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PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: Capital Improvement Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

In July, PAWS Atlanta received a Capital Improvement Grant from the Petfinder Foundation in the amount of $8,300 to repair and reseal the concrete floor in our large-dog area. We are incredibly grateful for this wonderful grant to our organization. Thank you!

The area that was improved includes 18 large-dog runs that are 36 square feet each. The total area is 1,196 square feet. At any given time, we have 18 dogs in this area and there is never an empty kennel. Our dogs typically spend the day in their outdoor runs or play areas and are only brought indoors when the weather is too cold or too hot to stay outside (as regulated by the Department of Agriculture).

While funding was received in July, our project had to be put on hold until the fall, when temperatures were conducive to our dogs to spending time outdoors without getting too warm. We also had a slight delay in setting up a company to assist us in sealing the floors because of the ongoing labor shortage felt throughout the country (an extension was given to PAWS Atlanta on Sept. 13, 2021, for a new grant report due date of Feb. 25, 2022).

We worked with a local company, New South Construction Company, to do the resurfacing work. Over the course of one week, they completed the project. The total invoiced by New South Construction Company was $10,542.80 (available upon request). Once they were done with their portion of the project, our staff reinstalled the kennels. We were excited to move our large pups back into the space on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, after the project was completed.

We have a series of videos (before, during, and after) of our project at: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJNcZ0HLIeQFrY-EJYEI_F9ujVyqXfDvS. Please feel free to use these videos for the foundation.

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

This project was important for our organization because it has allowed us to reseal the floors and create a sterile, non-porous surface that our staff can easily disinfect and keep clean for our large dogs. This is particularly important because we need a surface that is durable enough to withstand many, repeated cleanings.

Sanitation — along with providing a lot of love — is a top priority at PAWS Atlanta. It helps us with disease prevention and maintaining the health of our animals at the shelter. This grant has allowed us to do just that and to clean more efficiently. It has also allowed our organization to continue to meet important Department of Agriculture standards. Most importantly, it assists us in meeting one of our most important goals: to make our dogs happier and healthier during their time with us.

This was an important capital project we needed to do, and having the funds to repair and resurface the floor made a huge difference, especially as we continue to deal with the fallout of the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this support and for your generosity!

How many pets did this grant help?

There are 18 kennels within our large-dog area that were resurfaced. We estimate that over the course of a year, approximately 100 large dogs will benefit from this project.

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

Cora came to PAWS Atlanta from our rescue friends at DeKalb Animal Services. She was valedictorian of her class at UFTB (University of Fetch That Ball!) and she’s never met a tennis ball she didn’t fancy. At 3 years old, she’s athletic, smart and a quick study.

Cora is available for adoption and needs to go to an adult home. We’re not sure about other dogs, but she did raise a litter of puppies and was a good momma to them.

We’d love to see Cora end up with someone who will work with her so she can thrive. We believe she would love to have a human who might be up for joining a training class or maybe a dog-agility program, where she could really show off her skills. She’s very focused and energetic, and we can see her doing scent-training or running through an agility course. Cora is enjoying her new home in the large-dog area thanks to the Petfinder Foundation!

You can see Cora on Petfinder here.

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are incredibly grateful for this wonderful grant to provide important cat enrichment items for the cats at our shelter. Two items we outlined in our original application were not available after we received our grant but were able to select similar items with comparable prices. Our grant was used to purchase:

HIPIPET Cat Tunnel Bed 3-in-1 Cat Bed, Cat Toys, Scratch-Resistant Cat Tunnels for Indoor Cats Play Tunnel Tube with Removable Washable Mat (Brown). Purchased through Amazon.com ($40.99 each x 4 units).

PetSafe Zoom – Automatic, Interactive, Rotating Laser Cat Toy with Two Lasers. Purchased through Amazon.com ($24.95 each x 4 units).

Cat’s Meow Motorized Chaser Cat Toy. Purchased through Chewy.com ($19.99 each x 1 unit).

