COVID-19 Operation Grant

Humane Society of Union County: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase food, vaccines and medical care for our rescues.

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

Our local county animal shelter has been closed for months now and HSUC is receiving more and more of our community’s unwanted pets. To combat the issue, we have worked diligently to find more people willing to become foster families. As part of our foster program, HSUC provides all of the medical care, food and supplies for our rescues. With the grant funds from your wonderful Foundation, we were able to accept even more rescues who needed medical care, food, shelter and most of all, love.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Due to financial hardship, a family surrendered Snow White, a 2-year-old boxer mix, and her seven puppies. Snow White was completely emaciated after giving everything she had to her puppies when her humans were not able to buy her food.

After some time spent in a loving HSUC foster home, some good food and feeding her several times a day, Snow White bounced back and went back to her normal weight.

Snow White received medical care and a spay and now has a wonderful forever home to call her own, where she’ll never have to worry about where her next meal will come from again! YES!

Rotten Rottie Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used it for vaccines, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, eye drops, ear drops and ear wash, Apoquel for joint pain, and allergy medicine.

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

Well, they are disease-free, pain-free and itch-free, they have clean ears and their eyes are not goopy!! In general, they are a lot healthier and happier.

How many pets did this grant help?

Something for just about everyone, but Red, Sparky, Rambo, Misty, Vader, Charlie

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

Vader came to us a mess. His eyes were so infected that he could barely open them. He was missing a lot of his coat and he was miserable because he itched all over. He had little strength in his hind legs. The Petfinder Foundation helped us get the medication that Vader needed to make a complete recovery. Once he was happy in his skin, he blossomed into a very cool dog who was very grateful for everything that he received. He loves kids, other dogs, and cats and could not be better behaved. He quickly found his forever home 🙂

St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help pay for spays and neuters, medications and other medical needs of our shelter animals while we were on a lockdown. We also purchased food and other needs due to Covid.

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

It helped these animals get spayed/neutered and on to their new homes, as we were not able to have veterinarians come and perform surgeries. It also made these animals more adoptable and helped keep our animals out of the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 pets

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

We had one kitten named Sara (first photo) who was so pitiful. She had an old fracture of her pelvis and was painful. She stayed at the vet for a few days and then entered foster care until she was stronger. She was a little fighter and since then has been adopted.

Top Dog Animal Rescue Group: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for routine veterinary care for four animals (two kitties and two dogs) in order to allow them to be adopted, and the remaining funds were used for food and litter, which benefited all of the animals at the rescue.

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

With a slowdown in donations and adoptions, these funds allowed us to continue to take in pets and get their vet care so they could be adoptable, and allowed us to offset some of the food costs with fewer rescue funds available in our account.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped four directly, and 26 more via food and litter.

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

Nina (first and second photos) was a pregnant female kitty that was likely abandoned outside in Detroit and was captured by the shelter. Friends of the shelter were trying to find a rescue for her to go to to avoid having the kittens in the shelter. Top Dog Rescue stepped up. Her kittens were born within a week after her arrival at the rescue. After her kittens were born and weaned and doing great, we were able to get (with help from your grant) all of her veterinary care to allow her to be adopted into a new loving, permanent home, and this beautiful girl found a wonderful forever home. What a difference a few weeks has made in the life of this girl!!

Greener Days Ahead Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Greener Days Ahead used the grant money to purchase 715 lbs. of food.

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

We had a donor who matched your grant, so that amount kept our dogs fed for nearly three months and kept us out of the stores and focused on intakes and adoptions.

How many pets did this grant help?

27

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

Twenty of 27 have been adopted to-date. Brody (first photo) has needed special attention during his first days after coming into rescue and he is not adopted yet; and we are still working with him. Because we’ve had to spend additional funds on anxiety medication for him and time training him, knowing that his food was covered has been a blessing. Meet Brody here.

Our absolute best adoption was Lemon, now Maverick (second photo)! Her adopter came in looking for a German shepherd pal for her German shepherd. The more I spoke with her, and got to understand the needs of her family and her dog, I talked her into a hound mix we had who I felt would be a good fit. It was an instant hit and they keep me posted regularly. Pictured is Bruno (third photo) the shepherd in the story with Lemon; both are adopted.

