Skagit Animals In Need: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Skagit Animals in Need typically fosters, rehabs and adopts out animals seized by the Skagit County Sheriff's Office in Washington state. SAIN recently started a new program within our mission, the Animal Assistance Program, which is specifically to help owners of all types of animals who have been negatively affected by Covid-19 in their ability to feed or provide vet care for their animals. Applications have been approved from those primarily who have lost jobs and experienced other effects of Covid-19.
This Petfinder Foundation grant allowed SAIN to approve applications from several local residents and provided emergency vet care; we targeted the emergency needs of a couple of low-income residents who had lost their jobs during this pandemic.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
SAIN received and approved the application for financial assistance from a woman who had lost her job with a housing authority on the local Native American reservation. She has a beloved elderly dog who had a tumor that her vet diagnosed and which needed removal. The vet reported that the dog, Lulu, would have a good chance at further quality of life if the tumor were removed.
Due to the loss of her job, this woman was finding it a hardship to afford this surgery. She applied to SAIN’s program, Lulu had the surgery and SAIN was honored to have helped in this situation. Our program consults with vets to verify situations like this, and we felt this case strongly met our mission to help responsible pet owners get through these tough Covid-19 times. We thank the Petfinder Foundation again and hope this case is one contribution to meeting your mission as well! We are very appreciative.