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Animal Refuge Center, Inc.: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant Report

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

We put this money into our medical fund and Cookie's Fund (our spay/neuter fund for community cats).

It gave our shelter the capability to help animals that come to us with medical conditions that cost extra to treat, such as heartworms, cancer, and other diseases. A lot of the money has gone to Cookie's Fund, which is our trap-neuter-return program.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless, but it has helped at least 25 animals over the last three months and will continue to help a minimum of 200 more community cats in need of our assistance over the coming year.

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

Halo (first photo) was dumped along with another cat on our premises this past December. Along with them, there was a note stating that Halo (not her original name) was a 7-year-old cat and had a large tumor/mass on her chest and that she’d had one removed once before. Halo arrived in pretty bad shape and we quickly proceeded to tend to her and knew she needed surgery as soon as possible. Our veterinarian removed the tumor and it was sent off for testing. The tumor tested cancerous, but we are pleased to report that she has made a full recovery. Halo lives life to the fullest, enjoying canned food daily and getting her fair share of attention. After all of her medical care, we are looking for a home for her. At the moment she needs nothing special except lots of love. We want to make sure that when Halo leaves this earth, she will know what it means to have had a home. Meet Halo:

Leila (second photo) is a dog who came to us from the community testing heartworm-positive. But now we have the funds to treat her and many more.

Rusty (third photo) is a senior dog with severe arthritis whom we pulled from another shelter when he was scheduled to be euthanized. We are able to treat him with the meds he needs to live a more comfortable life, and now he has an adoption application pending. Meet Rusty:

Lumina and Silverado (fourth photo) were both trapped at a local garage. They have been spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and returned to the business where their colony resides.

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