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Hawaii Island Humane Society: Rescue U Renovation Grant Report

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

The money we received from the Petfinder Foundation Rescue U renovation grant was used to convert a storage closest into a kitten nursery. We were able to repair and paint the walls and install carpet, curtains and a glass door. We also purchased and installed a window air conditioning unit, two kennels, decorations, a chair, had a table/shelf built and ordered various supplies such as bottles, formula and toys.

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care in two ways. First, it has started to increase awareness and interest in our foster program. Through having a special area for adorable kittens (and puppies), we have received additional inquires into our foster program. When we are able to send animals out to foster, which is not only beneficial to that animal, but it frees up space at the shelter. Second, the kitten nursery has added to our kennel space at the shelter, allowing us to care for additional animals -- especially underweight kittens/puppies and nursing mothers. We are very grateful for the Rescue U renovation grant from the Petfinder Foundation and look forward to helping many more animals and recruiting additional fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far this grant has helped two kittens, but we have only recently completed the room. We expect this room will help hundreds of animals!

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

We received two very cute orange kittens (pictured with an older buddy) who were too young to be adopted and needed to be fostered. After only one day in our kitten nursery, a couple spotted them and asked why they were in a “special room.” We explained the situation and they signed up to be a foster and took the kittens home that day! Pumpkin and Peaches are currently in foster getting socialized with humans, another cat and two dogs. We think the couple may even end up adopting them!

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