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Paris Animal Welfare Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

This fund was provided to help with financial struggles due to COVID-19. The grant allowed us to continue vaccinating all dogs and cats upon intake, as well as giving booster vaccinations when applicable. We were able to reallocate the funds that would have been needed to other programs, such as community outreach and spay and neuter. Despite the pandemic, we have maintained a save rate of 98% for 2020! As we continue to do adoptions and provide services, we are grateful for the incredible support of the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to continue giving the best care possible to our pets while in our care.

This grant impacted over 1,000 animals thus far this year and will continue to do so. It allowed us to assist our animals in care, as well as budget for other medical procedures. The pandemic has certainly hit our organization hard with decreases in revenue, but this grant allowed us to continue vaccinating our pets!

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Norman came to us in early July covered in feces, requiring us to completely shave him. Not only did he have little fur, we quickly noticed he couldn’t use his back legs. We believe he has what is known as swimmer syndrome, which is a congenital condition that causes his hind legs to splay laterally. In more simple terms, he uses his front legs to move while his hind legs “swim” left to right; just like an iguana’s. Despite this abnormality, he loves to snuggle and scurry across the floor after his favorite toys!

With the assistance of the Petfinder Foundation’s COVID-19 grant, we were able to provide Norman with much-needed vaccinations while in care to help prevent him from contracting some illnesses, as well as prep him for his forever home. He is going home this week to his family in New Hampshire!

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