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Feline/Canine Friends: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

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

We used our grant funds to buy food for the shelter. We did not pay for our food until February, as it had been supplied to us by Rescue Pack, Illinois. When Covid-19 hit, Rescue Pack lost its supply of cat food and we had to start paying for this expense, one that we had not budgeted for! We are so grateful for this grant, as it has greatly helped us through these unexpected times.

This grant helped us to pay for our unexpected expense of food that had previously been provided to our shelter for free. Because we were able to cover some of this expense, we were able to continue to take in some cats and provide them with necessary medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We feed 100 cats, and it provided food for all of them.

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

We were able to take in Coconut, a critically sick kitten. For three weeks, we did not think that he was going to pull through. When he came in, he was so infested with fleas and maggots that he had lost most of his fur. He was extremely anemic and suffered from malnutrition. He could not eat on his own and required us to syringe-feed him.

After three weeks, he started to respond to treatment and gradually made improvements. When he started to play, at 6 weeks, we knew he was going to make it, and we promised him that we would find him a loving, forever home! His adopter tells us, “He is an amazing little soul.”

After eight weeks of treatment, Coconut was adopted! We would not have been able to help him during Covid-19, with our depleted budget, if we had not had help from those like the Petfinder Foundation!

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