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Belleville Area Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used for the intake of 22 kittens during the week of May 22. Intake includes all vaccines, a microchip, dewormer, and an FIV/FeLV combo test.

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

Our intake has been up during this COVID-19 crisis due to an increase in surrenders. The week of May 22, we brought 37 animals into the shelter, which is three times our average weekly intake. The grant money paid for the intake of the 22 kittens that we brought in that week. We would not have been able to intake as many animals without these funds.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

These kittens have not been adopted yet, but will be available soon. They are all in foster homes and doing well. They are not on Petfinder yet, because they are not available for adoption yet, but I am including some pictures below. The pictures are of Pawdry Hepburn, Vivian, Neville, Hermione, Albus, Ronald, Dobby, and Minerva.

Belleville Area Humane Society: Purina Consider A Shelter Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to subsidize the adoption fee for nearly 20 adopters and their new pets.

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

This grant helped adopters financially. This not only promotes adopting pets, but also helps the adopter put that $50 towards something else their pet will need.

How many pets did this grant help?

18

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

The adopters who benefited from this promotion are now able to put the money Purina provided towards something else their pet will need. This grant helped 18 dogs and cats of the BAHS find their forever homes. Purina and the Petfinder Foundation do such a great job of supporting shelters and rescues. Thank you!

Belleville Area Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

BAHS received a donation of 10 Kongs. The Kongs are used for canine enrichment. We stuff the Kongs with treats or peanut butter and use them as treats for our pets as well as training prizes.

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

The Kongs help with mental stimulation and focus. We put the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature that helps the larger dogs burn energy!

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs helped approximately 30 dogs in our care. The Kongs are washed between uses and benefit our entire pet population!

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

The Belleville Area Humane Society (BAHS) has launched an enrichment program led by adoption counselor Kurt Blaes. Kong Tuesdays are very important to our canine enrichment plan. We recently received 10 Kongs from the Petfinder Foundation, and our shelter pups couldn’t be happier! We stuff our new Kongs with food or peanut butter. We also elevate the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature for the BAHS animals to enjoy their favorite treat. The Kong grant has helped several dogs at the BAHS pass their idle time with us, but two specifically stand out – Ravi (first photo) and Kit (second photo).

Ravi, a large red-and-white American bulldog mix, is learning how to play well with others, but has a lot of energy he needs to burn. Kurt started him on the new Kongs, which Ravi enjoys thoroughly. His behavior has changed tremendously thanks to the mental stimulation of the Kongs, the slow, positive socialization he has been getting with other dogs, and the physical stimulation from his treadmill training. Ravi is still with us and a few steps closer to finding his forever home — hopefully one that is filled with Kongs!

Kit has also benefited immensely since the arrival of the Kongs and has since been adopted! Kit is a high-energy Australian shepherd mix who did not do well in a stressful shelter environment. Although he had friends here, he was growing restless until he was introduced to Kong Tuesday. The Kongs helped Kit focus on something else and he started to show much better in his kennel. He barked less and became more relaxed in his space. A recent update from his adopter was that Kit was doing extremely well in his new home and Kongs are now part of his daily routine.

Thank you so much for the generous donation of these Kongs to the BAHS. They help our dogs have a quieter, more relaxed stay at the shelter with us while they wait for adoption. We have noticed reduced stress not just in Ravi and Kit, but the entire population.

Belleville Area Humane Society: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money allowed us to purchase 1,000 square feet of turf to be installed in our play yard over the existing concrete.

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

This grant provided an improved play yard surface for the puppies and dogs in our care. The turf surface provides a way for us to decrease the injuries to paw pads that we frequently experience from the rough concrete surface as well as from the surface becoming very hot in the summer. The new turf was also installed over a drainage system that can be easily cleaned and sanitized.

How many pets did this grant help?

Fifty. This turf will be enjoyed by all of the puppies and dogs who come through our shelter!

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

Penny is a 1-year-old, reddish-brown pittie mix. She is a darling girl — so affectionate and playful. After she spent nearly two months at our local animal control facility, she joined our population. However, her time on our concrete play yards was short-lived. Penny was playing too rough and has been diagnosed by our vet with two luxating patellas. We were so upset to find out this news for such a young girl; however, her sweet personality will win someone over and a potential surgery may be in her future.

Penny is one of the lucky ones who plays on the turf yard and absolutely loves it. While she needs to maneuver the yard slowly and carefully for the time being, we are so grateful for the quality-of-life improvement the turf has made. It provides shock absorption, is elevated on drain tiles and boasts a bright green color in the middle of winter to show off to the public as they drive by the Belleville Area Humane Society. The BAHS has been serving the community of St. Clair County for close to 70 years and has seen many improvements. The AstroTurf play yard has been a saving grace for many of our animals, especially during the cold winter.

The turf play yard is one of Penny’s turn-out areas. It is amazing how much she loves the feel of artificial grass. Just a week ago, we turned her out on the turf and went inside to observe; after she exerted a little energy, she was rolling and scratching her back on the turf; it was a lovely sight. Today, the sun was shining in Belleville and there’s Penny, just lounging around in the sun, scratching her back on the turf.

We realize the Play Yard Grant is for activity and stimulation, which it is of course also used for daily; however, we wanted to share Penny’s story and how much she enjoys being out on the turf. It is the perfect gentle surface for the injured, the older or the young and playful. We know we couldn’t have afforded this improvement without the Petfinder Foundation, and BAHS was due for a facility improvement. Thank you for making a difference in the dogs’ lives at BAHS and improving the quality of Penny’s life specifically.

In 2016 we adopted 694 dogs and are so excited for the dogs of 2017 to enjoy their new turf play yard! Meet Penny: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37204865

Belleville Area Humane Society: Beggin' Pet Parade Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Because of the grant awarded to us from Purina and the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to put those funds towards the purchase of eight boxes of Immiticide, which is the medicine we use to treat our dogs with heartworms.

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

medicine and treatment

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

With these injections, we began the successful treatment for Beluga, a 1-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix; King Bob, a 1-1⁄2-year-old black and tan shepherd mix; Ruger, a 2-year-old tan mastiff mix; and William, a 5-year-old tri-color beagle (pictured from top to bottom). All four of these dogs were pulled from the local animal control facility, which would not have been able to treat any of the heartworm-positive dogs. However, this grant allowed us help these dogs get back to becoming healthy and adoptable pets. All of these pets are now in loving homes.