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Loma Cat House: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The grant funds were applied to help cover the cost for the following medicines for rescued cats and kittens. For the rescue kittens (noted below), pumpkin for diarrhea and amoxicillin for upper-respiratory conditions. For the rescued senior cats from the hoarder (also noted below), metronitizol for giardia and OM for rabies.

A common misconception is that animal shelters like Loma Cat House are funded by taxpayer dollars and adoption fees. However, unless the shelter in question is run by the municipality, animal shelters like Loma Cat House don’t receive government funding. As for our adoption fees, those fees are applied toward the cost to vaccinate and spay/neuter (as appropriate to age). So our funding is mostly from the founder of Loma, donations from individuals (monetary and in-kind), and from grants like this one from the Petfinder Foundation, all of which help cover the cost of care the felines receive at our shelter or with one of our foster parents (medicine, nutrition, food, litter, bedding, shelter cleaning supplies).

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten elder cats rescued from a lifetime of neglect in a hoarder’s home and three litters of kittens (a total of 12 kittens), two of which were nursed by a surrogate mama cat who was also rescued with her kittens. Her kittens had been adopted prior to this grant.

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

We are excited to report that five of the 10 rescue cats from the hoarder case have been adopted (and are reported to be doing well), and that the three litters of kittens that we nursed back to health have been adopted to loving human parents and homes. We are also grateful to the human parents who adopted kittens in pairs, so as to not separate those kittens who were close their siblings.

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