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Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

We used it to purchase 100 heartworm tests.

Covid-19 has caused a lot of issues, from an influx in numbers of animals we are taking in to a drop in our adoption rates. We have had to find alternate resources for finding homes for our dogs, so we have turned to our rescue partners up north. In the last four months, we have sent around 150 dogs to places like Canada and Michigan and they are getting homes better than we could have ever dreamed of! By purchasing these heartworm tests, we are able to place the dogs with the rescue that will give them the forever homes they more than deserve.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

We had a hoarding case on June 22 in which we confiscated 16 dogs off of the property, most of them in horrible shape. They had skin allergies, dental problems, nails curled around each other, everything you could imagine. They only had to stay in the shelter for five nights before 15 were transported to foster homes in Michigan, where they were able to finally learn what it was like to relax. One of them, who was heartworm-negative, is now living his new life in Canada.

These fearful dogs, whose spirits were still beautiful and bright, are now living the lives they were meant to live: lives free of pain, neglect and suffering. If we were not able to heartworm-test these dogs, the rescue would not have known if they had the means to take them.

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