COVID-19 Operation Grant

Logan County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to lower adoption fees for 10 animals in our care who were having difficulty getting attention. We are so grateful for this grant.

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

Covid-19 has put a huge strain on our shelter. We have had to change everything about the way we do business with our adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Baby Girl was so special to us, but she was having a difficult time finding her soulmate. We were able to reduce her adoption fee to $47 and she found her new home. We have recently gotten an update on her and she is doing well in her new home and is so loved.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from the Petfinder Foundation COVID-19 Operation Grant were used to help offset the care of one of our heartworm-positive dogs who arrived at our shelter right around the time when the pandemic began this past spring. Heartworm treatment can be extremely costly, upwards of $1,000 per dog, and we had three dogs in total who arrived at the same time with this condition. The $500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped us to cover half the cost of treatment for one dog by the name of Honey.

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

This past spring, when we shut down due to state regulations, we halted adoptions, events, and all of our service areas such as our veterinary clinic and our boarding, grooming, and daycare. These service areas help bring in essential revenue that supports our shelter operations. Without this income, we would struggle to stay open and save as many animals as we do. The closure this past spring was a challenge for us as it left a gap in our annual budget in terms of the revenue we would normally bring in during this time. This made covering extenuating medical conditions of our shelter animals (such as heartworm disease, which is extremely costly) more difficult. This grant helped to offset the cost of treatment, which was hugely beneficial during this difficult time.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped provide heartworm treatment to one dog.

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

Honey arrived to our shelter this past spring from a high-[intake] Louisiana shelter just before COVID-19 hit. The small shelter she was admitted to in Louisiana did not have the resources to treat heartworm, and Honey would have been euthanized otherwise. She was brought to our shelter and, shortly after she arrived, COVID-19 hit, requiring us to quickly find foster homes for all of our animals, which we did.

We found a wonderful foster home for Honey, where she began heartworm treatment. The $500 grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped to cover this treatment, which eased the financial burden we faced while we were closed during COVID-19. Honey successfully completed her treatment and went on to be adopted by her foster family. She is now living her best life in her new home and her adoptive mom adores her. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its support in her treatment and adoption!

Walk Me Home Rescue Group: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We pride ourselves on knowing that we are one of the few rescues that will not turn away dogs due to age or illness. The monies were used towards the medical care, treatment and recovery of two dogs rescued from local shelters.

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

Walk Me Home Rescue Group was excited to receive the Petfinder Foundation grant and be recognized for our efforts in bringing the community together to make a difference and help those without a voice. The grant aided us with our continued goals of clearing the shelters during these tumultuous times. Athena was rescued from the South L.A. Animal Shelter, where she was being overlooked due to her various medical conditions (respiratory problems, open wounds, a skin condition, nasal/ocular discharge, a really bad cough, awful blood work). Marcel was also rescued from the South L.A. Animal Shelter, where he had kennel cough, major ear infections, teeth that needed cleaning and rotten teeth that needed to be extracted; he also needed to be neutered.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

The two dogs have both been adopted. Marcel, now Charlie (first four photos), has been adopted by previous WMHRG adopters. Woo hoo! They adopted Gogo a few years ago and they had been looking to add to the family. This adoption is proof that shelter dogs can be the best! Some people think shelter dogs are flawed or something must be wrong with them, or why else would they be discarded/surrendered to the shelter? Well, Charlie is a prime example that there are plenty of perfect dogs waiting in the shelter for loving and responsible families.

Marcel, a tiny little poodle mix, was rescued from the South Los Angeles Shelter. All he needed was a dental and neuter to get him set for an amazing future. His foster and new family have both said that Charlie (Marcel) IS THE PERFECT DOG!

