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Whiskers Animal Rescue & Sanctuary: Disaster Grant Report

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

Approximately $500 has been used to replace hay for the horses that got wet and moldy and some cat food that also got wet when the barn flooded. We have $1,000 that is being held for bringing in dirt and gravel to repair and raise the barn and stall areas. Unfortunately, we have not dried out enough to get a dump truck back to the barn yet. Nearly 20 inches in October, five inches in November and five inches in December have left the area still too wet to work. We are hoping that we get a dry spell soon to get the dirt in.

The replacement of the food was a wonderful savings for us. When the barn and stall areas can be worked, it will help to keep the horses out of the wet areas should we get another storm like that, and also keep them healthier, as wet feet on a horse is a bad breeding ground for diseases like thrush. We will be glad to send you updated photos as soon as a truck can get back to us.

How many pets did this grant help?

Our two rescue horses and our semi-feral barn colony of 15 cats who live in the barn, plus many community animals, as we store food in the barn for both the sanctuary and our community helpers.

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

Our two current rescue horses, Slim Shady and Blondie, had water rushing into their stalls and the entire field was very wet or under water. Getting the level of the stalls up will prevent them from having serious foot issues by allowing them to have a dry place to stand, eat and sleep.

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