The Petfinder Foundation has given two new grants to help shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey recover. They are:
Hardin County Pit Bull Rescue: $2,000
The Batson, Texas, rescue group “sustained damage both inside our facility and out from Hurricane Harvey,” says Executive Director Jacquelynn Jackson. “We received almost 4′ of torrential rainfall, which caused major leaks in the roof of the building our dogs are housed in, resulting in partial ceiling collapse and water damage to floors, bottoms of walls, dog food and crates. We now have mold and mildew growing. We need to immediately purchase a portable building large enough to safely house our dogs until the damaged building can be repaired and sanitized.” Once the repairs are finished and the dogs are transferred back to the original building, the new structure will be used as quarantine housing for dogs displaced by the hurricane.
The other issue needing immediate attention is play yard fencing. “While our building was on higher ground and was not directly affected by actual rising flood water, our kennel and play yard area was,” Jackson says. “We lost over 100′ of fence to rushing flood water. Currently, our dogs do not have a secure place to play while outside together until we are able to repair and replace the fencing.”
Grant funds will be put toward the purchase of a portable building, fence replacement and repair, and dog bedding replacement, and will impact the 25 currently living at the facility and an additional 20 that the shelter will take in after repairs are made and the new space becomes available.
The Pflugerville, Texas-based rescue group requested funds “to help with the medical costs associated with the 15 dogs that we took in from Robstown Animal Shelter and Neuces County Animal Shelter who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” says Treasurer Donna Hopsoon. “Of the 15 dogs that we brought into our rescue, four were found to be heartworm-positive and two tested positive for parvo.”