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Vanderburgh Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to help pay our utilities during this unprecedented time of closure, financial hardship, and uncertainty.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped keep the lights and HVAC on so our animals remained comfortable while we were closed due to the pandemic.

How many pets did this grant help?

168

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Snoopy is an 11-year-old female black Lab mix. She was one of the dogs who did not get adopted or fostered prior to us closing, so she “waited out” the quarantine in the shelter. Grants like this one helped keep us going when our public support was reduced by more than 50%! You can meet Snoopy here.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will provide approximately six months worth of prescription food and medication for Whitman, a senior cat, in his new home.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Whitman was adopted on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2019, after 440 days in our care. Being able to offer his new family this safety net was an added perk that solidified their commitment to his lifelong care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Whitman spent 440 days with the VHS. He came in with a very angry, red, itchy face and eyes. He constantly scratched, even finding ways to scratch around his E-collar, and eventually had to have an eye removed from infection. We spent several months trying to determine the cause of his allergies using trial and error, and he visited a dermatologist in July. We finally found the right combination that worked for him, and had to give it a few weeks to work. He was available for adoption most of that time, but not as visible as many of our other cats because he lived in our Spay & Neuter Clinic under close supervision. Finally, someone adopted him on Dec. 29. She was on board with his extra lifelong expense even before we were able to let her know that, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, the first six months were covered!

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money will be used to pay for installation of donated turf in our dog play yards. This project took longer than anticipated due to us having to wait for donated rock (to spread under the turf) and then getting onto the landscaper’s schedule for turf installation, which is often weather-dependent. It should be completed within two to three weeks, since we have already been on their schedule for a couple of weeks as of today.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This turf will increase the quality of life for the dogs, who won’t have to potty on just rock anymore, and will help with the overall aesthetic and maintenance of our dog yards. It will provide a more positive experience to adopters and save staff time spent weed-whacking and grading rock.

How many pets did this grant help?

950

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The turf has not been completed yet. After it is, I will gladly send some photos and videos of dogs playing on it! I have attached a photo of Isabella, shown standing on our bare dirt/gravel yards right now (first photo). There is also a photo of our dog yards taken a few months ago, and some dogs in playgroups in the yards in their current state.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Purchasing Feliway diffusers and refills for shelter-cat enrichment.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We have to purchase Feliway out-of-pocket almost 100% of the time — it’s not something we have a lot of success getting donated by our volunteers or the public. So having funding for Feliway is truly lifesaving in terms of opening up much-needed money in other areas.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 1,800 — the average number of cats we take in each year, and this is a year’s supply of Feliway.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lemur is a female brown-and-orange torbie originally surrendered to the Vanderburgh Humane Society with her four kittens. Her babies have all been adopted, but of course adult moms are typically left behind a lot longer, so she is seeking a home of her very own! Lemur is about 2 years old. She currently lives at River Kitty Cat Café, which is the very first cat café in southwestern Indiana and has successfully adopted out more than 150 VHS cats to date. With the constant reintroduction of new cats into a communal living space, Feliway really helps make the transition easy on everyone. Lemur was a little petulant at the beginning of her time at River Kitty, but with an adjustment period and with a Feliway diffuser constantly in use, she is now doing very well! Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity, we were able to purchase enough Feliway for each of our cat rooms for a year. Lemur hopes that someone will fall in love with her on their next café visit and make her a permanent part of their own family. Meet Lemur: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42049896

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for the care and adoption of Cannon Ball, a senior cat.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of a senior cat’s dental, neuter, and routine medical care. It will free up other unrestricted money to help more pets in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cannon Ball was a needy kitty who had all the odds against him in terms of adoptability: He was older and extremely shy. After his dental procedure was completed, we posted him on social media and he was adopted the next day! Receiving these funds helped us to recoup the cost of his dental, neuter, and routine medical care while he waited on a home.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used for canine enrichment.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It provided our shelter dogs with enrichment while they wait for new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 30 so far. The Kongs can be reused with future dogs as well.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Maybelle has been with us longer than any of our dogs. She’s a wonderfully sweet girl and likely gets overlooked a lot because of her age. She was immediately interested in her new Kong and, even though she didn’t chew on it right away, I’m sure she will once we fill it with yummy peanut butter! Having durable toys that she can chew on or play with will make her stay here more comfortable and hopefully make her stand out and look more endearing to potential adopters, too. There are three pictures of her with her Kong included! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41368821