COVID-19 Operation Grant

Humane Society of Central Illinois: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to purchase pet food for the animals.

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

Donations are down and, due to the pandemic, we are unable to host in-person fundraisers. The grant funds helped to replace some of those funds.

How many pets did this grant help?

14 dogs and 75 cats

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

Camilla (first photo) is one of the cats who benefited from the grant. She is on special light food to get to a healthy weight. She is still working on her weight loss, but doing great. She is waiting for her forever family to adopt her. You can meet Camilla here.

Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used to purchase supplies for foster homes. Due to the shelter-in-place order in our state, we have had an influx of foster homes become available.
We purchased crates, food, bowls, beds, toys, and potty pads for up to 40 new foster homes.

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

This grant made it possible for people with very little dog experience to foster and be fully prepared. Often people are deterred from fostering because they do not have the supplies and/or the financial means to care for a dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Ricky is a 3-year-old pit bull mix who has been in our rescue for two years. He was only a year old when we got him and he was such an active dog that it turned almost everyone who met him away. No one wanted a dog who was going to bounce off the walls.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to get Ricky a sturdy crate, Kong toys, interactive puzzle bowls, a sturdy leash, and a martingale collar and his foster family was able to attend some great training sessions to help with his energy redirection.

His foster family felt so supported and prepared that they decided to adopt Ricky themselves after they felt confident enough to handle his energy level and had all the proper supplies.

Sweetwater Valley Dog Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to provide some much-needed veterinary care for two intake dogs, specifically to update their vaccines and perform a 10-chem test to check their internal health.

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

This grant gave us the opportunity to intake two senior dogs who would have ended up at a municipal shelter. The dogs’ former owner was diagnosed with serious health problems and therefore committed to an assisted-living center.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

Topper and Leo were two senior dogs whose former owner was diagnosed with some very serious and, unfortunately, life-threatening health issues. As a result, the owner moved to an assisted-living center which would not allow pets, so we stepped in to prevent Topper and Leo from being surrendered to a municipal animal shelter. Both dogs have not been posted because more vet care is upcoming for them and we are allowing them to adjust to life outside of everything they have known for the past 10-plus years.

Have A Heart, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used for treatments and medications for Miss Bunny, our blind/diabetic girl who also constantly gets serious ear infections.

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

It provided insulin, syringes, eye medications, ear flush and ear medications. This saved our rescue from needing to pay the entire monthly bill of $270.96.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Miss Bunny is a special little girl, a poodle mix who is in a wonderful foster home. She is so cute online, but when people inquire about adoption, so far no one has been able to take on the responsibility of dealing with her many ailments. We have visited the eye specialists, who don’t hold out much hope of getting her vision returned. Miss Bunny was neglected and appears to have never been to a vet before she came to us. Meet Miss Bunny here.

Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The COVID grant helped cover utility expenses (electric and internet) and rent while our cat cafe was closed due to the pandemic.

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

We were able to keep some cats in the cafe rather than trying to transfer them to a foster space, and having a portion of our expenses covered helped us avoid pulling funds away from the care of the cats. Note that it’s difficult to say exactly how many cats this helped, as the cafe is an ongoing adoption platform.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Tommy was rescued from the streets of Sunbury, where he had been bullied by other stray cats in the area. He was able to move into the cafe after he was neutered and vaccinated. Although the cafe was not open, we shared Tommy on social media, and he was happily adopted!

Darlington County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase vaccines, SNAP kits for heartworm testing, SNAP kits for FIV testing in cats, and parvo test kits for dogs.

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

This grant helped to keep our pets healthy while waiting for their new homes and also allowed us to run basic blood work on them in preparation for our adoption floor.

How many pets did this grant help?

55

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

Gladys arrived at our shelter at the height of the pandemic in early April. Her family was “thinning out” the number of pets in their care and she was one of several to find themselves suddenly homeless and in need. Thanks to your grant support, we had vaccines on hand to keep her healthy and a SNAP kit to deliver the news that she was heartworm-positive. Despite the challenge of her being heartworm-positive, we were able to get her in for treatment and then into one of our rescue partners, where she was adopted soon after her arrival.

