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Updates on Our Response

Current Disasters

Overnight on December 10 and 11th, 2021, at least 30 tornadoes struck 6 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. At least 70 people have died in Kentucky alone, with dozens more deaths across other affected states. Many other people lost their homes, and pets are displaced. People and pets urgently need our help now.

We are already responding, fielding requests from partners on the ground. We are planning emergency transports to move pets in shelters, sending in shipments of needed supplies, and standing ready to issue emergency cash grants to affected partners and first responders. But we can’t do it without your support.

Your donation will fund these desperately needed emergency relief efforts, providing cash grants, medication, food, and more to vulnerable people and pets who need it most. Rush your donation now to help victims of this unprecedented winter disaster.

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Hurricane Ida hit the southern Louisiana coast as a massive Category 4 storm Sunday morning, bringing sustained winds over 150 mph, life-threatening storm surge, and widespread flooding. The region’s power grid was ravaged, leaving over one million residents in the dark with no clear timeline as to when power will return. These communities now face the dangerous prospect of weeks without power in stifling, late-summer heat.

Greater Good Charities is already responding. We have moved over 400 shelter pets out of harm's way. We're sending in medications, Good Packs full of survival supplies, and other critically needed items to our animal shelter and human services partners. We stand ready to send in additional support.

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Our Response

10/01/2021

Update:

We sent several cash grants to support the shelters that took in animals displaced by Hurricane Ida.

Grants Awarded:

  • Almost Home Canine Rescue [Grant Amount: $700]
  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue [Grant Amount: $500]
  • Humane Society of Broward County [Grant Amount: $10,800]
  • San Diego Humane Society [Grant Amount: $500]
  • Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFR) [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Siouxland Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]
  • SpokAnimal [Grant Amount: $3,100]
  • Western Hills Humane Society $600  [Grant Amount: $600]
  • Humane Society of Sarasota County [Grant Amount: $900]
  • Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) [Grant Amount: $5,100]
  • St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center[Grant Amount: $2,000]
  • Delaware Humane Association [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Brookings Regional Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]
  • Humane Society of Central Oregon [Grant Amount: $4,700]
  • Southern States Bully Rescue [Grant Amount: $600]

09/29/2021

Grants Awarded:

We sent multiple emergency cash grants to shelters affected by Hurricane Ida to offset the burden of accepting displaced shelter pets.

  • Humane Society of Central Oregon [Grant Amount: $4,700]

  • Delaware Humane Association [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Brookings Regional Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]

09/19/2021

Grants Awarded:

We sent several small emergency cash grants to offset the burden of accepting displaced shelter pets from Hurricane Ida-affected regions.

  • Western Hills Humane Society in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $600]

  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida [Grant Amount: $500]

  • San Diego Humane Society [Grant Amount: $500]

  • Siouxland Humane Society in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $1,100]

  • Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $700]

  • Humane Society of Broward County in Florida [Grant Amount: $10,800]

  • Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Washington [Grant Amount: $1,400]

  • SpokAnimal in Washington [Grant Amount: $3,100]

9/16/2021

Grants Awarded:

  • We sent a cash grant to the CATNIP Foundation in Louisiana to purchase fans and pay for damage repairs to their shelter and vet clinic which sustained damage from Hurricane Ida. [Grant value: $5,000]

 

9/15/2021

Update:

Having a cache of essential supplies is pivotal to being prepared for the next disaster.
 

We heard from our partners at Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans that the supplies we sent them in June, including slip leads and flea collars, pet beds and blankets, bandaging tape, and “cones”, made a huge impact in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

"As we learned from Hurricane Laura and other previous disasters, the impacts of hurricanes are felt for much longer than the actual storm and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 crisis on our region will make this even more difficult. This grant has allowed us to focus our energy and funding on providing care for animals instead of the supplies we have to provide..."

Louisiana SPCA also has multiple trucks of food and supplies coming their way! This includes 90 pallets of litter, 38 pallets of mixed cat/dog food from Royal Canin, 10 pallets of dog food from HALO Purely for Pets, and animal care supplies such as including flea and tick, pet blankets, enrichment and kitten formula, and collars. Waggin Water is also shipping bottled drinking water for distribution to displaced people and pets in the area.

