Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The funds were used to offset the cost of low-fee cat adoptions.
The low adoption fee of $20 encouraged cat adoptions: We adopted 17 cats as of May 25, 2017, which is successful for our area.
Bubba was surrendered to the shelter several years ago. Bubba was adopted during our low-fee adoption special being held because of the generous New Year, New Home grant. We will continue to offer these very-low-cost cat adoptions because of this grant.
Money was used to send Debbie Cook to training in Austin. She attended a four-day class with Dogs Playing for Life.
Debbie received and passed on much-needed additional knowledge on group size and make-up, as well as general guidelines for dog playgroups.
Short-term, 28. Long-term, undetermined
Fernando was a sad story. He was surrendered to us because the family lived in a very cold area in South Dakota and their vet said Fernando's feet had been injured to the point that he could no longer be in that severe winter environment. Fernando just couldn't understand why his family had left him. His behavior changed for the worse. We introduced him to playgroups. Initially, he didn't interact with or want to be a part of the group, but we did not give up. On his fourth day, the light switch came on and he started to pick friends and even become somewhat of a play leader with the other dogs. His previous family had such high hopes for him, even writing a letter to his future new family members. Finally, the day we'd all hoped for happened and the perfect family came along looking for big playful house dog! Fernando had struck gold!
The funds from the New Year, New Home grant were used to reduce dog adoption fees by $75 and cat adoption fees by $25.
This grant was a great opportunity to help place pets into adoptive homes. We were able to successfully help 56 animals find homes, including three of our longest-term animals.
Judge (first photo), an approximately 2- to 3-year-old pit bull terrier, had been with us for one day short of a year. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Judge found his new home, and is doing great! During his time at the shelter, Judge was rarely asked to be seen. When you first looked at him, he appeared to be “too hyper” or “aggressive” as he ran around his kennel, kicking off the walls and barking at visitors. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Judge was a sweet dog who got along great with kids and adults. He loved to play and run around the yard. Once he burned off some energy, he would seek the comfort of human companionship. He loved giving kisses and enjoyed cuddling and lying at your feet and relaxing. Judge, like many dogs, did not prefer the company of cats, but did well with some dogs upon a proper meet-and-greet.
Amelia (second photo) and Midnight (third photo) were two of our longest-term cats, also just shy of one year at the shelter. The New Year, New Home grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation helped to find them both loving families to adopt them.
The money was used to help reduce or eliminate the fees for our homeless pets to help them find new homes in the new year.
We provided medical care for a few and spayed a couple of rabbits. Also provided regular husbandry items such as shavings, toys, hide boxes and more. And great vegetables and food. We were able to get the fuel we needed to pick up animals around the area.
We have found 45 animals new great homes since March 10, 2018. We do have a few more who need homes, but we will get homes for them. Thunder the rat (first photo) was found running the streets in Kansas City, MO. He was loose out in terrible storms that we were having. He was caught by some good Samaritans, and they kept him until we could pick him up. Thunder was very scared, shy, skinny and dirty. We gave him a safe place to stay and he still wanted nothing to do with us. Feeding him and picking up and talking to him got him out of his funk, and he now lives the life of luxury with a new pet mom.
Mossie (second photo) was a beautiful ball python who came to us not eating. She had an upper-respiratory infection. Several trips to vet and injections later, she started acting better, then shed, and once we got her eating well, she came around. Mossie was very friendly and didn't mind being held. Once she got a little weight back on her, she found a great home.
Emma the bearded dragon (third photo) has been adopted.
With a few more dollars left, we will be able to continue to help at least 25 more pets. We had a special: adopt one rat, get the other free, with a reduced fee of $5. Rats found great homes. We had great opportunities with this grant and we thank the Petfinder Foundation for making it happen.
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.
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!
As many as 30
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!!
Adoption special promotion
This grant helps animals find homes.
Jake Ryan has been at our shelter for 2 1/2 years. During this promotion, he found his perfect furever home! We had several long-termers find placement during the adoption promotion from this grant. Jake's new parents report that he's loving it in his new home, where he's getting spoiled, and say, "He is doing so well. He is such a sweet dog."
This helped us to adopt more dogs. Our costs for vetting the pets, in most cases, outweighs the adoption fee, so the grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us rescue and then adopt more pets.
Josh and Titus were adopted from us when they were just 8 weeks old and returned to FOCHP after 10 years. Not only were they now senior dogs, but we also needed to make sure they were up-to-date on all vetting. They were a bonded pair and very sweet but a tiny bit shy when you first met them. We were able to adopt them to the most wonderful home together since there was no adoption fee. We were able to spend money on advertising and vetting thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, which covered the adoption fee.
To subsidize discounted adoptions for large dogs. Since it is our 51st year, we offered $51 off the regular adoption donation requested.
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.
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: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41691472
The funds from this grant were used to offer fee-reduced pet adoptions.
Offering reduced adoption fees through adoption specials helped us advertise our available animals in fun ways, promote adoption and help animals find their forever homes.
We had three dogs at our Kona shelter, Paisley, Proctor and J.B., who had been patiently waiting for their new homes for months. One was very shy, one was a big goof, and the third was a senior. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to advertise these dogs (and all the other adoptable animals) and promote their half-off adoption fees. On the same day, Saturday April 28, ALL THREE were adopted into loving homes! It was such great news. Happy dogs, happy families and super happy staff!
Touchette was a playgroup rock star at the shelter, so we made sure she went to a foster home with other dogs so she would get occasional workouts. We also sent her with toys thanks to the wonderful donation in her honor.
We love when we can provide the basics to enhance a pet's life in the shelter and in a foster home. Sometimes it's the little things.
This made it possible for Touchette to arrive at her foster home with all the supplies she needed. Touchette still awaits a place to call home. From her Petfinder profile: "Meet Touchette! This dashing beauty is about a year old and 40 lbs. Touchette is the star of the Gateway Pet Guardians' shelter and is wonderful at teaching the new dogs how to play. Even though she's still very young, she is housetrained, crate-trained and incredibly well-behaved. Her ideal home is one with other doggy friends so she can have a playmate ... or five! This overall easy and friendly girl is also great with cats! What more could you ask for?" Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41318959