Disaster Grant

SPCA of Northern Nevada: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To support two fire evacuations with shelter partners and subsequent pet care during the summer and fall of 2021.

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

It helped cover the expenses for two fire-rescue transports, staff overtime, and expenses to house the animals in our shelter until they were adopted out. The average cost for us to rescue each animal is more than $500 by the time they are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

38

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

Leo (first photo) is a 5-year-old hound mix who was brought in to our shelter during a fire rescue. Leo came to us with an infection on his nose, which we treated over the course of a few weeks. Once Leo was healed and cleared, he was adopted to a loving family!

Arizona Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Arizona Humane Society (AHS) used this gift to help underwrite a portion of the staffing expenses AHS incurred while deployed at the Telegraph and Mescal Fires in eastern Arizona from June 6-13.

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

While AHS was deployed to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires, our Disaster Response Team cared for 100 owned pets in the field, 86 of whom were reunited with their loving families and 14 of whom were surrendered to our shelter. During this natural disaster, AHS’s Disaster Response Team was deployed for a week – the longest deployment since the team’s inception. This grant helped our organization by underwriting a portion of the staffing expenses we incurred while 28 staff members were deployed.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Bailey, a 4-year-old Queensland heeler/collie mix, and her seven newborn puppies were surrendered to AHS during our deployment to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires. Upon intake, Bailey and her puppies were quickly placed with one of our Foster Heroes. Unfortunately, Bailey displayed behavioral issues with her foster parent and returned to the shelter with her puppies.

From there, Bailey and her seven puppies stayed in AHS’ Mutternity Suite and spent time with our Behavior Team to ensure Bailey could find a forever home after weaning her puppies. During their time in the shelter, Bailey and all seven of her puppies showed no signs of behavioral issues and entered AHS’ adoption floor after being vaccinated and sterilized. Within a matter of days, Bailey and all seven puppies had found their forever homes!

Pearl River County SPCA: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Fixing of structural damage, electrical damage, and fans.

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

This grant helped pets in our care by enabling us to fix the fans in our outback kennels. In our location, summer months can be very hot. The fans in our outback kennels help the outdoor dogs get some relief. The repair of structural damage ensured that we had no leaks in our cat and kitten rooms.

How many pets did this grant help?

336

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

Lucky is a 10-year-old treeing Walker coonhound in our care. He has been here well over 130 days. Lucky is in an outdoor kennel. It is very hot in our area in the summer months. Thanks to this grant, the fans above Lucky’s kennel are in full effect! You can meet Lucky here.

Gerda's Equine Rescue: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money from this grant was used to purchase hay for our rescue horses.

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

This grant was a lifesaver! It allowed us to purchase much-needed hay for our horses and gave us the time we needed to fundraise for the remaining money that was used to pay for repairs caused by unexpected flash floods. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Cosmo (first and second photos) came to Gerda’s Equine Rescue in 2019 from a feedlot. He had a huge abscess in his front foot. It took more than a year for the abscess to grow out with consistent trimming and therapy boots, but his hoof has finally grown out and he is ready for adoption! Money from this grant helped pay for hay for Cosmo while he waited for his forever home, and it paid off: Cosmo has a pending adopter who is coming to see him this weekend!

Missy’s Haven: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To purchase mini-splits, have our electricity restored, and fix broken water lines that resulted from the winter storm of 2021.

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

We we able to buy supplies to repair broken water lines and restore heat to two of our cottages in order to give our young puppies a safe haven, as well as to buy extra supplies that were needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

39

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

During the winter of 2021, we were hit with power outages which caused a surge to our transformer. Our rescue was full of 32 puppies from various owner surrenders. We needed to act fast and provide water and electric to their cottages. Thankfully we were granted some relief which enabled us to purchase two mini-splits, providing much-needed heat for the babies. They are now in loving homes!

Harris County Pets: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With funding support from the Petfinder Foundation, Harris County Pets was able to purchase supplies for our shelter. The purchase of a 500-gallon water tank, drum fans, and emergency-use flashlights serve to better equip our facility to recover from and withstand future emergencies.

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

In early 2021, Winter Storm Uri brought unusual extreme temperatures to southeast Texas and highlighted several areas of need for our staff and facility. With funding support from the Petfinder Foundation, Harris County Pets has been able to purchase a 500-gallon water tank, drum fans, and emergency-use flashlights to better equip our facility to withstand emergencies. These supplies will go a long way in ensuring a high standard of care for animals at our shelter during extreme weather events.

The water tank is immensely important for animal care, as it ensures our animals will have consistent access to potable water and provides a source of water for cleaning and disease-control purposes. As a large, municipal shelter which typically houses several hundred animals at a time, the importance of disease control cannot be overstated.

As southeast Texas prepares for hurricane season, we are thankful to know our facility is better prepared to provide care for our animals during future disasters.

How many pets did this grant help?

300-plus; we have more than 300 animals in our facility currently. For many years to come, the 15,000 – 20,000 animals we take in per year will continue to benefit from the safety net this grant has provided.

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

During the height of Winter Storm Uri, while the shelter remained closed to the public due to power outages and water concerns, we were contacted by a constable from Precinct 1 who had found a dog abandoned on a nearby toll road.

