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Three Sisters Pet Rescue/Ohio Hound Rescue: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

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

We are using this grant to build a humane-education outreach program in Cincinnati. Our goal is to recruit more youth foster homes, but also to educate about humane treatment of animals in Greater Cincinnati.

So far we have seven cats/kittens in youth-led foster care for 2017. This is ongoing, though, and we expect to add more in early 2018.

How many pets did this grant help?

7 so far

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

Whisper (first photo) is a special-needs kitten who was found abandoned. Her back legs are deformed and she will never be able to walk on them. The money from this grant is helping us keep her in youth-based foster care. From her Petfinder profile: “Precious Whisper came to us when she was very tiny and had been abandoned outside. No mama or siblings were ever found. She has deformed back legs, which our vet thinks is possibly the result of someone trying to breed Munchkins (dwarf kittens). This little girl “walks” on her back knees and gets around just fine. She is going to need a home that will accommodate for her needs. She is about 3 months old now. She will be spayed and ready to come home soon. Whisper is fostered with children and a gentle dog.” Meet her:

We also have a mama cat with kittens in youth-based foster care. Mama’s name is Nala (second photo). She was found while pregnant and her family is growing up with children. Meet Nala: One of her kittens is Red (third photo). Meet him:

Our work is ongoing. And we are now carrying a line of books that teach humane principles to children K-8. I most recently visited an after-school program for Guatemalan-immigrant children to teach them about dogs and to donate books for them to read.

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