Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The grant was used to lower the adoption fees for the past two months.
By lowering the adoption fee, we drew in many more adopters, and got many adults who have been in our care adopted. People got a chance to see how wonderful an adult cat can be and I feel the lower adoption fee made the potential adopters look at the adults.
Twenty-five (25) cats and kittens found new forever homes.
The first picture is of Nadene (now named Maya). Nadene was a kitten that was recently returned to us, since the woman got married to a man that had a dog that hated Nadene. She came back to us a little over one year old. She was not doing well at all in our shelter, being used to being an only cat. A family came in and fell in love with Nadene and now she has her forever home.
Recently a woman found six kittens, approximately four months old, in a box. She brought them to our shelter and we immediately took them to our vet to make sure they were OK. They were all in good condition except two were a little unsocial and scared. We socialized all of them, and within two weeks all six got adopted. Two were adopted in pairs and two were adopted separately. The second picture is of Gabriella and Gavin, male and female siblings that got adopted together, and the third picture is of Gunther, who was one of the single kitties that went home alone.
The fourth picture is of Denise. Denise is a beautiful kitten that was a litter of five kittens. We trapped the feral mother cat and let her nurse the kittens until they were old enough to eat on their own. All of Denise's sibling were adopted immediately, but for some reason, Denise was overlooked. In January, Denise's adopter walked through our doors and fell in love with her. All of our volunteers were so happy that she had finally found her forever home.
The funds were used to allow us to offer reduced adoption fees on adult cats.
We were able to adopt adult cats at a reduced fee, which could have led to faster placement for them.
Lucy was picked up by animal control and thought to be pregnant. A foster from STLPR offered to take her in. Soon they realized Lucy was not pregnant and was probably taken from her kittens. Lucy was considered semi-feral. She just needed a little time and love. She soon learned the blessings of living in a warm home: never needing to worry about food again, having a warm bed to sleep in and furry and human friends to play with. Her foster mom usually does kittens, so Lucy took on the role of being resident house mom for the orphaned foster kittens she kept bringing home. Lucy was in foster care for almost two years before she was finally adopted. Lucy was very nervous at adoption events and so kept getting overlooked. Finally, the right family came in and noticed her. She now has her own family with kids to spoil her rotten.
Waived adoption fees
This grant helped our organization promote senior and special-needs cats. We also extended the grant to cats who had been at our facility for more than two years. It was an extra incentive for successful adoptions and we hope that the new owners will use the waived adoption fee for continuing care of the cats.
Crawdaddy (first photo) is the most recent cat to benefit from this grant. He was born at our facility and had been here for four years. We actually consider him a bit of a mascot around here and, although we are elated that he has found his life-long home, his departure is bittersweet. He suffers from infections around his eyes and chin that, after many treatment attempts, were found to be the results of a severe skin allergy. He has grooming issues and will need consistent help with the areas he doesn't clean. His new owner is a nurse and an ideal candidate for continuing his care. Thank you for supporting cats like Crawdaddy who get a second chance at a great life!
The funds from this grant were used to offer two-for-one cat adoptions.
All of the cats who were adopted were fortunate to go in doubles -- thanks to your grant, these lovely people were able to adopt two cats. All went to fabulous forever homes. We still have about $200 left of the grant so that will be used very shortly, I'm sure of that.
Attached are pictures of some of the cats with their adoptive parents! All of the cats who were adopted were fortunate to go in doubles -- thanks to your grant, these lovely people were able to adopt two cats. All went to fabulous forever homes.
Our organization just moved from a very old facility to newly renovated kennel. We have been very busy moving 100+ animals. However, this past weekend we offered people to come view the new shelter and free cat adoptions with approved application thanks to the Purina Cat Chow grant we received.
The funds were used to offer free cat adoptions in conjunction with the opening of our newly renovated kennel.
I'm including a picture of Kiley, who was adopted this past Saturday by Conor and his girlfriend. They were so impressed with our new facility and helpful volunteers and staff. They were looking for a playmate for their 2-year-old cat who loves other kitties and Kiley fit the bill! Kiley was being fostered by one of our excellent foster moms who came by to set up for the event. Conor and his girlfriend also signed up to be volunteers because they felt so welcomed by us.
