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PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

This Covid-19 Operation Grant of $750 was used to provide food and supplies for the 26 cats in our adoption facilities as they waited for their new forever homes and four litters of kittens and their mamas who were in foster homes from April 23-May 2, 2020. During this three-week time period, $776.28 in expenses were covered by this grant.

We experienced a record adoption month in April 2020. Though we were in quarantine, we continued adopting pets through virtual procedures.

Our 19/20 kitten season was a record of 106 litters. The 20/21 kitten season is on track to outdo last year.

During March and April, Washington State experienced a record 16% unemployment. This led to a huge decrease in donations, both financially as well as in-kind gifts of food and supplies. This Covid 19 Operation Grant allowed PAWS to continue maintaining care of our feline population during this time. It provided food, litter and supplies to animals in our adoption centers until they were all adopted and we closed the two centers.

The grant provided food, litter and supplies to maintain the cats in our cattery, which not only houses cats with medical and behavior issues but also those in our cat sanctuary. It also allowed PAWS to provide food, litter and supplies to four litters of kittens and their mamas who are in our volunteer foster homes.

These expenditures occurred from April 23 through May 2, 2020.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 cats and four litters of kittens were provided with three weeks of food and supplies.

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

As Washington State moved into a full quarantine during end of March and the entire month of April, many animal shelters opted to close down completely and farm their animals into foster homes for the duration of the closures. An animal shelter in Auburn, WA, had a staff person contract the virus and they had to very quickly deposit animals away from their shelter and close. They sent out a plea to shelters all over Washington State looking for help.

PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap received four of their adult cats who were looking for new homes. We had a record adoption month in April and all four were featured on Petfinder and quickly adopted into new forever homes.

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