Let’s get straight to what his family has said about Charlie joining the fam: “We adore having Charlie as part of our family. He is a perfect blend of energy and calm. He sits/sleeps next to Dad when he’s working. We initially thought he wouldn’t be a walker, but he goes on two-mile walks with GoGo like a champ. Though he is only 6.5 lbs., he thinks he can take on any dog not in our ‘pack,’ from little dogs to dogs 10 times his size. He and GoGo have become friends and adapted well with each other. The kids like to cuddle with him on the couch. He likes riding shotgun with Dad to get puppacinos. Oh, and we have taught him to shake! Two more fun facts: He can sleep in any room, on any surface. He likes belly rubs on the couch, which usually make him fall asleep in that
position.” Congratulations Charlie, Gogo and Family!

Athena, now Little Barbara (bottom four photos), came to us in July from the South L.A. Animal Shelter. She was in rough shape, with so many things wrong with her. She had respiratory problems, open wounds, a skin condition, nasal/ocular discharge, a really bad cough, and awful blood work. Needless to say, she had a long road ahead of her. But the sweet, well-mannered, silly girl had a will to survive, and survive she did.

She waited patiently to overcome her medical challenges, and in the process she hoped to find a family of her own. We had set up a meet-and-greet for a different dog and Athena tagged along. This is where she caught the eye of our amazing adopters. Lo and behold, she was exactly what they were looking for. I guess things work out just the way they are meant to.

This is what her family has to say about her now: “The moment we laid eyes on this pint-sized weirdo, we knew she was our dog! From her silly, spiky crew cut to her sideways grin, Little Barbara is a true one-of-a-kind. She is literally the easiest dog ever: always happy, always wiggly when she sees us in the morning, and always excited to tag along on all of our adventures.

“We are truly smitten with this 8-lb. cutie, and as her comfort level grows with every passing week, we discover new and mind-blowing personality quirks — like if you say the word ‘buns’ to her, she gets so excited, she starts to sneeze! Thank you, thank you, Walk Me Home! We absolutely love LB and we are so super grateful to have her in our lives!”

We want to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us a 2020 Covid-19 grant to continue helping shelter dogs like Marcel and Athena. Thank you for your continued support and confidence in our rescue.

Chasin Tail Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to pay vet bills and for foster care for Roscoe.

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

Roscoe would not have been able to be pulled and would likely have been euthanized.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Roscoe is a sweet, dog-, cat- and kid-friendly 5-year-old American Staffordshire terrier who would love to find his forever home! Roscoe has thrived in foster and is doing well in foster care. He has several applications but likely will be adopted by the foster.

Kitty and K-9 Connection: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Leonie’s care

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

The $250 grant was beneficial in ensuring that Leonie received all the medical care she required.

How many pets did this grant help?

One: Leonie’s total bill was $907.

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

In February of 2020, an adult tortoiseshell kitty came into Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center with an open wound and missing the tips of her ears. Little did this sweet and loving kitty know, but her life was about to change! Due to the nature of her injuries and the shelter’s limited ability to care for her medical needs, Kitty and K9 Connection was called for a possible rescue. After meeting this darling girl and assessing her sweet nature in spite of her injuries, Kitty and K9 Connection gladly accepted her into rescue, and gave her the name Leonie.

A thorough examination by our veterinary staff yielded a possible explanation for her injuries. Previous outdoor temperatures had been well below zero, and it appeared the tips of her ears had been frostbitten and the dead tissue had fallen off, and while she may have been seeking warmth in a vehicle’s engine or from an exhaust pipe, she had suffered a burn on the back of her neck.

Outdoors in Alaska is no place for a house cat, and after her people had failed her and left her to fend for herself outdoors, she had been trying to survive.

Clinic staff were also impressed by her sweet nature, tolerance to pain, and her easy acceptance of being probed, poked, and examined. Medication was prescribed, and thus began her long process of healing in her foster home. She was given her own room to reduce her stress, help her heal, and make sure she received her medication and adequate nutrition. Leonie soon grew bored with that idea and integrated into shared space with the other foster pets. She continued to heal, received her vaccinations, and was finally medically cleared for adoption.

