COVID-19 Operation Grant

Humane Society of North Central Arkansas: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to purchase cleaning supplies, necessary cleaning materials, and pet food for shelter animals in foster care and the shelter.

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

This grant helped us keep the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in the shelter cleaned and fed during the pandemic when we needed it the most. The pandemic caused our thrift store to close for two months; our thrift store is our main source of income.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant was helped approximately 100 animals.

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

Reuben, a.k.a. Romeo (first photo) was adopted as a puppy but returned to the shelter as an adult. He spent six months at the shelter, and because of the pandemic, adoptions slowed down. This grant helped keep him fed and cleaned daily during the pandemic. He has now been adopted and is happy to have a family of his own.

Baxter, Briggs, and Barrett (second, third, and fourth photos) are a litter of babies whom were born in a foster home, they entered the shelter when they were big enough to be vaccinated. The pandemic slowed their adoption time, Briggs and Baxter have been adopted, however Barrett is still looking for his forever home. This grant helped keep the clean and fed during their neediest time.

Pickens County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money awarded was used for medical care for surrendered animals.

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

The grant paid for Revolution, Pyran, and FCREP. All the pets who come through our doors receive these medications, and with our being a nonprofit organization, we are always in need of financial assistance to pay for them, especially during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and the loss of funds due to it.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant was able to help 12 pets.

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

We had two cats, Sassy (first photo) and Karma, surrendered who each had a very bad case of ear mites. We were able to treat them and they are doing well and now looking for their forever homes.

Living the Dream Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money to help cover supplies purchased for animals in rescue when COVID hit. We also used the money to help provide food and supplies for newly arriving animals.

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

This grant helped dramatically offset the $2,000 dollars we spent to stock up on supplies needed during the shelter-in-place that began on April 1, 2020.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Otis is a very large guy — he came in to the rescue in December at 25.5 lbs. We had Otis on a special weight-loss food and he lost 6 lbs. before being adopted during the Covid crisis. We were able to purchase a large bag of his food before the shelter-in-place began that we were then able to send home with his adopter so he had plenty of food.

Peninsula SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used towards the care of shelter pets while we functioned under new guidelines with abbreviated operations. Since closing to the public and going to appointment-only, we have had 50 intakes (half of which were owner-surrenders). The grant funds went towards updating vaccinations and medical care provided to these pets while in our care.

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

With Virginia’s new guidelines for businesses and limited income due to abbreviated operations, these funds were critical to our ability to vaccinate incoming pets who were not up-to-date. Under normal circumstances, we ask for a donation towards vaccinations if the pet needs to be updated, but many owners were not in a financial position to do so. This funding helped to take the burden off the shelter’s already thin resources.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped approximately 25 pets receive their vaccinations.

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

Hansel and Gretel came to us from a local rescue that was helping an elderly woman whose dog recently had puppies. The rescue brought them to us and we immediately provided medical care and placed them in a foster home. Since then, Hansel and Gretel have been growing up big and strong in their foster home and coming for regular check-ups for weight, vaccine updates, deworming, and more. Soon they will be old enough to be spayed and neutered, and our foster family who wanted to help during a time of crisis are now planning to adopt these two sweet babies! Puppies need all of their initial vaccines and require more vet care than an older pet who has already been receiving vaccines but may just need an update. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the COVID-19 relief funds because it helped many pets just like Hansel and Gretel.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to help pay our utilities during this unprecedented time of closure, financial hardship, and uncertainty.

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

It helped keep the lights and HVAC on so our animals remained comfortable while we were closed due to the pandemic.

How many pets did this grant help?

168

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

Snoopy is an 11-year-old female black Lab mix. She was one of the dogs who did not get adopted or fostered prior to us closing, so she “waited out” the quarantine in the shelter. Grants like this one helped keep us going when our public support was reduced by more than 50%! You can meet Snoopy here.

Puppy Dog Ranch: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Much-needed, out-of-supply dog food and supplements during our three+ month COVID-19 lockdown.

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

We were able to find limited amounts of dog and puppy food, chicken, rice and vegetables at various “big box” stores within 125 miles during several weeks to get us by while we waited for months for our two Chewy.com orders to arrive. Our 32 dogs and puppies were happy!

How many pets did this grant help?

32

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

Two litters of puppies we rescued were helped: one litter that was dumped and one litter that was pulled from a hoarding situation. We unfortunately lost two pups to parvo (with limited veterinary hospital hours); however, the nine remaining pups were all adopted to qualified, loving, happy furever homes!

The hoarding situation with Mama Sadie is pictured in the sixth and seventh photos. From Facebook: “Mama Sadie and her pups were rescued from a hoarding situation in Clovis, New Mexico. They were filled with worms, starving and inches away from dying of malnutrition. We are still overseeing the care of her babies and Kelly and me were forced to take Sadie in for emergency surgery in El Paso, Texas. Sadie’s $6,000+ emergency surgery consisted of cutting her wide open to unravel and cut the towel entwined around her intestines and removing half of her stomach which had died due to lack of blood flow. She is recovering at our quiet Rescue Ranch in Arenas Valley at this time and is doing great! This Sweet Sadie is putting on weight, running and acting like the puppy she should be and is happily running and playing with our monster Demi-lition! I’m very humbled and appreciative of the support I have received so far, but we still have a long way to go with the additional $1,500 vet bills for her sick puppies, one of which we had to make the grueling decision to have euthanized for parvo.”

