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Eau Claire County Humane Association: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

The donations were used to offset the price of altering, a dental cleaning, and adoption fees.

The Sponsor a Pet funds were mostly used to pay for medical needs. We try to have every pet spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter, but with so many cats, that is not always possible. This funding helped make sure two more cats left altered and would not reproduce. In addition, the funds were used towards the animals' adoption fees, making them more desirable to adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Muffin was surrendered to the ECCHA because of the extra care he required due to his disability. Muffin was born without any legs. Staff decided to place Muffin into a foster home to assess his quality of life and whether he would be an adoptable pet. During his evaluation time in two different foster homes, we learned a lot about Muffin, most of all that he was a friendly, loving cat who wanted to do cat things. We also realized that it would take a special home with patience and love to be Muffin’s forever family. Muffin used potty pads because he was unable to get into a litter box, even those with a low edge. He also needed regular baths because he would get urine and feces on himself when hopping over to the pad.

Shelter staff enlisted the help of Forward Custom Design, which creates prosthetics for animals. The skilled employees made Muffin his very own skateboard that he could push with his little nubbins to get around. It would take some practice and time to get him used to his skateboard and being strapped in. We decided to place Muffin up for adoption after getting him neutered with the hopes of finding him the right home. We had a tremendous response. From all the applicants, we picked a family in Arizona that had experience with special-needs pets. He is thriving and loving the warm weather. The family has even created an adult coloring book featuring disabled pets, including two designs of Muffin. Without the funds from the Petfinder Foundation’s Sponsor a Pet program, his medical and special needs would not have been able to be addressed because of our limited funding.

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