The found dog was a beautiful 8-year-old Chihuahua with a grey snout. The HCP staff who were at the shelter caring for our animals immediately took in this senior dog and warmed him up. Once he was warm and fed, he received medical treatment for a positive fecal evaluation showing hookworms and whipworms. On Feb. 23, just a week after coming to the shelter and on the very last day of his stray hold, this boy was adopted and went to his forever home.

HCP serves as a refuge for stray and abandoned animals in times of disaster. We are thankful to be better prepared to care for all the animals in their times of need, just as we did for this 8-year-old Chihuahua.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money awarded to our organization from the disaster grant was used to purchase a generator that will allow us to continue operating in the event of a power outage. The generator can also be used for emergency disaster response.

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

This generator will allow us to continue providing care for the 600+ pets within our shelter in the event of a power outage.

How many pets did this grant help?

650

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

Lola was surrendered on April 5, 2021, at 7 years of age as a euthanasia request due to resource-guarding issues. Lola sat in the shelter, curled up in a ball, unsure of her surroundings, for 88 days before she went to a foster home, where her personality could really shine. After coming back from foster, Lola blossomed and found her forever family after being in the shelter system for a total of 108 days.

Footbridge Foundation: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Footbridge Foundation used the granted funds to assist animals and their caretakers in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. The 2021 Disaster Grant made it possible for Footbridge Foundation to rescue 35 animals directly impacted by Winter Storm Uri.

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

Upon Winter Storm Uri’s arrival, Footbridge Foundation received numerous requests to shelter animals from the elements. Out of the 20 additional animals that we were able to rescue just before the storm, five were in need of immediate and extensive medical care.

In the aftermath of the winter storm, grocery and pet supply stores had been shuttered, causing a shortage of pet food in our community. Footbridge Foundation was able to distribute pet food to residents in our community and surrounding areas. Upon receipt of the Petfinder Foundation’s 2021 Disaster Grant, Footbridge Foundation was able to immediately intake an additional 15 animals in need of help as a result of Winter Storm Uri.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

Footbridge Foundation received a request for assistance with a special dog named Jewel in the days after Winter Storm Uri. Jewel’s family was going through a tough situation that was made even worse after the storm impacted her family. Jewel’s previous owners wanted what was best for her and asked that Footbridge Foundation step in to provide her with medical care and training until we could match her with another loving family. Jewel received necessary medical care and was placed in a great foster home. It did not take long for Jewel to find a loving forever home to call her own!

San Antonio Pets Alive!: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

San Antonio Pets Alive! was able to purchase an energy-efficient washing machine and self-warming quilted blanket mats with the grant money. Our washing machine was broken during the winter storms, and this caused challenges during the storms as we needed to keep our animals warm. The washing machine has been wonderful as we constantly have to keep up with our heavy loads of dirty blankets and towels. It is a tremendous help to our medical staff and keeping up with the clinic.

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

Our medical clinic cares for ill puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats. We have parvovirus and distemper wards and have to make sure our towels and blankets get cleaned extremely well. This new washing machine ensures that our materials are being washed well and sanitized. We care for 55 animals at a time in our clinic. The blankets are also helping our animals during the cold and warm days of the year. They are keeping our animals comfortable and warm, without the need for an electrical cord.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help hundreds of animals that come into our care.

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

Suzy (first and second photos) was found in May behind our clinic by a dumpster, screaming in pain. She was next to a can of oil and had a horrible burn on her back. We aren’t sure if the bottle fell on her or if someone purposely put it on her, as she was terrified of humans. Our medical team treated her wounds and cared for her, gaining her trust and affection. She is now sweet and sassy and currently in a foster home looking for her furever family. Hopefully, she will be adopted out quickly!

UPDATE: Suzy has been adopted!

Animal Friends Humane Society dba Heart of Texas SPCA: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Disaster Grant funds were used to replace collapsed tarps above the outdoor pens, all outdoor water hoses, a puppy pen that was crushed, and outdoor timers for the lights and summer fans.

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

It allowed us to once again use a row of outdoor kennels which the snow had completely collapsed. When we could not use these kennels, puppies had to stay inside in crates, only being let out a few times a day.

Hose water is our only source of water outside for the dogs to have fresh, cold water and for us to be able to wash doghouses, Kuranda beds, buckets, and whatever else needs to be cleaned. This helps keep these areas clean and healthy for the dogs.

The timers for the summer fans and lights are something we take seriously, as leaving these items on all the time is not only wasteful of energy, but can cause fires.

All the damage was a little overwhelming for our small facility. Thank goodness for this grant, because the puppies are growing fast.

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

We had a litter of eight puppies, plus two others, that came in right after the storm. Having limits on our outdoor space and the ability to clean things outside made it very difficult to keep up with the day-to-day, not to mention the 10 new arrivals at our small facility.

The litter of eight puppies was turned in by an owner who did not have the funds to provide for them and was a repeat client. They were the typical covered-in-fleas, full-of-parasites, hungry puppies. But the mom did a good job taking care of them otherwise. They were growing fast and needed more exercise and socialization than an indoor puppy pen would allow.

Unfortunately, all of the puppies are still with us and a couple of them have developed a fear of strangers now. But we hope someone will follow the link provided and come give one a forever home. Meet the eight puppies here.

UPDATE: The puppies have all been adopted!