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Colusa County Animal Control: Grant Report

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

We are using the $1,000 grant to purchase vaccines to be used on 4- to 7-week-old cats and dogs. Because our county and shelter are very small and we are limiting our use of it specifically to those animals under 8 weeks old, it will take us perhaps a year to use the full amount.

This grant expanded the shelter population receiving vaccines to include dogs and cats younger than 8 weeks old. We previously only vaccinated from 8 weeks on. We have adopted this as our new standard practice, helping to keep the underage animals, as well as the older animals around them, healthy and well. As our county does not provide a budget for vaccines, our supporting nonprofit, Friends of Colusa County Animal Shelter, will continue the practice in the future.

How many pets did this grant help?

41 (27 kittens and 14 puppies)

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

Lady was picked up making friends with children at a local school. She was full of milk, and our Animal Control Officer quickly began making inquiries to attempt to locate her pups. Two days later, the 1-week-old pups were brought in because the people had “lost” the mother. Turns out, she had been a stray they took in and really didn’t want, especially with puppies. Lady and her pups have been with us since. The pups are now just turning 4 weeks old and will receive their first set of vaccinations, funded by our Petfinder Foundation grant, tomorrow. Thank you for helping us keep them safe!