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Ingham County Animal Control: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funding went to purchasing enrichment toys for the long-term resident animals.

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

We have a number of animals being held at the shelter for a long period time due to their court case. These animals greatly benefit from enrichment toys such as puzzle feeders and other boredom-buster type toys. These toys unfortunately aren’t cheap, and aren’t indestructible, so they need to be replaced regularly, and extra funding from the Petfinder Foundation helps purchase those enrichment items.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant funds received covered the cost of one enrichment toy.

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

Unfortunately since the boredom buster toys are most frequently used on court animals, photos cannot be shared. One of the dogs who likes to play with toys is Daisy, pictured. From Facebook: “Daisy is a sweet girl looking for a family who is willing to give her the time and attention she needs. She loves to play with toys and would love someone to play fetch with. She’ll be a great addition to a hound-loving family!”

Ingham County Animal Control: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These funds were used to help subsidize discounted adoption specials.

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

The specials that were run when the shelter was extremely full and needed to have a major adoption increase. This continued our long-term goal of not having to euthanize adoptable pets for space.

How many pets did this grant help?

The $67.50 received would have covered the adoption fees on two animals.

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

Prissy was one of the cats adopted during our summer adoption special. Cat adoption fees were reduced by 75% due to the generosity of donors, including those who gave through the Sponsor a Pet program. Prissy was a well-known cat at the shelter due to her being extremely talkative. And by talkative, I mean she yowled and meowed and yipped and squeaked. All. The. Time. You couldn’t ignore her, that’s for sure. When you went into our colony cat room, she would follow you around, talking the whole time, weaving in and out of your legs. I think she may have been so talkative, it scared adopters away. Except one. When Lidia came in, Prissy spoke to her, literally and figuratively. They talked to each other back and forth in the cat room for a solid hour before Lidia came out and said she just HAD to have that cat. And with the help of the discounted adoption fee, Lidia was able to make sure she picked up all of Prissy’s favorite things that day, too.

Ingham County Animal Control: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Heartworm treatment

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

Money was used for our Animal Care Fund that helps provide medical treatment and surgeries for animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cruella arrived at the shelter as a stray in February 2015. A pit bull mix, she was distinctive with her black-spotted white coat, hence her 101 Dalmatians-inspired name! Sadly, no owner showed up to claim this friendly and snuggly girl, and following her mandatory four-day hold time, she became a ward of Ingham County. All dogs with unknown medical backgrounds are, at a minimum, vaccinated for parvovirus, distemper, rabies and kennel cough, and also tested for heartworm. Unfortunately for Cruella, she tested positive for heartworm. However, a month into her treatment, Cruella found her forever home and her new owner continued to bring her to the shelter for the remainder of her drug therapy.