Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The funding was used to discount the adoption fees of pets who had been at the shelter the longest.
Due to this grant, we were able to discount the adoption fees of some of our longer-term residents. This allowed them to be adopted much quicker, into really wonderful homes. These adoptions also freed up kennel space, allowing us to take in even more animals.
Dude is an adorable hound mix who had been at our shelter since March. He had been adopted a few times since then, but returned within days each time, through no fault of his own. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to discount Dude's adoption fee, and the adoption fee on other dogs, during Memorial Day weekend. His new family came to the shelter that Friday, just to look, because they heard that we were having an adoption special on select dogs. Once they saw Dude, it was love at first sight. They spent an hour in our visitation room getting to know him before making him a permanent member of their family. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us to make happy memories!
Thanks to this grant, we have been offering a reduced-fee adoption rate since April 1, 2018. Our regular adoption fee is $60 per cat/kitten. From this grant, we are reducing our adoption fee to only $40 per cat/kitten.
Even though the notification letter was dated March 21st, the award letter was not received by our organization until March 26th. Therefore, we delayed implementation until April 1, 2018. We will continue to offer this reduced-fee adoption rate for as long as the grant funds allow -- which will total 100 adoptions over the course of the next several weeks.
Since the grant was received and implemented right at the beginning of kitten season, and the overwhelming abundance of "free kittens" seem to flood our area, the month of April produced only eight adoptions, while the month of May produced nine adoptions. However, we are confident that, as more people realize the benefits of adopting versus getting a “free cat/kitten,” our adoption rates will increase back to our normal rates of 20-25 per month.
The following story is provided by a woman named Kat Floyd, who contacted me in early April 2018 and wanted to adopt a male, all-black kitten. At that time we did not have any kittens old enough for adoption, but I told her we had an all-black mommy cat who had recently had a litter of four kittens who were all-black. I sent her pictures of the kittens and she immediately fell in love. Over the next several weeks, we stayed in touch and I gave her progress reports on how they were doing. Once they were big enough to be considered “adoption-eligible,” I notified her that she could come and meet them -- and the right kitty spoke to her!
“Hi, my name is Kat Floyd. Here is Onyx (whom we renamed Ember) with my daughter. Thank you for working with me to adopt this precious black kitten. Many people in our area believe black cats are unlucky and no one wants one as a pet. We, however, wanted this exact one. Working with me and using the grant to help with the adoption fees helped give me the opportunity to give this black cat a forever home. I was able to use the money saved to purchase items necessary to take care of this kitten. Thanks so much for helping me and allowing me to adopt this precious kitten!
The grant funds were used to support a St. Patrick's Day 50%-off adoption-fee special for cats. Two more such events are planned for July 4th and mid-August. We also placed two barns cats with this grant under our semi-feral cat relocation program.
The grant allowed us to open up space in the cat rooms at the shelter in the spring to accommodate "kitten season." The event also helped us place a pair of bonded feral cats on a ranch where they are serving as "green rodent control" in the barn.
T-Bone, the black-and-white kitty in the first photo, was turned in to the RCHS animal shelter after joining a jogger on a trail through town. The cat was walking along the trail when a man jogged by. T-Bone joined him and ran along beside him for a couple of miles. After the run, the jogger brought the friendly, unaltered male cat to the shelter, where he was listed in the stray report. T-Bone was never claimed, so he was neutered, microchipped and put up for adoption. It took several months before he was adopted during the Petfinder Foundation-sponsored promotion. During his time at the shelter, he became a staff favorite. He was very personable, and learned to "fist-pump" with the shelter staff. T-Bone has now found his forever home, where he is thriving!
Petfinder Foundation support was used to offer $5 adoption fees on special-needs, senior, and long-staying feline residents. We found loving homes for almost 100 cats at our special Feline Frenzy adoption rate!
We found loving homes for almost 100 cats and went into spring kitten season with plenty of available foster homes and on-site kennel space. Petfinder Foundation support has allowed us to better manage our intake and serve our community. Thank you!
Marcus and Cato came to us as a bonded pair from a crowded shed in the rural county. They were initially overwhelmed by their new environment, but quickly warmed up. They loved snuggling and grooming each other and enjoyed playing with our staff and visitors. However, they continued to battle reoccurring upper-respiratory infections. We knew they would prosper in a home, but they continued to be overlooked. Petfinder Foundation support allowed us to greatly reduce their adoption fees and promote this special bonded pair. Marcus and Cato left Cache Humane Society together on May 10, 2018, after 168 days in our care. Their adopter reports that they are doing great in her home, without a stuffy nose in sight!
