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SQ Rescue Inc.: Disaster Grant Report

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

Boarding of dogs and construction of an eight-run indoor/outdoor kennel to replace the old kennel destroyed in the October 2015 historic flooding in South Carolina. This is a portion of the expenses incurred:

Hoover building $23,900; pouring concrete $2,700; 16 stainless-steel kennels (8 indoor/8 outdoor) $14,040; tree removal $700; electrical supplies $673; kennel supplies $332; electrical-pole hookup $50; dirt $500; installing drain $1,550; rental of excavator, $358; boarding of dogs $4,088.

Due to delays from bad/rainy weather, the kennel is not yet at the point where dogs can be sheltered there. We hope to have heating/air, plumbing, electrical and other work completed in the next few months.

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped to cover some of the boarding expenses for the dogs that were kept at our old kennel and costs for construction of the new kennel.

How many pets did this grant help?

Directly, the grant helped 8-10 dogs: those who were housed at our old kennel and without foster homes.

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

This is Zeke. We think he is a great Dane mix and approximately 6 years old. Zeke came to us from an [open-admission] shelter in Camden, S.C., in 2013. He is a big, muscular, handsome 85-lb. boy and sadly, in animal rescue, large dogs are more difficult to foster and adopt out. Zeke lived in the outdoor kennel we lost in the flood and has been in boarding since October 2015. We try to visit the dogs regularly but we know they miss their play yard and the people who fed and loved on them twice daily. Zeke’s area was always very neat and he never shredded his toys or blankets or made a mess with his water. On January 9, 2016, a wonderful couple came to our pet adoption event at Petsmart and fell for this guy. He is now living the life we wish for all our dogs one day.

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