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Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The grant money was used for adoption preparations.

This grant helped us cover the cost of care for pets before their adoption. MCAR strives to provide excellent care for the pets in our care. We always provide spay or neuter, vaccines, microchipping, de-wormer, and flea meds before finalizing adoptions. This grant helped to cover the cost of this care for one dog and one cat. Because of the contribution from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to offer two pets for adoption in loving homes at adoption fees that were a fraction of the usual cost.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Tic-Tac is a beautiful black-and-white domestic short-haired male kitten who was surrendered along with four other cats after his person lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tic-Tac’s person felt he had no choice but to give up his animals. Upon arrival, each cat was very well-socialized, healthy, and obviously loved. Tic-Tac quickly became a staff favorite due to his deep purr and playful nature.

After only four days in the shelter, Tic-Tac was adopted! His new person applied for a kitten after realizing how much both he and his yellow Lab, Abbie, missed their recently deceased cat. Our excellent adoption counselors found that Tic-Tac was the perfect companion for Abbie and her dad.

Tic-Tac and Abbie are now an awesome pair. They spend their days in gentle play and their afternoons catnapping in the sun. Tic-Tac’s new person says that he was the perfect addition to their family and has helped tremendously in the mourning and healing process. Because of the Petfinder Foundation grant, Tic-Tac was quickly neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and given flea medicine. We were able to offer Tic-Tac at a discounted adoption fee of $30, helping him quickly find a loving home.

In May we received a complaint about a possible neglectful backyard breeder in our area. Along with law enforcement, staff members investigated the dismal out-of-operation puppy mill. Among the puppies not yet sold was Bailey, a 4-month-old Boston terrier. Bailey rushed towards staff members, dirty and starving for affection. The breeder said to our staff, “You can take her if you want. I don’t want her.”

When Bailey arrived at our facility, she stole everyone’s hearts. She was quickly adopted into a loving home with a newlywed couple. They tell us that Bailey has completed their family and has taken over their bed. She is learning basic training behaviors and has never met a stranger. Bailey loves with her whole heart and will never have to worry about where her next meal is coming from. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making her adoption possible.

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