COVID-19 Operation Grant

Second Chance Pets: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Second Chance Pets is very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us a COVID-19 Operation Grant of $1,000. These funds have been fully utilized for veterinary care, specifically spay/neuter surgeries for some of the many kittens and cats that have come into our foster-care program during the pandemic.

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

Our foster-based rescue organization was impacted by COVID-19 in multiple ways, including the cancellation of our annual fundraising event, reduction in donations due to supporters being furloughed, suspension of Petco adoption events during lockdown, and temporary closure of the low-cost spay/neuter clinic we rely on for sterilization of all of the cats and kittens in our foster-care program. The latter caused us to have to utilize alternate vet clinics that were still performing elective surgery (charging about 40% more for feline sterilization than the low-cost clinic) in order to avoid a surgery backlog during kitten season.

The generous grant award from the Petfinder Foundation was a much-appreciated source of funds to help offset the higher spay/neuter expenses while our dedicated volunteers continued working hard to save the lives of pets on the streets and in local shelters during the pandemic. All of our adoptable foster pets are showcased on Petfinder and we truly value this partnership.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Flint (first photo) was abandoned by his former owner and impounded at a crowded high-volume shelter. When the local COVID-19 shutdown was looming in March, the shelter put out pleas to rescue groups to pull more animals, as they had to downsize due to a reduction in on-site staff. SCP stepped in and rescued a number of cats and kittens, including Flint — who caught the eye of our cat-intake coordinator when Flint demonstrated his cuddling skills and loud purr motor.

All of the SCP cat ladies celebrated when Flint was adopted in May, but sadly, he and the adopter’s other cat didn’t get along, so he just recently came back into SCP foster care and is once again looking for his true forever home. Flint is a handsome, cool cat and hopes to find a new family soon. You can meet him here.

Scott and Cottonelle (second photo) are darling sibling kittens who were rescued in March from the same high-volume shelter, and yes, they were named for toilet paper brands, which seemed fitting during the TP shortage! They are very bonded to each other, so we were thrilled when they were adopted together in May by a loving family who drove all the way from Fort Worth to Houston to adopt the pair after seeing them on Petfinder and falling in love from afar.

Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (WAG Rescue): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for vet expenses incurred on two specific dogs that we pulled from area shelters: Bonnie, a 4-year-old American bulldog mix, and Reba, a 12-year-old terrier mix. Both of these dogs had significant health issues and were at risk of euthanasia.

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant, we were able to pull two dogs who were being overlooked in their shelter environment due to major health issues and age. Without this very timely grant, we would have been hard-pressed to take on dogs like this who required special medical attention.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two: Both dogs had health issues that required surgery.

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

Sweet Reba (first three photos) found herself at a local shelter at the age of 12. She also had a mammary tumor and that, in conjunction with her advanced age, made adoption from the shelter unlikely. WAG Rescue was able to take her in and get the tumor removed. Fortunately, it was benign.

After her recovery, Reba was adopted into the most perfect forever home with a previous WAG Rescue adopter. Reba has a loving home and dog buddies to keep her young and active.

Bonnie (last three photos) tugged at our heartstrings and we just had to pull her from a local shelter. She had been overlooked for way too long. She had entropion, an eye condition that would require surgery after evaluation by one of our vets. This condition, where the eyelids turn in, is very painful and, if left untreated, can affect a dog’s vision. Bonnie was in need of corrective surgery on both eyes. Additionally, Bonnie had a serious ear infection in both ears that needed immediate attention.

WAG Rescue was able to give her the specialized eye surgery and medications for her ear infections and provide her with a quiet and safe place to recover at our dog refuge. Happily, as Bonnie gradually recovered, her sweet nature began to emerge. She finally felt good for a change.

Bonnie was recently adopted into a wonderful home where she is living the good life in excellent health. You can see Bonnie getting an adoring hug from her new mom in the fourth photo.

Jefferson County Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased toys to help alleviate boredom during the Covid-19 shutdown.

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

This grant provided the shelter the means to purchase interactive toys for dogs and cats both. It provided entertainment and mental stimulation to the animals, both of which were missing in the absence of volunteers and potential adopters. This in turn cuts down on kennel aggression in the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

As these toys will last for some time, the pets helped are innumerable.

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

Connor was SO happy with his heavy-duty Kong filled with peanut butter! Connor had wandered away from home and ended up at the shelter. It was a very confusing time for him, but the Kong helped to keep his mind busy until his owner came for him.

Second Chance Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Petfinder Foundation grant funds to care for 10 kittens who came in motherless and homeless during the pandemic. This year’s kitten intake has been much higher since spay and neuter surgeries were on hold in Colorado due to a lack of personal protective equipment.

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

We were able to cover the kittens’ vaccines, dewormer, antibiotics, and food. Since we had to cancel our biggest fundraiser of the year due to the pandemic, every grant and donation has been more important than ever.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

The kittens came in with coccidiosis, an intestinal-tract infection caused by a one-celled organism called coccidia. It can cause diarrhea. The kittens also had terrible upper-respiratory infections, but we were able to isolate them and treat them with the funds from this grant.

Three of the kittens have been adopted, and three are left: Butch Catsidy, Bradd Kitt, and Cat Damon. You can meet all three of them here.

Gardenia E Janssen Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Foster supplies: puppy and kitten formula, bottles, heating pads, food, pads, play pens, puppy pads, litter, toys and heartbeat companions.