Barking Mad Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

100% of the grant money was used to purchase dry/canned food for dogs abandoned during the Covid-19 crisis.

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

Many dogs were abandoned when the Covid-19 lockdown began. Our rescue quickly became overwhelmed with the need to feed and care for so many unexpected canines. The grant supplemented our ability to buy extra food for these animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Possum was abandoned on a deserted road along with her siblings, all of them neglected, mange-ridden, and starved. Picked up by a good Samaritan, Possum and her sisters were taken into Barking Mad Animal Rescue. Possum and Peyton both delivered puppies within days of arriving. Possum has proven to be a very attentive mom and, despite her ordeal, is a very trusting girl. Possum never meets a stranger. She is dog-friendly, people-friendly and very lively! After her pups are weaned, she will have her vetting finished and will be someone’s dream companion.

Taming Gracie Corporation: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used toward vet care.

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

You helped us save the life of a very ill cat found on the streets.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Orange Julius was found walking the streets, very emaciated. A local woman who feeds community cats picked him up and got him to our rescue. He was immediately taken to the emergency vet, where he was hospitalized for severe dehydration, starvation, hyperactive thyroid, and an upper-respiratory infection. We weren’t sure this boy would pull through, but he has! Over the past three weeks, he’s gained 1.5 lbs. and his cold has cleared up. His blood work looks much better and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Best of all, OJ has been adopted! Sometimes we find an angel who will take on a special-needs cat. OJ hit the jackpot and found someone to love him for the rest of his days.

Animal Justice League: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to care for a kitten named Little Bit. Little Bit had a severely injured leg that needed amputation.

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

This grant helped cover the cost of the amputation. Due to COVID-19, our vetting expenses are up over 30% higher to pre-COVID. This grant helped ease some of the hardship of expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Little Bit was found by a good samaritan and dropped off at a local vet. The vet contacted AJL to see if we would intake, which we did. We got her all fixed up and she’s now living her best life. She has been adopted!

Animal Coalition of Delaware County: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help pay for rent at our storefront the “Cat Nook Café” in Norwood. The Cat Nook Café is an interactive foster home for cats from ACDC Rescue, Inc. We can house up to 12 cats together in our living room environment and the public can visit, join events, and rent the space for private use. When COVID 19 shut down businesses, the income for the Cat Nook Cafe dropped significantly as we were no longer open to the public to visit with the cats.

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

When COVID-19 hit the US and non-essential retail was shut down, all of the cats in our adoption centers in local pet stores were forced back in to foster care. Our already full foster homes needed to find space for 12 cats ASAP. By allowing us to keep the cat cafe open, we could house cats that are ready for adoption and free up space in our foster homes for animals with more specialized needs. All the café cats were spayed or neutered, healthy, and ready for adoption they just needed time to find the right family. By moving these cats out of foster homes, the fosters could take in more urgent animals requiring special care.

The Cat Nook Cafe also served as an adoption point for no-contact adoptions. The café was a space to meet where both the adopter and the volunteers could feel comfortable with the proper social distance restrictions in place. We could control cleaning protocols, number of people present, etc. It made everyone involved feel more comfortable during such an uncertain time.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Emerald was a mom cat who had a tough start in life. Emerald was found by ACDC at a local shelter. She had a litter of kittens, all of whom had health issues shortly after they were born. As a result, the family had to stay in foster care much longer than was normal for a healthy mom cat and kittens. Finally in January 2020, Emerald and her babies (Oz, Dorothy, Kansas and Munchkin) were finally ready to be put up for adoption. Dorothy and Kansas quickly found homes, Munchkin was easily placed, but Emerald and Oz were still waiting in an adoption center for their forever home.

Once COVID 19 hit we had to quickly find placement for a number of cats. Emerald and Oz did well with other cats, so they were placed at the Cat Nook Cafe. They enjoyed their time there and Emerald became the resident “mom” cat to all the other cats. While it was not a requirement that the two be adopted together, we were very happy to have an adopter who wanted the both of them.

Without the space the Cat Nook Cafe provided, we would not have been able to take in more animals during the height of the COVID 19 crisis in SE Pennsylvania. We can’t thank PetFinder enough for helping us out during such an uncertain time.