Pictured also are Lilly (fourth photo) and Sadie (fifth photo) who haven’t found homes yet.

Loki (sixth photo) was the first pet to be adopted after the grant.

Stray Central: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cat food and kitty litter

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

It helped replace lost donations to keep our cats in food and litter for a little while.

How many pets did this grant help?

53

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

Being able to purchase food enabled us to take in an elderly diabetic cat, Jasmine, who was going to be euthanized because her owners couldn’t afford to care for her. As soon as she was diagnosed, the owners weren’t able to pay for all the initial vet care: hospitalization to get a baseline on her insulin levels or the purchase insulin, syringes, or the food she needed. Instead of allowing her to be euthanized, we were able to rescue her. We spent hundreds of dollars to get all the vet work she needed, along with all her necessary supplies and food. She has not been put up for adoption yet, as we have to make sure her insulin levels are stable, and she will require more vet visits for more blood work to check her insulin levels along with her liver and kidney functions.

Humane Society of Sonoma County: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thanks to generous support from the Petfinder Foundation, we have been able to provide critical vaccinations for animals on their journey to adoption, giving them a solid foundation for a happy, healthy life ahead – including DHPP, bordetella and rabies vaccines as well as heartworm tests.

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

The Humane Society of Sonoma County wishes to thank the Petfinder Foundation for your generous support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of our community’s shelter-in-place orders, we have temporarily closed our adoption center to the public. Early on, however, we implemented protocols to safely adopt animals online and by appointment. The response to these efforts has been very well-received. Potential adopters view adoptable pets on our website, then call to schedule a meet-and-greet with the pet(s) they are interested in.

Social distancing is practiced during all interactions: Dogs are met onsite in predetermined spaces outside. Cats, rabbits and small companion animals meet their potential adopters via video call. When people are ready to adopt, all paperwork is completed online and our staff meets them outside, ready to safely transfer new pets via leash or carrier.

From March 16, 2020, through July 22, 2020, 383 animals have been adopted through our Santa Rosa and Healdsburg shelters. In addition to local families adopting by appointment, we have had adopters coming from Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Sacramento to bring home new fuzzy family members. With so many working from home, people are using this time to bond with their new pets and help them settle in for a life of love and mutual companionship. This is truly a silver lining of compassion in the midst of uncertainty.

Each animal who comes in to our care receives a medical examination and any necessary veterinary care to ensure that they can live their happiest, healthiest life ahead. Vaccinations are a critical step on the journey to adoption. We are pleased to report that the number of animals we have been able to help with this grant is higher than we originally estimated. Our shelter medical team has been working with a new vendor and has been able to procure discounted pricing on vaccines. Thanks to your support, we have been able to provide DHPP, bordetella and rabies vaccines as well as heartworm tests for 115 dogs – ensuring a solid foundation of good health ahead.

We are grateful for the positive impact the Petfinder Foundation makes in the lives of shelter animals, and are deeply thankful for the difference you’ve helped us make for the animals in our care. We are honored to have your partnership and proud to share the impact we have made together to our Facebook followers and in our July “e-Animail” e-newsletter.

How many pets did this grant help?

115

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

Tyler is a senior mixed-breed dog who came to HSSC as a stray. He arrived with a severe skin infection that was clearly making him uncomfortable (second photo) – he was very mopey and couldn’t even enjoy reassuring pats from our medical team. After his initial exam, our veterinary team administered vaccinations, medicated baths, antibiotics and omega fatty acids. Soon, Tyler was feeling better and was showing us his happy side (first photo) – and his puppy-like enthusiasm for playing fetch! While he was recovering in our care, he enjoyed daily hikes and even drive-through “pupaccino” dates with one of our dedicated volunteers. Last month we placed Tyler into a wonderful home with an adopter committed to giving Tyler the love he deserves – for life!

