Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
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!
We received the KONG toy grant.
This grant helped 100 dogs in our program have KONGs in their kennels to keep them occupied.
We stuff and freeze to allow maximum activity time. Radar is a high-energy pittie who required a lot of exercise and crate toys. He loved his stuffed Kongs! He has now found his forever home!
The medical care of an emergency intake named Hank with severe mange and infection covering his entire body
The grant allowed us to treat Hank's medical condition, which amounted to more than $1,200 in veterinary bills, without compromising the medical care of the other dogs in rescue.
Hank came into rescue one night as an emergency intake. He was covered in mange and infection and living in an abusive home that refused to provide him with basic medical care. He was rushed to the ER vet, where he received a medicated bath and much-needed medications to treat his red, infected, and itchy skin. He continued receiving medical care over several months until he was healed and well enough to find a forever home to call his own. He has been adopted and is living a wonderful life where his every need will be provided for.
Ryder has come a long way. He has overcome heartworm, multiple surgeries, separation anxiety, and PTSD and has turned into such a wonderful dog.
Ryder was found in Cleveland, O, his mouth and four legs duct-taped together. He'd been abandoned with no water, food, or tags -- and a gaping wound on his face. Ryder has spent the last year recuperating and healing from his heartworm, facial injuries, emotional scars and PTSD, and yet he wags his tail and is as happy as can be. Ryder has been assessed by Dr. Joe as well as our behaviorist and passed with flying colors. This handsome boy is one amazing canine, who is so resilient and is looking for that one furever home to call his own. He is almost 3 years old and has so much love to give. He just loves to be with you for long walks and drives in the car, be your shadow in the house and just be your very best friend. Ryder is good with cats, children and dogs with proper introductions. He is an overall paw-some dog who is looking for that special home with a special family! Meet Ryder: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39450468