9/14/2021

Update:

With the help of our amazing partners at Mars Petcare and Pedigree Foundation, today our Good Flights crew airlifted approximately 50 at-risk shelter cats and dogs from Louisiana to find new adopting homes in Oregon. The pets received by the animal shelters will be evaluated and receive any follow-up medical care needed before being put up for adoption.

This flight brings our total of at-risk shelter pets transported out of the danger of Hurricane Ida to over 500!

 

09/10/2021

Update:

Today our program Good Flights airlifted more than 95 at-risk shelter dogs and cats from Louisiana to new adoptive homes in the pacific northwest. This flight opens several new partners in the Pacific Northwest including SpokAnimal, NOAH, Happy Tails Happy Homes, Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, Animal Protection Society- Friday Harbor, Alternative Humane Society.

 

Shutt'er Down Ranch in Texas personally drove some of their own pet food to the airport to help out in Louisiana, which we'll replace in early October.

09/08/2021

Update:

Our shipment of 300 Good Packs and 300 SOS packs to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans arrived today!


9/07/2021
Update:

We’ve increased the number of Rescue Bank pet food and supply trucks heading to the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) to four! These trucks will contain 38 pallets of dry dog Pedigree food, 31 pallets of dry dog and cat food, 26 pallets of pet food and litter, and plenty of food and supplies thanks to PetSmart.

We’re sending Acadiana Animal Aid a $5,000 cash grant for Hurricane Ida response. This is to be used to set up a regional Hurricane Ida response hub, to rent equipment for moving pet food and shelter supplies (such as a forklift), and to assist on emergency pet transport. The remainder will be used to cover veterinary and sheltering expenses related to intaking animals displaced from Hurricane Ida.

As flooding continues in Tennessee, animal welfare groups continue to be in dire straits. To help Nashville Humane Association through, we’re sending them a Chewy truck filled with mixed pet food and assorted shelter supplies, and pet hard goods!

Waverly Animal Shelter of Waverly, TN will receive a grant for critical veterinary supply to allow the shelter to test for the presence of heartworm. We're also working on providing some enrichment shelter supplies for this group. Stay tuned!

 

09/05/2021

Update:

Today we loaded up a truck full of pet food from our Florida Rescue Bank Ambassador, transported it to our Good Flights plane, and flew it to animal welfare groups in Louisiana. The hurricane and its fallout have left local shelters in desperate need of basic necessities like food.

Thank you to The Pet Project for Pets for making this food delivery possible.

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09/04/2021

Update:

This morning, we took to the skies again with another Good Flight transporting nearly 90 pets out of areas affected by Hurricane Ida. The pets were flown to shelters in Florida, where they will be cared for and be prepped for adoption. With this most recent airlift, Greater Good Charities has moved nearly 400 pets out of the Gulf Coast to safety, freeing valuable shelter space. 

Thank you to The Humane Society of the United States, Zesty Paws, and Ameriflight, LLC for donating the funds to make today’s flight possible!

 

09/02/2021

Update:

Dr. Matthew Wilson from Elanco pharmaceutical company personally drove vaccines and flea and tick for cats and dogs to St Martin Parish Animal Animal Shelter because of difficulties in getting products delivered safely due to the hurricane.

 

09/03/2021

Update:

The Greater Good Charities Disaster Response team is working closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), the lead agency in charge of coordinating the disaster response efforts in the state. LSART requested our help to fulfill an emergency water delivery to go into various parishes and out to families in the hardest-hit areas as well as other parishes where evacuated families are currently staying. We were able to fill this urgent request with an out-of-state company that delivered a truckload of water (5-gallon jugs and individual bottles) within 36 hours. **Potable/fresh drinking water is an ongoing critical supply need after a disaster like this.**

 

Operation Sunflower:

A Good Flight dubbed Operation Sunflower took off from Louisiana with 90 shelter dogs and cats and landed in our CEO’s hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The receiving shelters are new to our network of partners, and we are so grateful for them for opening their doors and hearts.

A special thank you to 4 Love of Dog Rescue, Almost Home Canine Rescue, Battle Mountain Humane Society, Brookings Regional Humane Society, Critters Inc., Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter, Heartland Humane Society Yankton SD, Humane Society of the Black Hills, Siouxland Humane Society, and Western Hills Humane Society.

