It’s been over a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, completely changing life as we know it. Nothing and no one was left untouched by the challenges that came with the coronavirus. But from day one, support from donors like you helped amplify the good across the globe for those who are most vulnerable.
We are proud to share with you that with your help, Greater Good Charities has provided over $28 million in support for COVID-19 disaster relief! Thanks to you, we were able to directly help over 500,000 pets in need, 560,000 people in need, and support wildlife in areas hardest hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Because of supporters like you, Greater Good Charities was able to provide help where and when it was needed most in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we launched a historic response, partnering with organizations across the country and around the world to bring funds and critical supplies to struggling communities.
COVID-19 caused shelters to make drastic changes to their operations. Not only that, but the pandemic also caused some families to consider surrendering their pets. This resulted in an influx of pets-in-need with insufficient aid.
With your help, Greater Good Charities was able to support impacted shelters and families by acting as a centralized hub for pet food donations and deliveries. We provided 34.6 million meals to pets in need across the country!
The pandemic also resulted in a wave of Americans experiencing food insecurity for the first time. With unemployment numbers shattering records, this could be your neighbor, your best friend, a dear relative, or even yourself visiting food pantries only to find many of them bare.
With donations from supporters like you, Greater Good Charities addressed this shift in need by creating new initiatives, amplifying current programs, and implementing direct disaster response in the wake of storms, fires, and ice.
A snapshot of all we accomplished:
You can learn more about the details of our efforts in our blog, but we wanted to share with you a snapshot of all we accomplished together:
- At the beginning of the pandemic, we built the country’s largest pet foster volunteer database of over 82,000 participants and 1,400 animal shelters in 48 states with our #StayHomeAndFoster program.
- In partnership with GreaterGood.com, we provided disposable masks to shelters and rescues across the country. This ensured that staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy while helping pets in need!
- We partnered with 12 Tomatoes and The Hunger Site to provide over 5,000 meals to healthcare workers across the country with the help of our partner, World Central Kitchen. All meals were produced by local restaurants and their staff!
- Greater Good Charities partnered with The Hunger Site, 12 Tomatoes, and actor Chris Pratt to provide 5 million meals via food banks to combat food insecurity across the U.S. that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We provided over $230,000 in grants to support efforts to protect endangered wildlife, habitat protection, and environmental education projects that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- As a result of pet shelters in Hawaii dealing with the crisis of COVID limitations, we airlifted nearly 600 shelter dogs and cats from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, making Paws Across the Pacific the largest pet rescue flight in history.
- We awarded thousands of Good Packs full of survival and comfort items across the U.S. to support people and their pets, including veterans and families facing economic hardships.
- Natural disasters didn’t take a break during the COVID pandemic. We funded and supported various disaster response initiatives during the pandemic to help communities hit hardest by natural disasters during the pandemic that included California Wildfires, Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally, Hurricane Delta, and the winter storms in Texas.
Because of you, families and communities near and far received vital support during the pandemic, and beyond. Thank you for everything you do and for partnering with us to create lasting impacts to protect people, pets, and the planet!
Special thank you to our partners who helped make all this possible:
GreaterGood.com, Banfield Foundation, VCA Animal Hospitals, Petco Love, PEDIGREE Foundation, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation, Tito's Handmade Vodka, MuttNation Foundation, Kamaka Airlines Inc., RC Pets, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hill's Science Diet, Tito's, Zesty Paws, 12Tomatoes, MuttNation Foundation, Abraham Foundation, Klintworth Family Foundation, Healthy Paws Foundation, A Coyote Manufacturing, Adobe, Boehringer Ingelheim®, Chewy, Dechra, Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products, Earth Rated®, HALO, Purely for Pets®, Hartz, Hills, iHeartDogs, iHeartCats, iClinical, John Paul Pet, Mars Petcare®, Merrick, Penguin House, Pet Adventures Worldwide, Pet Food Experts, Pet Plate, PetSmart® Charities, Purina®, Qumy Pet Supply, RC Pets, Royal Canin®, The J. M., Smucker Company, United Pet Fund, Whitebridge