A Doggie 4 You: Disaster Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The money was used to purchase a new food-storage building to replace the one destroyed. The total cost of the new building was $3,000. Without the $1,200 grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we would not have been able to afford it.
When the flooding hit, we had a four-week supply of food for the 107 dogs in our care. We also had a month's supply of food in our food pantry, which helps provide food to our less-fortunate neighbors and senior citizens who need a little extra help. We lost all the food in our trailer. The community offered to help replenish the food, but the constant rain made it impossible until we received your grant. We thought we were going to be able to repair our old building, but it was determined that it was not structurally sound. We were able to make a down payment on a new building and it was delivered and immediately put to use.
How many pets did this grant help?
107 shelter dogs and approximately 50 families with pets
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
The day before the rains and flooding hit, our vet called us and asked if we could intake a puppy who had survived parvo, but didn’t have a family willing to take her back. Her name was Lola. We didn’t have quarantine space available, so we put her in a section of the food-storage building to ride out her quarantine. When the flooding started and the building was destroyed, we had to take her back to the vet clinic. Luckily we were back in operation within two days of getting your grant, so we were able to bring a small bank of vet kennels into the new building and Lola was able to come home and recuperate. Two weeks later she went to adoptions and found a new home with a nice lady who had seen her picture on Petfinder.com and came to meet her.
We had 107 dogs in our facility at the time of the flood. We need to have at least a two-week supply of food for our animals. Without the Petfinder Foundation’s help, we would not have been able to store any food. You guys were a godsend.
Janelle Reader is a hardworking resident of Bandera County who found herself unemployed through no fault of her own. She was going to have to relinquish her dogs when we told her about our food pantry that was set up to help our neighbors. Her two dogs were put on the program two weeks before the flood. We were worried we weren’t going to be able to continue with our food pantry after the building got destroyed. Janelle has since found a new job and is actually donating to our food bank, but without the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity, we would not have been able to keep our food pantry going.