Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: COVID-19 Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Wildthunder utilized the grant money for supplies (cat litter, cat food) as well as medical costs.

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

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, donations decreased. The grant funds were used for the needs of the 50+ cats at Wildthunder, including cat food and cat litter. Wildthunder also took in a new medical case in July — Luna, the emaciated shepherd — and these funds also helped with the initial vet visit and testing.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Luna, a German shepherd, was an owner-surrender whom Wildthunder took in. Initially described as a thin dog who was very picky about her food, we were horrified to discover that she was emaciated. Upon intake, Luna weighed 20 lbs. at the shelter. She was just over a year old and should have weighed more than double that amount.

Blood work was performed on her and the vet prescribed medication and I/D food to help her digestive system. Luna did better for a few days, but then began throwing up and having diarrhea. She was admitted to the hospital for three days while undergoing additional testing. Lab work was sent out to Texas A&M and it was determined that she had a gastrointestinal infection, which was treated with antibiotics.

Luna has been gaining weight steadily and is now at 40 lbs. She has emotional and trust issues, but Tracy and the volunteers are working with her. It will be some time before adoption is even considered.

Wildthunder is is also home to more than 50 cats who also benefited from this grant. As Covid negatively impacted the donations we received, we still had weekly and monthly expenses such as food, litter and specialized formula for the medically compromised.

The eighth photo shows Tom, Jenny and Chief snuggling in a bed. Chief sustained head injuries from a vehicle accident and is unable to eat. She is tube-fed with a specialized formula to ensure proper nutrition.

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