COVID-19 Operation Grant

Hope Animal Rescues: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical supplies

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

When Covid, hit our donations were gone, our events were cancelled, and this entire year has been very difficult to manage. Your generous donation was used to buy heartworm and flea prevention for all the dogs in our rescue for one month.

How many pets did this grant help?

98

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

Chelsea (first photo) was rescued from a breeding situation and has been waiting for her home in our care. From her Petfinder profile: “Chelsea is a female husky born Oct. 9, 2010. She is much smaller than most huskies and was used as a breeder her whole life. She is shy, but never aggressive, and is starting to like this new life and the attention that comes with it. She walks very nicely on a leash, does not bark a lot, and is just so very sweet.” You can meet Chelsea here.

Due to COVID restrictions and the hit the economy took, our donations were all but gone. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation,
this girl got her heartworm and flea prevention for the month of August along with all the other dogs in our care at that time.
Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Clarion PAWS: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

It was used for spaying/neutering cats and kittens that were trapped, given follow-up medical care, and then kept in our care until adoption.

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

We are in a rural community and cats as well as kittens are frequently dropped off “out in the country” to fend for themselves. During the COVID shutdown, we were one of the few shelters that continued to do spay-and-neuter clinics in the area. Daily, we received calls from people who had kittens or cats dropped off at their farm, etc., that they could not afford to keep or have fixed. This grant allowed us to accept these animals into our shelter and get them fixed and eventually get them adopted rather than leaving them outdoors to reproduce and increase the feral-cat population.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 17

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

Luke, Lester, and Luna were found orphaned on someone’s porch at about 5 days old. We bottle-fed them, had them fixed and vaccinated, and happily watched Luna find her forever home. Luke and Lester are still at PAWS waiting for theirs, but they are the most affectionate and friendly kittens you have ever met. Without this grant, we would have been hard-pressed to find the financing to take them on along with all the other cats we have taken in during kitten season!

Luke can be found here.

Lester is here.

Whatcom Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These grant funds were used to purchase an approximately one month supply of Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet dry foods for shelter dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. This food was provided twice daily to all these shelter animals as their primary nutrition source.

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

This grant was greatly helpful by providing the funds for approximately one month to purchase food for shelter dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. A consistent and healthy diet for all shelter animals is critical in providing the best possible care for these animals until they are adopted into their forever homes. Providing for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals in need is a core principle of the WHS mission statement. This grant allowed WHS to continue our mission for the animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

121

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

Mabel was a beautiful 8-year-old tortoiseshell who arrived as a stray at the WHS domestic animal shelter at the end of May 2020. This sweet girl was missing most of her teeth and because of this, she needed a home without dogs, other cats, or small children, as loud noises and other animals would be too overwhelming for her without her natural ability to defend herself.

With these requirements, Mabel was anticipated to be a more challenging adoption than most. Mabel spent nearly a month at the WHS shelter, patiently awaiting the perfect forever home that would provide just the quiet and comforting environment she needed. With her sweet personality, adorable face, and inclination to be a lap cat, Mabel found her forever family on June 22 and she has since been adopted into a perfect home.

Associated Humane Societies: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to purchase necessary enrichment for the cats and dog during the lockdown where volunteers were not allowed to come in and socialize the animals.

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

We were able to purchase frisbees and clips to hang outside the 160 dog kennels to give them something to do along with treats and peanut butter. We also purchased toys for the cats to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 400

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

“Hello, my name is Rusty. I was surrendered to the shelter by my owners through no fault of my own and I was very sad. I missed them dearly and I did not know why they left me. I was unsure of my new surroundings and the new people at the shelter. At first, I was very shy, but with each day of playing with toys, going on walks and enjoying my chew toys, I was growing more confident! Eventually, after growing to trust the fun people who often played with me and the fun toys, I broke out of my shell and was like a changed dog!”

The enrichment program at our shelter helps scared and shy dogs learn to trust our staff and volunteers every day. The difference that our enrichment program makes in a dog’s personality from their first day at the shelter to their last really helps their anxiety, fearfulness and their ability to trust! Thanks to the recent grant, we have been able to pour more resources into keeping our dogs happy and help them transition to shelter life!

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used to purchase lifesaving core vaccines for the cats and dogs housed in our shelter. We were able to purchase 700 vaccines, which included the canine and feline distemper vaccine (DAPPv and FVRCP) and rabies vaccine.

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

The vaccines purchased with these grant funds are core vaccines vital to the health of any pet. By vaccinating our residents before adoption, we are setting them up for success and a healthy life with their new family. These vaccinations also ensure that the residents do not become ill while in the shelter setting.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Guppy and his brother and sister were found abandoned inside an unoccupied home, with their mother nowhere to be found. At only three weeks old, it seemed that life had dealt him a bad hand, but then he and his siblings were found and brought to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area by a local animal control officer. This allowed this shy but sweet silver kitten to have a chance at survival.

When Guppy reached the appropriate age, he received his core vaccines, including the HCP vaccine, which protects again herpesvirus, calicivirus, and panleukopenia, and the rabies vaccine. Without these core vaccines, Guppy would be susceptible to some of the illnesses and diseases that are most contagious and deadly to felines.

Guppy was adopted at 4 months old and his adopter says he has adjusted well and his personality is really starting to shine. Guppy is happy and healthy thanks to healthy foundation provided by these vaccines.