Fast forward six months and Leonie was at Petco, where Kitty and K9 Connection houses some of our adoptable kitties, waiting to meet her forever family. She gets along well with other kitties and is loving, affectionate, and snuggly with people. A young couple saw and inquired about adoption. They met her and fell in love.

Leonie is finally in her forever home with two other kitty siblings. She is happy, loved, and safe, and will never have to struggle to survive outdoors or go hungry again, thanks to support from funders, donors, and our volunteers. From the kind kennel technicians at Anchorage Animal Care and Control, to our veterinary staff, our funders, volunteers, and adopters, Leonie has shown it takes a village to save an animal!

Animal House Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical expenses

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

It helped offset the medical expenses we incurred during this time.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sweet Forrest was abandoned and alone, found as a stray on the streets. While Forrest was on on stray hold, Animal Control realized he did not walk properly. He needed a rescue or his future would be uncertain. AHS stepped up to help this sweet boy! When Forrest was seen by our vets, they discovered that he needed not one, but two, hip-replacement surgeries! Each surgery cost $1,100.

Massena Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant funds were used for spay/neuter efforts.

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

This grant helped our organization to rehome dogs and cats by helping us with funds needed to spay and neuter our animals. Our veterinary expenses increased greatly during the Covid shutdown due to needing to outsource veterinary care temporarily.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 20 animals.

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

Benzz was adopted on Nov. 14, 2020. From his Petfinder profile: “Benzz is an adorable 3-month-old blue heeler mix. He is a bouncy, playful little guy! Benzz is still just a baby, so with training and patience he should adjust well to other pets, as well as children.” This grant helped with his neuter expenses and helped us place him in a wonderful home in Cananda! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

With Love for the Animals: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

A sick puppy’s vet bill

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

Donations and adoptions have been slow with the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to pay for a puppy’s vet bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Amelia was rescued from a very bad situation. She arrived at the rescue very sick with hookworm and malnourished. The puppy was nursed back to health and the grant was able to pay for her vet bills. She has since been adopted by a loving family.

Meow Cat Rescue WV: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Meow Cat Rescue WV used the Covid-19 Operation Grant funds to help purchase flea medications for the cats and kittens in our program.

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

Flea medications are an integral part of our standard-of-care process and can be costly. These funds helped offset that cost.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

We took in two adult cats on Aug. 18, 2020, who were being surrendered by the family of a former adopter due to the death of the adopter. Sweetheart was originally adopted from us in 2012. Gizmo was another cat in the same household and we couldn’t leave him behind. The family had done the best they could do, but the cats definitely needed those flea meds! They were actually adopted together on Sept. 27, 2020, and are living the dream now.

Feline/Canine Friends: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our grant funds to buy food for the shelter. We did not pay for our food until February, as it had been supplied to us by Rescue Pack, Illinois. When Covid-19 hit, Rescue Pack lost its supply of cat food and we had to start paying for this expense, one that we had not budgeted for! We are so grateful for this grant, as it has greatly helped us through these unexpected times.

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

This grant helped us to pay for our unexpected expense of food that had previously been provided to our shelter for free. Because we were able to cover some of this expense, we were able to continue to take in some cats and provide them with necessary medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We feed 100 cats, and it provided food for all of them.

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

We were able to take in Coconut, a critically sick kitten. For three weeks, we did not think that he was going to pull through. When he came in, he was so infested with fleas and maggots that he had lost most of his fur. He was extremely anemic and suffered from malnutrition. He could not eat on his own and required us to syringe-feed him.

After three weeks, he started to respond to treatment and gradually made improvements. When he started to play, at 6 weeks, we knew he was going to make it, and we promised him that we would find him a loving, forever home! His adopter tells us, “He is an amazing little soul.”

After eight weeks of treatment, Coconut was adopted! We would not have been able to help him during Covid-19, with our depleted budget, if we had not had help from those like the Petfinder Foundation!