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Arizona Society for the Importance of Animals: Cat Chow Building Better Lives Grant Report

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

Spays/neuters and general medical bills

It was such a welcome surprise, as I have the highest adoption numbers consistently for all the Petcos in Maricopa County, which is the highest metropolitan county in Arizona. The grant made it possible for us to help more felines/feral TNR/people in general.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 25

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

Lupita: I was doing TNR for a couple of days, in a run-down apartment complex. I was watching this cat going up to all the people, coming and going and looking for food. After a few days, I was able to trap the cat and find a home for her.

Kayla: This kitten’s rectum was falling when I trapped her. The vet stitched it up, and it fell out two more times. While going through all of this, she came down with ringworm. It took many months to heal before we could place her in adoptions. I called all the parents of her adopted siblings, and to my surprise, one of them came for her and reunited her with her sister.

Remington was a kitten who had ulcers on his eye when we found him. The vet sewed his eye partially closed and I applied drops every four hours. His eye will be permanently scarred. I took him to adoption and he was adopted immediately by a family that looked past his imperfection and saw what a wonderful kitty his is.

Roxy was found in a run-down apartment complex where a woman had been evicted. The woman gave the mother cat and kittens to a neighbor, who then gave them to me. I put the kittens in foster care and the foster mom thought Roxy was blind. Two months earlier I had adopted a kitten who looked just like Roxy to a wonderful woman. I reached out to her, and this special woman, who also had an older blind and deaf cat, adopted Roxy.

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