COVID-19 Operation Grant

Healing Hearts Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds donated from the Petfinder Foundation were spent on livestock animal feed such as hay, senior feed, grain and special-needs feed.

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

This grant was beneficial and essential in feeding our animals, specifically in a time when funding was unreliable. Our organization spends roughly $5,000-7,000 a month on feed costs, and this grant supplied roughly 10% of our budget for the month.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 100 animals being cared for at Healing Hearts

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

Tessa is longtime resident of Healing Hearts who, with a baby at her side, overcame tremendous neglect. She was barely able to stand the day she arrived, yet she nursed her sweet colt with everything she could offer. Because of her severe neglect, Tessa has suffered with abscesses in her hooves on and off over the last six years. She sees our farrier and vets on a regular basis to keep her healthy and as pain-free as possible. Thanks to our Petfinder Foundation grant, Tessa was supplied hay, grain and senior feed, which are so essential to her continuum of care at Healing Hearts. Tessa is still available for adoption! You can meet her here.

Tabby Tales Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay/neuter and vetting of cats for adoption.

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

This was a tremendous help to us as we had expected to send many cats on transport that had to remain in our care due to COVID-19. We are so thankful to have had these additional funds for our cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

The Golden Girls litter — Rose (first photo), Stanley, Dorothy and Sophia — was able to be fully vetted, including spay/neuter, thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant. They were all adopted into amazing homes and all have additional feline friends.

Houston SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used these funds for additional cleaning products and other unanticipated supplies which arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we purchased disinfectant, face masks, gowns, and shoe coverings.

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

While we initially “cleared the shelter” in March, our 24/7 injured-animal rescue ambulance reports are up by 43%. In April 2020, we received 400 cats by ambulance, more than double our busiest month ever. Our average is 134 per month, and the highest number ever recorded was 189 cats in a month.

Animal-cruelty investigators are protecting the most vulnerable victims of abuse and neglect. We have seen a 31% increase in cases. Since mid-March, there have been 187 cases of animal abandonment alone.

It is critical now more than ever that Houston SPCA maintains a safe and clean environment for the 5,127 animals in our care (from May 1 through July 23, 2020), the staff who care for them, and the families that are adopting them. The Petfinder Foundation helped us enhance our safety procedures as recommended by the CDC.

How many pets did this grant help?

5,127

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

Houston SPCA rescued Shawna, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix, from an animal-hoarding situation. She was heartworm-positive, covered in mange, and had a skin infection as well as dental issues. Shawna spent a few weeks in the Houston SPCA Medical Center receiving treatment. With this grant, we were able to purchase disinfectant, face masks, gowns, and shoe coverings to ensure that our staff could safely care for Shawna and all of the animals on campus and those who adopt them.

Once she was healthy enough to recuperate outside of the Medical Center, Shawna spent two months with a foster mom. During this time, Shawna made many friends, both furry and human. She met her new best pal, Buddy, a German shepherd who lived a few doors down. During a visit to her pal’s home, Buddy’s human grandmother fell in love with Shawna. She adopted Shawna, renamed her Selene, and Selene is now undergoing heartworm treatment in her new home. Buddy visits with Selene whenever he gets the chance to do so.

The Fauna Foundation: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Paid for cat carriers, cat beds, examinations of cats pre-adoption, exam of dog pre-adoption, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer dispensers, microchip for a cat pre-adoption, grooming of a cat pre-adoption, and a cat tower for a cat who would need a high space.

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

We were able to get vet care to adopt out even more animals than normal; we were able to purchase a cat tower we normally wouldn’t have provided to get a cat into a home where she would feel comfortable as they already had one older cat; we were able to chip a cat we had rescued — a homeless cat who didn’t have a chip — and then get him adopted out. We set up sanitizing stations for the few volunteers we still have coming up to help them feel comfortable in caring for the cats in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

11!!!

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

We had a street cat named Hanx (first photo) who was in pretty bad shape. I was able to get him groomed, got him current on vaccines, ran a blood panel, got him chipped, and set him up with a new bed. He WAS adopted! By a first-time cat owner! He’s doing fantastic; he’s a real success story and has been featured on our Facebook page many times.

We got a dog adopted out who had been abused, her head smashed by a mean person with a shovel. She received vet care, and we updated her vaccines and got her bathed. YES, she was adopted.

