COVID-19 Operation Grant

Low Riders Of The West: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to help sustain our fosters during the lockdown of Covid. We were able to get more food and supplies to our fosters while our dogs were not able to be adopted out. We also had a litter of puppies and the grant helped these puppies with much-needed supplies. The grant was a huge help and we were very grateful for it.

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

The grant helped our dogs in foster continue through the Covid lockdown. We were able to ease the financial stress created by Covid by helping buy food, toys, potty pads and much-needed cleaning supplies for our fosters. Our organization was able to keep our fosters happy and help them out by buying what was needed. Many times, our fosters help us out by buying supplies, but during this period many of our fosters had lost their jobs and were only able to continue fostering because of your grant. They did not have to spend their own money buying supplies, we were able to help them out.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had about 45 dogs in foster during the lockdown.

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

During this period we had two fosters who came in very scared and mostly shut down. We found two fosters who had recently lost their jobs and were able to take on the more difficult cases. Both Sophia and Lucky were fostered by friends who were able to take the time to show them that people could be kind. While the fosters both did not have jobs, they had time.

The grant helped provide much-needed supplies to help these two pups learn that people can be good. These two dogs were untouchable, and finding fosters who had the time to sit for hours with treats and food to get them to trust was awesome. Being able to supply these two fosters with supplies got these two pups to a place where they finally trusted and were able to be adopted out.

Covid was good for some dogs; it gave them time to learn, and your grant allowed fosters to continue fostering through financial difficulties.

FuRRR Feline Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant FuRRR received was used for a rental van, gas and tolls for transporting cats from North Carolina to New Hampshire during Covid.

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

This grant made it possible for us to bring cats and kittens from N.C. high[-intake] shelters where we pull. Our regular transports were not available during Covid, so our volunteers made the trip down multiple times.

How many pets did this grant help?

37

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

Dolly was pulled from the Greene County, N.C., shelter and she was pregnant at the time. She stayed in southern foster care until her kittens were 8 weeks old and able to travel to New Hampshire. Dolly and six kittens came on the transport to New Hampshire that was funded by the Petfinder Foundation grant and then went to a northern foster home, where they stayed until the kittens were old enough to be altered. All Dolly’s kittens were pending adoption in pairs before they were altered. What was even more wonderful was that mama Dolly was pending adoption and went home just before her kittens did! Seven kitties went to four wonderful families!

This transport brought 37 kittens and cats from high[-intake] rural areas in North Carolina. The transport was done on June 6, 2020, and so far approximately 25 of them have been vetted and adopted. The remaining ones are having their vetting in the next two weeks and most are pending adoption already.

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Feeding and veterinary expenses for rescued horses

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

It allows us to not turn away several horses during the initial COVID crisis.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Imogene was part of the gruesome, nationally publicized equine abuse and neglect case in Boyle County, Kentucky, earlier this year. She was nearly euthanized due to being feral and entirely emaciated; as I put it earlier looking over the intake photos, she had three feet already in the grave.

Law enforcement assisted locals with tons of the horses from this case, and that helped us become aware of this 2-year-old’s need for a rescue after a local person accepted her temporarily. She has made leaps and bounds of progress in the last week in terms of discovering that people do not always suck. She needed vet care, farrier care, dental care and training.

She will be adoptable soon.

Allegany County Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to help pay our vet bill. As I am sure you know, most shelters and rescues run a tab with the local vets, so it was nice to have this money to pay for the care of our shelter animals during such uncertain times.

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

It enabled us to pay our vet, maintain a strong working relationship and be able to provide care as necessary to our shelter animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Rocky was a small dog who came to us in horrible shape: He was emaciated, missing the majority of his fur, and showed signs of an untreated skin condition. It has taken months of medication, blood work, skin biopsies, etc., but Rocky is now finally starting to regain growth of his fur, his weight has improved, and his skin is slowly starting to heal. The best news is that Rocky’s foster mom fell in love with him and has officially adopted him. She continues his daily medicated baths, medications and follow-up vet appointments. Rocky is finally in the loving home he deserves.

Grassroots Animal Rescue of Mississippi, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $250 COVID-19 grant to fund veterinary care for the increased number of animals in our care due to the pandemic. We were able to fund four neuter surgeries and purchase additional dog food.

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

Because of the pandemic, we had more dogs in our care for longer lengths of time. We also took in a few additional animals who probably would have gone to shelters if the shelters weren’t closed due to the pandemic. The extra money helped us to provide neuter surgeries to four dogs, and it also helped us feed additional dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Crusher, Blaze, and Pickle were a litter of shepherd-mix puppies who came in together. We used this grant money to pay for their neuter surgeries and to buy some Puppy Chow for them. They were all adopted in early June.

