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Wadena County Humane Society: Grant Report

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

We used the money granted to enroll in PetPoint shelter management software and to place our first order of microchips through 24PetWatch.

One goal I had for our organization was to track the welfare of our animals not only while in our care but after adoption. Unfortunately, our record-keeping previously was done by pen and paper and there was no microchipping done. This meant if an animal were brought to a vet to be euthanized or a pet lost from its family, there would be no way for us as a shelter to track our animals and provide a safety net should they lose their family. Now we are pleased that every animal leaving the building has a microchip that will help their family keep them home and allow us to intervene should our pets ever be at risk due to unforeseen causes.

Furthermore, we now have the database to track adopters, to flag do-not-adopt persons, to keep a medical record of each animal for continuity, and to track measures such as length of stay. The benefits to these tools will be felt not just now but for years as we progress.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant is helping all of our pets because we were not microchipping before and are now microchipping all animals. We have approximately 40 animals a month assisted by this grant.

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

Marvin was separated from his owner and magically reunited two years later when his owner began volunteering at our shelter and ended up seeing Marvin enter the shelter. This time Marvin had a safety net. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to microchip Marvin, and this time Marvin’s adopter knew she would never lose her baby again — and if she did, she could contact the microchip company and be alerted by shelters. Marvin is just one of the many pets who now have a safety net thanks to this grant! Below are pictures of Marvin and also other pets who benefited from being microchipped.

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