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Cocheco Valley Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The funds were used to help provide medical care to the animals so that they were able to be released on the adoption floor. We were able to update them on their vaccinations, microchip them, provide preventative treatments for heartworm and flea and ticks as well as spay or neuter them.

Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel three major events that provide over one-third of our operating budget. These funds helped us continue to help the animals in our care get a second chance and provide them with the opportunity to find a loving forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten animals were helped with this grant.

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

Just under 3 years old, Paul has had a less-than-easy life. On July 22, 2019, Paul was surrendered to Friends of Fairfield County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Unwanted by his owners, he was left with a family member who was unable to properly care for him.
Paul only wanted to be around people. He would scream and cry when someone would walk away from his kennel. A stay of 322 days in a South Carolina shelter took its toll; not only did he suffer from anxiety, he also tested positive for heartworm. Treatment was successful and the search was on to find him a forever home.

Sadly, Paul’s story is not uncommon. PMHS received Paul on transport on June 20, 2020, hoping that a change in location — a BIG change — would be the ticket. What a love! Paul was scared but really opened up and quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite. After Paul cleared quarantine and his temperament test, it was time to see if New Hampshire was the right move. Could Paul find his person 1,000 miles away from his original home?

The answer is YES! Paul was adopted on July 6, 2020.

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