Santa Fe Animal Shelter: New Year, New Home
Grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide fee-waived adoptions for 27 cats (including four of our geriatric residents), and half-priced adoptions for 16 cats.
Being able to offer free or fee-reduced adoptions not only helps animals in our care find homes more quickly, it also provides us with additional resources and space for incoming animals. With the summer season upon us, stray cats and kittens will soon be flooding in -- the 43 cats who found homes because of this grant have made space for those incoming animals.
These stories come from our director of adoptions, Dylan Moore: Shayla (first photo): Her adopter came in after his cat passed away and he wanted another cat to keep him and his current cat company. He saw Shayla online, decided to come in and meet her, and fell in love. He didn't know at that time that we had an adoption promotion going on, but because the fee was waived, he spent $8 in our store and donated $35. Shayla was received through a transfer from one of our partners, which doubles the positive effect of the grant.
Gus (second photo) was adopted by a sweet lady who wanted a cat for companionship. She looked around and even visited with a few of our cats, but once she met Gus it was like they chose each other. I like Gus as an example because it shows how the grant was effective and how we were able to multiply its effectiveness. The adopter came in because she'd heard we had an adoption promotion going on. She looked at everyone we had and adopted a 3-year-old cat who'd been transferred in from another shelter. Because the fee has been waived, she spent $39 dollars in our store getting him set up to go home, which raised more money for us to continue to save lives.