Stop The Overpopulation of Pets, Inc.: Disaster Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Since the fire in late January 2014, we resumed operations in a temporary location for three months. (We are now back in our original building. Much of it has been repaired/restored, although we still have a little wiring and plumbing to do and we still have to replace the flooring in the bathroom.) With your help, we have been able to replace much of our surgical equipment and supplies such as sutures, anesthesia, gloves, antibiotics, needles, vaccines, etc. A new (used) microscope has been ordered but has not arrived yet and we are still in need of a surgery table but are making do. We used your grant money to replace needed supplies so we could resume our low-cost spay/neuter program and treat our 50+ shelter cats. (We primarily take in injured strays. Since we can’t help every cat, we try to help those in dire, emergency situations.)
Our situation was further complicated when our previous veterinarian of 15 years retired the week after the fire and we had to find a new one who did a good job at low-cost. We thank you for your donation in March to help us recover from the fire and are happy to report that since then we have spayed 256 female cats, neutered 239 male cats, 9 male dogs, 7 female dogs and performed 19 miscellaneous surgeries/procedures (for example, eye enucleations, emergency amputations, urgently-needed dentals). Without your grant, we would not have been able to get back up and running so quickly.
THANK YOU for your help as we recover from the devastating fire.
How many pets did this grant help?
Over 500 pets were neutered and approx. 100 shelter animals were helped in various ways.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Flanagan, a sweet orange tabby, was injured and had to have his tail amputated after the fire. He recovered from this surgery well and was adopted by one of our former volunteers.