Woods Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 2020 COVID-19 Operations Grant funds from the Petfinder Foundation were used to provide direct veterinary care for animals in the Woods Humane Society adoption program while they awaited loving homes. The expenses included veterinary services, treatments and supplies needed to perform their spay or neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, wellness exams and any additional treatments. At an average cost of $233.01, the $250 grant covered veterinary care for two animals (one full, one pet’s partial care) in the Woods adoption program during FY 19/20.

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

The limited funding and resources during the pandemic have catapulted us into adapting our adoption program to operate via appointment only. Funding during this challenging time has been crucial for the program. The grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped provide funds for our program and allowed us to focus some of our efforts on obtaining funding for our operations.

Since the onset of the pandemic (through September 1, 2020), we have placed 957 pets for permanent adoption placement. During FY 19/20, we placed 3,168 dogs and cats for adoption. Your grant directly helped prepare two of the animals in the Woods adoption program for permanent placement. We are grateful for the grant from the Petfinder Foundation and for your support for homeless pets.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Tiny is a dog who was in the Woods adoption program during the spring/summer and who benefited from the grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Tiny, a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix, came from our local municipal animal control. The very small senior dog loved being carried around in a blanket “burrito” and benefited from sleepovers with foster parents while in the care of Woods. He received his routine veterinary care as well as a much-needed dental treatment. Tiny’s new pet parent reports that he is settling into his new home nicely, has been going on long walks, and has even been spotted snuggling with the family cat. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for providing care for Tiny!

Animals Deserve Better, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of $250 from the Petfinder Foundation; the funds were used towards the additional care and feeding required for seven puppies who were already placed but could not go to their forever homes due to Covid-19.

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

This grant made it possible for us to care for puppies who normally would not be in our care for months. It enabled us to let their new families know that they did not have to worry, that we were taking care of them and they will still their puppies despite the adopters being out of state or immune-compromised and therefore unable to take in the puppies right away due to the virus.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

This puppy was placed, but the family is out of state; they have an immune-compromised child and the mother is pregnant and in her first trimester, so they cannot travel. We were asked to look after the puppy for them and not to place her elsewhere since they were in love with her, having already come to meet her and gone through our approval process. The puppy still needed to receive her vaccinations and be spayed, and then when the time came for the family to take her home, Covid-19 hit. So the grant helped us take care of this puppy.

R U 4 Me Pet Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The COVID-19 grant was used for pet food and supplies for our rescued cats and kittens. We are an all-foster, all-volunteer (no paid staff) rescue organization and we pay for all food, supplies, and medical expenses for animals in our care. At the beginning of June 2020, we had 147 cats/kittens in our care. During the three-month period from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2020, we took in an additional 123 cats and kittens and were able to find permanent homes for 129 of our rescues. On average, we have approximately 130-150 cats in our care every month, particularly during the months since the start of the pandemic.

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

We received the Petfinder Foundation Covid-19 grant award near the end of May 2020. In June, July and August of 2020, we spent a total of $5,204 on food and supplies, which was roughly only 16% of our overall expenses during the same three-month period (veterinary expenses account for the majority of our costs). With an average cost of $53 per month for food and supplies for one rescued cat or kitten, and an average stay of two to three months in foster, the Petfinder Foundation grant provided food and supplies for six to nine of our 140+ fostered rescues.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

Most of our rescues are strays and many have compromising conditions or injuries upon intake. The story of one recent rescue, Heifer, is, therefore, not unique for us. Heifer, a stray kitten, was hit by a car and brought to us at 11 p.m. one night in late June. He weighed 1.2 lbs. and had two broken legs and an ulcerated eye. We kept him as calm as possible for several weeks until he could be operated on (at a weight of 3 lbs.). Following surgery, he continued in our foster care until the end of August, when he was adopted.

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $750 to pay for two dogs to complete heartworm treatments.

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

We are a very small no-kill animal shelter in the panhandle of Florida. This grant helped us pay for two dogs to have heartworm treatment because they tested positive for high heartworm. Our local vet gave us the price at his cost, which is $388 per dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two adult dogs

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

Chipmunk was a stray who was brought in from Animal Control. He tested high-positive for heartworm. The length of time for heartworm treatment is 90-120 days and the dog really needs a quiet, low-key home in which to recover from the shots. We posted him on our website and a wonderful family from Miami, FL, offered to “foster to adopt” Chipmunk through his treatment and then adopt him. They flew up from Miami and rented a car to take him home!

Purr Nation Cat Alliance: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant received from the Petfinder Foundation is much appreciated! We used the funds to assist in medical expenses as we ramped up our virtual adoptions in the era of COVID-19.

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

With the assistance of the Petfinder Foundation and other funding sources, we’ve seen our virtual adoptions skyrocket in recent months! We’ve been able to rescue more cats and kittens from our local shelters than in any previous year and even assisted in emergency relief work in Louisiana for animals affected by Hurricane Laura. We are also completing significantly more adoptions than we have in the past since pivoting to virtual adoptions during the pandemic. Thank you for your continued support!

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Purr Nation rescued Avocado and Coconut from a local animal shelter. They were only 3-4 weeks old, orphaned, and not able to eat on their own yet. Purr Nation’s medical fosters stepped in to assist these two precious babies in learning to eat on their own and managed some health issues they had (likely from being in the shelter environment).

Within a few weeks, Avocado and Coconut were well on their way to being healthy, adoptable kittens. Sure enough, their foster mom’s online posts about these two cuties sparked the interest of a wonderful potential adopter, and once they were spayed and neutered, they found a loving home with their new cat dad, James! Now known as Truffle and Noodle, respectively, these two have found their “purr-ever” home thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation and Purr Nation Cat Alliance!