Animal Outreach of Shelby County: Purina New Year, New Home

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant to offer FREE adult-cat adoptions to adopters who passed through our screening process.

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

We specifically targeted several regional open-admission shelters to help them with cats they were having trouble placing: FIV+, older, cats with weird medical stuff (profiled later in this report), long-termers, shy cats. We didn’t target the cute and cuddlies for this grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

26

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

Sweet Pea was at a municipal shelter up in northern Indiana. She had the benefit of a local sponsor, so she was able to visit the vet several times for a raging, full-body ringworm infection. They had tried all the usual treatments, but the inconsistency of treatment, coupled with the stress of shelter life, meant that little Sweet Pea just wasn’t getting any better and was put on their urgent medical-rescue list. The poor girl needed some rescuing.

A foster stepped up and we were able to pull her. It took several different attempts and the right combination of drugs and medicated dips, but five months and 22 ringworm cultures later, she was finally ringworm-free and ready for adoption.

Tracy has previously adopted outside, community cats to have on her working farm, so we knew her well. After her elderly tortie cat passed away, Tracy started thinking about another inside-only cat.

It was truly love at first sight. We had made a “storyboard” chronicling Sweet Pea’s journey to health and asking for donations to help pay her mounting medical bills. Well, Tracy took one look at the pictures and declared Sweet Pea to be hers. She was so patient. It took another four months before Sweet Pea could join Tracy’s family, but it was worth the wait!

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