We purchased a few top-loading cat carriers to make it easier to transport our senior cats to the vet. As an incentive to adopt a senior, we will include one of the new carriers with each adopted cat; sadly, none of our seniors have been adopted yet. I’d love to see these two very healthy seniors get into homes: Samantha and Molly.

With your grant, I was very motivated to adopt out as many cats and dogs as possible. We did adopt out two dogs, one rabbit and eight cats. We had only asked for a small amount of money as I wasn’t sure how much I’d be able to do essentially on my own. This money was so instrumental in my ambition to get our animals into homes during a time when I would have only one other volunteer, and she comes up for only a few hours, once a week. I can’t thank you enough for the funding! You made a huge difference in those animals’ lives!

We’d love to see our special-needs cat Little Scoots get adopted ASAP; we also have a couple of adults we’d love to see get into homes: Pearl and Annabelle.

Texas Litter Control: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to vet animals for adoption.

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

This Covid mess has really thrown a wrench in our adoption program. The funds really helped offset our costs for vetting. Adoptions will always operate in the negative, and that’s true now more than ever. The funds really helped get more animals into homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

42

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

Honestly, we don’t have a specific story. All of the pets we pulled were adopted. We have been functioning on skeleton staffing because most pet stores we do adoptions have been very limited. We had to cut from 12 adoption staffers down to 1. She is running like a crazy person just trying to get them out and into homes.

Promise 4 Paws: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to buy puppy food, pee pads, and collars. Each puppy also had a vet exam, de-worming, vaccines and fecal test. All of these puppies will be spayed/neutered and microchipped when they are 5-6 months old.

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

This $500 grant helped us to provide needed supplies for our puppies (and the foster families who cared for them). It also helped with vet exams and pre-adoption expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

This $500 grant helped us with approximately 20-25 dogs, all from several litters of puppies that we took in during that time frame.

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

One of the puppies who was adopted had some medical issues. We refunded their adoption fee to help cover the costs of medical care. The puppy is now healthy.

Day One Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Covid grant funds we received were used in several ways. We were able to fill an entire shopping cart full of dog and cat food, cat litter, nursing bottles, puppy and kitten formula, baby food, and more supplies to help care for both our rescue animals and animals in our community. We were able to purchase approximately 60 doses of flea/tick/heartworm prevention, and enough vaccines to fully vaccinate 25 dogs. We were also able to spay/neuter 11 animals through our local low-cost clinic.

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

This grant provided much-needing funding for our rescue at a time when our storefront was required to temporarily close, donations slowed down dramatically, and all of our fundraising events were forced to be cancelled. We were able to stock up on pet food that has gotten us through many weeks, and offer free pet food to the most at-risk families in our community who lost their jobs and could not afford to feed their pets. Our rescue takes in a lot of pregnant and nursing moms and families, and the cost of keeping so many bellies full is high. The Covid grant helped us make sure our animals had the food they needed and allowed us to continue helping animals at a time when many other rescues and shelters have shut their doors.

All of the animals in our care are vaccinated, treated for parasites and kept on monthly preventatives, and spay/neutered before they can be adopted. The Covid grant provided us funding to continue on with these vital services, which allowed us to continue moving animals through our rescue system and into forever homes, all while keeping them healthy and making sure they will never contribute to the pet overpopulation crisis. Because the grant allowed us to provide for these animals and get them into homes, we were able to continue taking in more animals who needed us, and providing the same lifesaving services for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our estimation is that about 105 animals were helped with this grant money!

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

Bella is a 3-year-old pit bull terrier who broke our hearts into pieces when we met her. Bella had been neglected to the point that her body was skeletal, she had nearly no fur left, and just about every part of her was infected (first photo). The pain and sickness she felt never broke her spirit, and she has always been one of the kindest and most gentle dogs we have ever known.

The Covid grant we received allowed us to provide nutritious food for Bella to put some much-needed weight back on her, and vaccinate and treat her for the fleas that covered most of her body. When she was strong enough, the Covid grant also covered the cost of her spay surgery, ensuring that she would never again be forced to breed to produce puppies to sell.

After four months in our care, strong, healthy, beautiful Bella was adopted to the most loving home and today she is almost unrecognizable as the dog who first came to our rescue (second photo).

Sydney, Kassidy, and Emerson were just tiny baby kittens, eyes barely open, when someone packed them into a shoe box and threw them out on the side of a road. By some miracle, they were found, soaking wet in the rain, still inside their shoe box and very close to death (third photo). The Covid grant we received allowed us to take the babies into our rescue on a moment’s notice and provide their new foster home with Kitten Milk Replacer formula and nursing bottles to keep them going.

