Grant funds were used towards the care of shelter pets while we functioned under new guidelines with abbreviated operations. Since closing to the public and going to appointment-only, we have had 50 intakes (half of which were owner-surrenders). The grant funds went towards updating vaccinations and medical care provided to these pets while in our care.
With Virginia’s new guidelines for businesses and limited income due to abbreviated operations, these funds were critical to our ability to vaccinate incoming pets who were not up-to-date. Under normal circumstances, we ask for a donation towards vaccinations if the pet needs to be updated, but many owners were not in a financial position to do so. This funding helped to take the burden off the shelter’s already thin resources.
This grant helped approximately 25 pets receive their vaccinations.
Hansel and Gretel came to us from a local rescue that was helping an elderly woman whose dog recently had puppies. The rescue brought them to us and we immediately provided medical care and placed them in a foster home. Since then, Hansel and Gretel have been growing up big and strong in their foster home and coming for regular check-ups for weight, vaccine updates, deworming, and more. Soon they will be old enough to be spayed and neutered, and our foster family who wanted to help during a time of crisis are now planning to adopt these two sweet babies! Puppies need all of their initial vaccines and require more vet care than an older pet who has already been receiving vaccines but may just need an update. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the COVID-19 relief funds because it helped many pets just like Hansel and Gretel.