Serenity Pet Shelter Society, operating out of Sylvan Lake and area, received a $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation.
The grant was used to waive the adoption fees for five animals who had been residing in Serenity’s foster family system.
“The money from the grant went to support three of our adult dogs and two of our adult cats who had been in foster care for a long period of time – more than six months for the cats and the dogs, some were over a year – it’s hard to adopt out adult pets because people are looking for puppies and kittens,” explained Nicole Mooney with Serenity Pet Shelter. “So we were able to waive adoption fees for five wonderful families who we work with often and will be able to provide safe and loving homes for these animals.”
The Petfinder Foundation assists the more than 12,000 animal shelters and rescue groups to post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Mooney added Serenity Pet Shelter Society has only been a member of www.petfinder.com for a few months now but has quite enjoyed being apart of the online community, adding it’s been instrumental in the adoption of a number of their rescued and surrendered pets.
“Because people from all over North America can see the animals we have for adoption on www.petfinder.com, people from as far away as Calgary and Northern Alberta have adopted animals from our foster care system,” explained Mooney.
The grant was received thanks to a partnership between Petfinder and Orvis, a retail and mail-order business specializing in sporting goods. One of the company’s initiatives is aimed at dog rescue, and “The Orvis Commitment” has matched donations from the public, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000 per year for a total contribution to the Petfinder Foundation of over $240,000 since the partnership began.
For more information on adoptable animals in the Serenity Pet Shelter Society’s foster care system, visit www.petfinder.com or contact Nicole Mooney at 403 598 7105.