COVID-19 Operation Grant

Indiana County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are very appreciative of the grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to purchase a month’s worth of food for the 150+ animals in our care.

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

When the COVID pandemic started early this year, we were forced to cancel most of our fundraising events. We rely on weekly bingo games and several other fundraisers, such as cash bashes, to fund our ongoing operations. Thankfully, by receiving this Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase a month’s worth of food for our shelter dogs and cats, including some food needed for some animals with special nutritional needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

190

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

Shortly after we received the Petfinder Foundation grant, we had three humane cases that resulted in more than 60 cats being surrendered to us. Many of these cats were in dire need of adequate nutrition and veterinary care. The funds we received from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to give these animals the food they needed to recover from the horrible conditions in which they had been living.

The kitties in the first photo were suffering from upper-respiratory and eye infections, and were severely anemic from flea bites. They needed lots of care and TLC to bounce back into healthy kitties. We are happy to report that they have recovered from their ordeal and are now in loving homes.

Monty, the beautiful “house panther” (second photo), was rescued in one of our humane cases and is now healthy and looking for a new person to call his own. Meet Monty here.

Labrador Rescuers: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $250 grant was used to cover some of the intake vetting costs for a couple of the puppies we rescued at the beginning of the COVID crisis.

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

The $250 grant helped our rescue provide some of the medical costs to provide two puppy siblings, Bonnie and Clyde, with the help they needed to get healthy enough to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Bonnie and her brother Clyde were two young puppies who were left at a shelter in poor health. Bonnie was the skinnier and more sickly one and Clyde was a healthier weight, but not as active as a puppy normally would be. After initial medical exams and treatments, Clyde perked right up and quickly became a high-energy, bouncy puppy who was adopted within a couple of weeks.

Poor little Bonnie did not fair as well, and her medical needs proved to be more than just being underfed and skinny. It turned out she had pancreatic issues that required special enzymes, shots and time in order to stabilize her.

This was a condition Bonnie would have for life, so we had to find just the right foster who would continue to provide all of the medical attention and love that Bonnie would need to thrive and become her wonderful doggy self. Luckily the perfect adopter chose Bonnie to be her new fur baby and has kept up with the medical regimen. Bonnie’s new forever family reports she is doing great and growing into a healthy, happy and spoiled dog, as she deserved.

Cats Cradle Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant was used to help pay for the care of bottle babies who had been orphaned, abandoned or rejected by their mothers. We have had a large number of bottle kittens come in this summer. We needed supplies, vaccinations, spay/neuters, medications and medical treatments to save these little lives. We used these funds on feeding supplies and vaccinations.

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

Grants like this one allow us to take kittens we may otherwise have to turn away. Knowing we have the funds to support their care for a few months is a great relief to not only our volunteers but our animal control officers and local pound staff.

How many pets did this grant help?

66

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

This little black kitten (first photo) came to us with a cleft palate and lip, along with one smaller eye. He has been in foster care since he was born. He has not been adopted yet, but we know he will be soon.

The other kittens are all bottle babies who will be adopted out when they are of the appropriate age.

Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide essential, basic veterinary care to our shelter pets.

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

It costs our organization an average of $70 to provide standard, necessary veterinary care to our shelter animals. This care includes: spay/neuter, testing for heartworms, testing for feline leukemia, rabies and other core vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick prevention, and heartworm prevention.

The $250 awarded enabled us to spay/neuter and provide primary wellness care to two deserving cats and two grateful dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The $250 grant helped four shelter pets receive spay/neuter surgeries and primary wellness care.

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

Funding from the Petfinder Foundation provided veterinary care to four deserving shelter pets. Two kittens, Ankha and Zucker (first photo), are the sweetest siblings who came to our organization from a local humane society. After being spayed/neutered and receiving primary preventative care, Ankha and her brother were on the hunt for their furever home. This cuddly duo was tightly knit, and they hoped they would find a family that would adopt both of them.

We are so pleased to report that this lucky pair are happy in their furever home, and they can now spend their days playing and snuggling together with their new family (second photo).

We have also included photos of two of the pups, Flareon (third photo) and Iceberg (fourth photo), who received care thanks to the grant funding. Each pup is happy at home and settling in with their new families.

Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant for spays and neuters.

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

Because of COVID-19, the vet was only doing spays and neuters on an emergency basis. We had only four such operations between late February and early June. Around the time we received the grant money, the restrictions on “elective surgeries” were relaxed and we were able to catch up. We don’t adopt out pet rabbits unless they are spayed/neutered.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three male rabbits

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

Duke, a grey Netherland Dwarf, was neutered on June 8 using the COVID-19 Operation Grant and adopted Aug. 18. His family was so happy to have Duke join their family that they built a special large indoor habitat for him with places to climb and places to hide. They also created an Instagram account for Duke because he’s so cute!

Portsmouth Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used to supplement our medical-care fund, which was impacted by reduced income in the wake of COVID-19. Specifically, these funds were used to help cover the cost of a fracture repair surgery for a 9-month-old puppy named Sara. Without these funds, Sara’s only financial option for treatment would have been amputation of her front leg. She is now in recovery and walking well on all four legs while wagging her tail non-stop!

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

This grant provided funding that allowed us to save a dog’s leg rather than remove it based not on veterinary recommendation, but on the increased cost of care at a time when COVID-19 impacted our shelter budget.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Sara, a 9-month-old mixed breed puppy, was brought to a local emergency vet by her owners. Sara’s family noted that she had been limping for a few days. Incredibly, radiographs revealed that Sara’s left front radius had been completely fractured. Her family didn’t wish to cover the cost of treatment and surrendered her to Portsmouth Humane Society. Our team was torn: Our medical budget is tight, and an amputation is the least-expensive surgical option with the fastest recovery. Having the fracture repaired would be costly, might fail, and could keep the pet from being adopted for weeks to months during recovery. Luckily, we received word that the Petfinder Foundation had provided us with a $500 grant! We put this toward Sara’s surgery, and the vet clinic performing the procedure agreed to perform the repair at the cost of the amputation after the $500 had been paid. Sara is recovering in a foster home which will adopt her after she has been cleared by our veterinarian.

Bartholomew County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant award will go directly toward animal care at our shelter!

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

COVID has allowed us to spend wonderful time with adopters on a one-on-one basis, and working by appointment allows us to give adopters plenty of time to interact with animals here at the shelter. The downside has been the loss of attendance at events to seek donations and hosting actual fundraising events. An award like this one is greatly appreciated so that our organization can continue to treat, fix and shelter needy pets!

How many pets did this grant help?

$500 pays for a pallet of cat litter to last us an entire month!

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

Abigail is one of our long-term adult cat residents. She’s delightful but has been overlooked. She is listed on Petfinder and has recently had two appointments to see her. Through social media posts, as with Petfinder, she has been cross-posted by other cat groups. We are delighted to say that she has several more appointments scheduled and we feel confident her new family is on the way! Meet Abigail here.

Furry Kids Refuge: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant monies went to provide heartworm treatment for Julianne, a pregnant, heartworm-positive dog.

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

This grant enabled us to provide heartworm treatment to a dog who would have otherwise been a financial strain.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Julianne came to Furry Kids Refuge pregnant and heartworm-positive. After she had her puppies and they were weaned, she went through heartworm treatment, paid for by this grant. In mid-August, after finishing her heartworm treatment, she was adopted to a loving family.

Feline Finish Line Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant was used to spay/neuter 12 cats. Due to Covid, no TNR (trap, neuter, return) was being performed. This resulted in an abundance of kittens.

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

We had limited funding during this pandemic. Receiving the grant allowed us to help more cats, thus decreasing the stray population.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

One of our volunteers went to pick up a pregnant mama. During transit, the cat gave birth in the carrier. She and her five babies’ chances of survival were very slim. The area she came from is a highly populated area and the kittens in that area were being used for BB-gun target practice. All the cats have been or will be adopted.

Pets and Vets USA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dog food

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

It helped us to be able to feed the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

We have two dogs with cancer for whom we purchase special canned food. It’s the only thing they can eat because it’s all protein. Both moved out of state: MJ (first photo) went to the state of Washington and Donovan (second, third, and fourth photos) went to Nashville, Tennessee.