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Metro East Humane Society: Beggin' Pet Parade Grant Report

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

The Petfinder grant was used for general support to the day-to-day needs of homeless dogs and cats in our care.

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How many pets did this grant help?


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

Each year, Metro East Humane Society provides a temporary home to nearly 1,000 dogs and cats. Our no-kill policy means animals stay with us until they find forever families. Typically, our furry friends stay with us six weeks or less. And then there are some animals like Gracie, a 2 1/2-year-old gray domestic shorthair, who has been at MEHS for nearly a year. Gracie came to us in what we describe as a “nearly feral” state. While she was not living on the streets, her behavior mimicked that of a feral cat — she scurried away when people approached her, she startled easily and, in general, was very fearful.

One year later, Gracie’s behavior has changed drastically. While she is still a bit shy, she loves to greet visitors to the shelter. She is able to live agreeably with furry roommates in our free-roaming-cat room. Her pleasant disposition makes her an ideal candidate for adoption and we are certain she will find her forever family soon.

Like Gracie, the majority of dogs and cats arrive at MEHS in need of basic care and medical attention. The average cost to prepare an animal for adoption — spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccines — is $250. In addition, the average cost of sheltering an animal — housing, food, litter, toys, etc — is $25 per day. Thanks to support from friends like the Petfinder Foundation, animals like Gracie receive the gift of the time and care they need in order to become adoptable. Meet Gracie:

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