COVID-19 Operation Grant

Animal Refuge Center: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money was used to support food and medical care during a reduction of donor support due to COVID-19.

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

This grant allowed us to maintain our focus on pets in dire need of special medical attention.

How many pets did this grant help?

We focused on the care of one very needy dog named Bentley.

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

We used this grant to help a miniature Yorkie who had sustained spinal-cord damage. Bentley sustained blunt-force trauma to his rear spinal cord, causing paralysis and an inability to control his bladder.

With months of physical therapy and acupuncture, Bentley can now move one of his rear legs substantially. The other leg tends to trip his good leg, so we made an appointment with a neurosurgeon to determine if further progress is possible or if Bentley might be more mobile as a three-legged dog.

Once Bentley’s medical progress no longer benefits from physical therapy and acupuncture, he will be formally adopted by his foster mom, Jean Laack.

Saving Grace Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were applied to veterinary services for 10 special-needs kittens.

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

This grant allowed us to provide veterinary care for our adoptable special-needs kittens during a time when funding is scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Bennie arrived emaciated and fading from a rural high[-intake] shelter. He had already been diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia, but we didn’t know he had been kept in a crate, where he was wasting away. He also had an injury to one of his eyes. We rushed him to the vet the same night he arrived on transport and the Petfinder Foundation grant helped us to get him the supportive care he needed. At 4 months, he was less than 2 lbs. Now he is energetic, loving and headed to a new home!

Refuge Magoo: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Special veterinary food and medications

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

It helped us pay for some special food and medications for some of the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Maggie (first photo) was adopted. Spike (second photo) is a permanent resident because of behavior issues and he needs special food. Sergeant (third photo) is a permanent resident; he has cancer and is receiving chemo. Leo (fourth photo) is a permanent resident who has allergies and needs medication and special food.

Humane Society of Madison County: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $500 to offset the cost of one cat dental and one dog dental.

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

Our income due to COVID slowed way down, which meant that Chica and Boba Fett would have been waiting a while to get their dentals, which in turn would have held up their chances to find forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two total animals

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

Boba Fett (first photo) arrived on January 17, 2020, after he had been found out and about by a citizen. He is a chipper and sweet Siamese kitty who is estimated to be about 7 years old. When he first arrived, he was in desperate need of having his teeth taken care of, so he has since gotten a dental. Some of his teeth had to be pulled, so sometimes you can catch his little tongue sticking out of his mouth a tad.

Boba has gotten along with dogs he has seen and every person he has met. He is such a docile and sweet boy that we are sure he would get along with just about anyone. Despite being a grown boy, he loves his toys still, and we can hear him batting his jingle ball around his kennel from down the hallway. Boba is prone to having upper-respiratory infections, which may need medications at times to help with his sniffling, but we are sure if that does come up, it will be worth all the love and fun that you will get from him. UPDATE: He has been adopted!

Chica (second photo) arrived on March 3, 2020, along with her two grown pups after their owners were no longer able to care for them. She is an all-white pitty, about 6 years old and 44 lbs. Chica is full of personality and she never hesitates to tell you how she is feeling. When we walk away from her kennel, she usually gives us a couple of yaps to tell us to come back and show her some love or take her for a walk.

She is a big sweetheart and is all about her toys. She loves to wrestle and romp while playing, with toys all around. She has done quite well with the dogs we have introduced her to, but she seems a bit on the outs when it comes to kitties and little kids, so she could definitely do without them. Chica is such a lovebug and has such an outgoing personality that we are sure she will have no problem fitting into a loving family. UPDATE: She has been adopted!

Both a dog named Chica and a cat named Boba Fett benefited from the grant we received, and both were placed in forever homes!

Northport Cat Rescue Association, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Since we were unable to adequately fundraise for our organization and our veterinary bills were accumulating, we used the money for the spaying, neutering and TNR our cats.

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

It provided us with an opportunity to rebuild our website and, as mentioned in the above statement, help us to afford veterinary care for our animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

22 spays/neuters

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

Peaches is a young mother who was trapped at Kleet Lumber Yard along with her five kittens. All of her kittens were adopted and she was ear-tipped for TNR. Fortunately for her, Peaches spent some time in our rehab shed and started to show signs of being friendly and seeking attention. She is now in a foster home and on her way to adoption.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased supplies for our foster program, including carriers, wet and dry food, kitten formula, bottles and nipples.

