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Paws Patrol: Grant Report

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

The money was used to improve our isolation room. Plexiglass was added to each of the kennel doors and the top 18 inches of the room walls were enclosed to the ceiling. Two air vents were added and wall-mounted Purell containers were added throughout all four rooms. In addition, we purchased Trifectant for disinfecting.

As of the day of the conference, we had had no URI or ringworm cases in our facility, which we just opened in April 2015. The following week, we took in a kitten full of ringworm, and shortly thereafter, we got a cat from another shelter with a terrible URI. Unfortunately, the cases came in before the work was done so we had our work cut out for us. We have also changed our contamination protocols so now when an illness or fungus comes in with a cat, the volunteers and other cats are much less at risk.

How many pets did this grant help?

The initial answer is two, the ones who started the outbreaks. The larger answer would be four who came down with ringworm and 17 who got a URI before the work was complete.

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

Three of our volunteers attended an Adoption Options seminar and were very interested in some of the isolation ideas given. We had all dealt with ringworm and URI over the years in a foster-based situation, but not in our facility. Zappa is one kitty who has really benefited from our new changes paid for with this grant. He was “patient zero” for ringworm, only 12 weeks old when he came to us from a colony, one of seven kittens, all siblings or cousins. Most of his body was covered in lesions. Within a couple of days, we transferred him to a volunteer’s secure room, but the spores had already contaminated three other cats. Zappa recuperated from ringworm and coccidian and came back to our facility. He then contracted a URI and moved into the new isolation room. That allowed our volunteers to isolate the virus, control the moisture he needed from a humidifier and monitor his condition. For all he has gone through in just a few short months, he has become a very lovable kitten. Zappa will be ready for adoption in another month once his immune system is stronger.

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