COVID-19 Operation Grant

Animal Refuge Center: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This $1,000 grant was used to support food purchases to maintain the proper level and quality of nutrition during the 2020 pandemic.

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

The pandemic caused a decline in general operational funding, which helps to support food purchases. This grant helped soften that blow from a donor base that was itself struggling.

How many pets did this grant help?

On average, 350 pets per month

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

Billie, Banks, and Brianna are just three kittens out of 50 that found ARC during the summer of 2020. So many kittens were either surrendered or orphaned during the middle of the pandemic. While ARC had the room to provide a safety net for many of them, we were struggling with the vast amount of food necessary to feed these three orphans along with the other 350 residents at ARC!

The Petfinder Foundation’s grant helped contribute to ARC’s ability to maintain proper the quality and quantity of life-saving food. This allowed Billie, Banks, and Brianna to flourish and then be placed up for adoption when they were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped!

SPCA of Northern Nevada: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant of $1,000 went into our general operating fund to cover the additional costs associated with operating in a pandemic.

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

One year ago today, the world changed forever, and SPCA-NN did as well.

We had to close our thrift store and adoption center to the public. We moved all pets in our care, except for five cats, into foster homes over three days; temporarily halted all community spay/neuter and vaccine clinics; and developed at-home learning programs to keep our team employed and progressing. Managers had to create new schedules and training and re-prioritize goals. We created strict COVID-19 protocols, which helped prevent a staff infection or outbreak. We created virtual processes for everything from adoptions to fosters, HR tasks, meetings, training, team communications, and more. And all of these tasks cost us money and valuable resources. Your $1,000 grant came at a time when it was really needed, when we had no idea how we were going to move forward.

How many pets did this grant help?

In spite of all the challenges last year threw at us, we were still able to rescue and adopt out more than 1,400 pets in 2020!

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

Howdy! My name is Stan and I am an 8-year-old terrier/collie mix with the boundless energy of a puppy! I love treats — I mean, REALLY love treats. And while they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I will probably do or learn anything for a chunk of a hot dog. Second to treats, I love humans. I love when they scratch behind my ears, give me pets, and tell me I’m a good boy. I am a big kisser, so if you don’t want my licks, then you’ll probably need to train that out of me. I’m great on a leash and love going on walks! Give me exercise and a puzzle treat and afterward, I’ll relax and hang out by your feet. If you have a back yard, even better! I would love to be able to explore and see what treasures lie within the confines of your property!

(Stan was successfully adopted by a new family in 2020!)

A Pathway to Hope: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical care, supplies, boarding costs and transport for 100+ dogs during 2020, when Pathway expanded our rescue efforts during COVID to save more lives through our boarding facility and a new foster base.

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

This grant helped to provide funding for medical care, supplies, boarding costs and transport for the dogs we rescued in 2020 and our expanded rescue efforts.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Mama Frosty was found abandoned with five puppies. Pathway was able to rescue all of them, provide them with the medical care they needed and treat Frosty for heartworm disease, with thanks to our grant from the Petfinder Foundation. All six dogs are now in wonderful homes!

Saving All Paws North Jersey, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

The grant enabled us to spay and neuter our adoptable animals prior to adoption and to keep our adoption fees down.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four kittens

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

This is Storm (first photo) and Bear (second photo), two kittens we were able to spay and neuter using funds from the grant. Both kittens have been adopted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren’t able to get appointments to spay or neuter any of our adoptable cats and kittens through our normal low-cost source. We had to make appointments at a full-cost veterinary office and the grant money helped offset these additional costs.

Spay the Strays, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds received from this grant were used for medical supplies for some of the sick and injured cats and kitten taken into the organization.

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

The grant helped the organization and the cats and kittens in our care by providing them the necessary medical care needed to get the cats and kittens healthy so they could be adopted into their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Gabriella and her sister Georgia came to us from a hording situation and were very thin and full of parasites. The were brought into foster care immediately and had to have medical treatment to get their weight up and to eliminate the parasites. Gabriella has been adopted into a wonderful home and Georgia was adopted with another kitty so she had a buddy. The second photo shows Gabriella when we received her; the second shows her when she went to her forever home. Georgia is in the third photo.

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $500 in funds to purchase crates for our fosters.

