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Dixie Adoptables: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The grant was used to purchase food and litter for the cats/kittens and dogs/puppies in the shelter's care. We also purchased replacement milk for the nursing babies that were without a mother. Dixie Adoptables also purchased bleach, paper towels, and trash bags.

The larger influx of animals during this time has been very hard on our shelter. Poor, rural communities lack the financial support that shelters in urban areas receive. This grant made it possible for us to provide for the animals and maintain proper care of them during this crucial period of unrest.

We saw many more animals being brought to us than we have in past years, and this grant allowed us to help more than we would otherwise have been able to.

How many pets did this grant help?

The impact was felt throughout the shelter, which averaged during this time more than 150 pets in its care daily.

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

The best story during this time was the success of Queenie. The police called us out to a very bad neighborhood at 3 a.m. We arrived at a dilapidated shack of a house where five dogs had been abandoned for at least a week. The hardest on to catch was Queenie, a female corgi mix, who didn’t trust us at all.

Queenie tested heavy heartworm-positive and had a tumor on her face that was removed. She had to stay with us long enough to go through her heartworm treatment (Diroban). She quickly became very popular with the staff and learned to become a trusting, loving little lady.

She was adopted and now is in a loving home where she can put her past behind her and live the life she deserves.

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