant, we are able to provide wonderful care for Sammy without draining our resources, which we can now use towards the care of other dogs in need.
How many pets did this grant help?
The grant was to be used specifically for one dog, so, one.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Sadly, Sammy has still not been adopted. The ability to offer the grant has raised his visibility and, while we’ve had more inquiries, we received only one application and that adopter chose not to pursue things. We have not had a single person actually meet the dog since he’s been in our care (11 months). From Sammy’s Petfinder profile: “Hi, my name is a Sammy. I’m 13 years old, weigh 70 lbs., and am told I’m a handsome, purebred yellow Labrador retriever. My sister, Sasha, is 11 years old, weighs 73 lbs., and I know she’s a pretty, purebred chocolate Labrador retriever. We are a bonded pair that can’t live without each other so to adopt me, you must also adopt Sasha.
“GOOD NEWS! The Petfinder Foundation awarded us a grant to help get me adopted! The money will be used to provide a year’s worth of the pain medications I need for my creaky old hips, and a year’s worth of joint supplements that help my mobility, too. The grant also covers my adoption fee.
“Sasha and I love each other very much and have lived together since she was 8 weeks old. I’m very sociable and follow our foster mom around. Sasha keeps track of both of us.” Meet Sammy here.