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Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The money was split three ways: to purchase supplies for our foster kits as many of our animals were moved into foster during onset of the pandemic, to supply kitten foster kits, and to stock our Helping Paws Food Bank.

Supplies such as food, powered milk, bottles, and nipples, litter, toys, etc., were included in foster kits.

This grant helped us purchase much-needed supplies for our foster program and Helping Paws Food Bank.

As our shelter shut down to the public and scaled down the amount of staff we had on-hand, our foster program expanded to include animals already housed with us. As the pandemic coincided with the beginning of kitten season, we had to prepare ourselves and stay stocked with kitten foster kits.

With many pet parents also facing unemployment due to this pandemic, it is imperative that we keep our pet-food bank stocked, as many people look to us as a community resource. This pandemic has created a surge of participants requesting food and supplies from our food bank.

How many pets did this grant help?

948

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

Honey is a 4-week-old kitten who came to Pasadena Humane just in the nick of time. She had been found in a rodent glue trap. The glue completely covered this tiny kitten’s body; she was unable to move and could barely get out a soft meow. Wasting no time, our veterinary team scrubbed her down with canola oil and mineral oil and then dish soap, massaging her fur to loosen the glue.

Young Honey’s temperature was so low that our team couldn’t get a reading on the thermometer. She was exhausted from her experience and didn’t want to move. Once she was warmed on a heating pad, she ate readily from a syringe. Now that Honey has fully recovered, she is currently awaiting adoption in her foster home.

Our Helping Paws Food Bank provides food, much-needed supplies, and more to pet parents in need. It has helped pet parent Mary and her dog Paco. Mary is on a limited budget and caring for Paco is challenging while she is unemployed. Being able to receive food, flea treatment and other supplies from our food bank has provided Mary with peace of mind and allows her to save for Paco’s vet visits.

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