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Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation Winston-Salem: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

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

A majority of the funds from this grant are earmarked for cat-enrichment activities in our new facility that is currently under construction. Due to significant shipping delays of the fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) that will cover the walls of our cat wards, we have not been able to install those items at this time.

We hope to be in our new facility by the end of this summer. I've attached photos of the cat wards under construction for reference. The $800 from the grant will be specifically used for shelves and boxes in our primary cat wards as well as TVs for nature videos in our isolation and quarantine rooms without windows. Thus far, the low-voltage wiring has been installed. We are happy to send more updates when the project is completed.

How many pets did this grant help?

500

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

Claude (first photo) was in our program for more than 200 days. He came to us from the parking lot of a local family-services nonprofit. He was malnourished and dehydrated.

After several days in quarantine, he went into an AARF foster home. He struggled to let his true personality come through in our shelter, but a focused social-media campaign led to his adoption on Jan. 14.

While Claude’s experience was before our new facility was open, more cats like Claude will benefit from the reduced stress of the TVs in quarantine and the shelves and boxes to allow cats like Claude to get exercise and build connections with potential adopters through play.

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