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The Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc.: Grant Report

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

We wanted to buy a good digital SLR camera that could take good pictures and video to help our marketing efforts and hopefully get more animals adopted. We purchased a Rebel T5 camera and accessories.

When adoptable animals are seen in videos, their personalities shine through much better than in still photos. We want our adopted dogs and cats to be good fits for their new homes and lifestyles. Video is the best way of communicating a dog or cat’s true personality. We have been taking videos every week at adoption events and posting them on the pets' bios on Petfinder listings and on our Facebook page. The videos are helping to spread the word that we have great dogs and cats available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently, 17 of 31 (55%) of our adoptable animals have videos posted on their bios on our Petfinder website.

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

We found out about a home with 59 adult outdoor cats who were not fixed. Before we could even start with trapping to get the cats fixed, we immediately asked if we could take 15 young kittens that had severe upper respiratory infections. One of those kittens was Peeps. He was picked up on May 4th but was not healthy enough to be listed for adoption until Sept. 20th. Boy, does he know how to get attention! He lures you in with that innocent face and then he wins you over with his playful and friendly disposition. Peeps is good with other kittens and enjoys playing with kittens and people alike. He likes to investigate and is a curious kitten. He also enjoys walking on a leash and he seems fine around dogs. Peeps is a male brown-and-white tabby with a cute smudge on his nose. He has short hair and is litterbox trained. He is a kitten with a date of birth of March 14, 2016. He is neutered, up-to-date on his shots, and healthy. Peeps is looking for his forever home. Meet Peeps:

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