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Richmond Animal Shelter: Grant Report

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

The money was used to help purchase Accel Cleaner, a costly disinfectant cleaner (and deodorizer) that we use in the shelter. It is:
•Effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including Parvo, staph, HIV and more
•Non-toxic and non-irritating, high safety profile
•Accel Concentrate sanitizes surfaces in 3 minutes and disinfects in 5 minutes
•Accel TB is ready to use and sanitizes surfaces in 30 seconds and disinfects in 5 minutes

We recently had an outbreak of the upper respiratory infection in the shelter. Over 80% of our cat population was infected and the shelter was forced to be closed while we got the outbreak under control. Having a supply of Accel cleaner available to us allowed us to properly disinfect every cat cage and room. At the same time, we set up an isolation ward in a separate building; Accel was used to prepare the ward and ensure the URI was properly sterilized before the sick cats moved in. We also revised our cleaning protocols, and adapted them to specifically include the use of Accel cleaner.

How many pets did this grant help?

At the time we received the grant, about 50 cats were directly positively impacted by the purchase of the Accel cleaner. We continue to use the cleaner and now our entire shelter population of cats and dogs (~80) has benefited from the grant.

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

The ‘S’ litter — Silvie (mama), her friend Suki, and Silvie’s six kittens (Scout, Scrappy, Scooter, Sassafras, Skitter and Scamper) — were brought to us by a good Samaritan who intercepted the family from being attacked by raccoons. Every cat in the group had fleas and all suffered from an upper respiratory infection, but were all friendly and receptive to being handled. The kittens varied in weight from 300g to 750g, so their weights were monitored daily and extra bottle feedings were given. These cats were the sickest cats to enter the shelter in a long time, so extra precautions were taken to ensure their URI didn’t spread to the shelter environment. Because of the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase and establish new cleaning protocols using Accel cleaner to not only help disinfect the cages that housed the S litter, but to also prevent the spread of their URI.

We are happy to report that all members of the ‘S’ litter have been adopted and are thriving in their new homes.