The money has been used to supplement adoption fees to facilitate the adoption of difficult-to-place and long-term cats in the rescue.
We were able to find homes for several cats and kittens who had only a small chance for adoption.
Using this grant, we were able to promote and facilitate the adoption of FLV+ kittens. Feline leukemia is a horrible disease and we were heartbroken when a litter of kittens we had tested positive. We split the kittens up into different foster homes, waited out the period during which they might fight it off, retested the kittens (including IFA), and confirmed that they were officially positive. Despite this crushing news, we were able to find homes and loving families for all the kittens except for one. Poor Genesis (first two photos) waited so patiently for a forever home. Her foster family wanted to adopt her, but did not have the funds to make her an official part of their family. They were thrilled when we told them of this grant and that with it, we would be able to waive Genesis' adoption fee. The Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant has given Genesis the chance to have a normal life in her very own family.
The once was a boy (kitty) named Sunny (third and fourth photos) whose disposition was sweet as can be. Unfortunately, he was shy and reserved and never showed his true personality when people came to meet him. No one wanted to give him a chance -- because who adopts the cat they can't find? Luckily for Sunny, the Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant allowed us to lower his adoption fee, attracting the perfect family. They took Sunny home as a foster with intent to adopt and within a week called to say they loved him and wanted to keep him forever. It's sunny days ahead for Sunny thanks to this grant!
To offer reduced adoption fees
We were able to lower our adoption fees and offer some no-cost adoptions for harder-to-place cats.
Thirty felines were adopted.
We were able to provide no-cost adoptions for four hard-to-place adult cats. These adults had been with us a while and each had some challenges that made them harder to place. One was deaf and very reactive, one was fearful, one has a chronic eye issue, and one was a little nippy! Each home was more than willing to work with the cat and ensure they had a good quality of life.
To offer reduced (or completely waived) adoption fees for difficult-to-adopt and special-needs cats.
We were able to draw attention to some our or tougher kitties by offering a reduced (or completely waived) adoption fee in some cases. We feel that offering these reduced fees has indeed increased the number of special-needs cats who were adopted over the past three months. These included bonded pairs that we desperately wanted to keep together, senior kitties, and kitties with specific health or behavioral issues.
Twelve special-needs cats have been adopted through this grant program so far.
Grrrl (first photo) came to the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation after her previous family moved away and left her behind. She is an older girl at 8 years old and walks a little funny (probably due to a birth defect or old injury). In addition to all her routine vet care, including vaccines, FIV/FeLV testing, and a microchip, we were also able to do x-rays, bloodwork, and a full dental cleaning prior to placing Grrrl for adoption. She was initially overlooked because of her age, but once we reduced her adoption fee, she caught the eye of a young couple who had adopted from us before. We already knew they were a wonderful home, so the application was a cinch! Grrrl is settling in to her new home and doing very well at last report.
Kindra (second photo) was rescued along with her littermates when they were just a couple months old. Sadly, during routine testing, it was discovered that one of the kittens was positive for feline leukemia. Since all the kittens had been exposed, our veterinarian recommended the kittens all be quarantined and retested a month later. That next month, Kindra continued to test negative, so she was spayed and placed for adoption. Because she was no longer a tiny little kitten, and because we didn't want her to spend any more of her kittenhood in foster care, we decided to reduce her adoption fee to see if we could get her placed as soon as possible. Her new mom saw her in the adoption cages at our veterinary clinic and decided to take her home that same day.
Note: I don't have a photo, but the little kitten from Kindra's litter who tested positive for leukemia also found a forever home, and we were able to waive the adoption fee entirely thanks to this grant.
We used the money, combined with some funds received from Best Friends, to reduce our adult cat adoption prices to $25 (from $100) and our kitten adoption prices to $75 instead of $100.