KONG Cat Playground Cat Toy. Purchased through Chewy.com ($19.99 each x 4 units).

SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy. Purchased through Chewy.com ($11.96 each x 2 units).

K&H Pet Products Nylon Hangin’ Cat Condo. Purchased at Chewy.com ($98.99 each x 4 units).

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

Amazing cats come to our shelter at PAWS Atlanta every year as they wait to find their forever homes. During their time with us, they love to hang out and play in the four free-roaming rooms in our cat cottage. This is an incredibly important part of our facility. Each room (approximately 10’x 10’) provides plenty of space for cats to interact and play, including screened-in window-box enclosures and a screened-in porch where our feline friends can enjoy fresh air and sunshine on a nice day. The toys, tunnels, and condos have been placed in these four rooms. It did not take long before our cats were enjoying these new additions to their space! This enrichment for PAWS Atlanta has been especially important. We strongly believe in giving our cats the most loving care and stimulating spaces that we can. By having funds to purchase these items, it helps us do exactly that for them. It has also helped us keep our expenses down as we continue to deal with the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely grateful for this support! Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

Over the course of a year, we expect that approximately 425 cats will benefit from the enrichment items. We purchased our items at the end of March 2020 and have so far had about 50 cats enjoying the toys, tunnels, and condos in our cat cottages.

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

One of our cats who took an immediate shine to the new enrichment items was Billie (first photo), a 1-year-old black-and-white beauty. It was no time before she was playing with the laser toys (who wouldn’t love that?), climbing through the tunnels, and taking a snooze in the cat condos. Billie has a beautiful singing voice, which caught the attention of one of our prospective pet parents. We were incredibly excited when, after being at PAWS Atlanta since April 26, 2020, Billie went to her forever home on April 13, 2021.

Another big fan of the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity is the adorable Ditto (second photo). Ditto came to PAWS Atlanta in March 2021 completely feral, under-socialized, and scared. In no time, she began opening up, even letting some of our staff pet her. She loves the other cats and is particularly fond of one that came in with her, Matthew. He’s a bit shy too, but they find comfort in feline companionship. Ditto is making great progress! She has really been enjoying lounging in the hanging cat condos and tunnels. Who says feral cats don’t know how to enjoy a good toy and a great place to take a nap? Ditto is still available for adoption. Meet Ditto here.

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

PAWS Atlanta received a $1,000 COVID Operations Grant from the Petfinder Foundation. We are incredibly grateful! We used our grant for two purposes. First, we spent $250 on additional cleaning supplies that helped us get through our ramped-up period where we were taking extra precautions and updating our safety protocols at the shelter due to COVID-19. This included items like paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, etc.

Second, we spent $750 to purchase medications for our pets in foster care during the shutdown. We placed an additional 36 cats and 74 dogs into foster care during the month of March and that meant many dogs and cats needed our assistance in their new foster homes. Even with the financial burdens we faced, it was imperative to make sure those pets in foster care were receiving the best medical care.

The $750 ($753.06 total below) was used for medicine for the following pets:
-Booger Bear (canine): three rounds of Diroban/melarsomine injections to treat heartworm disease and 28 days’ worth of Doxycycline at $219.81
-Penny (canine): Amantadine HCI capsule 100 at $92.88
-Coby (canine): Theophylline SR capsule 60 capsules at $58.32 and Gabapentin minitab 100 tablets at $66.96
-Tinsel (feline): Prednisolone ClickDose Transdermal 60 clicks at $51.79
-Spirit (canine): Gabapentin 60 capsules at $53.78 and Ursodial at $91.68
-Fireman Aaron (canine): Flurbiprofen 5 bottles x 22.08 at $110.40
-Elecktra (canine): Fluoxetine 20 mg 100 tablets at $7.44

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

As of June 15, 2020, we had 55 dogs and 27 cats we were caring for at our shelter, along with 36 dogs and 61 cats being cared for by our foster families. Our top priorities continue to be to care for the animals who are at our shelter and to ensure that our animals in foster homes are also being cared for and loved during this time.

