COVID-19 Operation Grant

Johnston County Animal Protection League: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our cat adoptions dropped to almost zero when we had to pull them out of the adoption center during the stay-at-home order. We used this grant to pay cat vet bills in the interim so that they would be adoptable as soon as possible.

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

The grant allowed us to pay for spay/neuter surgeries for our cats. We also had one foster that required a rectal prolapse surgery, and this grant paid for that.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five: Four spay/neuter surgeries and a rectal prolapse surgery

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

Maci is one of our foster kittens. She developed a rectal prolapse and had to have surgery. Unfortunately, her condition returned, and she needed a second surgery during the time we had no cat-adoption income because we had pulled all of our cats and kittens out of PetSmart. This grant paid for a second surgery for her. This surgery was successful. She has been adopted and is doing great.

The grant also paid for neuters for Chip and Dale. They also have been adopted.

One Step Closer Animal Rescue, Inc..: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to purchase supplies for the animals in our care.

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

We were unable to do supply drives to collect supplies for the animals in our care. We have been scrambling to get supplies to properly care for the animals. We purchased much-needed supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

23

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

I would like to tell you about two puppies in our care who benefited (and they are so cute): Princeton and Hackensack. We completely ran out of supplies to care for puppies. We were limited on rescuing puppies for a two-month period because we didn’t have the supplies we needed, such as puppy milk and puppy dry food. We purchased these supplies and rescued 10 puppies the following week, along with many adult dogs. Princeton and Hackensack were just two of the lucky dogs to get a second chance. You can meet Princeton here and you can meet Hackensack here.

Fayette County Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $1,000 to go towards our veterinarian bills for April 2020. With a total one-month balance of $2,730.70, the $1,000 was so helpful to put towards the vet bill because our donations had gone down tremendously because of COVID-19.

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

One of our mamas, KayKay, gave birth in February, just a few weeks before COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. Her puppies were all put into foster homes once they were weaned and all ended up getting adopted very quickly! The grant from the Petfinder Foundation was such a blessing to have go towards the seven puppies’ vaccinations and spaying/neutering before they went to their forever homes! We do still have mama KayKay waiting for her forever home. She was also spayed in April 2020 so she’s ready to be adopted out.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

All seven of KayKay’s puppies were adopted during this time! The grant was absolutely wonderful to have to go towards their initial vet care as well as mama’s spay. They are all in wonderful homes, and two sets of siblings were actually adopted together! However, KayKay is still looking for her perfect family. You can meet her here.

Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds from the COVID-19 Operation Grant were used to purchase 100 bales of hay for our rescue horses.

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

The onset of the CORVID-19 virus brought donations to a screeching halt. We were finding great homes for our horses through all of it but needed the funds to keep our rescue going so we could continue to help horses in need. This grant paid for 100 bales of hay to help us keep our rescue horses well fed during this difficult time.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s COVID-19 Operation Grant, we were able to find loving homes for 27 horses from the onset of the virus in May through today!

Monk came to GER from a feedlot as 20-year-old intact donkey with horrendous slipper feet [overgrown, turned-up hooves]. He went to foster with one of our amazing trimmers who volunteered her time to perform the daily trims that Monk needed to get his feet back on track. After several months of trimming, he could walk comfortably again. Through the process, she fell in love with him and ended up adopting him into her herd!

I’ve attached before and after pictures of Monk here for you.

Lycoming County SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase and install shields for the front desk staff (eighth photo) so that we could continue to facilitate adoptions safely during the Covid pandemic.

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

Rather than close the shelter, we were able to continue to process adoptions and keep our staff safe.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ultimately 142: the 58 who were adopted and 84 who are still in the shelter.

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

Trixie (first and second photos) was a handful. Two of our dedicated volunteers worked one-on-one with her so that she would walk and play nicely. It took two years, but Trixie finally found her new home with a wonderful family and canine playmate. Even with the difficulty of social distancing, we were still able to conduct the meet-and-greets and, finally, the adoption!

Another long-timer was Baby (third photo). She also spent two years at the shelter. It didn’t help that she was 17 years old and set in her ways. Luckily, a young man (fourth photo) fell in love with the finicky feline and Baby now lives in the comfort of a new home.

Two guinea pigs (fifth photo) were also adopted during the pandemic. The guinea pigs were being shy and did not agree to have their photo taken.

Gus (sixth photo) was with us for three months but, thanks to our ability to finally admit adopters, he found his perfect adopter.

