It was used for spaying/neutering cats and kittens that were trapped, given follow-up medical care, and then kept in our care until adoption.
We are in a rural community and cats as well as kittens are frequently dropped off “out in the country” to fend for themselves. During the COVID shutdown, we were one of the few shelters that continued to do spay-and-neuter clinics in the area. Daily, we received calls from people who had kittens or cats dropped off at their farm, etc., that they could not afford to keep or have fixed. This grant allowed us to accept these animals into our shelter and get them fixed and eventually get them adopted rather than leaving them outdoors to reproduce and increase the feral-cat population.
Luke, Lester, and Luna were found orphaned on someone’s porch at about 5 days old. We bottle-fed them, had them fixed and vaccinated, and happily watched Luna find her forever home. Luke and Lester are still at PAWS waiting for theirs, but they are the most affectionate and friendly kittens you have ever met. Without this grant, we would have been hard-pressed to find the financing to take them on along with all the other cats we have taken in during kitten season!