Kepler, a golden 5-year-old Lab mix (bottom three photos), arrived at our Healdsburg shelter as a stray. He was very stressed and anxious and having a hard time settling in to the shelter environment. After performing his intake exam and giving him a bit of time to settle, our veterinary team administered routine vaccinations and prescribed a mild medication to help ease Kepler’s anxiety. Soon Kepler was feeling much more comfortable and soaking up all the love we could give him. We quickly learned that he loved a lot of human companionship and – as an active busybody – would require an equally active, attentive family and lots of room to stretch his legs.

We are pleased to report that Kepler is now spending his days alongside his new dad, inspecting the family’s vineyards, getting spoiled and going for rides in their antique VW Bug. This is the kind of sweet togetherness we wish for every animal in our care and we are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping make these happily-ever-afters all possible.

Saving Hope Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant money to cover spay/neuter for several animals we pulled during the initial COVID-19 impact on the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

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

This grant allowed us to be able to pull these animals knowing we could cover the necessary costs. It ensured that our rescue pets went to their new homes fixed so that their new families did not need to worry about it. With this grant, we were able to pull animals when shelters began closing down and donations stopped.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Rascal (first photo) was pulled from the Weatherford Shelter when they had to close their doors to the public. He needed his annual vetting and was able to receive that due to this grant. He is still on the hunt for his perfect home! Meet Rascal here.

Juju was another pit bull pulled from the Weatherford Shelter when they closed. She was dog-reactive and needed her vetting. She has since been adopted and found a wonderful family who are in love with her and working on her behavior.

Parma Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

First, we would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for this grant during such challenging times. The funds allowed us to provide veterinary medical care for our cats and dogs at the shelter as well as for those in foster. Funds paid for specialty food, medications and additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the funds were able to assist us with two heartworm-positive dogs in our care and for a blind mama cat and her four kittens.

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

Our organization is 100% volunteer-run and relies on donations and fundraising. The COVID-19 grant funds allowed for us to maintain daily operations to care for our animals. Our planned fundraisers were cancelled, donations were limited and minimal adoptions took place in March and most of April. We were very fortunate to have local folks assist and help us with fostering while we still had cats and dogs in our care at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple cats and dogs were able to receive the medical care they needed. Specifically, we are showcasing two of our dogs (heartworm) and one cat (blind with her kittens).

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

Genay (first photo), our sweet, brave and completely blind mother, was outside with her kittens, all alone. We took her in to help her with her kittens and to enable them to find loving homes. Chickpea is the tabby, Sophie is torti and Hopi is black. Grant funds helped us purchase the needed formula, food, litter, etc.

Claire (fifth and sixth photos) is a heartworm-positive dog, currently in foster with one of our volunteers and going through heartworm treatment. She should be available for adoption in October.

Marcie (seventh and eighth photos), a black Lab mix and another dog who came to us heartworm-positive, has found her forever home!

Papayago Rescue House, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Food (fresh and pelleted) and nuts.

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

We were able to sustain the rescue with 1.5 months of food. Our intake went up by 20 birds due to COVID.

How many pets did this grant help?

140

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

We were able to feed our birds and to save a little cockatiel. Pat’s mom came to us with a heartbreaking story. Her grandmother had dementia and had a cockatiel who had passed away. Due to her fragile state, the family decided to get a replacement cockatiel and named her Pat. Grandma passed away but before she did, she requested that the family take good care of Pat. They promised.

Not too much later, Pat was living with the adult granddaughter and Pat’s wing showed signs of a cyst or tumor. Pat was taken to several vets and each gave a similar diagnosis that she had a feather cyst and that it would go away. It did not. It turned into a tumor. The University of Alabama said they would take care of the tumor but it would cost about $1,500.

Pat’s mom called us to see if we could help. We told her we would try. Pat arrived the following weekend from Alabama with a plug of feather and removed skin that Pat tried to remove herself. We took Pat in and started her on a better diet and a daily wound-care regimen. We got Pat right in to see our vet, Dr. Tracy Adams. We were able to get the tumor removed and Pat gained 20 grams in no time.

She is now healthy and happy with many more years to live and thrive. Thank you for helping us help our avian community.