Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The $600 grant was used to sponsor the adoption fees for three senior cats.
Our senior cats were getting overlooked, due to the shelter regularly having cats who were much younger. Having their adoption fees sponsored gave more adopters an incentive to want to meet these seniors. All were lovable, sweet cats and they just needed adopters to give them a chance to show their wonderful personalities. This gave them the advantage they needed to find forever homes.
Three senior cats who have all been adopted.
Miss Little (first photo) had been surrendered by the only family she ever knew and was not doing well at the shelter. She would find places to hide when volunteers, staff or visitors would come by and she would shrink and make herself as small as possible. Her potential adopter had come in looking for a much younger cat. Our adoption specialists knew that Miss Little would be a great match for her and the cat she had at home who needed a companion. When the adopter visited the room where Miss Little was staying, volunteers were surprised that Miss Little popped her head up and did not scurry away! She let her visitor pet her and talk to her and seemed to enjoy the attention. It looks like Miss Little chose her person!
Pablo (second photo) was so handsome and chatty, the shelter staff and volunteers thought he would get adopted fairly quickly. Days turned into weeks and Pablo was still at the shelter and became a volunteer favorite. Those same volunteers started taking his photo and posting it on Facebook and Instagram. One of those photos got his adopter to the shelter to meet Pablo in person (third photo). Finding out his adoption fee was sponsored made the decision to adopt him even easier, since she had clearly fallen in love. She is a grad student who lives alone and was looking for the perfect cat companion -- and it was a match! Pablo now has a forever home and his adopter has updated the shelter staff to let them know he is settling in and has already claimed “his side” of the bed.
Mission (fourth photo) was a long-term shelter resident who had spent part of his life outside in a small cat community. The staff and volunteers noticed that he loved the other cats in the room and, as some of his friends got adopted, he would find a new cat to bond with. Most often, his new bonded pal would be the cat with the least confidence, and his compassionate and nurturing nature would give the other shy cat the bravery to become more social. His adopter had been visiting Mission frequently to make sure he would be a good match for her own shy cat. After many visits, she decided to take Mission home, and she was pleasantly surprised to find that the grant money received would sponsor his adoption fee. Mission is settling in with his new family, and his adopter has kept us updated on the progress of introductions between Mission and his new kitty sister, including a long “meowing” conversation between the two a couple of days after he arrived at his forever home!
Helped subsidize adoptions at the shelter.
Abby was a 14-year-old dog who was in foster for several months and found her loving home at the adoption event in Soulard! It was so exciting. She was a wonderful dog.
The funds were used to help with an adoption promotion -- specifically, 50% off all adoption fees. Giving a discount on adoption fees really made people listen and become more curious and serious about adopting their forever family member.
This grant helped because it made the animals more adoptable by saving potential adopters on adoption fees. It also helped those animals who may have had some issues be more adoptable as well. People found that if they knew what had been done to ready the animal for adoption and we were trying to get them into homes by reducing their adoption fees, it was about making a good placement and not the adoption fee.
42 pets found new homes during the time period of the grant.
One of the best stories was a dog named Chyna. Chyna was what we would consider a senior dog. She came into the shelter in March of 2017 and, although she had many inquiries about her, the adoption never happened, specifically because people did not want to invest in a dog her age. Because of the adoption grant, and our being able to showcase her as part of the promotion, Chyna was finally adopted. Her adopters stated that they felt good about adopting her for many reasons and were grateful they did not have to pay the full adoption fee for a dog her age. Chyna finally found her forever home in part because of this grant.
The Purina Consider a Shelter Pet Adoption Grant, given as $300, was used from October through December 2017 to subsidize the adoption fees of several pets (dogs and cats), all of whom found great homes and are no longer available for adoption.
Bond County Humane Society depends upon the generosity of those like the Petfinder Foundation and Purina to get our pets into the public domain AND to get them adopted. In the case of each of the pets adopted through the Purina Consider a Shelter Pet Adoption Grant, s/he got a loving, forever home in part due to the $50-off adoption so helpfully provided by this grant. We are grateful that the adoption of these six pets also gave us the ability to help six other homeless pets.
This grant helped six pets and their new families, and also freed up our shelter's resources to save six other pets in their places!
Dear Petfinder Foundation and Purina: Hello, and thank you for asking about the stories of some of the several pets assisted by this grant. One of the pets and her family who were helped by this Purina/Petfinder Foundation grant is a chocolate Lab named Kona. Kona's guardian reports that "she loves to play [and] hugs me every morning ... and gives kisses. She loves to help me bring up food from my freezer. She will also bring in the mail for us." Kona is in training and a very eager learner." The cute first photograph shows the ever-helpful Kona!
Another pet assisted by this PFF/Purina grant is a cat who was renamed Ollie. Ollie shares a home with another cat named Khaleesi and, as you can see in the second photo, the two are inseparable, always grooming each other and just playing or snoozing. As you can see, Ollie played the "Game of (New) Homes" as well as his cat-pal Khaleesi! His guardian, Helen, loves him, as he "fits right into the family."
Yet another family adopted a yellow Lab named Boomer (third photo). They report that they "love having him, and adopting him was easily one of the best moments of 2017! We are thankful to the Humane Society and Purina for having the event. He has become part of the family so easily. Thank you guys for giving our family the perfect addition" in Boomer. That's a bada-boom-bada-bing, slam-dunk adoption for Boomer!
