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Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW): Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $800 grant was used to purchase cat-enrichment supplies including interactive toys, comfortable bedding, and Feliway calming pheromone spray. In order to provide items with the greatest impact, we asked our volunteers directly: What products would you most like to have for the cats in your care? The response was quick and enthusiastic! They wanted and received cat trees, sherpa igloos, Cat Dancer toys, turbo chasers/scratchers, travel-size Feliway, catnip and wand toys. It felt like a surprise birthday party! The larger items are retained by the fosters for ongoing use, and favorite toys or beds go with the cats as they move to their forever homes.

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

The grant money allowed us to purchase items that had an immediate positive impact on the cats housed by our foster-based rescue volunteers. In addition to providing stimulating toys and comforting resting areas for the cats themselves, the grant also had a positive impact on our fosters. These funds allowed FFGW to be responsive to requests from fosters for items they need in order to provide the best possible care for animals who are often scared, timid, and anxious as they enter a new environment. By making the foster experience as easy as possible for felines and humans alike, the cats are adopted faster, and the fosters feel confident and are quickly ready to accept the next needy cat. This is clearly a win-win situation, as it increases our rescue capacity and saves more lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

40 and counting!

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

Patches was removed from a hoarding situation, weaned from her kittens, spayed, and housed in two foster homes. In short, by the time I met her she was tired, scared and withdrawn. I was warned that she would be a long-term project. My first goal was to provide a calm space for her to relax, so I set up a Feliway diffuser in a quiet room. After two days of her hiding under the bed, I wanted to encourage interaction, so I reached for the irresistible Cat Dancer. She started playing before the crinkly package was even open! Two days later, Patches was happily exploring the larger surroundings — the perfect time to introduce a catnip-infused cardboard scratcher. My “long-term project” was adopted on Day 7 and went home with a delighted 10-year-old girl! THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION!

Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW): Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous Petfinder Foundation grant of $2,000 was used to promote and offer fee-reduced pet adoptions, with a special emphasis on placing bonded pairs of adult cats, including the featured duos Manny and Sheba, Beezur and Lady, Fatone and Myrcella, Mandy and Moses, and Fleece and Squeakers.

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

This grant helped FFGW create interest and find loving homes for adult bonded pairs, who can sometimes be overlooked by adopters. This promotion was a huge success and we are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for supporting our all-volunteer organization!

How many pets did this grant help?

As many as 30

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

Fatone and Myrcella (first photo) have been best friends since an observant shelter volunteer paired them up. These sweet girls adore each other and clearly needed to be adopted together, but the timid duo would need someone who understood their initial shyness and allowed them time to settle into a new home. With love from an experienced foster and financial security provided by a generous Petfinder Foundation grant, this lucky pair learned to trust people. With newfound confidence, they captured the hearts of their adoptive family and moved into their purrrfect new home on May 22, 2018!

Fleece and Squeakers (second photo) are brothers. Fleece is the handsome short-haired fellow, while dapper Squeakers sports the long, silky fur! These boys worked as “shop cats” in a quaint West Virginia antique store until they suddenly found themselves unemployed. The siblings packed their bags and set out for Northern Virginia in search of a more favorable job market. Fleece and Squeakers were so well-qualified, with a resume that included a stellar reference from the Petfinder Foundation, that they soon found permanent positions working side-by-side in a delightful new family.

THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION, FOR SUPPORTING HOMELESS PETS EVERY DAY!!