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Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to provide discounted dog adoptions during construction on our campus. 2018 was our 51st anniversary of serving pets and people in the Walla Walla Valley, so we offered $51 off of adult dog adoptions during April, May and June, completing a total of 39 discounted adoptions.

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

In the spring of 2018, from February through June, our shelter was under construction, completing a long-planned expansion and remodel. The grant funds received allowed us to offer discounted adoption pricing for large, adult dogs, who were most impacted by the noise and stress of construction, and who historically have longer lengths of stay in our shelter. The discount was compelling and inspired visits to our campus — in spite of the upheaval during construction — to see available pets, resulting in adoptions that outpaced our projections for the months of April, May and June.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

Kandy was found tied to a tree in a yard where, based on the evidence, she had spent most of her life. Animal Control seized her and pursued charges for animal neglect. She arrived in our care, timid and shut down, on March 27, 2018. Within weeks, Kandy had blossomed into a warm, affectionate, playful dog who especially loved Dogs Playing for Life playgroup time. On April 24, Kandy went on a home trial with a family who were inspired to adopt in part due to the discounted adoption made possible through the grant from Purina and the Petfinder Foundation. Three days later, on April 27, Kandy’s new family finalized her adoption.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To subsidize discounted adoptions for large dogs. Since it is our 51st year, we offered $51 off the regular adoption donation requested.

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

The grant funding allowed us to highlight large dogs in our care, who tend to have longer lengths of stay in the shelter, by making them a great value for adopters. It sparked conversations that made people seeking a new pet consider a larger-breed dog, as they heard about the challenges some of the dogs have during longer shelter stays. It was perfect timing, as puppies were out in force, and people are always drawn to them instead of the large dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Preston is such a smart boy! He is patiently waiting for his forever home, practicing his “sit” and “stay” commands daily. He loves to walk on a leash, and is learning to be patient and not pull too hard. He gets along well with other dogs and is quickly becoming a playgroup favorite. Come meet Preston today! Read his profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41691472

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

A mentorship with Dog Playing for Life in Austin, TX, hosted by Austin Pets Alive!

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

The mentorship was to guide me to learn the Dog Playing for Life guidelines and playgroups. This has allowed me to come back to my shelter and implement playgroups almost daily. I came back and taught more staff members how to run playgroups so they can continue when I am unable to run a playgroup. Some staff members were here when DPFL came to our shelter, but many of us were not. Going to this mentorship helped me understand how a playgroup runs and how it benefits the dogs in the shelter. It has helped with adoptions as well. We have learned more about the dogs and helped them find homes with that knowledge.

How many pets did this grant help?

This will help at least 1,000 dogs as we continue through the year

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

Buddy was a pit bull who came to us as a stray. Pit bulls can be harder to place, as they are pretty common in most shelters. Buddy held out his stray period, was neutered, and then moved to the adoption floor. After healing from his surgery, he was able to be in a playgroup. He did great! After just two playgroups, a gentleman was watching the playgroup and decided Buddy was the dog for him. He adopted him! It was all thanks to the playgroup. The adopter had no dogs at home, and wasn’t even looking for a dog when he came by the dog park that day. The playgroup got his attention and Buddy found a home. It was a good day!

Blue Mountain Humane Society: Purina ONE Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reduced dog-adoption fees!

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

Cost is one of the main barriers we see when trying to adopt out senior dogs or dogs with special needs. This grant helped us remove the cost barrier and get senior dogs and special-needs dogs into homes with loving families!

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Sophia came to BMHS with a distended abdomen. The adopter was notified of her abdomen issues and chose to adopt her anyway. Once the adopter took her in for a free vet exam it became clear that she needed medical attention. The vet who examined Sophia thought that she might have cancer. After further examination, it was determined that she had a benign tumor. Today Sophia is doing great with her forever family!

Blue Mountain Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Shelter dogs in house and in our Penitentiary training program

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

It helped to stave off kennel stress and boredom.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 and still helping lots!

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

We have several long-term, young, very energetic dogs. Currently we have had an enormous influx of puppies and we have been using the KONGs for the puppies. They love them! It has been so great to have the KONGs. We are having volunteers and staff fill them daily and hand them out at closing for them to play with during the evening.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Distemper Vaccines were used for part of our Intake protocol.

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

The grant allowed us to make sure that every dog of all ages are vaccinated upon intake for their health and well-being, and for the other dogs in our care’s protection.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant allowed us to vaccinate 100 animals. (some puppies with 2 doses)

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

We accepted a mother Pit Bull from a town a couple hours away from us due to the city ordinance of euthanizing all Pit Bull Terriers. She was a skinny and shy mother with 8 puppies. Once she arrived at the shelter we made sure to vaccinate her, and got her placed into a foster home that same day. She and her puppies continued to thrive in the foster home. The shelter staff visited the foster home twice in order to make sure the puppies were current on their Distemper vaccine, and deworming. We were able to find homes for all of the animals before they even came back into the shelter for spaying/neutering!