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

We’ve taken in more than 300 kittens and 100 puppies in 2020, from two days old to six months old. Up to 50 kittens and puppies were in foster at one time, and this grant allowed us to buy the products necessary to supply fosters with all the necessary supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Woody, Ginger and Coco (first photo) were surrendered to us emaciated, covered in fleas, and scared to death. We could see the potential in these babies and as soon as we could get them fed, bathed, and vetted, we moved them to a foster. We supplied the foster with all she needed to help these babies feel better, feel safe, and start to come out of their shells. With time, patience and love, she was successful in helping them overcome their fears and learn to trust and bond with humans.

We are a small rural shelter and work with rescue partners all over the country. The hardest part for a foster is letting go. These three puppies were tagged by a rescue and remained in foster for three weeks until transport. These little dolls were adopted before they even left Texas!

All of the kits and pups included in these photos have been adopted! This grant truly helped us save lives this kitten/puppy season, and we are grateful!

Shadow Husky Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $250 grant from the Petfinder Foundation for COVID-19 relief went towards one husky who was rescued on June 3, 2020. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and the grant funding went towards her medical expenses and treatment.

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

Using the COVID-19 relief grant toward Penelope’s medical costs helps us allocate other funds to more huskies in need of care during the pandemic, as dogs are still being dumped in the shelters and surrendered daily.

How many pets did this grant help?

One directly and 30 indirectly

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

Penelope was rescued from the Carson shelter on June 3, 2020. She was brought to the shelter with another husky whom we believe to be her daughter or sister, but we weren’t able to get them both the same day. We rescued Cookie a few days later and they were reunited at their foster home. It was found that Penelope had pneumonia and she was taken to multiple vets to receive the proper treatment. Penelope and Cookie were just recently adopted by a great family where they will stay together forever!

Pitt County Animal Services: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

All of these funds were spent on veterinarian bills. Beginning on March 16, we began getting all shelter animals into foster homes and, as we had to take in new animals, continued placing them with fosters.

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

It assisted us in being able to place animals who came into our care and custody into foster homes by being able to treat medical conditions instead of euthanizing them simply due to lack of funds to treat and care for them. We are happy to report that all animals treated and placed with fosters were able to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six dogs and several kittens

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

Two puppies came in with severe mange. We were able to begin starting their treatment and successfully adopted them into homes! Without this grant and being able to begin treatment, the puppies would have been very uncomfortable and would have deteriorated and been harder to place into homes.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide medical care and food for 13 puppies rescued through Little Shelter’s Passage to Freedom Program from Puerto Rico.

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

The grant provided much-needed funding to vaccinate, medicate, spay/neuter, microchip, and care for 13 puppies. Each puppy needed medical care prior to being adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

13

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

Katz (first photo) was one of the 13 puppies who were rescued from Puerto Rico and arrived on March 13, 2020, as the pandemic was making its way to New York. Little Shelter was happy that they were able to make the trip from Puerto Rico and were grateful they were in our care and safe.

Katz was one of a litter of seven. She was the smallest of the bunch, a little black-and-white pup who loved to play with her littermates. Katz was timid, but very sweet and loving. Once the puppies were ready for adoption, Katz was the first to be scooped up. Katz’s family renamed her Sally and helped her grow into a confident, loving member of the family.

Sally’s family brought her back to Little Shelter to be spayed. While they were here, they saw her sister Kiomy being walked by a staff member. The family was very interested in adopting Kiomy and came back to fill out an adoption application form once she was available. The reunion of the two sisters was priceless! The family adopted Kiomy and renamed her Phoebe. Phoebe and Sally now spend their days playing, sleeping, and getting into mischief. None of this would have been possible without the help from the Petfinder Foundation.

The second photo shows the two sisters taking a break from playing.

Second Chance Animal Alliance: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To assist with spay/neuter and other transport preparation-related costs.

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

We have partnered with a local vet school for free spay/neuters monthly. We normally take around 15 animals per month (during school semesters) for this service. COVID restrictions closed the school and of course ended this program from March to present. So we’ve been covering the costs of these spay/neuters along with the other costs needed to ready an animal for transport to rescues up north. This grant helped us with these costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three: Merle, Blossom, and Tinkerbell

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

We received several calls about a mom dog and puppies who were severely neglected by their owner. We brought the mom dog, whom we named Blossom, and her six puppies to the shelter. Blossom was very malnourished and had been shot. Somehow it was a clean shot in and out under her spine; she was very lucky to still be walking. She and the puppies were covered in fleas and ticks, and one puppy did not survive the first night.

Blossom was treated for her wounds and ailments, and all of them spent about a month with us recovering. Then they were all prepped for transport and left for new lives with Saving Grace Animal Rescue in Maryland. This rescue is completely foster-based, so while all of them may not yet have forever homes, they are getting to live in homes while awaiting adoption.

Several of the puppies have been adopted already. Blossom has been renamed Dixie Rose and has come out of her shell, according to her fosters in Maryland.

The Four Legged Ranch: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Much needed medical care:
Anitbiotics and other prescribed medications
Special shampoo and conditioner
Special diet/prescription food

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

Rescue takes a village — and we are blessed to have the Petfinder Foundation in the Four Legged Ranch village! The wonderful grant provided by your foundation gave us the opportunity to help and heal an amazing pit bull named Nanny.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nanny, a 3-year-old pit bull

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

Sweet Nanny, scared and running the streets, was picked up and taken to a local shelter. We heard about her through a local network for dogs at risk. When we heard the plea from a local shelter, we went to meet her and knew in a moment that we needed to step up for her. It did not take us long to know that we needed her as much as she needed us. Despite her severe skin infection, her personality and spirit were inspiring.

Today, because of your generous donation, Nanny is physically healed: She no longer itches and her sores are gone — and no more pain! She now wears her “new” fur coat like a true queen! Thank you for believing, like us, in second chances for the ones with fur! You can meet Nanny here.