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Boone Area Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The $250 Petfinder Foundation grant funds were applied to the purchase of:
--Ten cases (24 cans each) of Purina Pro Plan Pate Wet Kitten Food, FOCUS Chicken & Liver Entrée, and
---One six-pack of canned Royal Canin Mother & Babycat Ultra-Soft Mousse in Sauce wet cat food for new kittens and nursing or pregnant mother cats

The products were purchased from at a total cost of $257.78.

To date in 2020, volunteers have cared for 201 kittens in our foster-care program. This grant has been critical in providing food for many of these kittens at a time when our two annual large-crowd fundraisers cannot be held and cash donations have been extremely low as our community and donor base struggle with job loss, unemployment, and taking care of their families, neighbors, and friends as COVID has reached very high transmission rates in the state of Iowa. We are very grateful for the ability to stretch our resources as a result of these grant funds.

How many pets did this grant help?

34 kittens from newborn to adoption age

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

Covi (first photo) and her siblings came to the BAHS shelter while the COVID-19 shutdown was well underway in our community. The kittens had been born on a farm, and Covi was special. Instead of hind legs, she had only two tiny stumps. But nothing stopped this girl, and she was determined to keep up with her littermates!

We are so glad that she was brought to us because she would not have survived as an outdoor cat; instead, she is a sweet success story. Her foster mom posted pictures of Covi on Facebook, and another of our foster caregivers saw the pictures and fell in love with her. When Covi came up for adoption in July, the foster caregiver who saw her photos adopted her immediately. Her new name is Mia (second photo)! Covi’s littermates have also been adopted.

Hitch (third photo) was an 8-week-old kitten who was brought to the shelter after he crawled inside a car engine in Grand Junction and rode 20 miles to Boone. The driver discovered him when she got out of her car to go work. Imagine being inside a car engine going 70 miles an hour!

Hitch is working to get healthy in his foster home and will be advertised for adoption as soon as he is ready.

Tatiana (fourth photo), a very pregnant cat, was found wandering outdoors in the city of Boone. One week after she was sent to a foster caregiver, she gave birth to six kittens. The kittens are almost ready to come up for adoption, and Tatiana will go to a very nice farm home. She is friendly but doesn’t enjoy living inside. Tatiana says it’s hip to be (ear-)tipped. The fifth photo shows Lima Bean, one of her kittens.

None of the kittens described here are posted on Petfinder at this time. Our kittens get adopted very quickly, and most have applications on them within a day of being posted on Petfinder.

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