We have been, and are hoping to continue to be, pulling all the already neutered/spayed cats from the shelters we work with, as well as some cats who need sterilization surgeries to keep our finances healthy while still offering this reduced rate. We've done some handouts and put them around town to show our reduced-rate adoptions (which will last at least through March). I am so excited to report that in January/February of 2015, we've had 17 cat adoptions, compared to January/February of 2014, when we only had two cat adoptions (this time of year is our slowest). Our cats are getting interest much more quickly, and then we can help more cats in shelters who need us. The quality of the applicants has not changed.
We've had over 20 adoptions in 2015 so far, and we have five more cats in our care who have already received veterinary care and are ready for adoption.
One cat, Billy (first photo), had been in our care for over two years for no good reason. Thanks to our low-cost adoption fee promotions, Billy and a number of other adult cats have found super, loving, fantastic homes. Older kittens and shy cats who usually don't get adopted quickly have received more attention and have been having adoption meetings thanks to drawing people in with the promo.
Yaksha (second photo) was a mother to four kittens who came in during kitten season. The babies were adopted out as soon as they were ready to leave mom, and Yaksha sat for a few more months. When we started our $25 promotion, Yaksha was our first cat to find her home (our vet had euthanized an older cat and Yaksha lives at the outreach office we share with our vet. The family saw her on their way out from their sad appointment and fell in love). She has been a great addition to their family.
Tubbs (third photo) was a stray who came in and received lots of love in his foster home. Despite his beauty, he sat for a few months with no interest. Thanks to our promotion, he got more attention and found a very doting, loving new mom. She referred Tigre's family to adopt him!
Tigre (fourth photo) was an abandoned kitten who grew to be about 10 months of age in our care. He didn't do his best at introductions to new people, but with the work of his committed foster parents and the right home coming along, he's frolicking and playing up a storm in his new home.
Ariana (fifth photo), now called Christmas Valentine by her new family, came in as a transfer from a shelter. She was very shy, but due to our promotion, a family came to meet a few kittens at our Coffee and Canines (and Cat Cafe!) event a couple weeks ago. They fell in love with Ariana and have been working to get her to come out of her shell.
Thank you SO MUCH! Thanks to the success up through now (and what will surely be ongoing success with the remainder of the funds from this grant), we hope to find a way to keep our adoption fee for cats between $25-50 on an ongoing basis.
The funds from this grant were used to offer reduced-fee cat adoptions for the cats in our shelter.
Being able to offer reduced-fee adoptions helped us to get more cats adopted as well as find homes from some cats who had been with us long-term.
Jewel and Dido (used to be Kori and Kuri) are the most significant story of our use of funds from the Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant. They came to us months ago as a bonded pair. We expected they'd go pretty quickly as they were sweet and friendly, though one a tad more shy than the other. They were staying at one of our partnering pet stores and suddenly started losing hair. A vet's visit determined they had acquired ringworm, which is a terrible nuisance, though not actually dangerous -- however, many animals die in shelters every year for this very treatable condition people fear so much. Our rescue actually takes in dozens of ringworm cat cases every year in an effort to reduce this number, so although we have plenty of experience, this was unexpected and disappointing for these girls.
It took a while for them to get better -- the average recovery time is 6-8 weeks. We were able to get them back to one of our partnering stores, but after a short period, the girls became sick -- one with a urinary-tract issue and the other with some digestive upset. The culprit and theme behind all of these health issues is, unfortunately, stress -- we knew that, in a home environment, they would recover and be healthy, but cats do not get adopted out of foster homes like our dogs do; they really need to be "on display" to show off their personalities to potential adopters.
Although these girls had plenty of interest, no one ended up adopting them for ages. They either changed their minds about adopting, or got kittens instead, or any of a number of weird and disappointing reasons not to pick them. We were starting to become very sad and frustrated for them. Then we received the Cat Chow Building Better Lives grant and were able to reduce their adoption donation significantly, and this spurned new interest in them. Finally, out of the woodwork came their new mom!
We were so happy to finally get them adopted, we practically had a party for them. The employees at their pet store were cheering and so excited. We are just so happy for them and can't wait to hear more updates about their new fun lives as the queens of their domain! We're thrilled they can stay together too ;)