South Wood County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money received was used to spay/neuter all the unaltered animals in the building. We were able to get an extra date put aside with our veterinarian and he worked long hours to provide our animals with the surgeries needed.

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

This money helped us by providing the medical care necessary to get these animals adopted faster. Spending less time in the shelter helped staff with other projects.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nine cats and one dog

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

On July 10, there was dog named Bingo who came into our shelter as a surrender. A very cute corgi mix with a great personality, he was not vaccinated or neutered. Normally he would sit in the shelter until he was neutered.

We got very lucky that our vet had one opening on the same day as the nine cats we had scheduled with the grant money. We got Bingo all vaccinated and neutered. He is being adopted today, July 16, and is completely vetted. If not for the grant money, he would have sat in the shelter until the 24th instead of walking out our door a week early into the arms of his loving family. Thank you for helping this sweet boy and all nine cats.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

TCRAS utilized our grant for operational support.

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

Due to the cancellation of one of our largest fundraisers due to COVID-19, we were unable to raise the funds that we typically utilize for operational support, among other programs.

How many pets did this grant help?

We had minimal shelter guests during the shutdown. As the county-designated facility for disasters, we were forced to halt our transferring program and keep kennels open for potential extraction due to hospitalization or death of their family member responsible for care.

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

Arthur (first photo) was one of the last transfers into our facility before our state licensing board prohibited transfers due to COVID-19. He came to us dog- and stranger-reactive, especially with men. He worked so hard to overcome his fears during our in-house behavior-modification program. I have also attached his adoption photo (second photo)!

The support from Petfinder allowed us to offer additional training to our shelter guests like Arthur during the shut down.

This operational grant allowed staff to continue to care for the shelter guests in our care during the statewide shutdown. We are fortunate that the shelter guests in our care were adopted by appointment only and we have been cleared by our state regulatory agency to resume transfers.

Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used it to purchase 100 heartworm tests.

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

Covid-19 has caused a lot of issues, from an influx in numbers of animals we are taking in to a drop in our adoption rates. We have had to find alternate resources for finding homes for our dogs, so we have turned to our rescue partners up north. In the last four months, we have sent around 150 dogs to places like Canada and Michigan and they are getting homes better than we could have ever dreamed of! By purchasing these heartworm tests, we are able to place the dogs with the rescue that will give them the forever homes they more than deserve.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

We had a hoarding case on June 22 in which we confiscated 16 dogs off of the property, most of them in horrible shape. They had skin allergies, dental problems, nails curled around each other, everything you could imagine. They only had to stay in the shelter for five nights before 15 were transported to foster homes in Michigan, where they were able to finally learn what it was like to relax. One of them, who was heartworm-negative, is now living his new life in Canada.

These fearful dogs, whose spirits were still beautiful and bright, are now living the lives they were meant to live: lives free of pain, neglect and suffering. If we were not able to heartworm-test these dogs, the rescue would not have known if they had the means to take them.

Rescue Village (Geauga Humane Society): COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding was used to help defray the cost of vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, food and care supplies.

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

Given that our programs and services revenues are down over 50% since February of 2020 during the COVID crisis, this grant helped us ensure we could continue to provide much-needed veterinary care for the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

A litter of six puppies were brought in through our Humane Department from an Amish farm. The puppies were very friendly and luckily had been socialized by the family and neighbors, but they were in poor condition, covered with ticks. Our humane agent had a great conversation with the family and they agreed to surrender them to us so that they would get loving homes and the exemplary medical care they so needed to thrive.

We took them in and they got immediate medical attention, but were too young for spay/neuter, so they went right into foster the following day. The fosters just loved these pups and the pups were enjoying feeling better, getting bathed and getting to know what it was like to be inside a home with rules.

It wasn’t long before they were ready to have their surgery and go up for adoption. They were all adopted within a couple hours of being posted and are thriving in their new homes! If the puppies had been left medically unattended and not spayed or neutered, the Amish family would have had a much bigger problem on their hands. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, this happy outcome was made possible!

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medications, heartworm test kits, and vaccines

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

This grant funding helped our facility continue to provide high quality of care without having to decrease animal intakes and volume.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Sherman entered the Happy Hills Animal Foundation shelter through a collaborative effort with Randolph County Animal Services. He was one of 24 dogs being kept in a hoarding environment without basic shelter, veterinary care or nourishment. Sherman entered our program with a severe upper-respiratory infection, high heartworm-positive, unaltered, and lacking basic vaccinations and deworming. The Covid-19 operations grant allowed for Sherman to receive testing, medications and vaccinations while getting ready for adoption. Sherman has recently been adopted and is living the stable, safe life that he so truly deserves.