Within a few weeks, the babies were graduating to solid food, and the grant money again provided them with the “big kid” foods they needed to grow strong. Today Sydney, Kassidy, and Emerson are thriving, and patiently waiting for their forever homes to find them (fourth photo)! Their profiles can be viewed on our Petfinder page for anyone who would love to give a home to one of these very special little fighters.

Sienna came to our rescue after being brought in to the County Animal Control Shelter as a pregnant stray. After no one claimed her, we pulled her into our rescue, where she delivered eight beautiful puppies less than a week later (fifth photo)! The Covid grant we received provided critical help for us in keeping mama Sienna well-fed, which in turn helped her puppies grow big and strong (sixth and seventh photos).

When they were ready, they had plenty of puppy food waiting for them thanks to the grant funds. Vaccines and preventatives were purchased for them using grant money, making sure they would be well-protected from illnesses and parasites that could hurt them. After receiving all of their needed medical care, all eight babies and sweet mama Sienna found amazing forever homes through their Petfinder adoption profiles!

United for Animals Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used it to pay our CareCredit card bill. This card is only used for vet bills.

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

We almost cried when we got approved. Our vet bills are really high and we had a lot of emergencies in the past few months.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 150 cats that we have in our facility

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

Here is Vitorio. He is around 1 year old. A volunteer called us to set up a trap by her house and he got trapped by May 19. He was rescued with this horrible skin condition! The vet believed it was probably caused by a fight and got infected through scratching. He was treated with several injections, antibiotics, and ointments for two months inside our facility. He is a very sweet boy and is fully recovered and ready for his forever home. Vitorio is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and negative for FVI/FeLV. You can meet Vitorio here.

Because of COVID-19, our donations went down and our bills went really high. We had a crazy kitten season and a lot of vet visits. With this grant, we were able to catch a little break on our bills. As of today, July 24, 2020, we were able to find homes for 227 animals and Petfinder has been a great tool of help.

Whiskers Animal Benevolent League: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to purchase $1,000 worth of canned Pro Plan and Pro Plan Veterinary diets.

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

Whiskers operates a sanctuary for cats, many of whom have health issues and special dietary needs. This money allowed us to purchase $1,000 worth of high-quality Purina Pro Plan and Pro Plan Rx food for our cats. An unexpected benefit that resulted from this grant was that we signed up as a ProPlanVetDirect “clinic,” which allows us to purchase Purina products at a discount. We were assigned a Purina distributor and were able to order 37 cases of food instead of the 28 we anticipated. Our Purina sales representative will be telling us more about how Purina can help our organization; as a “clinic” we can put a link to ProPlanVetDirect on our website to help us raise money for our shelter through commissions on sales we bring them!

How many pets did this grant help?

118

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

In early 2011, a Whiskers volunteer found a 7-month-old kitten being given away on Craig’s List. This wouldn’t have been a big issue, but Parker Franklin (first and second photos) was born with deformed legs and would likely need special care for the rest of his life. The person giving him up just wanted to be rid of him, so Whiskers stepped in to take him and give him the extra love and medical care that he needs.

Parker Franklin loves all people and other cats and he’s usually found curled up sleeping with another shelter cat. Despite his serious disability, he gets around well and can run and jump like other cats, just in a different way. He has difficulty getting in and out of the litterbox, so this makes him not likely to be adopted, but he can live at the cage-free Whiskers shelter and sanctuary for the rest of his life.

A few years ago, he developed urinary crystals and now eats special prescription food to control his condition. As long as he eats the Purina ProPlan UR special diet, he will stay happy and healthy and continue to live his best life.

You can meet Parker Franklin here.

Cat Assistance Team - Sedalia: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Spay and neuter plus rabies vaccinations for 16 kittens to get them adoption-ready!

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

We were able to take in extra kittens due to the grant covering the cost of 16 that we already had in the organization!

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Rocky was a tiny orphan kitten who fell from a high shelf at a Lowe’s hardware store. He was brought to us and we rushed him to the vet. The fall caused swelling in his nose, so for a while he had to be tube-fed because he was unable to latch onto a bottle. He became quite a special kitty and was able to get his neuter and rabies vaccination thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s Covid-19 grant. Rocky was just adopted on July 1, 2020.