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Stafford SPCA: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

Our first sponsorship disbursement was $45 for a three-month period, and it has been deposited into our general operating account used to pay for shelter supplies such as clumping litter, cat/dog food and cleaning supplies.

Every little bit helps. Our first disbursement showed us that people WILL give using this method, and we are currently working on marketing materials to spread the word to others who, although they may not be able to adopt or foster, can still help our pets through sponsorship.

How many pets did this grant help?

All of them.

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

Big Leo came to us in December 2013 when we received a call from the local Wounded Warrior Program. Leo’s family had been affected by deployments and later by traumatic brain injury. When an extended family member was brought in to care for his people, the extended family member dumped Leo on the side of the road in another county to avoid caring for him.

We brought Leo into our facility and have housed him since. He was deficient in vet care, hadn’t been neutered and had tummy issues due to poor quality food. In our care, everything has been brought up to date, he’s been “fixed” and is getting the attention and exercise he needs, allowing him to be a calm, well adjusted boy!

UPDATE: May 8, 2014: Big Leo went to his forever home. He now has a big fenced yard, four children, a trampoline, lots of tree branches to chew on — it’s a rough life. I will miss him terribly, but we did right by Leo, and he is in a wonderful home with lots of children to play with and watch over. Godspeed, Big Leo.

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