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Second Chance Pet Adoptions: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The funds Second Chance Pet Adoptions received from the Petfinder Foundation ($1,000) were used to vaccinate 31 kittens against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and chlamydia. We have given thanks for this grant to the Petfinder Foundation through our website, our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and our email distribution list.

Because all of our fundraising events have been cancelled since mid-March 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, this grant compensated for a loss of vital funding and enabled us to ensure that kittens continued to receive the vital protection that vaccines offer them. At the height of "kitten season," we have been able to rescue as many kittens as we typically do -- not fewer -- thanks in part to this grant that offset the loss of events.

How many pets did this grant help?

31

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

On a hot summer Saturday afternoon, Jeff and Gislany heard small cries coming from underneath the steps that lead up to the front porch of their home. They realized that a sweet and social stray cat with whom they were familiar had given birth to kittens under their home. The next day, they were able to shower Mama with food and affection and crawl under the house to retrieve the kittens, which she allowed them to do without a fuss.

Jeff and Gislany are friends of Nathani, a Second Chance dog foster mom. She connected the couple to our organization and they brought all four cats to us that Sunday afternoon. We named the young mother Liberty and two of the kittens were given the names Boston and Philly. The third kitten was struggling to survive; we knew that if we could get him to nurse and pull through, it would be a real victory, so we named him Victory. Unfortunately, the power of wishful thinking wasn’t enough; Victory did not survive.

Second Chance foster parents David and Kim brought Liberty, Boston, and Philly to their home, where they are receiving nutritious food and top-notch care in the cool, air-conditioned environment. No longer are these vulnerable cats exposed to heat, suffering hunger and thirst, or in danger of being harmed by predators. Because of the Petfinder Foundation, all will be fully vaccinated, and of course, each will also be spayed/neutered and microchipped, as is standard at Second Chance. It won’t be long before they all find their forever families!

These kittens are still in our care and are not yet adoptable, but we are happy to provide an update once they find their forever homes!

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