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Grants Awarded:

  • The Louisiana State Animal Response will be receiving 38 pallets of Pedigree dry dog food donated by our friends at Mars Petcare.

  • CATNIP Foundation is receiving a cash grant to support their warehouse and veterinary clinic, both of which have no electricity and water/flood damage. The grant is to help purchase fans, a generator, and repairs to their facilities. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

  • Turning Rescues into Pets is receiving a cash grant to help facilitate the distribution of pet food. This grant will also benefit the Iberville Animal Shelter. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

09/02/2021

Update:

Greater Good Charities and Hill's Pet Nutrition flew in 10,000 dog and cat meals to Louisiana to provide much-needed nutritional support to pets impacted by the hurricane. There's especially a need for wet cat food, so this delivery is making huge immediate impact. This is likely just the first of a series of deliveries.

 

09/01/2021

Update:

Today’s flight of 32 shelter dogs and 41 cats out of Louisiana has landed in Morristown, NJ, where receiving shelters were ready and waiting to take them in and help them find adoptive homes.

Thanks to the Today Show for #AmplifyingTheGood with this nice feature:

Today Show

You can watch the video here!

Grants Awarded:

  • Companion Animal Alliance is our on-the-ground partner in Louisiana's capital city, Baton Rouge. They will act as veterinary supply and veterinary supply hub serving the area that includes the most populous parish in the state. To start, a cash grant is being awarded so that they can purchase a new refrigerator to keep vaccines safe and animal care supplies from going bad. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

  • CATNIP Foundation at Big Sky Ranch

    Located in Folsom, Louisiana they’ve been awarded a grant of goods consisting 43 pallets of dry dog food, dry cat food, and dog treats. This truck is scheduled to arrive on 09/06. We will also be sending enrichment and animal care supplies including stainless steel dog bowls, slip leads, and kitten formula in a separate shipment. With these resources on the way, the CATNIP Foundation will serve as the pet food supply hub for community requests as well as shelter and rescue requests in the St. Tammany Parish and vicinity. [Grant Value: $7,021.06]

08/31/2021 

Update:

Good Flight landing tomorrow but later than originally scheduled because of delayed pilots. Cats and dogs are ready to go. Louisiana airport is not yet open, but tomorrow cats and dogs from St. John Parish, Terrebonne Parish, LaFourche Parish, St. Charles Parish (heavily affected parishes) will fly out. 

 

08/30/2021

Update:

In partnership with The Humane Society of Broward County, we flew approximately 40 shelter dogs and cats out of the Gulf Coast states to South Florida. These sweet shelter pets are safe, rested, and ready for adoption!

 

Grant Awarded:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) received a grant of pet enrichment items like cat castles, catnip toys, cat scratchers, and dog toys. As one of our valued partners who receive transported pets out of harm’s way, having these items readily available will help ease pets in their transition prior to adoption. [Grant Value: $5,636.00]

 

08/29/2021 

Update:

Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 storm.

A million people are without power and won’t be without it for days or possibly weeks as Hurricane Ida made landfall as the second most damaging storm that ever hit the state of Louisiana. We have started awarding grants and are in regular communication with our partners on the ground to assess their communities’ most immediate needs and how to get help in as soon as possible considering the extent of damages to infrastructure.

 

Grants Awarded:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans 

    Aiding in their active humanitarian response across all parishes impacted by the hurricane, we've shipped 300 Good Packs and 300 SOS Pouches. They will be distributing packs and pouches to families severely affected by this powerful storm. [Grant Value: $13,137]

  • Acadiana Animal Aid

    A key partner in our disaster relief efforts, Acadiana is one of our supply hubs in the region serving areas affected by Hurricane Ida. They are also assisting us with our pet transports through Good Flights. Through our Rescue Bank program, we are sending 26 pallets of mixed pet food and cat litter.  We are also awarding them 600 Good Packs, 300 Pup Pouches, 300 Purr Pouches, and 600 SOS Pouches. [Grant Value: tbd]

Good Packs and Product
  • Acadiana is also receiving a separate shipment of dog collars, pet waste bags, dog and cat treats, nutritional supplements, litter pans, cat castles, kitten nursing bottles, and other animal care supplies. [Grant Value: $17,144.61] 

