A Doggie 4 U, a nonprofit dog rescue located in Pipe Creek, recently received a $3,500 Disaster Relief Grant from the Pedigree Foundation that will be used for replacing vital pet medications, additional staffing and assistance with utility bills caused by February’s polar vortex weather.
The shelter expressed their gratitude in a statement.
“A Doggie 4 U is extremely grateful to Deb Fair, Executive Director of the Pedigree Foundation, and her hard-working foundation staff for awarding the grant to help dogs be safe, cared for, well fed, and loved while waiting for their forever homes,” read the statement.
Shelter Executive Director Patricia reported in addition to the 142 homeless dogs already at the rescue, A Doggie 4 U also provided indoor space for another 35 dogs from a local dog rescue with outdoor kennels.
Then, just prior to the polar vortex’s arrival another unexpected seven dogs arrived from the Texas Valley via an emergency transport van.
The additional dogs meant 172 homeless dogs were sheltered at the Pipe Creek rescue for the duration of the extreme low temperatures, rolling and power outages while all efforts were being made to prevent the water and rescued dogs from freezing.
In late 2018, the shelter purchased two modular buildings to transform their former outdoor kennels for 150 dogs into indoor/outdoor kennels with expanded space for up to 200 dogs.
The capital campaign continues even though the COVID-19 pandemic tripled the price of construction materials and slowed public donations due to unemployment.