Texas Pawprints: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The money was used to pay for spay and neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, and FIV/FeLV tests for cats and kittens.
We are a 100% foster-based organization. All our adoptions come from in-home meetings or from scheduled adoption events that we hold at various Petsmart locations on the weekends. However, due to social-distancing guidelines and recent shelter-in-place orders by our county, we had to temporarily cease all store adoption events for several months.
The majority of our operating income is from adoption fees and donations. Since we could not continue adoptions, we had almost no income during that time.
This grant allowed us to be able to continue to provide basic medical care (vaccinations, spay/neuter, FIV/FeLV tests) for the cats and kittens that we kept accepting from shelters and members of the community despite the business shutdown.
How many pets did this grant help?
Approximately 25 pets
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Cricket and Bug are two of the cats who were helped by this grant. These were two sisters whom one of our fosters saw dumped on the side of the road. Of course, she had to help them! She took them in and evaluated them. They were about 7 months old, but not fixed. Because of the grant, we were able to deworm them, vaccinate them, and get them spayed.
We were so thrilled when they got adopted together a few weeks later! They seemed to be bonded, and we had hoped that they would be adopted together.