Humane Society of Muskegon County: Mohawk Operation Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
This $1,000 grant allowed for the purchase of cat and dog Capstar and Drontal medications.
With the purchase of these medications, we were able to instantly provide relief to animals that suffered from fleas, along with beginning to treat intestinal parasites that often go hand-in-hand with fleas.
How many pets did this grant help?
Approximately 115 cats and dogs benefited from this grant for Capstar and Drontal.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Eddie is a 5-month-old kitten who was found abandoned inside a local Petsmart cat-adoption room recently. He had been smuggled into the store and then quickly tossed aside while the customer fled without a word.
Eddie arrived with the heaviest flea load that we have yet to see on a cat, much less a vulnerable and tiny kitten. His white fur was speckled with dozens and dozens of black spots, giving him the appearance of a Dalmatian. Yet for Eddie, these spots were not pigmentation but instead scores of hungry and itchy pests. We bathed him five times during his first hour with us, to instantly rid some of the fleas from his body, and combed his fur to remove even more. But it was the Capstar medication that made the difference in allowing him to finally experience comfort and reduce the strain and toll on his health. Within a half hour, the drug was at work and dozens of fleas had already begun to die off. Without the Capstar, we would have had no way of truly ridding Eddie of these debilitating parasites.
Eddie’s personality exploded once he no longer had to worry or focus on constant scratching. He quickly became the comical spotlight in our cat room, and with his silly demeanor, caught the eye of an amazing family looking for a new feline friend to add to their lives. No longer itching or feeling scared, Eddie was free to ram around and snuggle — and this newfound energy and enthusiasm were exactly what his new family was looking for. Eddie’s painful story came to a very happy and loving conclusion as he was officially adopted and went home, where he is currently thriving!