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Indiana County Humane Society: Bar Dog Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Indiana County Humane Society used the money from the Bar Dog Grant for vet trips, medications, and special dog food.

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

This grant helped us provide our dogs with the special foods they need for their diets. We have many dogs in our facility who need to be on specific food just for them, and this grant helped us pay for that. We also had a couple dogs who needed to go to the vet and get medications for issues they were having, such as medications and steroids for skin issues. This grant helped our dogs so much and we are so grateful to have gotten approved.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped all our dogs, but it really helped two of them the most.

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

Jed (first four photos) came to ICHS as an owner surrender in June. When Jed arrived, he was severely overweight and in great pain from being overweight. He weighed around 140 lbs. He could barley walk; he would walk for a few minutes and then need to sit or lie down to catch his breath.

Jed has had to make several trips to the vet for his weight. They put him on a special food and a weight-loss plan. ICHS noticed one day that Jed was acting unlike himself, so we rushed him to the animal hospital, where we found out that Jed had a bunch of rocks in his stomach.

The vet gave Jed something to see if he would pass the rocks on his own before deciding whether he needed to have surgery. Thankfully, the medication worked and Jed passed the stones on his own. After Jed recovered from the stones, we got him back on his weight-loss plan and he is down 30 lbs.!

Jed now weighs around 110 lbs. and is running and playing in the pool every chance he can get. Jed is still with us for the time being.

Fronz (bottom two photos) came to ICHS as a stray. Fronz was a mess: He had a horrible skin condition and an infection in one eye. Fronz was also so scared when he came to us, he did not want anyone to touch him or come near him.

It took ICHS some time to get Fronz comfortable with us. We took him to the vet and he needed drops for his eye infection and an antibiotic. They also put him on medication for his skin along with a steroid.

Fronz was incredibly thankful when he finally started feeling better. Once he was finished with his medications and all healed up, he became available for adoption and got adopted in a week! Fronz’s new owner has contacted us to keep us updated on his progress and she has said that Fronz is a completely different dog and is such a happy guy.

Indiana County Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are very appreciative of the grant provided by the Petfinder Foundation, which allowed us to purchase a month’s worth of food for the 150+ animals in our care.

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

When the COVID pandemic started early this year, we were forced to cancel most of our fundraising events. We rely on weekly bingo games and several other fundraisers, such as cash bashes, to fund our ongoing operations. Thankfully, by receiving this Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to purchase a month’s worth of food for our shelter dogs and cats, including some food needed for some animals with special nutritional needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

190

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

Shortly after we received the Petfinder Foundation grant, we had three humane cases that resulted in more than 60 cats being surrendered to us. Many of these cats were in dire need of adequate nutrition and veterinary care. The funds we received from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to give these animals the food they needed to recover from the horrible conditions in which they had been living.

The kitties in the first photo were suffering from upper-respiratory and eye infections, and were severely anemic from flea bites. They needed lots of care and TLC to bounce back into healthy kitties. We are happy to report that they have recovered from their ordeal and are now in loving homes.

Monty, the beautiful “house panther” (second photo), was rescued in one of our humane cases and is now healthy and looking for a new person to call his own. Meet Monty here.

Indiana County Humane Society: Purina Adoption Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use our grant to provide free adoptions for spayed and neutered cats.

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

We were able to focus adoptions on cats who were older and were also spayed or neutered. Our organization, like most rescues, is able to quickly adopt kittens, but adult cats are harder to place. This grant allowed us to promote adult cats so they could get good homes, even during kitten season when lots of kittens were available.

How many pets did this grant help?

34

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

Here is Debra Stiles’s story of her adopted cat Jeep: “I found Jeep online on Petfinder.com in January 2019 after the loss of my 18-year-old Maine Coon. I instantly fell in love with his sweet face and kind eyes. I came into the shelter in the beginning of March with my daughter and grandson and sat with Jeep in a private “get to know the pet” room. He was a little scared, but I understood. I made a promise to myself that after Easter, if Jeep was still available, I would love to rescue him!!”

Jeep was lucky — Debra came in and adopted him one week after Easter and was able to get him with no adoption fee thanks to the Purina New Year, New Home free-adoption grant.

Indiana County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help update the pet’s vaccines to make sure she was healthy for adoption. Also for flea-prevention treatment.

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

We are a small rural open-door shelter that is supported mainly by donations and grants. This grant helped us to make sure we adopt out healthy animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped to update the sponsored pet’s vaccines to help us make sure this was a healthy pet adoption for the new family!! The sponsored pet was Cindy, an 11-year-old Lab/border collie mix.

Indiana County Humane Society: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant for the P.L.A.Y Warm Bellies grant and the Chill Pads. We have used the Chill Pads for all sorts of things — the animals love them and so do we!

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

We were able to use the Chill Pads for the dogs and cats in our care. They actually were also used to help with the birth of a litter of kittens and a litter of puppies. The beds are super cozy and soft, and worked really well for the newborns. They are heavy enough that the mama dog and cat couldn’t move them around, and the pups and kittens couldn’t suffocate underneath them, which is a concern when using a regular blanket, or a cheaper dog bed. Our older dogs also seem to appreciate the comfiness of the beds — the beds seem to help alleviate some of the normal aches and pains that are associated with an older dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Chill Pads helped several of our older dogs, and also a litter of seven pups and a litter of five kittens!

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

The Chill Pads were used to help with the birth of a litter of kittens and a litter of seven puppies. The beds are super cozy and soft, and worked really well for the newborns. They are heavy enough that the mama dog and cat couldn’t move them around, and the pups and kittens couldn’t suffocate underneath them, which is a concern when using a regular blanket, or a cheaper dog bed. The puppies curl up on the Chill Pad and won’t venture off of it! They seem to know that they are safe as long as they stay on the pad! Thank you for providing them to us when we needed them most. There are seven newborn puppies and five newborn kittens who are very appreciative! The pups are less than a week old, and the kittens are only a few days old. The birthing process can be a bit messy, and the Chill Pads wash and wear so well! They were perfect for the birthing process, and cleaned up so well! There were no traces of the birth once everything got cleaned up, and we were able to put the Chill Pads right back in with the animals.