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Animal Aid for Vermilion Area: Disaster Grant Report

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

We received this grant shortly after Hurricane Laura. Southern Louisiana, particularly southwest Vermilion parish, was decimated by the hurricane, causing many families and pets to become homeless. Vermilion Parish Rabies Animal Control, the shelter we work with which has no adoption/rescue program (all animals go through us), was flooded with phone calls regarding stray and abandoned animals. The shelter was already overcrowded, with nowhere to put the newly homeless animals.

Hurricane Laura hit south Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2020. From Aug. 28 to Sept. 30, Vermilion Parish Animal Control picked up 80 dogs and 35 cats. This grant allowed us to fund the medical requirements of transporting agencies to move out those pets that had been in the shelter for a long time to make room for the new guys.

We were able to get many dogs the vaccinations and health certificates required for travel to other states.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

On Sept. 14, 2020, 24 long-term shelter residents boarded a Wings of Rescue flight to San Diego. Some of the dogs had been in the shelter for over a year with very little interest from adopters or other rescues. All of the dogs were heartworm-positive with bully facial features. Because of this grant, we were able to give all of the dogs the vetting required to make the flight. At last check-in with the rescue, all but one dog had been adopted.

One particular pet that this helped was Peter. Peter arrived in January 2020 emaciated, terrified, and heartworm-positive (first photo). He was scared of the environment and didn’t show potential adopters or rescues what volunteers could see was hiding inside. During his long stint at Animal Control, Peter accumulated nearly $1,000 in vet bills due to heartworm complications, further lessening his appeal to potential rescues and adopters. In flies Wings of Rescue, which coordinated with San Diego Humane Society to save not just Peter, but many other heartworm-positive, bully-looking dogs. Peter has been treated for his heartworms in California but unfortunately is still looking for his forever home. The change of scenery has allowed Peter to show his true personality (second photo).

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