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Tri-Lakes Humane Society: Grant Report

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

The $1,000 Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options in Action grant we received in October 2015 has been used to pay for feline and canine distemper vaccinations from Zoetis.

The purchased vaccinations made it possible for us to vaccinate new dogs, puppies, cats and kittens on intake. Thirty-six kittens, 41 adult cats, three puppies and seven adult dogs arrived at our shelter between the months of October and January and each one was vaccinated at least once while in our care thanks to the grant. We plan to continue purchasing distemper vaccinations throughout 2016 with the remaining grant money to keep all our shelter animals vaccinated and healthy prior to being adopted into new forever homes.

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

On Oct. 24, 2015, while helping a woman who had called about feral cats on her property, Lena, our shelter manager, heard kittens crying in the woods. She found a litter of kittens hidden by their mother cat in an old metal garbage can. They were cold and shivering, and unable to escape from inside the tall garbage can because they were so tiny. Lena carefully removed each kitten and gave them canned food in a carrier, which they hungrily devoured. Had she not found them, they would have surely perished without food, water or warmth.

We named this litter the “Garbage Pail Kids.” The one little vocal female kitten who saved herself and her litter mates was named Mouthy Martha. Her brothers were Recycled Michael and Johnny Rotten (even though he was super sweet and cute), and her bigger sister was Fattie Maddie. Each kitten was vaccinated upon intake and given booster vaccinations every two weeks to help keep them healthy during their stay at our shelter surrounded by other kittens and stray cats prior to being adopted into loving homes during the holidays.