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Baywater Animal Rescue: Grant Report

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

The money from the grant was used to purchase supplies and building materials to build an outdoor cat enclosure for our barn-cat program.

We have seen a big increase this year in cats who just aren't the friendliest and easiest to get adopted. We usually put these cats into our barn-cat program and offer them to farms and other situations where they may need a cat or two for pest control. This grant enabled us to erect an outdoor cat enclosure which we will add to and improve over time to house these types of cats instead of having them run loose outside. This will make it easier to catch them for medical or vaccinations or adoption. It will also protect them from wild animals and cat-aggressive dogs that may get loose from personnel and volunteers.

How many pets did this grant help?

When we started this project, we had 17 outdoor cats. This number is currently up to about 25.

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

On Feb. 27, 2016, we were contacted by the Cambridge Police Department to come pick up four kittens and one adult cat at an address they had responded to and found a woman dead in her home. We arrived and discovered many more cats and ended up with 11 feral adult cats and four baby kittens. Once we got these cats tested, vaccinated, healthy and spayed or neutered, we were able to put the majority of the adults in our new outdoor enclosure. Since this time, we have successfully adopted out two of the adult cats and both are doing very well in their new homes.

Pictured is Wild Thing. From her Petfinder profile: “Wild Thing has been with us since December 2014. She is a 1-1/2-year-old female cat who is available with her adoption fee waived through our barn-cat program. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. If you need a mouser and can provide shelter, food and water, we have a barn cat for you. Come on down and meet Wild Thing or one of our other barn cats today!” Meet Wild Thing: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34996120

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