The grant was used for fee-waived adoptions to help some of our harder-to-place animals find homes.
This grant helped Pawsibilities and Pawsibilities animals by enabling us to waive adoption fees for our harder-to-place animals. With their adoption fees waived, Pawsibilities was able to place these animals and provide initial medications for the newly adopted animals.
21 animals were placed; however, the grant helped twice as many by freeing space.
Kitty, our 10-year-old orange man (first photo), came to Pawsibilities four years ago as a foster. His people were moving and needed a place for him to stay while they moved. Poor Kitty's people never came back for him. Because of his vocal singing, Kitty quickly became a favorite of the staff. He is very outgoing and would "talk" to anyone who came by. During Kitty's initial medical exam, it was noticed that kitty had polyps on his right ear. His polyps were removed and he returned to the shelter, awaiting his forever home. Two years later, Kitty's polyp returned. It was determined at that time by our veterinarian that the polyp was possibly cancerous. Kitty continued to serenade the staff, even though it was easy to see that his ear bothered him. Thanks to Kitty's outgoing personality, a visitor to Pawsibilities saw Kitty and fell in love. Kitty is now very happy in his home (second photo), watching TV with his person, eating snacks, and living the good life. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, Kitty was able to find a loving home in which to live out the rest of his years.
Ewok is the resident fluffball kitten at Pawsibilities Animal Rescue. Ewok was found living under a trailer with her mother. Her feral mother had already left, and Ewok was on her own. Pawsibilities was conducting a trap-and-neuter program and caught her. Ewok was young enough to socialize and came to enjoy people, especially when they were feeding her. Ewok was adopted as a companion to a senior citizen (third photo). Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for enabling Pawsibilities to place Ewok in a home where she was needed and is loved.
This generous award from the Petfinder Foundation will be used to create care packages for our Summertime Sniffles adoption campaign. More specifically, we strive to incentivize adoptions for cats and dogs who have respiratory infections. We will be purchasing toys, treats, bedding and other types of supplies as a part of the care package for adopters.
Often overlooked due to their illness, dogs and cats with respiratory illness have a harder time being adopted than pets who are healthy. This funding is going to help make the adoption of a cat or a dog with the "sniffles" more attractive to prospective adopters. In conjunction with waiving our adoption fees, we’ll be offering treats, toys, a gift card and bedding as a care package for each adopted animal.
We anticipate that this grant will help 40 animals.
We are launching this promotion on June 21, 2018, so we do not have a happy tail yet to share, but we will be happy to do so once the program is up and running. Pictured is Rapunzel: "A volunteer writes: We must begin with the superficial, because Rapunzel has the eyes of some glorious, other-worldly angel that two volunteers agreed were the most beautiful eyes they'd ever seen on any creature: Not quite blue, not quite gray, not quite green ... sigh. And what a soul those eyes radiate. Gentle, kind, a bit timid, but extraordinarily docile, sitting immediately between two of us on a bench and enjoying being pet. The two of us weren't alone in falling in love with this serene being: Notes about her from other volunteers include comments like, 'perfect,' 'calm,' and 'walks like a dream on a leash.' Rapunzel is indeed dream-like -- a dog from one of the best dreams you've ever had. Please come visit her at MACC and make Rapunzel's loving presence in your loving home a reality!"
Adoption fees were either reduced or waived on some cats and dogs.
It allowed us to reduce or waive adoption fees to encourage adoption of the animals without negatively affecting our financial status.
Eleven dogs and seven cats.
Here are three pets’ stories, pictured with their new adopters, who have already benefited from the “New Year, New Home” grant program! Jinx (first photo), a 2-year-old brown striped tabby cat, found her furever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Jinx was surrendered to Bond County Humane Society by her owner in Spring 2017. Miss Jinx was a new mom of three kittens, but she was not nursing them; the veterinarian and BCHS determined this was because she was so young and didn’t know what to do. BCHS volunteers tried bottle feeding, but the kittens couldn’t be saved. Her sadness is over now. Adopting an adult cat is great because they show their true personalities: Miss Jinx is an active cat, very friendly with people, gets along with other cats but prefers to play alone. She stays busy playing games with toys by herself: jumping, gnawing, batting, and snuggling. We are happy to have met you and helped you on your journey to your FUR-ever home, Jinx!
