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Animal Shelter Alliance of Rhea: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

We implemented emergency adoption fees for dogs and cats in anticipation of having to close to the public due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. As a result of the reduced fees, we were able to place 71 animals in less than three weeks. That ensures we do not have an overcrowding situation during the shutdown period required in our county. The grant was used to offset the difference in revenue and cover animal-care costs as a result of the emergency adoption fees.

Our average costs for placing a healthy pet are $110 for dogs and $30 for cats; that does not include the help and medical assistance we provide for sick or injured animals. Our adoption fees include spay/neuter, rabies, vaccines, flea/tick and heartworm prevention, plus food and enrichment for the animals. We reduced adoption fees to $20 for dogs and $10 for cats in order to get as many pets as possible into homes before the shutdown order. The grant helped us to offset the care costs for animals who were adopted at the emergency reduced fees. This results in less impact to our overall budget and the care we can provide to the animals we still have, as well as those who will come in during the shutdown order.

How many pets did this grant help?

We placed 71 animals at the reduced fees.

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

Maximus the cat was a surrender due to his owner going into a nursing home. He was adopted almost immediately, but it turned out he didn’t like his new brother (a dog). He was back with us for a short time, and is now in his forever home!

Knight — now Hank (second photo) — a black Lab, was a stray. He was scrawny when he arrived, but lots of love and good food got him into peak condition quickly. He is in his forever home and is doing well with his new family!

Mickey (third photo) and Grace (fourth photo) were surrendered when their owner had to move to a place where animals are not allowed. They were adopted together and are already adjusted to their new home!

Brownie and his six siblings were strays who were all adopted within three days!

Carla, the Chihuahua, was adopted and has been renamed Miss Krusty Krab by hew new little brother!

With 71 pets adopted, we could give you MANY stories! Instead, we’ll include some of the photos we received from our many adopters after they got home with the new fur-babies.

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