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The Sanctuary at Haafsville: Grant Report

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

The $2,000 was used to buy modified live vaccines for our cats, kittens, puppies and dogs. We modified our vaccine schedule: All kittens and puppies began receiving vaccines every two weeks, starting at 4 weeks, while at our shelter or while in foster care. Previously, we started vaccinating at 7 weeks and vaccinated every 3-4 weeks. All cats and dogs older than 4 months received a second vaccine. Previously, we were only administering one vaccine.

The intent of modifying our vaccine protocol was to decrease the cases of upper respiratory that we had been experiencing. As everyone involved in animal rescue and sheltering knows, upper respiratory is so easily spread, so common, and can be costly to treat. Our goal was to keep our animals healthier. We saw a marked decrease in the number of cases of upper respiratory; far fewer vet visits were needed, especially for our young animals; our mortality rate decreased; and our adoption rates went up as our animals were healthier and ready to be placed sooner into their furever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Just over 650 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens received additional vaccines because of this grant.

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

This little boy in the first photo was so excited to get his new buddies. He burst through the door when the store opened. He chose the names Jack and Stanley. While Mom was completing the paperwork, this little boy laid on the floor, looked into the cage and read a story, “Jingle Cats,” to his new kittens. Congrats to Jack and Stanley and their new family. These kitties came to us quite young, and because of the updated vaccine protocol, they never got upper respiratory infections and were able to have their furever family find them, fall in love and take them home while still kittens.

The second pic contains photos of multiple dogs. We have not lost a single dog to upper respiratory, have not had a single case of pneumonia, and have averaged only one canine visit a month for the last four months since we installed the earlier and more-frequent vaccine protocol. These beauties are all happy and smiling and many of them are in furever homes, happy, healthy and sooner than ever before. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

Nora (third photo) was one of a litter of six kittens we received, too soon separated from their mother after she was hit and killed on the road. These little ones, who should still be under the care of their mother, came to us with weepy eyes, thin and ragged. After three sets of vaccines, a loving foster home, good food and lots of love, they were all placed. And as you can see, Nora’s eyes, as well as the Christmas lights, are shining!

Rod (fourth photo), handsome Rod, of the two different-colored eyes, came in from [an open-admission] shelter. We were able to vaccinate him immediately, with a modified live vaccine, and repeat the vaccine in three weeks; then Rod was able to work his magic and become a part of a trio of rescues from the Sanctuary in one happy home. Being healthy meant the difference for a pooch like Rod, not having to wait for his furever home because he was ill or ragged-looking.

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