We are putting a heavy focus on converting new foster placements into forever adoptions and believe this is critical in making a substantial impact on our shelter numbers (with a potential spike anticipated after things begin to normalize). This grant was a wonderful gift to our organization and so very much appreciated. During the shutdown, and as we slowly resume and rebuild our efforts, being able to purchase additional cleaning supplies has been particularly helpful to protect the safety of our staff, as well as members of our community and our animals.

Grant funding to allocate to medicine for our pets in foster care came at a critical time for our organization as we, like other shelters around the country, have faced financial difficulties with the loss of so many predictable revenue streams during the shutdown. And, of course, grant funding to purchase medicine for our pets in foster care made a direct impact on their lives. It is important to have our pets healthy, happy, and ready to be adopted into their forever homes. It also means it serves other animals because as space opens, more at-risk dogs and cats can be helped. The Petfinder Foundation made this possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

89

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

Funding from the Petfinder Foundation made a big difference in the life of Booger Bear (a.k.a. Boo Bear), who was treated for heartworm disease. Booger Bear was a scared dog who was abandoned near PAWS Atlanta and had to be trapped. Well, she is scared no more and this gal is personality plus! Her foster family took her and their dog Moomoo on “field trips” so their worlds did not get too small during the quarantine. Their favorite spot: the Decatur Cemetery, which you would have thought was Disney World in Booger Bear’s mind. She also loves to gather up all her toys and bring them into bed with her for a nap. She especially adores her squeaky toys.

Booger Bear was adopted by her foster family’s dog walker on June 1. They had met her before she was adoptable and fell in love. She has a doggie sister and is settling in well and she and her doggie sister are doing great together. She is also doing fantastic with her heartworm treatments and we will finish up treatment with the adopter (at our expense). Soon, she will be feeling better than she has in a long time thanks to the Petfinder Foundation!

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: Purina One Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

One of the most obvious barriers that must be addressed for a senior pet to be adopted is how to minimize the financial impact of their medical care for potential adopters. The dog which we were seeking assistance for was Mischief, a sweet senior dog who battles with arthritis and maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. In order to move Mischief into his forever home more quickly, grant funding is allocated to support his adopting family by 1) waiving Mischief’s $150 adoption fee; 2) funding just under two years of Proviable DC probiotic to reestablish healthy intestinal balance ($29.99 per 80-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 8 bottles = $239.92); and 3) funding one year of Galliprant 60 mg to treat Mischief’s osteoarthritis pain ($50.74 per 30-capsule bottle [taken once a day] x 12 bottles = $608.88).

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

It is well documented by shelters and humane societies across the country, including PAWS Atlanta, that individuals and families looking to adopt are most often drawn to younger animals, particularly puppies and kittens. Adoptions take longer and become less frequent in direct correlation with a dog’s age. Many, many wonderful senior dogs come into our shelter, but they just do not move into their forever homes at a pace similar to younger, more active dogs. Our current length of stay for a senior dog is 105 days, compared to 65 days for younger dogs. Our goal is to reduce this length of stay for senior dogs, because we know that new surroundings and circumstances create an enormous amount of stress on an animal. Their worlds are turned upside down. To reduce this stress, dogs (and all abandoned pets) ideally need to be placed into their forever homes as quickly as possible. Being able to reduce the length of stay for a dog at our facility—especially a senior dog—is critical to reducing this stress and settling them into their new homes.

Grant funding through the Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Grant will help us, most importantly, find a forever home for Mischief and reduce the financial burden on his new family because of the medical care he requires. Funding also helps our organization because, as we move animals into their new homes, this opens space at our facility to help yet another dog or cat.

Unfortunately, Mischief has not been adopted yet, but he is in a wonderful foster home while he waits to find his new home. We know that once he is adopted, he will be greatly helped by this grant. Mischief’s photo and story have been highlighted repeatedly on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, since we received the grant. He has also been highlighted in our email blasts, is posted on the Petfinder site, and our shelter manager and adoption counselors have been talking about him to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Grant funding will be used to support Mischief, an 11-year-old, 75-lb. pit bull mix who came to us for safekeeping after his beloved parent passed away over a year ago. Mischief has not been adopted yet, but we have been working very hard to publicize Mischief using a variety of communication tools (e-newsletters, social-media outlets, etc.).

