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Haven Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

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

Medical care for cats rescued in the Clover Fire. Cats were burned and owners had not been identified when they came into our care. We treated them and found foster homes for those who were never reunited with their owners.

It paid a significant portion of the medical costs for the cats' pain medication, bandages, subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and burn cream during their treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight cats

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

Our Animal Control Officers were out in the burned area looking for animals that had survived the fire. Officer Mitchell came upon a residence that was burned to the ground; nothing was standing. He saw a small pond surrounded by boulders on the property and went to check for animals. About 10 cats were hiding under the boulders. He captured three of them; the rest ran from him. He loaded them into his vehicle and brought them to our veterinary clinic. The orange cat was severely burned on his face, paws and tail. The clinic staff named him Burney. Burney’s injuries were so extensive, they were beyond what we could treat on a long-term basis at our Spay/Neuter Clinic. We transported Burney to VCA Animal Hospital, where he could get more extensive treatment. One of their veterinarians fell in love with Burney. Since she couldn’t adopt him herself, she made a pledge to find him a forever home and to offer Burney free medical care for the rest of his life.

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