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Pawsitive Connections: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

It was used to purchase dry and canned dog food for our rescue dogs.

During the time that the dogs are with us, we provide them with high-quality and consistent food. We also free-feed to prevent resource-guarding. Many of our rescues have not had steady access to food in their lifetimes prior to coming to us.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 pets were fed with the 400 lbs. of food we purchased with the grant.

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

Alfie (first three photos) came to us from a migrant camp in a small town (Orosi) near our rescue. They said that he had been dumped a month before. There were also coyotes in the area and the finders were worried that Alfie, along with three other dogs we took, would not be able to survive.

Alfie came in a hot mess, covered in sore spots and missing fur from a severe flea allergy and skin infection (fourth and fifth photos). Little did we know, underneath the neglect was a super fun boy with the sweetest, quirkiest spirit.

One other had a skin infection, one had an old broken leg that was never treated, and they lived outdoors without any fencing. They also all had bad flea allergies and skin infections. None had had any sort of medical care; they all needed to be spayed/neutered, dewormed, treated for fleas and ticks, and given their shots.

After getting them to our rescue, we gave them all medicated baths and started to vet them. While under our care, they had all the dry and canned food they needed to get them to a healthy weight. This food was purchased using the grant we received.

Of the four dogs who came from Orosi, Papi (the one with the broken leg; sixth photo) was adopted. Rosa and Frankie are still in foster care and not yet ready for adoption, while our boy Alfie was just posted and is ready for his forever home. Meet Alfie here.

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