Happy Adoption Day to Snoopy (second photo)! The 5-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix found her forever parents on Friday, April 13, 2018. Snoopy was rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after her previous owners surrendered her, not being able to keep her any longer. She is good with kids and most other dogs and she has some basic training under her collar. The BCHS volunteers think her “down” looks like a bow or curtsy! Happy tails, Snoopy in your new permanent, loving home! Practice your leash walking and get your obedience classes in before football season (go, Chicago Bears!).
Tabitha (third photo), an 8-month-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix, found her forever family on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Petco in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Tabitha and a littermate were rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control after their previous owners surrendered the pups. Tabitha loves to sit on people’s laps and play with toys. She’s great at fetch and loves all the attention. We’ll miss you, Tabitha, but are certainly glad to send you off with your new “leash” on life!
The grant was used to help us offer our reduced-fee adoptions for the Pet of the Week and 50% off of adoption fees for other animals at our shelter. Our Pets of the Week are selected by shelter staff and reduced adoption fees are offered for these animals.
It allowed us to continue to offer reduced-fee adoptions of animals on our floor. Our adoption fees are tied to the cost of providing spay-neuter, vaccinations and microchipping of animals in our care.
From the time of the grant receipt to date, we have had 49 reduced-fee dog adoptions and 27 reduced-fee cat/kitten adoptions.
Bambi had been on the adoption floor for several weeks, but had not had much interest. Those who were interested would bring her back from the play area, and back to the kennel she would go. The staff at CCHS selected her to be one of our pets of the week. These pets are featured on our Facebook page and by several other local businesses' Facebook pages as well as on our website. One of these posts made it slightly outside of our immediate area and Matt made a trip to see her. They spent time in the play area and Matt knew that SHE was the one! Bambi is now one of our adoption success stories. We think Bambi looks very happy in the attached photo, which was taken right before she went out the door! Smiles all around! Thank you for helping us provide these reduced-fee adoption specials.
The New Year, New Home grant of $1,750 was used to reduce adoption fees on 13 dogs who were determined to be special-needs, have medical issues, be of mixed breed, or seniors. For our rescue, these are the dogs who tend to spend a longer amount of time waiting for their forever homes.
The New Year, New Home grant helped us to get dogs adopted who might otherwise have been overlooked, and/or spent longer periods of time in rescue. Seniors whose lifespan and costly medical issues may deter potential adopters, mixed-breed dogs who tend to spend longer periods in foster homes awaiting their forever homes, and dogs with special needs/medical concerns that may cause potential adopters to reconsider adoption. Additionally, helping these 13 dogs find forever homes also open up their foster homes, which allowed us to rescue more dogs.
The 13 dogs who benefited from the grant were:
Peppermint Patty-mixed breed
Gratuity Tucci-mixed breed
Simon-senior and mixed breed
Walter-special needs: vision impairment due to neglected entropion
Grayer-senior, deaf and partially blind
Jorja-mixed breed, missing one eye
One of the 13 dogs whom the New Year, New Home grant was able to help was Grayer. Grayer, a male Shar Pei, was estimated to be 7-8 years old. He was abandoned in a crate in a Nevada shelter parking lot in the middle of the night. He was a senior, deaf and partially blind from neglected entropion (a medical issue where the eyelids roll inward and can cause discomfort, eye irritation and eventual blindness if left untreated). He was terrified and at first wouldn't let the staff touch him. The shelter completed his entropion surgery and removed some lumps and bumps during his neuter, and Grayer recovered in a loving foster home. With the discounted adoption fee thanks to the New Year, New Home grant, Grayer's adopter (approved by Pei People volunteers in one of the other states we rescue in) was able to travel from Arizona to come get him, and potentially use the money saved towards any future medical issues that Grayer may have. We are happy to report that Grayer is adored and loved and well cared-for. (The average life span of a Shar Pei is 10 years, so when a dog reaches 7 years old, we consider them a senior.)
Veterinary care to amputate a leg after a pet was found hit by a car.
This allowed us to save another life! Without this money, would not have been able to provide the surgery that Brooke the dog so desperately needed, and she would have been euthanized if we had not received these sponsorships.
Brooke is an adult golden retriever mix who was found after she had been hit by a car on a busy street. A police officer brought her to the shelter, and it was found that she had a severe luxation of her left foreleg and needed surgery. We had just received the Sponsor a Pet grant from the Petfinder Foundation, and we used that money as the jumping-off point to fundraise to get the care Brooke needed. We raised the remainder of the funds needed to pay for her surgery, but she had some complications and had to be hospitalized for several days. We began a new fundraising effort, collecting the rest of the money needed in less than 24 hours. Brooke has now been adopted and loves her new home! Her family reports that she is getting around fine and acts as though she's always had three legs!