  • Humane Society of Louisiana

    We are sending 39 pallets of Pedigree dry dog food through Rescue Bank [Grant Value: tbd]

  • Louisiana SPCA

    Serving the Greater New Orleans community with multiple locations, the Louisiana SPCA is a crucial strategic partner in helping as many pets and people severely affected by the storm. We are sending them 10 pallets of HALO adult dog-holistic food, 31 pallets of cat litter, 300 Purr Packs and 200 Pup Packs, blankets, Seresto flea & tick collars, pet probiotics, Martingale collars, leashes, dog dishes, litter pans, kitten nursing bottles, cat castles, pet waste bags and an assortment of dog and cat treats. [Grant Value: $148,679.62]

08/28/2021

Update:

Athena

This is Athena, one of the lucky ones who escaped Hurricane Ida's wrath arrived in sunny San Diego

Our shelter partners on the ground had already been working throughout the night to evacuate pets in Louisiana to get ahead of Hurricane Ida’s arrival projected to make landfall tomorrow. Our Good Flights team transported 40 cats and 20 dogs out of harm’s way and landed in sunny San Diego. By transporting these shelter pets prior to the storm, we not only ensure they are adopted, but we are clearing space for incoming displaced pets.

You can view all our latest press coverage here!

Our response

12/20/2021

Update:

  • We sent an emergency cash grant of $20,000 to All Hands and Hearts, a disaster-relief organization that will help those affected by the tornado safely return to their homes. This grant will allow the organization to send a team to help search and salvage belongings left in and around homes, perform necessary chainsaw work to clear damage, and safeguard personal belongings for future inclement weather impacts in the region in the coming days.

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  • We sent Halfway Home Animal Rescue from Illinois a cash grant of $5,000 to help cover transport costs of receiving displaced pets. This will also help cover veterinary funding as some of the pets they received are in need of extreme veterinary needs.

 

12/16/2021

Update:

We sent emergency cash grants to help the following organizations transport pets displaced by the tornado damage.

Grants Awarded:

  • We sent Mayfield Graves County Humane Society in Kentucky an emergency cash grant of  $10,000 to help transport pets to safety. With so many people without power in the area, we also sheltered supplies, Good Packs, and SOS packs which the Humane Society distributes at their warming stations.

  • Thanks to our partners Datamars, we also sent two microchip readers and 100 microchips, which will help to connect displaced pets with their families.

  • Thanks to a donation from CharityUSA, Mayfield Graves County Humane Society also received $40,580 worth of amazing and essential feeding supplies, grooming products, and toys for the pets in their care!

  • Thanks to a donation from IDEXX we provided Mayfield Graves County Humane Society $10,800 of SNAP tests, which are vital to providing adequate pet care.

  • With Kentucky being home to so many horses, we sent a grant of $5,000 to Fleet of Angels in Colorado. This organization helps individual equine owners to feed and care for their horses. This cash grant will help Fleet of Angels aid the people and horses that have been displaced due to the storm. 

  • We sent Nashville Humane Association in Tennessee an emergency cash grant for $9,600 to help with transporting displaced pets. This allowed them to take in transported pets and supply veterinary coverage.

  • We also sent Rutherford County PAWS in Tennessee a $700 emergency grant to help transport seven cats from Mayfield to Tennessee. 

  • Kentucky Humane Society received $22,131 worth of essential feeding supplies, grooming products, and toys for the pets in their care.
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Our Response

10/01/2021

Update:

We sent several cash grants to support the shelters that took in animals displaced by Hurricane Ida.

Grants Awarded:

  • Almost Home Canine Rescue [Grant Amount: $700]
  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue [Grant Amount: $500]
  • Humane Society of Broward County [Grant Amount: $10,800]
  • San Diego Humane Society [Grant Amount: $500]
  • Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFR) [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Siouxland Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]
  • SpokAnimal [Grant Amount: $3,100]
  • Western Hills Humane Society $600  [Grant Amount: $600]
  • Humane Society of Sarasota County [Grant Amount: $900]
  • Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) [Grant Amount: $5,100]
  • St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center[Grant Amount: $2,000]
  • Delaware Humane Association [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Brookings Regional Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]
  • Humane Society of Central Oregon [Grant Amount: $4,700]
  • Southern States Bully Rescue [Grant Amount: $600]

09/29/2021

Grants Awarded:

We sent multiple emergency cash grants to shelters affected by Hurricane Ida to offset the burden of accepting displaced shelter pets.

