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Second Chance Pets: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Emergency Medical Grant funds were used by Second Chance Pets to help offset the cost of orthopedic surgery that was required to save Skipper, a stray puppy who was rescued by SCP volunteers on January 4, 2021, after he was hit by a car. Skipper sustained bilateral breaks in his rear legs (one tibia was broken; the other had a hairline fracture) along with a broken pelvis. He had major orthopedic surgery on January 8, 2021, to repair the damage. The surgery was successful and Skipper made a full recovery thanks to the skills of his surgeon and medical foster mom.

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

In addition to the baseline veterinary care that Second Chance Pets provides for each pet in our foster program (including alteration, vaccines and microchip), we also rescue multiple animals each year who, like Skipper, have more extensive medical needs such as surgery or other specialized treatment due to injuries, past neglect, and/or major underlying health issues. Vet bills are always the highest expense category in our annual operating budget, so we truly appreciate this Emergency Medical Grant, which helped offset the cost of Skipper’s expensive orthopedic surgery and allowed him to become adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In early January 2021, Skipper was dumped in the middle of two very busy streets along with his mother and brother. The puppies were hit by a car or cars, with Skipper sustaining major injuries to his rear legs and pelvis. SCP dog volunteers were contacted on January 4, 2021, and immediately picked up the little family and placed them with one of our skilled medical fosters.

Skipper’s successful orthopedic surgery was performed on January 8, 2021, and, thanks to the care of his dedicated foster mom, he made a full recovery and made his adoption debut in early February.

Skipper quickly caught the eye of a wonderful family who had adopted another SCP dog during the pandemic and they decided to open their home and hearts to Skipper, too – his adoption was finalized on May 8, 2021, after his neuter surgery and he is very happy to be safe and loved in his forever home.

Second Chance Pets: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Second Chance Pets is very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us a COVID-19 Operation Grant of $1,000. These funds have been fully utilized for veterinary care, specifically spay/neuter surgeries for some of the many kittens and cats that have come into our foster-care program during the pandemic.

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

Our foster-based rescue organization was impacted by COVID-19 in multiple ways, including the cancellation of our annual fundraising event, reduction in donations due to supporters being furloughed, suspension of Petco adoption events during lockdown, and temporary closure of the low-cost spay/neuter clinic we rely on for sterilization of all of the cats and kittens in our foster-care program. The latter caused us to have to utilize alternate vet clinics that were still performing elective surgery (charging about 40% more for feline sterilization than the low-cost clinic) in order to avoid a surgery backlog during kitten season.

The generous grant award from the Petfinder Foundation was a much-appreciated source of funds to help offset the higher spay/neuter expenses while our dedicated volunteers continued working hard to save the lives of pets on the streets and in local shelters during the pandemic. All of our adoptable foster pets are showcased on Petfinder and we truly value this partnership.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Flint (first photo) was abandoned by his former owner and impounded at a crowded high-volume shelter. When the local COVID-19 shutdown was looming in March, the shelter put out pleas to rescue groups to pull more animals, as they had to downsize due to a reduction in on-site staff. SCP stepped in and rescued a number of cats and kittens, including Flint — who caught the eye of our cat-intake coordinator when Flint demonstrated his cuddling skills and loud purr motor.

All of the SCP cat ladies celebrated when Flint was adopted in May, but sadly, he and the adopter’s other cat didn’t get along, so he just recently came back into SCP foster care and is once again looking for his true forever home. Flint is a handsome, cool cat and hopes to find a new family soon. You can meet him here.

Scott and Cottonelle (second photo) are darling sibling kittens who were rescued in March from the same high-volume shelter, and yes, they were named for toilet paper brands, which seemed fitting during the TP shortage! They are very bonded to each other, so we were thrilled when they were adopted together in May by a loving family who drove all the way from Fort Worth to Houston to adopt the pair after seeing them on Petfinder and falling in love from afar.

Second Chance Pets: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Pet care: vaccinations

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

Donations to help with medical bills are always appreciated because they help us care for the rescued cats and dogs in our foster program.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The supporter who made this Sponsor a Pet donation asked that it help Branson, a young black cat who had been in our foster program since he was a tiny kitten. Branson is a shy boy and hated coming to adoption events, where he would get very stressed. Earlier this year, Branson’s foster mom decided to adopt him and give him a forever home since he did so well in her home. Branson is now happy and doing great.