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Animal Care Sanctuary: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

The funds from this grant were used to purchase rabies vaccines to keep our adoptable animals healthy and meeting the state legal requirement for rabies vaccination. Pennsylvania has the highest rate of rabies in the country. We are working to be part of the solution to this issue. This grant for $1,000 would allow us to provide rabies vaccinations to 77 animals.

Adopting 77 animal makes space for us to save the life of 77 more, doubling the impact of this grant to 154 animals.

The ripple effect of this money continued down to the purchase of veterinary supplies needed in our clinic, all because we were able to save the cost of 77 rabies vaccines. In the midst of the Covid pandemic, when we were focused on keeping our shelter doors open, this grant took some of the financial pressure off our plates and allowed us to continue forward in our lifesaving mission. We are grateful for the grant and look forward to the opportunity to partner with the Petfinder Foundation in the future.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

In our rural area, we are often called to help animals who are part of hoarding situations. A house fire in our local community revealed a cat-hoarding case. Animal Care Sanctuary was called and made aware that there were 14 cats who had escaped the fire but were roaming around the property.

We sent three employees to the site to try and round up the cats. It took five different trips to the burned-out home to capture all these cats. The cats were malnourished and very fearful, but we brought them to Animal Care Sanctuary for the food, love and medical care needed to get them ready to find their forever homes. All 14 of these cats were given rabies vaccinations thanks to the support of a grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

We are thrilled to report that all 14 cats were adopted with four weeks! Most of the cats were quite camera shy and we did not want to create more stress for them by trying to force pictures; however, I have attached pictures of our brave three who allowed us to take a picture. Meet Tigger, Eeyore, and Green Lantern (top to bottom)! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

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