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Acadiana Animal Aid: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

$1,000 in funding was used for:
1) Pet food, dewormer, formula, nursing bottles, and other medical supplies to support foster-home care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2) Pet food and specific medical supplies to subsidize our Owner Surrender Prevention Program during a time of increased demand due to increased unemployment and financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acadiana Animal Aid is responding to the current situation by moving as many shelter animals into foster homes as possible to open up space for other emergency intakes. With this comes the need to assist these foster homes with food supplies and medical care. The Petfinder Foundation grant allowed us to provide pet food, formula, nursing bottles, and other supplies to support animals (primarily young kittens and puppies) while they are in these foster homes. We also worked hard to reach out to community members who needed assistance with homeless pets and with families who wanted to surrender their pets. Because of the Petfinder Foundation funding, we have been able to offer services that made it possible for them to care for these companion pets until our communities stabilize. It also provided us with options to replenish our food supplies and find resources for much-needed medical/surgical supplies.

How many pets did this grant help?

356

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

These abandoned kittens were found by nurses who were working at Lafayette Parish’s first COVID-19 testing site. The nurses provided a safe environment for the kittens and contacted Acadiana Animal Aid for assistance. The kittens were less than 24 hours old, so they were immediately placed in a bottle-feeding foster home for care. The kittens were delivered to the foster home by our local police department, which had a presence at the testing site. The foster home providing care to these kittens was given formula, nursing bottles, and pet food to assist in their care. The kittens were eventually adopted by the foster family that provided their care.

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