Currently, Mischief is staying with one of our foster families. Our foster family has really been enjoying Mischief, providing him with a lot of much-needed love. They recently told us, “Despite his name being Mischief, he’s a real easy-going kind of guy. He loves to be in the same room with us, especially his foster dad. He’s a good companion to his people and does exceptionally well with other dogs. Mischief loves to play with toys and adores treats of all kinds. Being an older dog, Mischief is really a low-key guy and would thrive in a home that is quiet. He has a tiny bit of separation anxiety and would probably love to be in a home with someone who is retired or works from home.”

We will continue our outreach efforts to find Mischief a permanent home and the funds generously donated by the Petfinder Foundation will be used for the purposes outlined in the grant. We are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for its support of our organization and its commitment to join us in finding Mischief his forever home.

From his Petfinder profile: “Walking Mischief yesterday, he seemed like the happiest boy in the shelter — happy to have his paws on the trail, happy with all the delicious smells, happy to be outside, happy to have a human friend to walk with him. He’s a leisurely walker at 10, prone to many ‘sniff-stops’ to investigate who’s been where doing what. Mischief came to PAWS Atlanta for safekeeping after his beloved owner died. He loves that all the volunteers and staffers are making a big fuss over how handsome and sweet he is, and he loves it even more when they give him treats for being a good boy. Mischief is friendly with other dogs and would probably love to have a dog companion. Most of all, he would love to be back in a home with someone he can love and watch over. He seems house-trained and very used to being around people. This guy is just smooth, easy company. And, also, his tiny picket-fence teeth. Can we talk about his tiny picket-fence teeth?!” You can meet Mischief here.

UPDATE March 2, 2020: “We submitted our senior dog grant report for Mischief back on January 21, and at the time we had to sadly report that he had not been adopted yet. Over this past weekend we had some great news! We thought you might enjoy knowing that Mischief found his new forever home. We have attached a photo of Mischief with his new family (first photo). He came to us back in September 2018, after his longtime owner passed away, and now he finally has a new home. We cannot begin to thank you and everyone at the Petfinder Foundation enough for helping to make this special day possible. The Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant is just what Mischief needed. We are incredibly grateful for your support and I know Mischief is incredibly happy too.”

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation will help us provide the following for Spirit: 1) waiving Spirit’s $150 adoption fee; 2) funding one year of Apoquel daily medication, which is $1.75/each = $638.75/year; and 3) funding one year of annual routine urine- and blood-checks at $200/year.

Unfortunately, Spirit has not been adopted yet. Since coming to us in 2015, Spirit has had extensive medical bills due to her chronic conditions. She suffers from atopy and food allergy which is managed with z/d ultra hypoallergenic diet and Apoquel daily medication. We also have to treat frequent secondary skin and ear infections.

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

We know that once Spirit is adopted, she will be greatly helped by this grant. Spirit’s photo and story, since we received the grant, have been highlighted repeatedly on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has also been highlighted in our email blasts and is posted on Petfinder.com.

How many pets did this grant help?

It will help one pet, Spirit, when she gets adopted.

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

Spirit has not been adopted yet. She is such a sweet and gentle girl, but her age (between 8 and 10 years old) and medical issues have made it very difficult for her to find a new home. We did have two people reach out to us about adopting, but they have cats at home, and Spirit could not go into a home with cats. We are extremely fortunate that she is in a loving foster home, but she does have to stay with us at the shelter periodically when her foster mom goes out of town. We will continue our outreach efforts to find Spirit a permanent home, and the funds generously donated by the Petfinder Foundation will be used for the purposes outlined in the grant. We cannot thank the Petfinder Foundation enough for helping us in this effort. We are extremely grateful! Meet Spirit.