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The Last Resort Rescue: Shelter Challenge Grant Report

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

Money received from winning the state level shelter challenge was used to pay down our medical bills.

Our mission is to rescue animals that are in neglectful and/or abusive situations. Rehabilitating these animals requires providing the minimal care that the majority of these animals have not received. These animals often have not received the vaccinations that would keep them safe from disease, medicine to prevent parasites and of course the most important of all, spaying/neutering that would help reduce the amount of unwanted animals. This is the minimal care provided. Many of our animals require much more in the way of medical care because of the ill treatment they have received. The money received helped us to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to provide this necessary care to the animals in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped many of our animals because by paying down our medical bills it helped us maintain a good working relationship with the animal hospital we work with. It is essential that we have access to medical care and getting to far in debt would stress this working relationship.

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

During a recent rescue mission we noticed a home with four filthy but very beautiful puppies enclosed in a small cage. We discovered that these 5-month-old puppies had spent their entire life in that cage with minimal care because they had been an unwanted litter. Taking on 4 animals who had received no medical care and would require major socialization would have been beyond our means if we had not received the grant. Knowing that Petfinder Foundation was supporting our efforts allowed us to take those babies into rescue. They have all received their shots, been wormed, and will be neutered. Providing just the essential care for these little ones consumed most of the grant we won but so worth it to see them in loving foster homes instead of a filthy pen! We were unable to get the owner to surrender the Mom but we were able to convince them to have her neutered so this would not happen again.Thank you!

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