A huge thank you to all the many shelters and rescues who are applying for grants, with their wonderful stories and photos of the abandoned pets they are helping go from homeless to adopted! Since we can’t publish them all, we’re just sharing the grant recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s our 2nd recipient…
Congratulations to the 2nd $1,000 grant recipient from the 2013 Adopt-a-Pet.com Happy Beginnings Fund! Here’s how this grant will help their adoptions program create more Happy Beginnings for homeless pets… like the Rita & Sushi, don’t miss the photos at the end!
Mutts N Stuff Small Dog Rescue – Cats In Tow Program
- Describe how a $1,000 grant will help your adoptions program create more Happy Beginnings for homeless pets:
We have found a niche adopting older pets – 5 to 12 years old; in addition to owner release we have taken senior cats from the Orange County Animal Care Center, East Valley Shelter and Agora, all in California. At this age, having teeth cleaned and/or a blood panel can make all the difference in making a senior cat more attractive for adoption. Many times an adopter has lost an older pet that cost them a lot of vetting and they are afraid to get their heart and wallet broken again. We could clean teeth or do a blood panel and make this cat a real contender for adoption!
- Tell us your favorite “Happy Beginnings” story about a pet you adopted into a loving home!
We took in two 12-year old cats from East Valley Shelter, one named Rita, a lynx point Siamese and one named Sushi, a long-haired Siamese/Persian mix. Because of their age the condition they arrived in, they were overlooked by the public and finally scheduled for euthanasia.
We took them into our PetSmart Brea Cat Adoption Center because they had done well in a cage and were volunteer favorites. Rita seemed pretty calm but Sushi was overly thin and bony. Both quickly ate a can of wet food each!
We took Sushi to the vet and ran a blood panel and had her teeth checked. She suffered from the affects of starvation but good food and care could counteract it. By her teeth she was actually 6 years old–that’s a 6 year difference!
We were very upfront with potential adopters; had their vet records available; and our own recommendations of what would help make them healthier. Within a week, both cats found loving, caring homes. Rita went to a couple where she would be a buddy to a 9-year old who lost his lifetime friend. Their vet confirmed she was really 12 and they had blood work and her teeth cleaned and she was healthy. Sushi went to a caring woman who was going to nurse her back to health and a good weight. Just what she needed to survive her ordeal successfully! Both overlooked in the shelter, these cats found homes not heaven in our rescue!
To learn more about Purina’s support of animal welfare organizations around the U.S., and to see if you are eligible, visit www.purinashelterchampions.com