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Durango Animal Connection: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

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

Thank you so much for giving our organization the boost it needed to purchase items for our cat and kitten foster homes. We were able to buy toys, beds, cat trees, an incubator, play pens, and interactive cat and kitten equipment. It has been so wonderful!

This spring and summer, our rescue has taken in more cats and kittens than we ever have before, and we have been able to increase our number of foster homes due to the encouragement and supplement from your grant. We currently have 18 kittens in our care, living in four different foster homes, and each of us has the toys, cat furniture, and supplies we need to help these kittens thrive. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

About 40 cats and kittens

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

In late April, a kitten was found in Clovis, N.M., all by himself (first photo), his umbilical cord still attached to a placenta, by a kindhearted man who was visiting a rental property.

The man lived at military base and knew he couldn’t keep the kitten there, so he reached out to one of our rescue partners in the area, Clovis Pet Rescue (New Mexico), and they quickly found a foster home for the kitten to be bottle-fed and loved.

They named him Diamond and kept him alive for about two weeks before they found a mama cat at a nearby shelter who was nursing her litter of five and they were just about Diamond’s age. He was introduced to the new family and was taken in by the mama right away (second photo). The family was transferred up to our rescue in Durango shortly after that and Diamond has been thriving ever since (third photo)!

Today the kittens are almost 6 weeks old. They all eat solid food (fourth photo), run around the room like crazy, and sleep snuggled close to one another.

In a few weeks, Diamond will be going home with his new family, who are adopting him and one of his brothers together (fifth photo). We are so, so happy that this boy made it and so grateful that people (and his adoptive mama) stepped up to care for him when he needed it the most. We know that a full and happy life is ahead of him now!

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