Animal Shelter Alliance of Rhea: Bar Dog Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Each healthy dog or puppy costs approximately $200 for basic medical care, including spay/neuter, basic vaccines, de-worming, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, food, etc. Our normal adoption fee is $135, so we used the Bar Dog Operation grant to offset the medical costs towards the adoption fees of dogs during the month of July.

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

In the summer months our facility, like many others, is near capacity at all times. By lowering our adoption fees to $65, we were able to place more than 30 dogs and puppies in homes during the month of July. Many more were transported to other no-kill facilities in larger areas where the animals have more opportunity for adoption. Every dog who is adopted or transported makes room for the next dog to receive love and care at our facility.

How many pets did this grant help?

We’re going to say 64: the 32 dogs who were adopted in July, and the 32 more whom we are able to help this month because we have more room! We know that the $1,000 grant specifically offset costs for 7.4 dogs, and we also know that having that cushion allows us to advertise the lower fee, and THAT gets lots of dogs placed locally!

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

All of the pets in the last two photos were adopted in the month of July! The shepherd-mix puppies (from top: Violet, Sky, Oscar, Max, and Colby) were such a mess when they came in – full of fleas and ticks and, of course, worms. They all got their first baths, then their medical assessments and treatments for all the nasty creatures living in and on them, as well as some time to decompress and get back to a normal weight. Then the adoptions started! That kept us busy for a couple of days, but they are all so sweet and adorable, it didn’t take too long for their adoptions to be completed! We are so excited to have them in their homes and so thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us to help them!

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