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

On March 20, the shelter closed to the general public due to COVID-19. We immediately put out a call to our foster volunteers to help us care for our existing animals and make sure we were ready to take on kitten season. Usually, we gather supplies from other departments, but it was important to have dedicated foster supplies in light of the situation. We are so grateful the Petfinder Foundation helped us address this urgent situation.

How many pets did this grant help?

From March 20-Sept. 11, 2020: 187 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

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

I would like to highlight Pogo (first photo). He is a 4-month-old domestic shorthair kitten. Pogo is currently available for adoption and has been in our foster program since the end of August. Pogo came to us through our FOCAS animal transport program. What makes Pogo unique is that he arrived with an infected wound in his left front leg. We tried to treat it, but unfortunately, our vet had to remove the leg. But don’t tell Pogo! He doesn’t know he has three legs. He is an amazing, cuddly kitten and speaks to the resilience we all need during these challenging times. Pogo loves to do the “zoomies” around his foster home. One of the new animal carriers was used to transport Pogo to and from the shelter to his foster home. Now he just needs a “fur-ever” home. You can meet Pogo here.

The second photo shows our new foster program coordinator outside the foster supply shed.

Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the awarded grant to purchase dog food, reusable pee pads, ear cleaners, and medicated shampoos used for the care of bulldogs in foster homes. Due to COVID we have less ability to use kennel services and have stressed using private foster homes for care.

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

We were able to support and maintain our foster homes that were facing the challenges of covering some foster expenses. We were able to maintain existing foster homes and bring on more foster homes with support.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hamlet is an 18-month-old bulldog who was surrendered by owners unable to afford ongoing medical care and a special diet. We were able to find him a foster home, cover the extra expense of a special diet, and arrange for ongoing medical care. The grant allowed us to keep him in a home where he could get one-on-one care and the diet he needed.

Strength of Shadow Dog Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to purchase dog food for the animals at our facility. We purchased 160 lbs. of adult dog food and 30 lbs. of puppy food.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to cancel ALL fundraising events in our community since March, yet we have rescued 21 more dogs since that same date. We were able to purchase food for the dogs in our care so that they could continue to thrive despite COVID.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

River (first photo) and Raine (second photo) were two of the dogs here at the time. Both puppies had severe leg injuries. With specialized orthopedic surgery, we were able to save River’s leg. Raine’s leg, unfortunately, had to be amputated. Some of this food provided much-needed nutrition to help these girls through their recoveries. River was adopted at the end of June and Raine was adopted in July.

Friends For Life Cat Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money went to the purchase of vaccines and spaying/neutering of kittens we rescued from a high-[intake] shelter right as COVID 19 hit. They have all been adopted now.

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

This helped offset medical expenses while all of our fundraising and adoptions were put on hold because our vets were not allowed to do any spaying or neutering.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four surgeries, vaccines, testing for FELV/FIV, rabies vaccinations and microchips

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

These kittens were rescued from a high-[intake] shelter where they were slated for euthanasia in North Carolina. We were able to rescue a total of 12 kittens and one pregnant cat who had three babies. We used the funds specifically on this mom and kittens.

Main Line Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to support the daily operations of our animal shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and the community, we needed to alter our operations and cancel some fundraising events, which placed a great strain on our budget. We appreciate supporters like the Petfinder Foundation who stepped up to fund us during this critical time of need.

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

The grant funds went directly to providing food, shelter, and medical care for the nearly 100 animals currently in our care. Main Line Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned animals. The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us provide love and rehabilitation to so many homeless animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

93

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

Putt Putt was adopted from our affiliate, the Pennsylvania SPCA, in 2010. But, for reasons we will likely never know, he recently ended up at the city shelter. Perhaps his family fell on hard time dues to the pandemic, or perhaps they could no longer take care of him.

In a way, the reasons why he ended up at the city shelter didn’t matter. They didn’t matter because when an animal leaves our care, it does so with the promise that we are committed to it for the entirety of its life — not just for 10 years, but forever.

When Putt Putt came back to the Pennsylvania SPCA as a super senior in need of extra loving care, the only logical next step was for him to join us at Main Line Animal Rescue. We worked on mending his heart and got him in tip-top shape, including the removal of a growth on one of his paws.

Once the growth was removed, Putt Putt was ready to begin the search for a loving, comfy home in which to spend the twilight of his life, no matter how long that might be. But that day didn’t take long, because within weeks, Putt Putt was adopted! We are so happy for this sweet, senior soul.