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

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.