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

When our agency closed, we sent all our dogs into foster and so went most of our crates. When the closure lasted for months and dogs kept coming into the agency, we needed additional crates to keep the foster project rolling. It was such a successful test for us to really take our foster program to the next level and send more pets home rather than have them in the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 50

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

Judy Charlie is a pittie mix who came back to the shelter as a stray after being adopted out prior to COVID. This time she tested positive for heartworm, and needed a bit more supportive care behaviorally. We knew the heartworm treatment would be hard for her in the shelter, so we found a foster home for her. Unfortunately, Judy Charlie also had separation anxiety on top of it all and jumped through the front glass window. For her safety, she needed a crate to work on her separation issues. Judy Charlie is now heartworm-free and adopted, and doing great in her new home! Without these funds, we may not have had a crate to give this pup, and she could have returned to the shelter.

Creatures By Theresa: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for surgery for tumor removal and spaying of Riley the rabbit. The Petfinder Foundation gave us more than we ended up needing, so we used the extra funds to neuter another rabbit, Andre (third and fourth photos). He has since found a home.

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

It helped us pay the veterinarian bills for RIley’s spay and tumor removals and we had enough left over to pay for a neuter for Andre to get him a great home. By having the money for these surgeries, we were able to pay for them in full at the time of surgery and did not have to worry about having an unpaid bill with the vet and making payments as we raised money or used other funds for animal care or food.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Riley (first and second photos) had been released to us by a kind lady who caught her after seeing her running around, loose and abandoned. No one claimed her. The lady housed her and cared for her until she found our rescue. Once Riley was in our care, we noticed all these lumps on her belly and we had her checked out at her health exam.

Dr. B. suggested we get her in for surgery and have her spayed, with hopes of reducing some of the lumps by taking away the estrogen. And she would remove the biggest lumps surgically. After surgery, the lumps were sent off for analysis. Riley had an aggressive cancer which was spreading through her mammary glands, so we were in for more surgeries and care.

Riley is still with us today, in our shelter and lump-free. She hasn’t been adopted yet, but she is enjoying her free time with Teagan, a neutered male lionhead mix.

We thank the Petfinder Foundation for the opportunity to help us with the costs and with saving her life.

Mutty Paws Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to save a dog whom we wouldn’t have been able to if it weren’t for the grant. Due to Covid, we were receiving hardly any donations, and the grant allowed us to have him fully vetted.

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

It took a financial burden off of us by allowing funds to be used to replenish our dog food.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Zeus was dumped in the woods because he would not hunt. A good Samaritan found him and asked us to help, but we could not, as we had limited funds due to Covid. The grant made it possible for us to take Zeus in to rescue and fully vet him. He has been adopted into an amazing home.

Forever Love Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were able to purchase low-cost medical supplies, vaccines and microchips to take care of so many of the 600 cats and kittens we have taken in this year!

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

We were able to afford to provide the cats here with the high standard of care that we promise them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

This is S’mores. Her story starts at a mobile-home park where you can find many homeless, underweight, and unfixed cats. Many of them are also sick and many have no form of protection or shelter. One of our wonderful volunteers was able to successfully trap the mother to S’mores and her four littermates. The five kittens were very small for their age due to their mother cat being less than a year old and not producing enough milk.

Over a period of many weeks and with the love and care of one of our amazing foster moms, S’mores, her mother, and her four siblings all became happy, healthy, well-fed, and very trusting of their caretaker.

One by one, S’mores’ siblings were adopted: first her brother, then two sisters to the same home, and then the fourth. Although she was the last, S’mores hit the forever-home jackpot when Angie came along. Angie works in the animal field and already had four Siamese cats of her own. S’mores now sleeps in bed with her human mom every night. She is truly living her happily ever after.

Saving Paws Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The monetary award was used for medical expenses.

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

This grant helped with medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bella, a 6-year-old surrender, came to us a hot mess. She was previously used as a breeder dog, but was no longer useful, so she lived in a basement.

When she came to us, she had a double ear infection, skin infection, urinary-tract infection, and uterine infection. We were able to get her the medical attention to help her heal. We got her current on her vaccines and had her spayed — no more litters for her.

She was nervous and scared when she arrived, but she soon found out what love and a soft bed were. Her foster family ended up adopting her.