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St. John Animal Care Center: Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report

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

Funds were used to create a water diversion ditch to handle flash flooding after torrential rains in May of 2013.

Our budget is very tight, with a demand for every dollar. These additional funds allowed us to make the necessary repairs to the shelter property before the hurricane season arrived with its monsoon rains.

How many pets did this grant help?

This is a no-kill shelter and fllled to capacity most of the time. 38 cats and 28 dogs reside at the shelter. The cats are indoors in a dry area, however the dogs are in kennels in the lower portion of the shelter in indoor/outdoor kennels. The grant helped all 28 dogs stay comfortable and dry no matter the amount of rain. Because of recent building in the neighborhood, the rain water now flows down the hill next to the shelter. The new ditch channels all excess water away from the shelter property.

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

Every one of our dogs is loved and is special. Every singe one of them, if they could speak, would render licks and kisses of gratitude for being able to stay dry and comfortable in their dog houses instead of sleeping on top of the houses to stay dry. The dogs were never in danger of the waters rising more than six inches or so since the sump pump was working to keep up and volunteers were there to push the water out. Most of the dogs are in the medium to large size. Since the kennel area is also used for storing other necessary items, it is very important, from that aspect, that the area stays dry.

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