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Operation Pets Alive: A Shot at Life Vaccination Grant Report

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

This product was used to vaccinate our local adoptable cats and kittens in preparation for adoption.

This grant has enabled Operation Pets Alive to continue our local feline adoption program full force. The sheer volume of homeless cats in our community that need help staying out of our local shelter system (only a 30% save rate for cats and kittens) and finding their future home is simply overwhelming. Veterinary care is our largest expense and this grant helped to defray some of those costs, allowing us to help more cats and kittens!

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, 131 cats and kittens have been helped through this grant!

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

We have so many stories, but here are a few snippets: Hickory and Dickory (first photo) were two kittens vaccinated who also had to fight off ringworm. At only 3.5 and 3.7 lbs., they are in their happy home. From their mom: “The kitties are still taking medication for ringworm, but we’re winning the battle. They are doing really, really well.” Second photo: Paul was a young cat who was vaccinated under the grant. He fought through Coccidia and is now with his forever girl! From the mom: “Paul and Laila have bonded. Thank you so much; he is a blessing.” Third and fourth photos: These next two photos are of a young girl who had been looking at all our cats in the Petco kennels for some time, but her parents would not allow her to get a cat. Finally they decided to get her a cat as a surprise for her birthday, but they wanted her to be able to pick “The One.” OPA arranged to have several Torties (her favorite) at the cat playroom in our Petco store when the family came “to buy dog food”! The cat she chose had been a grant recipient and the expression is priceless! (Last two photos: holding her new cat and thanking her parents for the birthday surprise.)

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