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation’s $1,000 grant was used toward the initial immunizations of 23 dogs rescued from regional [open-intake] shelters or owner surrenders. Twenty-three dogs received the initial care necessary to make it possible to evaluate them and make them eligible for care in our sanctuary or promotion for fostering and adoption. A spreadsheet of specific dogs treated and points of care is available upon request.

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

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established just two years ago, and in the past two years has rescued 972 dogs as of this date who were listed for euthanasia in the next 24 hours at [open-intake] shelters, abandoned, or surrendered by owners and families who could no longer care for them. Your grant made it possible for these dogs to receive care in our sanctuary and within our foster system, and be eligible for adoption into forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Twenty-three dogs were provided initial vaccinations.

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

Meet Collins, a Great Dane/Rhodesian ridgeback mix rescued on April 28, 2020. Collins and four other dogs were reported as abandoned in a house surrounded by woods after their owner died. Neighbors had been trying to feed the dogs, who were terrified, hungry and covered with hundreds of ticks. After hours of coaxing and a two-hour drive, Collins and her friends went straight to the vet for vaccinations, physical exams and the painstaking removal of ticks and parasites.

Cowering in our rescue van, Collins began to trust one staff member at a time. She joined our family of dogs at our open-environment sanctuary, made friends with staff and volunteers, and found her forever home with a loving family on May 2, 2020. Not all of our dogs transition this quickly, but we are delighted for Collins and the close to 1,000 other dogs we have rescued in the past two years since Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established.

Valley Animal Haven: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant funding to purchase dog food, cat food, cat litter, and shelter cleaning supplies. Our breakdown of funds used is as follows:
Dog food: $430
Cat food: $275
Cat litter: $210
“Rescue” disinfectant: $165
Total expenses: $1080

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

This grant helped ensure that our shelter animals would continue to have an ample food supply during the COVID-19 crisis. It also helped us maintain our extensive sanitation protocols by contributing to the cost of Rescue brand disinfectant.

How many pets did this grant help?

167

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

This grant specifically helped with two litters of shepherd-mix puppies. We were able to purchase puppy food for this litter. Our donors do not normally think about bringing in puppy food. We most often get donations of adult dog food. This grant helped ensure that we could provide good-quality nutrition for our puppies. It also helped ensure that we were able to maintain our high quality of sanitation standards, with the ability to purchase Rescue disinfectant. This purchase was beneficial to all of the animals in our care.

Stray Love Foundation, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Vetting adoptable cats and TNR-ing feral cats at the Valentine Project, a hoarding case that had approximately 40 cats/kittens and nine dogs.

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

This was a huge case and vetting this many animals in the midst of Covid-19, when we cannot have our normal fundraisers, we desperately needed help with funds to cover veterinary care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Nine were helped: eight through TNR (trap/neuter/return) and one, Millie, who was one of a few tame enough to put into the adoption program.

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

There were many cats who lived inside the Valentine Project house. Beginning the week after Valentine’s Day, we were busily trapping the inside kitties as well as the outside kitties. We were working diligently, as spring was coming and, with this many feral cats, if we did not get them TNR’d, we would soon have hundreds!

We were finally down to one cat left in the house, Millie. She was smart, though, and would NOT get in a trap. She was young and emaciated and probably anemic also because of the thousands of fleas in the house. The volunteer working this worried terribly for Millie. She was always afraid she might find the kitty dead. After giving up on the traps and the net, she asked another volunteer if he would give it a shot. By this time, Millie was pretty much staying hidden among the junk and boxes piled up in one part of the house. Sure enough, the volunteer found her there and she was too weak to put up much of a fuss. He was able to get her and we got her to the vet immediately. After she’d been deemed healthy, she went into foster care.

It took a few weeks, but the kitty with the big beautiful green eyes came around. She is still thin, but she’s doing much better. She loves attention and will run to you for it. She is now listed on our Petfinder site and we hope to find her the purrfect home very soon. You can meet Millie here.

Shelby Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Waiving adoption fees for harder-to-place dogs during COVID-19.

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

When faced with the challenges of COVID-19, we had to make changes very quickly that affected our staff and the pets in our care. We asked for the community’s support in helping to place as many pets in homes as quickly as possible. This grant made it possible for us to waive the fees for five deserving pets who would have otherwise been hard to place. This freed up space in our facility to make more room for those in the community who had been displaced or abandoned.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Schmoney (first photo) entered our care as seized custody in August of 2019. Her previous owners were found to have neglected her and her siblings and she was placed on hold while legal proceedings took place. Unfortunately, in the nearly six months it took for us to obtain legal custody of Schmoney, she developed anxiety and was shut down while interacting with staff and volunteers. She went to a foster home where she learned to trust humans again, and spent lots of time playing with children and other pets. When Shelby Humane promoted Schmoney as having a sponsored adoption fee, she received lots of great feedback on social media! Eventually her forever family made contact with us and the rest is history. Thanks in part to the Petfinder Foundation, Schmoney now lives with the beautiful family she’s always deserved.