Stoic (seventh photo) was previously adopted and was brought back due to allergies. He didn’t have his mask on so he stayed in his carrier.

Nebraska Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used toward the revenue gap during fee-reduced pet adoptions this spring. (Adoption revenue helps us pay for medical treatments.)

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us pay for critical pre-adoption medical treatments, necessary for cats and dogs to be adoptable, during reduced-fee adoptions this spring. This was especially appreciated with the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to revenue streams, as many of our revenue-generating programs ceased (in compliance with state-directed health measures).

The reduced-fee adoptions were part of our strategy to get as many pets adopted as possible. This helped the pets and Nebraska Humane Society (NHS), with fewer animals in the facility for staff and volunteers to care for. Another strategy we are using is an expanded foster-care program, with many new households responding to NHS’s request for emergency foster homes to help during the pandemic.

Any time we can safely place a pet in a foster home or facilitate adoption, we are aiding the pet by removing it from the stress of an animal shelter, where the overwhelming sights, smells, sounds can lead to behavioral deterioration, making adoption more difficult.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 cats and four dogs

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

Nala, a young (one year and 10 months old) setter/Lab mix, came to NHS as a very underweight stray. This beautiful dog received medical treatments (spay, vaccinations), food, shelter and love while at NHS. One of our new emergency foster families agreed to help Nala with a temporary home. In less than a week, Nala had won over the family and they formally adopted her. She is pictured with her loving new family. The Petfinder Foundation helped Nala and NHS with its generous grant, and we are very grateful!

Animal Advocates Incorporated: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Following the mandate from local and state officials, the Animal Advocates resale boutique — the main source of funding for the rescue — had been closed from mid March until the first week in June. In perilous times, it the boutique helps with the daily challenges of ensuring there are enough food and supplies for the cats and dogs as well as keeping the organization financially solvent.

The grant was used to help defray the large expenses of providing for our animals’ veterinary care, medications, food and supplies.

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

Throughout the closure, and following adapted safety practices, Animal Advocates was able to find foster or forever homes for 60 animals. The grant was used to assist in covering the veterinary care and supplies for the increased number of animals who were surrendered to the rescue as well as to provide supplies to volunteer foster homes for the care of cats and dogs in need of extra support.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Named after a main character in The Lion King, Mufasa has quite the reputation to live up to and a story to tell! Finding himself surrendered to a crowded shelter with low adoption rates, Mufasa quickly became overwhelmed by that environment. He completely shut down — he stopped eating, lost significant weight and nearly did not make it. When Animal Advocates heard of Mufasa’s plight, the organization quickly swung into action. He was transferred to Animal Advocates and directly into foster home.

With veterinary care and extra TLC from his foster family, Mufasa transformed into a healthy, regal cat. Mufasa has a plush light-orange coat and, at just about a year and a half old, is still showing his playful kitten side. He is curious and very friendly.

Mufasa is now ready for his next adventure in a forever home! You can meet him here.

Happy Tales Ranch and Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Happy Tales bought:
A pallet of cat litter: $389.40
25 bags of cat food, including Wildology (12 bags), Taste of the Wild (12 bags), and Loyal Life (three bags)

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

Happy Tales receives no funds from state or local government. With so many of our fundraisers cancelled due to COVID, this grant money was used to buy necessary items.

How many pets did this grant help?

72

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

Henry (first and second photos) and Copper (third photo) came to the shelter at the start of COVID. They became buddies and have recently been adopted together. Henry was a stray; he was super friendly and around 2 years old. He loved belly rubs and looking out the window. Cooper was 2-3 years old; he loved attention once he knows you, but he will take a little time to adjust. He was fine with other cats, and in a room with Henry.

Martin County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to pay our vet bills.

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

We have had zero fundraisers this year due to COVID-19. The grant helped pay our vet bills that are still piling up.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Sable came to us at 8+ years old with her ears completely closed up due to infection. She also had heartworms. She has been in and out of the vet for the past few months and was finally healthy enough to send out. Her heartworms were treated. She is currently out on a trial adoption.

Oregon Dachshund Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vet bills

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

It helped provide vet care for rescued dachshunds to get them ready for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Flapjack, a dachshund, was surrendered by its owner because he had IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) and was unable to walk properly. With ongoing vet care, he has regained some of his hind-end strength and is now able to walk slowly, but will continue to improve. You can meet him here.