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Animal Allies nets grant for medical equipment

Animal Allies Humane Society was selected as a recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Veterinary Care Fund.

Ten organizations were selected across the nation to receive this grant in January 2014 from Adopt-A-Pet to help pets in shelters and rescues get the veterinary care they need to go from homeless to adopted., North America’s largest nonprofit pet adoption website, helps over 12,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to millions of adopters a month, for free.

Animal Allies submitted a proposal to purchase equipment for its medical care program staffed by certified veterinary technicians and area veterinarians who contribute their services to the local shelters. The grant allows Animal Allies to outfit its exam/surgery room with important tools staff and veterinarians can readily access for general medical care or emergencies that require surgery.

The proposal required a story of how animals have benefited from veterinary care. Animal Allies shared the story of Barbra, a mother cat and her litter who arrived at Animal Allies this past September when residents of St. Louis County found her hanging tangled in barbed wire with her litter of three young kittens nearby.

“The cat’s injuries and the baby kittens were evaluated and treated immediately,” said Rick Sailstad, executive director of Animal Allies. “Once the mom was resting comfortably with a clean dressing on her wounds, the vet staff found a surrogate mother for the kittens to reduce the stress of caring for her little ones. The perfect candidate was a shy, gentle mother cat that had recently given birth at the shelter and was now living with a foster volunteer. The kittens were introduced to see if the new mom would take over their care, which she did. Barbra’s wound healed nicely and she has since found a new home. Each of the kittens, in turn, found adopters willing to offer their love and care. In just a few short weeks, with the touch of many caring hands at Animal Allies, another four lives were saved. We are grateful for the grant. It will provide our staff and volunteers with more tools to assist the animals in our care.”

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