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Copiah County Animal Shelter, Inc.: Rescue U Renovation Grant Report

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

Copiah Animal Shelter gratefully thanks the Petfinder Foundation for the $1,500 Rescue U Renovation Grant for new kennels. We had designated the funds for five total new kennels. The four new small kennels, where none existed before, increase our small shelter capacity by 36%, to 15 inside kennels. These kennels give CAS flexibility to take in more small dogs, or puppies, that we would otherwise have to turn away. The one large kennel requested replaces a rusty, aging kennel.

Impact of the new kennels:
 Increases inside dog-kennel capacity by 36% to 15 kennels with addition of the four new small kennels: This gives CAS the capability of taking in small dogs or puppies that would otherwise have to be turned away.
 Improved functionality/safety for animals and caretakers: The new large kennel replaces an old, rusting, dilapidated kennel. The gaps by poles were so large we had to line the old kennel with a puppy pen for animal safety, making it difficult for caretakers to access.
 Improved shelter appearance: The new kennels definitely improve the shelter appearance to the public and volunteers.

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

Dudley was lucky. The person who found him roaming kept him for more than a week because CAS did not have space. In the meantime, the new small kennels were installed, and we now had space for Dudley! A few days later, a family who came to pick up the dog they had adopted (whom they had seen on Petfinder), saw Dudley and adopted him too! Dudley never made it on our Petfinder listing, but he wouldn’t have been adopted then if he hadn’t been in that new kennel!

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