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Heartland Humane Society of Missouri: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

Emergency vetting for the foster cats/kittens in our care.

Provided us with supplemental funds for emergency vet care and treatment for sick and injured animals in our care, which in turn saves us money and allows us to help more cats and kittens in need.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Our group rescued Sherman once we found out that he had been living outside for two years after being abandoned by his family. He was in poor shape when we received him and was very sick with an upper-respiratory infection. In addition, he suffered from a severe ear-mite and bacterial ear infection, was riddled with parasites, and was malnourished. His fur was dirty and matted and in desperate need of grooming.

He was treated by our veterinarian and put on two different antibiotics and eye medication for URI, given IV fluids for dehydration, started on medication for his ear mites, and treated for parasites. After several weeks of care and treatment, he started to put on weight and became much more active and lively. He also received a much-needed spa day to remove the mats in his fur and clean up his coat.

Two months later and he is doing great! He is a healthy weight, his fur is soft and shiny, he’s playful and eating well, and he has a clean bill of health. Sherman will be going home with his new family on Aug. 18.

Without the Petfinder Foundation grant funds, we would not have been able to afford all of his vet care due to the impact that COVID has had upon our ability to fundraise. As such, we likely would not have been able to rescue him.

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