Animal Friends Humane Society dba Heart of Texas SPCA: Disaster Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The Disaster Grant funds were used to replace collapsed tarps above the outdoor pens, all outdoor water hoses, a puppy pen that was crushed, and outdoor timers for the lights and summer fans.
It allowed us to once again use a row of outdoor kennels which the snow had completely collapsed. When we could not use these kennels, puppies had to stay inside in crates, only being let out a few times a day.
Hose water is our only source of water outside for the dogs to have fresh, cold water and for us to be able to wash doghouses, Kuranda beds, buckets, and whatever else needs to be cleaned. This helps keep these areas clean and healthy for the dogs.
The timers for the summer fans and lights are something we take seriously, as leaving these items on all the time is not only wasteful of energy, but can cause fires.
All the damage was a little overwhelming for our small facility. Thank goodness for this grant, because the puppies are growing fast.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
We had a litter of eight puppies, plus two others, that came in right after the storm. Having limits on our outdoor space and the ability to clean things outside made it very difficult to keep up with the day-to-day, not to mention the 10 new arrivals at our small facility.
The litter of eight puppies was turned in by an owner who did not have the funds to provide for them and was a repeat client. They were the typical covered-in-fleas, full-of-parasites, hungry puppies. But the mom did a good job taking care of them otherwise. They were growing fast and needed more exercise and socialization than an indoor puppy pen would allow.
Unfortunately, all of the puppies are still with us and a couple of them have developed a fear of strangers now. But we hope someone will follow the link provided and come give one a forever home. Meet the eight puppies here.
UPDATE: The puppies have all been adopted!