Great River Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant

What was the money or product used for?

To complete our payment for a shelter remodel project.

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

This grant helped our organization immensely. Through this remodel project, we were able to create a new visitation room for potential adopters and an exam room for intakes of new animals.

The visitation room gave us a dedicated space for adopters to meet with pets that is private and feels more like a home setting. This improved the adoption experience and has helped us save more pets.

The exam room also created a private space that makes our intake exams safer and more comfortable for the pets. The pets no longer have to deal with the stress of being around other animals during their intake exams. This has made the experience of coming to our shelter better for the pets and safer for staff.

How many pets did this grant help?

All shelter pets — approximately 350 per year

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

Here is an email sent to us from the adopter of Spring, who benefited from our remodel: “I adopted Spring a few weeks ago. She was a very skittish kitty, so I brought her home and just let her have the run of the house and let her be.

“The first few days, she was unapproachable and wouldn’t even come near me if I got down on the floor. We put food on the floor at mealtimes in the spare bedrooms where she was hanging out. Gradually, she started coming out more and she would approach me to be petted, but then would run back down the hall and flop on the floor and just look at me.

“This would go on for quite a while before she’d finally come all the way over to be petted. And then she was a love bug. That’s how her name got changed to Floppy.

“Now, Floppy lays all over me in the chair, climbs on the bed for pets, and follows me around the house. She doesn’t do headbutts, she does facebutts. I think she has adapted nicely and she seems like a very happy kitty. We get along great!”

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