  • Humane Society of Central Oregon [Grant Amount: $4,700]

  • Delaware Humane Association [Grant Amount: $1,400]
  • Brookings Regional Humane Society [Grant Amount: $1,100]

09/19/2021

Grants Awarded:

We sent several small emergency cash grants to offset the burden of accepting displaced shelter pets from Hurricane Ida-affected regions.

  • Western Hills Humane Society in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $600]

  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida [Grant Amount: $500]

  • San Diego Humane Society [Grant Amount: $500]

  • Siouxland Humane Society in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $1,100]

  • Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota [Grant Amount: $700]

  • Humane Society of Broward County in Florida [Grant Amount: $10,800]

  • Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Washington [Grant Amount: $1,400]

  • SpokAnimal in Washington [Grant Amount: $3,100]

9/16/2021

Grants Awarded:

  • We sent a cash grant to the CATNIP Foundation in Louisiana to purchase fans and pay for damage repairs to their shelter and vet clinic which sustained damage from Hurricane Ida. [Grant value: $5,000]

 

9/15/2021

Update:

Having a cache of essential supplies is pivotal to being prepared for the next disaster.
 

We heard from our partners at Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans that the supplies we sent them in June, including slip leads and flea collars, pet beds and blankets, bandaging tape, and “cones”, made a huge impact in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

"As we learned from Hurricane Laura and other previous disasters, the impacts of hurricanes are felt for much longer than the actual storm and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 crisis on our region will make this even more difficult. This grant has allowed us to focus our energy and funding on providing care for animals instead of the supplies we have to provide..."

Louisiana SPCA also has multiple trucks of food and supplies coming their way! This includes 90 pallets of litter, 38 pallets of mixed cat/dog food from Royal Canin, 10 pallets of dog food from HALO Purely for Pets, and animal care supplies such as including flea and tick, pet blankets, enrichment and kitten formula, and collars. Waggin Water is also shipping bottled drinking water for distribution to displaced people and pets in the area.

9/14/2021

Update:

With the help of our amazing partners at Mars Petcare and Pedigree Foundation, today our Good Flights crew airlifted approximately 50 at-risk shelter cats and dogs from Louisiana to find new adopting homes in Oregon. The pets received by the animal shelters will be evaluated and receive any follow-up medical care needed before being put up for adoption.

This flight brings our total of at-risk shelter pets transported out of the danger of Hurricane Ida to over 500!

 

09/10/2021

Update:

Today our program Good Flights airlifted more than 95 at-risk shelter dogs and cats from Louisiana to new adoptive homes in the pacific northwest. This flight opens several new partners in the Pacific Northwest including SpokAnimal, NOAH, Happy Tails Happy Homes, Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, Animal Protection Society- Friday Harbor, Alternative Humane Society.

 

Shutt'er Down Ranch in Texas personally drove some of their own pet food to the airport to help out in Louisiana, which we'll replace in early October.

09/08/2021

Update:

Our shipment of 300 Good Packs and 300 SOS packs to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans arrived today!


9/07/2021
Update:

We’ve increased the number of Rescue Bank pet food and supply trucks heading to the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) to four! These trucks will contain 38 pallets of dry dog Pedigree food, 31 pallets of dry dog and cat food, 26 pallets of pet food and litter, and plenty of food and supplies thanks to PetSmart.

We’re sending Acadiana Animal Aid a $5,000 cash grant for Hurricane Ida response. This is to be used to set up a regional Hurricane Ida response hub, to rent equipment for moving pet food and shelter supplies (such as a forklift), and to assist on emergency pet transport. The remainder will be used to cover veterinary and sheltering expenses related to intaking animals displaced from Hurricane Ida.

As flooding continues in Tennessee, animal welfare groups continue to be in dire straits. To help Nashville Humane Association through, we’re sending them a Chewy truck filled with mixed pet food and assorted shelter supplies, and pet hard goods!

Waverly Animal Shelter of Waverly, TN will receive a grant for critical veterinary supply to allow the shelter to test for the presence of heartworm. We're also working on providing some enrichment shelter supplies for this group. Stay tuned!

