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Helen Woodward Animal Center: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant was used to fund 20 DHPP vaccines, 20 bordetella vaccines, 20 rabies vaccines, 20 microchips, and 20 spay/neuter surgeries for orphan puppies and dogs.

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped Helen Woodward Animal Center provide care for orphan dogs and puppies. Upon passing a health and behavioral screening, every orphan pet in our care receives a DHPP vaccine, a bordetella vaccine, and, if over 4 months old, a rabies vaccine. In addition to receiving vaccines, the pets are spayed/neutered and microchipped before being placed up for adoption. The grant specifically funded these procedures to ensure proper health and safety for each pet, in addition to preventing future homeless pets. Thank you for making the difference in the lives of these orphan pets!

How many pets did this grant help?

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped 20 dogs and puppies to receive vaccines, microchips, and spay/neuter surgeries.

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

In the late night hours of Valentine’s Day 2016, someone abandoned seven puppies – just a few hours old – at a Southern California shelter. When workers arrived the next morning, they discovered the hungry, helpless puppies. There was no sign of their mother. One of our rescue partners asked if we could take the seven newborns. Our staff quickly found a wonderful foster family for the puppies to provide these little ones round-the-clock care. They quickly learned how to hold the puppies during feedings, how to make them latch, how to burp them — everything to ensure the puppies got the nutrition they needed. Those first couple nights, the fosters even set their alarms to wake up every two hours to feed the puppies with an eye dropper. These kind, patient fosters are the only mothers the pups have ever known.

We don’t know what happened to their birth mom or what compelled someone to abandon them in the middle of the night. Luckily, there are dedicated volunteers ready to take over when Mom isn’t available and give orphaned newborns a second chance at life.

Once the puppies were old enough, they received their vaccines, microchips, and spay/neuter surgeries, funded by the Petfinder Foundation grant, and then became available for adoption on April 15. Meet them here:

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