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Humane Society of Harrisburg Area: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The $1,000 grant was used to purchase lifesaving core vaccines for the cats and dogs housed in our shelter. We were able to purchase 700 vaccines, which included the canine and feline distemper vaccine (DAPPv and FVRCP) and rabies vaccine.

The vaccines purchased with these grant funds are core vaccines vital to the health of any pet. By vaccinating our residents before adoption, we are setting them up for success and a healthy life with their new family. These vaccinations also ensure that the residents do not become ill while in the shelter setting.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Guppy and his brother and sister were found abandoned inside an unoccupied home, with their mother nowhere to be found. At only three weeks old, it seemed that life had dealt him a bad hand, but then he and his siblings were found and brought to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area by a local animal control officer. This allowed this shy but sweet silver kitten to have a chance at survival.

When Guppy reached the appropriate age, he received his core vaccines, including the HCP vaccine, which protects again herpesvirus, calicivirus, and panleukopenia, and the rabies vaccine. Without these core vaccines, Guppy would be susceptible to some of the illnesses and diseases that are most contagious and deadly to felines.

Guppy was adopted at 4 months old and his adopter says he has adjusted well and his personality is really starting to shine. Guppy is happy and healthy thanks to healthy foundation provided by these vaccines.

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