Humane Society of Amherst County: COVID-19 Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

We are so grateful to Petfinder, our best tool for adoptions. Petfinder assists shelters and rescue groups in promoting available pets to potential adopters near and far!
We were so delighted to be awarded a grant from the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant program for $1,000! The grant was used to enrich the lives of pets in our care. We felt like our cats would enjoy new scenery in the free-roaming cat lounge to give them activities while passing the time waiting for homes. They already had many cat towers, but honestly, what’s better than climbing up walls to higher places? This also gives the cats needed cage breaks too!

With recent COVID restrictions and our being closed to the public (besides pre-approved adopters visiting), we took the opportunity to freshly paint the walls a new color, get the floor waxed and add a double Juggernaut wall-mounted climbing center!

It’s a big success — the cats love it and it’s all thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant! If you are interested, we purchased the units at Catastrophic Creations. THANK YOU, Petfinder Foundation!

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

Many of our cats live in cages and, besides cleaning and occasional time out to play, they needed another avenue to get exercise and be cats! With this addition to our facility, ALL the cats in our care get the benefits of the new and exciting addition to our free-roaming cat lounge, where they are able to stretch out, hang out and just have freedom to do things cats enjoy most.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the current cats in our care, and future cats too — especially the long-termers !

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

Since we are now open to the public, a cat who had been living in our cat room (Izza, the snowshoe mix pictured with the blue eyes, first and second photos) was placed and two others that have potential adopters got to spend valuable time with the cats they plan to adopt.

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