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Wood County Humane Society: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

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

Vaccinating our cats.

The A Shot at Life grant we were awarded helped our organization prepare cats and kittens for adoption, as well as help protect them against disease. At the direction of our veterinarian, we combined the FVRCP (gave as a first dose) with the Fel-O-Vax Lv-K IV + Calicivax (gave as the booster). This allowed us to use the FVRCP vaccines on 99 cats and kittens. The grant did free up some our funds, and this ultimately allowed us to help a few more animals this year (2013), than we did last year (2012).

How many pets did this grant help?

99 cats/kittens (one vaccine was broken on arrival).

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

Here are stories from adopters who took home cats who were helped by this grant.

Cashmere (picture one), adopted Dec. 4, 2013: “At first, Cashmere was small and very shy. When we brought her home, she was scared and hid in the smallest spaces. However, after only a few days, her curiosity got the best of her and she began playing with toys, especially her mouse toy. She loves attention and sleeps next to us when we are sitting on the couch. She also loves looking out the window. She is timid around strangers, but once she gets to know you, she is very friendly. She does the cutest things, and we love her to death.” — Ilario and Brittney

Valencia (picture two), adopted Sept. 13, 2013: “Meet Valencia. A good Samaritan brought her to the Wood County Humane Society in August 2013 after they found her on the side of a country road tied up in a plastic bag. She was approximately six weeks old and suffered head trauma and had an upper respiratory infection. The Shelter provided her with the supportive care she needed until she was old enough and well enough to be adopted out. In late August I came to the Shelter looking for a cat to join the two we already had. We have more than enough room in our home to love another animal! I was looking for a female kitten. After hearing her story and how she was found, my heart melted. I knew she was the one I wanted to give a forever home to. We brought her home in mid-September and named her Phoebe. As you can see from the photos, she quickly snuggled around her blanket, lays on the couch with her brothers wrapped up around each other, and one where her and our oldest cat Peep (who is 14) are always joined at the hip. As you can see from the photos, she is well adjusted to her new home and two brothers. I love her 🙂 or should say that Mike and I love her. She has brought so much joy to our home and to our other cats and we are very thankful for her.” — Sue

Marvel and Woody (picture three), adopted Nov. 1, 2013: “Marvel and Chip (FKA Woody) are doing well! Chip (Woody) settled in immediately and Marvel took a bit longer than we expected. He had some litter box issues that were concerning and his personality seemed to change to an introvert but he did eventually make a turn around and he is back to his super friendly self. Marvel still follows us around while he purrs and squishes his paws. He loves to be petted but isn’t much of a lap sitter. Chip is quite a character and is up to all kinds of kitten shenanigans. Both of them have learned to get along with our 2 dogs and our other cat just fine too. We are very happy that we came to the Humane Society and are glad we adopted both of them! I have attached a few pictures for you.” — The Rollo family

Harrison (picture four), adopted Sept. 2, 2013: “Back in September of 2013, we decided to get a cat. I went to the Wood County Humane Society website and found this cute little kitten called Harrison. My boyfriend and I went to the shelter to see how compatible Harrison would be with our family. He was shy and very curious but I had a feeling he would be a great playmate for our dog. When we brought him home, he was hesitant to go near the dog but soon realized that the dog didn’t like being smacked on the nose by a kitten paw. The dog was terrified of Harrison but once he got comfortable with the tiny ball of fur attacking his tail, he started playing with him instead of running away. We also noticed that Harrison was not really responding to his name so we changed it to Jack. He is a wonderful addition to our family and a great playmate for our dog. I’m glad we went to the Humane Society!” — Amanda Parker of Toledo, Ohio

Twitchy and Willy (photos five and six), adopted Nov. 29, 2013: “I got a call today requesting an update on Twitchy (who is now Rory, short for Rorschach Borealis Mittens) and Willy (who is now JJ, short for Jacka*s Junior, aka Julius ‘JJ’ Sneezer). We adopted Rory and JJ on Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, so today is their 5-week anniversary at our house. We also have two older cats, so we were initially apprehensive about how the integration would go. It’s gone quite well. The kittens now own the place. We are so glad that we adopted them. They are best buddies and play with one another all the time, although they have very different personalities. Rory (the marbled kitten) is a sidekick and follows us everywhere and likes to sleep on our recliner chairs. JJ (grey kitten) is a lap kitty and wants to sit as far up on our chests as he can go and just purrs all the time. He also likes to sleep on the heater vents.” — Danielle and Todd Kuhl

Jethro (photo seven), adopted Nov. 3, 2013: “Jethro is the third rescue cat living in our household at this time and the only male. His sisters are Daisy, 4, and Lucy, 3. Jethro was a birthday present for my 9-year-old daughter Julianne. She loves cats and wanted a kitten that would be ‘hers.’ Our older cats don’t like to be picked up and are a little more shy than Jethro. Jethro gets gets to sleep every night in Julianne’s room, where he has his own litter box and toys. He gets along better with Daisy, who is a little more tolerant of his kitten energy. Lucy is starting to warm up to him a little bit, but she will still smack him out of her way if she is not in the mood to play. We are in the process of trying to teach Jethro manners, i.e. staying out of people food and staying off of the kitchen table. He is a very cuddly and loving kitty. He loves to play and climb on his cat tree. He is a well loved member of the family!”

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