We are happy to report that six pets were adopted thanks to Purina and the Petfinder Foundation's caring, and this is a small sampling of those pets and their families. Thank you, PFF & Purina!
This grant offset part of our adoption fee and may have encouraged adopters to consider shelter pets they would have otherwise overlooked. These fees are used for basic operations in a shelter that struggles to make ends meet.
The offer of dollars toward the adoption fees for these animals encouraged adopters to complete the process on-site and helped free up space in our shelter for more incoming animals. As an open-admission shelter, we are constantly in need of space for animals brought in by law enforcement or the public. Due to our location in a rural county, we have an abundance of cats, and the grant money hopefully encouraged more feline adoptions during the timeframe of the grant offer.
Callie was a middle-aged mixed-breed girl adopted the day of the Better Together Adoption Event at the Soulard Market Park. She had been surrendered due to her owner's inability for continue to care of her; she was somewhat overwhelmed by the shelter environment and was adopted, by an older gentleman looking for a lap dog, within the first half hour of the event! Last I saw, she was happily riding around in his arms as he toured the rest of the event and has reportedly been doing very well in her new home ever since!
To help rebuild the living area for the dogs after a flood.
To purchase building supplies for the living area for the dogs.
Spec, who was just adopted, was able to go back to lounging in his favorite area in the dogs' living space. He was a dog who had certain routines that he did everyday.
The money was used to subsidize the adoption fee for nearly 20 adopters and their new pets.
This grant helped adopters financially. This not only promotes adopting pets, but also helps the adopter put that $50 towards something else their pet will need.
The adopters who benefited from this promotion are now able to put the money Purina provided towards something else their pet will need. This grant helped 18 dogs and cats of the BAHS find their forever homes. Purina and the Petfinder Foundation do such a great job of supporting shelters and rescues. Thank you!
The toys were used with our adoptable dogs.
This helped our adoptable dogs with enrichment.
Hi! I’m Oreo. I am a small Staffordshire terrier and weigh about 30 lbs. Despite my size, I am full of energy and very athletic. I love to go running every morning, play ball, and play with other dogs. When I came to HALO, I was very anxious and frustrated. You see, I am barely a year old, but I’ve already had babies. I was brought into a vet clinic because of complications. The vet took great care of me, but my owners couldn’t pay the bill and surrendered me. Sadly, I lived at the vet clinic for almost three months. I developed stereotypical behavior (I chase my tail) as a way to cope with living in the small cage in the clinic. I became cage-reactive and the vet considered euthanasia. Thankfully, many people at the clinic were in love with me and ask HALO to take me.
I have lived with HALO for several months. No, I am not perfect and still chase my tail when I get frustrated, but I am the sweetest girl around. I love to cuddle in bed and on the couch with my HALO person and I give great kisses. I am vocal when I don’t get my way, I don’t like to share my toys, and I keep everyone on their toes. I love to go on car rides, and I’m actually an excellent passenger. I love to chew on my Kong toy! At this time, I would not do well with kids or cats. I am a dominant dog and, although I play with other dogs, it would be best to be the only dog in the house. If you are an active person but love to hang out on the couch, I am your girl! Please consider giving me a forever home and I give you forever kisses! Meet Oreo: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41297394
Garth: general expenses and care
This grant helps our nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue by sponsoring one of our rescues!
Garth was a stray dog whom people in a neighborhood were feeding. One person eventually took him and dumped him in Moscow. One of the neighbors got upset about that and went and found him. She called us to see if we could take him, but we had no room at that time, so he went on our waiting list. When we got Garth, he was very skinny, heartworm-positive and had a cherry eye. He had surgery on his eye and went through heartworm treatment, so he is now healthy and very happy. Garth is a super sweet dog and he always looks like he is smiling. Garth spent some time in a foster home and his foster mom said, "Garth is a great dog! He has learned his name and is learning to sit and come. He's almost 100% housetrained and is crate-trained. He loves food and likes to see what we are cooking. He has lots of energy and a little mischief. Garth is full of energy so he needs exercise all the time." He needs a 6-ft. fence. His date of birth is July 14, 2015, and he weighs about 40lbs. Garth has been neutered, is microchipped, up-to-date on vaccines, and has been on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. He comes with a 30-day pet health guarantee. His adoption fee is $95 with an approved application. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38964617
Our shelter received a shipment of new Kong toys worth approximately $400.
As a receiving shelter for dogs, we focus on enrichment since we want a dog's stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our supply of Kongs had been very well used, and we were in the process of weeding many out due to wear and tear. This grant replenished our stock and -- thanks to your generosity -- twice-daily Kong enrichment sessions can go on without interruption! Thanks, Petfinder Foundation and Kong!
This is a gift that will give over and over again to hundreds of dogs! But an average of 30 dogs benefit twice a day.
Sweet 2-year-old Angie went home in late March 2018 after being in our program for six months. She had been waiting for the perfect family, and finally they arrived to take her home. The family had to be one that would understand and appreciate her lovely hound-voice, which she used constantly! Happily, they love her and her singing -- and she loves the resident cat as well. Everything worked out just as it should! For Angie, daily enrichment was critical to keeping her happy and balanced during her stay with us. She looked forward with great anticipation to her two daily rounds of goody-filled Kongs!