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Agape Animal Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds awarded were used to sponsor the adoption fee and to provide post-adoption financial support (ongoing medical care and behavioral training) of a 9-year-old senior dog, Dolores, in Agape’s Signature Foster and Adoption Program to increase her adoptability as a senior and harder-to-adopt pup.

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

This grant helped our organization sponsor the adoption and post-adoption support of a harder-to-adopt senior dog with high medical needs and mild resource-guarding issues. As a result, she was adopted into a loving home and is doing very well.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dolores, a 9-year-old poodle mix, came to Agape’s Signature Foster and Adoption Program in early December 2020. She had been surrendered to a local county shelter after displaying behavioral issues.

After Dolores settled into her foster home, Agape spent time identifying her needs, both behavioral and medical. Dolores has mild resource-guarding issues and has been working on building her confidence and calm behavior. In addition to this, Dolores was recently diagnosed with a collapsing trachea and bladder stones. She is on regular medications that total approximately $100 a month.

Of course, being a senior with a particular personality and higher medical needs, Dolores was a more difficult-to-adopt pup, and she had been in our program for almost a year.

Thanks to funding from the Petfinder Foundation, Dolores was able to have her adoption fee sponsored, as well as generous post-adoption support that would cover a significant amount of her medical care and behavioral training.

As a result, she was subsequently adopted by her foster mom, with whom she had already developed a loving bond. As a senior dog who is known for being a little cranky, it was great for Dolores to be able to remain in her foster home, where she had become comfortable and settled, with a loving, nurturing caregiver with whom she had already developed significant trust and love.

Dolores’ foster mom, Julie, had grown to love Dolores and was able to care for her as a foster parent with Agape’s support, but had understandable concerns about committing permanently, given Dolores’ health issues. When Agape was able to offer Julie some ongoing/bridge support for Dolores’ care post-adoption, the decision to become her forever home became very easy for Julie and very easy for Agape! Dolores was already home.

Agape Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were used to provide enrichment toys and tools for dogs in our signature foster and adoption program. Additionally, the products were also given out to pet-owning families who attended Agape’s Community Canine Coaching Classes.

These are classes ranging from one-day to 4-week that offer basic behavioral training to prevent intake, and are offered on a low-/no-cost basis to people from underserved communities who may be at higher risk of surrendering their pet due to behavioral issues.

Enrichment activities are an important part of the curriculum. As some families were attending on a scholarship, we provided the KONG enrichment tools to them at no cost and to help provide enrichment and stimulation for their pets at home.

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

This product grant helps dogs who are new to the program and overcoming social, medical, and behavioral issues during foster care, for which enrichment is helpful in providing decompression and destressing activities. We are able to provide these products to our foster families at no cost.

In addition, in our Community Canine Coaching Program, we were able to provide these enrichment toys and treats to families who otherwise may not be able to afford them to assist them in their behavioral training and efforts to move towards responsible pet ownership.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Dottie was adopted as a puppy from Agape’s foster and adoption program after she was dumped at Metro Animal Care and Control alongside her seven littermates at just 4 weeks old without their mother. She is pictured in the first photo on her adoption day with her canine big sister, Doris.

Dottie was adopted quickly, but has needed additional support post-adoption due to neurological issues, anxiety, and other common behavioral issues that did not resolve as she grew out of puppyhood.

Dottie participated in Agape’s four-week Community Canine Coaching Program to learn basic behavioral training and to socialize with other dogs, and in doing so her owner learned more about the benefits of enrichment.

Since receiving a KONG toy (second and third photos), Dottie has benefitted from the mental stimulation and opportunity to engage in natural behaviors at home (Doris has as well). These items have made a great difference in both the pups’ and their owners’ quality of life, and Dottie has remained happily in the home.

Agape Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Agape Animal Rescue was awarded $250 in COVID-19 Operational Funding, which went towards the care of animals in our Signature Foster and Adoption Program. Specifically, the $250 was used to partially cover the cost of medical care for a dog, Tiki, who was surrendered to Agape in early March as a result of the middle-Tennessee tornado outbreak.

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

Tiki, a senior dog, had costly medical needs that needed tending to, and the $250 was instrumental in ensuring he received the medical care that he needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Tiki was surrendered to Agape following the middle-Tennessee tornado in early March as his elderly owner was badly injured and they lost their home in North Nashville. Tiki himself is a senior and had existing health issues, but also sustained some injuries in the tornadoes. He quickly got safe and sound with an Agape foster mom, Kate, who had previously adopted (and, sadly, said goodbye to) a senior pup, Ladie, from Agape.

Agape supported Tiki and his foster mom with the appropriate ongoing medical care, grooming supplies, and everything else he needed to get back on his feet after such a traumatic upheaval late in life. With the support of the Petfinder Foundation, his foster mom, and Agape’s program, it became clear that Tiki’s forever home was already found — with his foster mom, Kate.

This sweet senior, Tiki the Tornado Pup, didn’t have to move again after such a whirlwind! He is well-cared-for by foster-turned-forever-mom Kate. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its generous grant, which helped cover the cost of Tiki’s medical care and allowed Kate and Tiki the time and space they needed to get to know each other.