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St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant Report

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

The funds, a generous $10,000 Petfinder 20th Anniversary grant, were used to continue our WayStation work, which was expanded in August 2016. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center increased adoptions by 41% in 2016 and has welcomed more than 6,200 animals, including dogs, cats and small animals. Our WayStation transport program is unique because it gives back to every source shelter. We give them funds to run their own community spay and neutering programs. To date, we have given back more than $50,000 to source shelters and helped transport more than 3,000 dogs through our New Jersey locations and on to other shelters where they have the best chance of finding new homes. This innovative approach not only helps the animals find homes, but helps source shelters educate their communities about the importance of spaying and neutering.

The funds go toward the immediate care of the animals. St. Hubert's welcomes cats and dogs of all ages and will not compromise on their care. For example, many of the senior cats and dogs require additional medical care, often costing thousands of dollars. Dental care is an example. We believe all pets deserve the opportunity to find their second chance in a good life.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 55 dogs. It costs an average of $177 per animal who goes through the WayStation transport program.

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

When little Nelson transferred in to North Branch from our WayStation source partner Menifee County Animal Shelter, we’re sure he dreamed of finding a nice home of his own. Now he’s surely thinking, “Mine? Really? They’re ALL MINE? Yippee!” Thank you, Ries family, for making his dreams come true. Little Nelson is just one of the many lucky dogs transported through our WayStation program who arrived at St. Hubert’s and obtained the care he needed so he was ready to go off and live the best life possible.

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