Hurricane Irma: How your animal shelter can get help
(UPDATED: Friday, 9/15/17, 11:34 AM ET) The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida as well as state and national animal welfare response teams are ready to provide assistance to animal shelters in the state during and after Hurricane Irma. This post will be updated as new information and resources are added.
Animal shelters, we have an updated form to share your emergency contact information with us and update us on how we might be able to assist you and help you find resources. Providing your emergency contact information will enable us to contact you about resources during times your shelter phones may not be answered.
Evacuation and relocation assistance
If you need help with evacuating and relocating animals, contact:
The ASPCA: Kristen Limbert
HSUS: Kimberley Alboum
Cash grants, parasite products, vaccines, and other medical supplies
Petco Foundation: Pet Supplies, funding
Petsmart Charities: Pet Supplies, funding
Ceva: Heartworm preventive, pheremones, skin products. Shelters in need of supplies should contact their Ceva representative or email basic information about their needs and current situation to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.999.0297
NEW! Animal disaster funding. One stop for applications to multiple animal disaster grant-givers. Special grants are being made available to animal welfare organizations and agencies by a collaborative of animal welfare grantmakers in order to meet the needs of pets and pet owners arising from large-scale natural or man-made disasters. Members of this collaborative include but are not limited to: A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities.
These grants are available to qualified animal welfare organizations and government agencies based in the U.S. or a U.S. territory whose communities are suffering the impact of Hurricanes Harvey or Irma and whose work benefits companion animals (e.g., dogs and cats). Apply here.
Petfinder.com: Cash grants for member shelters. Apply here.
The ASPCA is setting up a distribution center in S.C, and soon to be in Miami. Email email@example.com. The parameters are as follows:
- Both non-profit and jurisdictional agencies are eligible to receive supplies
- They are asking that requests be for a minimum of 25 animals being impacted
- Agencies should go through their EOC to make requests for resources. However, jurisdictional agencies will not be disqualified if they go to the ASPCA directly.
- Only agencies within the impact zone are eligible for resources
- They have items such as pet food, wire crates, litter, and puppy pads
- They will vet each request as it comes in and will work diligently to get orders filled as quickly as possible.
Contact Found Animal Foundation
Request assistance from your County Emergency Operations Center
Animal shelter consultation: Dr. Cynda Crawford at 352-258-9263
Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO): Resources for help after Irma. FAAWO, Florida’s statewide membership organization for nonprofit animal welfare agencies, is coordinating with its members to assess needs and provide support during and after the storm. If you are at a shelter in Florida and need assistance of any kind, or if you’re able to offer trained personnel for animal care and rescue, transport of animals out for adoption, supplies, equipment, etc., please contact Lori Minton, who is doing the initial triage of offers and requests on behalf of FAAWO.