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Ark-Valley Humane Society, Inc.: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

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

The product of feline vaccinations was used to vaccinate cats upon intake at our two animal shelters, in Buena Vista and in Poncha Springs, Colorado.

Keeping shelter cats healthy is an essential task that helps these animals find homes. Providing cats vaccinations upon intake is a best practice that assures that we are taking every precaution to prevent an outbreak of contagious illnesses. Vaccinated cats are less likely to get sick have a shorter length of stay. This means that healthy and vaccinated cats find homes sooner and save costs in terms of medical bills and staff time for our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Casey was a kitten who arrived at Ark-Valley Humane Society in August 2013 after his owner died. He was vaccinated thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s A Shot At Life grant. Casey was adopted in September to a loving home. We’d like to share with you the note his adopter sent us: “We are thrilled to have found Casey after a long search for the perfect kitty. We were also extremely impressed with the Ark-Valley operation in Poncha Springs, the friendliness of the staff and the exceptional cleanliness of the facility. We have looked in many places and Ark-Valley Humane Society is the best!

“Casey was 7 months old when we adopted him last month. For the first 24 hours, he did not stop purring! He explored every nook and cranny in the house and especially loves the high places. Surprisingly, he loves playing in water so his middle name is now Rango (after the movie about searching for water.) It’s only been a month and he has brought so much laughter and joy to our home and our hearts. We love him!”

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