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Second Chance Animal Alliance: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

To assist with spay/neuter and other transport preparation-related costs.

We have partnered with a local vet school for free spay/neuters monthly. We normally take around 15 animals per month (during school semesters) for this service. COVID restrictions closed the school and of course ended this program from March to present. So we've been covering the costs of these spay/neuters along with the other costs needed to ready an animal for transport to rescues up north. This grant helped us with these costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three: Merle, Blossom, and Tinkerbell

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

We received several calls about a mom dog and puppies who were severely neglected by their owner. We brought the mom dog, whom we named Blossom, and her six puppies to the shelter. Blossom was very malnourished and had been shot. Somehow it was a clean shot in and out under her spine; she was very lucky to still be walking. She and the puppies were covered in fleas and ticks, and one puppy did not survive the first night.

Blossom was treated for her wounds and ailments, and all of them spent about a month with us recovering. Then they were all prepped for transport and left for new lives with Saving Grace Animal Rescue in Maryland. This rescue is completely foster-based, so while all of them may not yet have forever homes, they are getting to live in homes while awaiting adoption.

Several of the puppies have been adopted already. Blossom has been renamed Dixie Rose and has come out of her shell, according to her fosters in Maryland.

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