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Parma Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

First, we would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for this grant during such challenging times. The funds allowed us to provide veterinary medical care for our cats and dogs at the shelter as well as for those in foster. Funds paid for specialty food, medications and additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the funds were able to assist us with two heartworm-positive dogs in our care and for a blind mama cat and her four kittens.

Our organization is 100% volunteer-run and relies on donations and fundraising. The COVID-19 grant funds allowed for us to maintain daily operations to care for our animals. Our planned fundraisers were cancelled, donations were limited and minimal adoptions took place in March and most of April. We were very fortunate to have local folks assist and help us with fostering while we still had cats and dogs in our care at the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Multiple cats and dogs were able to receive the medical care they needed. Specifically, we are showcasing two of our dogs (heartworm) and one cat (blind with her kittens).

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

Genay (first photo), our sweet, brave and completely blind mother, was outside with her kittens, all alone. We took her in to help her with her kittens and to enable them to find loving homes. Chickpea is the tabby, Sophie is torti and Hopi is black. Grant funds helped us purchase the needed formula, food, litter, etc.

Claire (fifth and sixth photos) is a heartworm-positive dog, currently in foster with one of our volunteers and going through heartworm treatment. She should be available for adoption in October.

Marcie (seventh and eighth photos), a black Lab mix and another dog who came to us heartworm-positive, has found her forever home!

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