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Paris Animal Welfare Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This fund was provided to help with financial struggles due to COVID-19. The grant allowed us to continue vaccinating all dogs and cats upon intake, as well as giving booster vaccinations when applicable. We were able to reallocate the funds that would have been needed to other programs, such as community outreach and spay and neuter. Despite the pandemic, we have maintained a save rate of 98% for 2020! As we continue to do adoptions and provide services, we are grateful for the incredible support of the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to continue giving the best care possible to our pets while in our care.

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

This grant impacted over 1,000 animals thus far this year and will continue to do so. It allowed us to assist our animals in care, as well as budget for other medical procedures. The pandemic has certainly hit our organization hard with decreases in revenue, but this grant allowed us to continue vaccinating our pets!

How many pets did this grant help?

1,000

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

Norman came to us in early July covered in feces, requiring us to completely shave him. Not only did he have little fur, we quickly noticed he couldn’t use his back legs. We believe he has what is known as swimmer syndrome, which is a congenital condition that causes his hind legs to splay laterally. In more simple terms, he uses his front legs to move while his hind legs “swim” left to right; just like an iguana’s. Despite this abnormality, he loves to snuggle and scurry across the floor after his favorite toys!

With the assistance of the Petfinder Foundation’s COVID-19 grant, we were able to provide Norman with much-needed vaccinations while in care to help prevent him from contracting some illnesses, as well as prep him for his forever home. He is going home this week to his family in New Hampshire!

Paris Animal Welfare Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to help us give our felines the best enrichment possible — a CATIO!

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

Shortly after receiving the grant, we started making more plans, and building quickly came after! We are still in renovation, as we are making sure it will benefit the cats as much as possible, but have been successful in taking some of our cats out!

In the photos is a 10-month-old cat with chronic upper-respiratory infections. Unfortunately, even with numerous antibiotics and medical intervention, Scott will always have problems with URI’s. However, since letting Scottie and Clarkson (his cage buddy) out daily in the enclosure, we have seen a tremendous decrease in URIs and an increase in their overall happiness and health! We were able to get some great social-media photos and are hoping to reach his forever family soon! Until then, Scottie is enjoying the outside life — and doing so safely!

How many pets did this grant help?

50 thus far, with 1,200 expected annually.

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

Scottie is still available for adoption, but his health is increasing every day thanks to our new catio! Our staff are still working hard on finishing the final touches (including ladders and climbers that volunteers made) and hope to be finished soon. Scottie can be seen at our shelter location as of now, but is expected to move to an off-site adoption location as soon as his health improves.

Paris Animal Welfare Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to purchase interactive toys for our dogs.

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

This opportunity gave us more ways to stimulate our dogs and keep them happy and healthy while in our care! With many interactive toys, such as Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys, we have been able to continue improving our enrichment standards. Our pups were extremely happy to receive toys that encourage them to think and figure out how to work around the toy.

How many pets did this grant help?

700 (so far, about 200, but we anticipate this for a year)

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

Gabby was brought to PAWS on June 4, 2019, weighing only 21.8 lbs. After she was examined by our veterinarian, it was concluded that Gabby should weigh between 45-50 lbs. Unfortunately, due to severe neglect, Gabby refused to eat for several days. Our staff had to administer several medications, fluids, and calorie supplements for many weeks.

We are happy to say that Gabby went to a transport partner just this week (July 22) weighing 40 lbs.! During her stay, Gabby LOVED the Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys! To see the look on her face, and on our staffers’ faces when we witnessed her play for the first time, was priceless. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity to give back to our pups!

The second picture is of her at intake; the first is the morning of her being loaded to find her forever home!

Paris Animal Welfare Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our 11-year-old blind and diabetic beagle, Lucie, came to us from another organization that had found her as a stray. With the assistance from the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant, we were able to waive Lucie’s adoption fee ($100) and cover the first two years post-adoption of the Vetsulin and insulin syringes needed for her care.

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

Our staff at P.A.W.S. love nothing more than to help animals, especially those who are seniors or have special needs. Several of the animals we transfer in from high-[intake] shelters are ones who need extra TLC and require extensive veterinary care. Being able to cover the cost of Lucie’s adoption fee and medication for two years, we were able to open the door to another senior animal in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

After receiving the grant early December, we received interest from a family in adopting Lucie. Lucie got the greatest gift of all: a home on Christmas Day! Her new family will not have to worry about purchasing insulin or insulin syringes for the first two years post-adoption. Being able to offer this for Lucie and her forever home gave that extra push to get her adopted. We were also able to cover her adoption fee ($100), which helped cover her medical expenses. Lucie is now in her forever home just in time for the New Year.