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Furever Friends Rescue: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

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

We received a tray of 25 FVRCP vaccines which was used to vaccinate and booster 20 cats/kittens in our rescue.

Furever Friends Rescue takes animals from individuals entering hospice, nursing homes, assisted living or from the families of those who have passed away. Most of the time the animals coming from those circumstances are already up to date on their vaccines but we do get cats and dogs simply left at our rescue and when that happens they need to be properly cared for. We test all cats immediately upon receipt for FELV/FIV, we set up appointments for spay/neuter and well animal care and we vaccinate. These are all costs we incur to help these animals find a new home. Having the Shot At Life Vaccination Grant saved us a significant amount of money and enabled us to get these guys adopted out quicker. We are so grateful to Petfinder and Boehringer Ingleheim for the contribution.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped us vaccinate and booster 9 kittens and 11 adult cats.

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

Story 1. We found Hope out in the parking lot one day when the temperatures were hovering at 115 degrees. This 4 week old little sweetie had suffered burns on her paws which needed to be tended daily. She went into foster care and dealt with the pain of having her burned feet wrapped and unwrapped. She also had other health issues; calici and URI which required a number of visits to the vet. Because we had the vaccines from The Shot At Life Vaccination Grant we didn’t have to incur the cost of her shots as well. She found her “Furever” home and is loving life with healed feet, no more URI or calici and completely vaccinated.

Story 2. One morning a man drove to the front of the rescue got out of his car and put a small filthy carrier on the ground and drove away. Inside were six female kittens from what looked like three different litters. They were all suffering with URI and eye infections. We nicknamed them the “Fruit Tarts”: Cherry, Peach, Mango, Apricot, Honeydew and Kiwi. These six little girls needed all kinds of vet work; medication for URI and eye infections, spay surgeries, FELV/FIV testing and vaccines. Thanks to the vaccines grant all six received their first vaccines and five were boostered. Kiwi went so quickly she had only one vaccines before being adopted!

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