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SPCA of Northern Nevada: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

This grant of $1,000 went into our general operating fund to cover the additional costs associated with operating in a pandemic.

One year ago today, the world changed forever, and SPCA-NN did as well.

We had to close our thrift store and adoption center to the public. We moved all pets in our care, except for five cats, into foster homes over three days; temporarily halted all community spay/neuter and vaccine clinics; and developed at-home learning programs to keep our team employed and progressing. Managers had to create new schedules and training and re-prioritize goals. We created strict COVID-19 protocols, which helped prevent a staff infection or outbreak. We created virtual processes for everything from adoptions to fosters, HR tasks, meetings, training, team communications, and more. And all of these tasks cost us money and valuable resources. Your $1,000 grant came at a time when it was really needed, when we had no idea how we were going to move forward.

How many pets did this grant help?

In spite of all the challenges last year threw at us, we were still able to rescue and adopt out more than 1,400 pets in 2020!

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

Howdy! My name is Stan and I am an 8-year-old terrier/collie mix with the boundless energy of a puppy! I love treats — I mean, REALLY love treats. And while they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I will probably do or learn anything for a chunk of a hot dog. Second to treats, I love humans. I love when they scratch behind my ears, give me pets, and tell me I’m a good boy. I am a big kisser, so if you don’t want my licks, then you’ll probably need to train that out of me. I’m great on a leash and love going on walks! Give me exercise and a puzzle treat and afterward, I’ll relax and hang out by your feet. If you have a back yard, even better! I would love to be able to explore and see what treasures lie within the confines of your property!

(Stan was successfully adopted by a new family in 2020!)

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