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Gateway Pet Guardians: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

Below are the purchases we made with this grant money and the costs:

Baskerville muzzle (10) - $175.53
Baskerville muzzle - $23.26
Baskerville muzzle - $23.35
12 pet correctors - $83.07
6 cat relaxing diffusers- $141.70
Miracle Nipples - 47.85
Belly Bands - $55.96
Max & New Rescue Box (12 martingale collars that say "adopt me," eight leashes, five "adopt me" bandanas, two "adopt me" signs for leashes, two dog toys) - $149.99
Miracle Nipples + two gentle leaders- $45.89

This grant was tremendously helpful in buying foster and behavior supplies for pets in our care. These supplies help keep pets in foster homes and get them adopted. The muzzles and pet corrector are vital for our playgroup and foster doggy daycare program. They allow the dogs who may not be the best with other dogs to get more exposure to other dogs and feel more comfortable with them while still keeping everyone safe. The belly bands, cat diffusers and gentle leaders are all behavior tools that help with housetraining male dogs, making cats more comfortable in a new home, and teaching dogs not to pull on leashes. The Miracle Nipples are the absolute best for bottle-feeding orphaned newborn kittens. We had a huge kitten season and they were so helpful for bottle-feeding them.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Moon (first photo) and Yummy Mummy (second photo) were brought in independently as orphaned kittens. We were able to use the Miracle Nipples bought with the grant to feed them until they were able to get paired with a surrogate mama cat. They are approaching 6 weeks of age and will be available for adoption soon!

Stone (third photo) came to us as a dog who was really not good with dogs. We were able to use one of the muzzles bought with the grant to put a muzzle on him for playgroups and doggy daycare and did muzzle-training and positive reinforcements like giving him peanut butter while in the muzzle around other dogs to help him get more comfortable with other dogs. Muzzle-training him and getting him comfortable around other dogs gave his foster the confidence to adopt him and they are now living happily ever after together.

Sturge (fourth photo) pulled badly on the leash and also had a skin infection where his skin was very tender, so walking with a collar or harness hurt his skin. Using the gentle leader helped him to not pull on the leash and kept his skin from being damaged. This helped him to get adopted and he’s in the photo was his adopted family!

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