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Nancy J. Brua Animal Care and Control Center: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

The donation money given to the shelter is directly applied to medical costs, food, blankets, leashes, etc., for all of our animals.

This money directly helps all of our animals for vet bills, food, and exercise, but there are two in particular who benefited the most from it.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Willa is an American Staffordshire terrier mix whom we had at the shelter for 268 days. She was taken from a bad situation in which she was severely attacked by another dog. She had several injuries, and was terrified of people. She did not trust anyone. She had to be sedated just so we could look at her injuries and get them cleaned up and taken care of. She was in holding for several weeks just learning to be around people. She did not want to go for walks or car rides, or even get up. We had multiple people who would just sit in the kennel with her and let her get used to that. She was terrified of having a collar on, and would become aggressive whenever we came close; that didn’t stop us. We used to carry her outside so she could get some fresh air. Eventually, she started walking on a leash and coming to people.

We were able to put her up for adoption, where she waited for a long time. She became used to shelter life and never got down in spirits. We had several people interested in her, but it never worked out; until one day, Willa’s angels came looking for her. It took a few weeks to finalize the adoption while waiting for DNA results, but it was worth it. Willa was just adopted a couple of weeks ago to her furever home and is better than ever!

Cowboy (second photo) has been with us for a couple of months now, and it’s a little difficult to tell what kind of breed he is because of his health. Cowboy was picked up from a bad home and was found extremely emaciated and rushed to the vet immediately. Cowboy has several health conditions and has required many vet visits, medications, special food, and much more. He is still being held until we can get his health conditions under control and put some weight on him. He is doing much better now, and goes for daily walks with our staff and volunteers. However, he requires so much special care right now that he is not available for adoption yet. We hope for him to be available soon, but will continue to provide care for him for as long as possible. The picture of Cowboy provided is a before and after. The bottom is the before when he was first picked up, and the top is his current state.

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