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Happy Endings No Kill Cat Shelter: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The generous $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to cover the medical expenses of a cat in our shelter who required amputation of his front right leg after being shot with a gun.

As we are a totally volunteer- and donation-based nonprofit, the Petfinder Foundation grant helped us to pay for a very expensive vet bill.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Major was a stray cat whom someone in his neighborhood was feeding. One day this person noticed that Major was hobbling badly, and upon a closer look, saw that his front right leg was severely mangled. This good Samaritan got Major to a vet at once. Major was transferred to Advanced Animal Hospital, one of our vet partners. Advanced contacted Happy Endings to seek placement and request coverage of the medical bill for Major. We couldn’t say no.

It ends up that someone in Major’s neighborhood had shot him, and his right leg needed to be amputated. He was also neutered at that time. Major stayed at Advanced a couple of days and then came to Happy Endings. His first two weeks were a rough transition for Major since he had been a stray. Our volunteers worked with him to get him used to a person’s touch and made sure he tried to get up and venture out on three legs.

After a couple of weeks, Major turned into a loving purr monster who loves people. He moved from being sequestered in our medical room to the front adoption area of our shelter. In less than a week, a nice, young single man named Joe fell in love with Major and adopted him and worships the ground Major walks on. This story truly has a happy ending!

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