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Halfway Home Animal Rescue Team A NJ Non-Profit Corporation: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The grant was used towards veterinary costs incurred by some of the dogs that we took early on in the COVID-19 crisis.

It helped fund the cost of the intake exams, standard vaccines, and routine care needed by our animals before we could place them in foster homes and up for adoption. We never stopped intake during the local COVID-related shutdown and in fact had many requests for help. At the same time, we had to cancel all our upcoming fundraising events.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant went towards the care of one dog.

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

Nutmeg had a home for her entire 11 years of life. She was loved, saw the vet regularly, and was spayed, taken care of, and maybe even fed a bit too much table food by her person, but it all came from a place of good. Nutmeg never knew anything but love and comfort.

On April 2, Nutmeg’s beloved person left for the hospital where, sadly, she tested positive for coronavirus — and never returned. A month later, this kind lady lost her battle, and Nutmeg lost her best friend. Nutmeg’s extended family cared for her, but this adorable senior was left alone in the house, sad and confused. The extended family of her person loved her and wanted to see her go to a great home.

Thanks to the kindness of a mutual friend, we were put in touch with the family and immediately said yes to helping this sweet senior. We had Nutmeg checked out by the vet, and after being alone for weeks, she received a much-needed grooming, making her look and feel like a new dog.

From there, she went to a very special foster home. This wonderful family helped Nutmeg begin to lose weight by following a healthy diet and going for walks again. Some weeks later, Nutmeg found her new forever home and began her new life. We only hope that Nutmeg’s person is looking down on her best friend and knows that she is safe and loved.

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