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Whiskers Animal Benevolent League: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

We used the money to purchase $1,000 worth of canned Pro Plan and Pro Plan Veterinary diets.

Whiskers operates a sanctuary for cats, many of whom have health issues and special dietary needs. This money allowed us to purchase $1,000 worth of high-quality Purina Pro Plan and Pro Plan Rx food for our cats. An unexpected benefit that resulted from this grant was that we signed up as a ProPlanVetDirect "clinic," which allows us to purchase Purina products at a discount. We were assigned a Purina distributor and were able to order 37 cases of food instead of the 28 we anticipated. Our Purina sales representative will be telling us more about how Purina can help our organization; as a "clinic" we can put a link to ProPlanVetDirect on our website to help us raise money for our shelter through commissions on sales we bring them!

How many pets did this grant help?


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

In early 2011, a Whiskers volunteer found a 7-month-old kitten being given away on Craig’s List. This wouldn’t have been a big issue, but Parker Franklin (first and second photos) was born with deformed legs and would likely need special care for the rest of his life. The person giving him up just wanted to be rid of him, so Whiskers stepped in to take him and give him the extra love and medical care that he needs.

Parker Franklin loves all people and other cats and he’s usually found curled up sleeping with another shelter cat. Despite his serious disability, he gets around well and can run and jump like other cats, just in a different way. He has difficulty getting in and out of the litterbox, so this makes him not likely to be adopted, but he can live at the cage-free Whiskers shelter and sanctuary for the rest of his life.

A few years ago, he developed urinary crystals and now eats special prescription food to control his condition. As long as he eats the Purina ProPlan UR special diet, he will stay happy and healthy and continue to live his best life.

You can meet Parker Franklin here.

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