People Helping Paws: Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We used the grant money to help properly vaccinate the dogs we pulled from [open-admission] shelters in our state.
This grant gave us the ability to pull more dogs from shelters and immediately vet them with our local vet. Proper vaccinations are extremely important when bringing in dogs when we do not know their medical history and for dogs who have been exposed to everything while sitting in a shelter with no protection from disease.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Diana was found as a stray in a very rural community along with her 10 five-week-old puppies. She was starving to death but still nursing all of them. The local animal control officer in the area contacted us and we immediately took in Diana and her family. Once here, they were all vaccinated and sent to foster homes when they were 8 weeks old. All 10 of her puppies have been adopted but we still have Diana in our care. She was diagnosed with heartworms, IMHA (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia) and a fungal infection in her lungs. Diana is not available for adoption yet due to her medical status. Without the grant money we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we would not have been able to take in this family of 11 and help them find homes.