 

09/05/2021

Update:

Today we loaded up a truck full of pet food from our Florida Rescue Bank Ambassador, transported it to our Good Flights plane, and flew it to animal welfare groups in Louisiana. The hurricane and its fallout have left local shelters in desperate need of basic necessities like food.

Thank you to The Pet Project for Pets for making this food delivery possible.

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09/04/2021

Update:

This morning, we took to the skies again with another Good Flight transporting nearly 90 pets out of areas affected by Hurricane Ida. The pets were flown to shelters in Florida, where they will be cared for and be prepped for adoption. With this most recent airlift, Greater Good Charities has moved nearly 400 pets out of the Gulf Coast to safety, freeing valuable shelter space. 

Thank you to The Humane Society of the United States, Zesty Paws, and Ameriflight, LLC for donating the funds to make today’s flight possible!

 

09/02/2021

Update:

Dr. Matthew Wilson from Elanco pharmaceutical company personally drove vaccines and flea and tick for cats and dogs to St Martin Parish Animal Animal Shelter because of difficulties in getting products delivered safely due to the hurricane.

 

09/03/2021

Update:

The Greater Good Charities Disaster Response team is working closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), the lead agency in charge of coordinating the disaster response efforts in the state. LSART requested our help to fulfill an emergency water delivery to go into various parishes and out to families in the hardest-hit areas as well as other parishes where evacuated families are currently staying. We were able to fill this urgent request with an out-of-state company that delivered a truckload of water (5-gallon jugs and individual bottles) within 36 hours. **Potable/fresh drinking water is an ongoing critical supply need after a disaster like this.**

 

Operation Sunflower:

A Good Flight dubbed Operation Sunflower took off from Louisiana with 90 shelter dogs and cats and landed in our CEO’s hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The receiving shelters are new to our network of partners, and we are so grateful for them for opening their doors and hearts.

A special thank you to 4 Love of Dog Rescue, Almost Home Canine Rescue, Battle Mountain Humane Society, Brookings Regional Humane Society, Critters Inc., Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter, Heartland Humane Society Yankton SD, Humane Society of the Black Hills, Siouxland Humane Society, and Western Hills Humane Society.

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Grants Awarded:

  • The Louisiana State Animal Response will be receiving 38 pallets of Pedigree dry dog food donated by our friends at Mars Petcare.

  • CATNIP Foundation is receiving a cash grant to support their warehouse and veterinary clinic, both of which have no electricity and water/flood damage. The grant is to help purchase fans, a generator, and repairs to their facilities. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

  • Turning Rescues into Pets is receiving a cash grant to help facilitate the distribution of pet food. This grant will also benefit the Iberville Animal Shelter. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

09/02/2021

Update:

Greater Good Charities and Hill's Pet Nutrition flew in 10,000 dog and cat meals to Louisiana to provide much-needed nutritional support to pets impacted by the hurricane. There's especially a need for wet cat food, so this delivery is making huge immediate impact. This is likely just the first of a series of deliveries.

 

09/01/2021

Update:

Today’s flight of 32 shelter dogs and 41 cats out of Louisiana has landed in Morristown, NJ, where receiving shelters were ready and waiting to take them in and help them find adoptive homes.

Thanks to the Today Show for #AmplifyingTheGood with this nice feature:

Today Show

You can watch the video here!

Grants Awarded:

  • Companion Animal Alliance is our on-the-ground partner in Louisiana's capital city, Baton Rouge. They will act as veterinary supply and veterinary supply hub serving the area that includes the most populous parish in the state. To start, a cash grant is being awarded so that they can purchase a new refrigerator to keep vaccines safe and animal care supplies from going bad. [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

  • CATNIP Foundation at Big Sky Ranch

    Located in Folsom, Louisiana they’ve been awarded a grant of goods consisting 43 pallets of dry dog food, dry cat food, and dog treats. This truck is scheduled to arrive on 09/06. We will also be sending enrichment and animal care supplies including stainless steel dog bowls, slip leads, and kitten formula in a separate shipment. With these resources on the way, the CATNIP Foundation will serve as the pet food supply hub for community requests as well as shelter and rescue requests in the St. Tammany Parish and vicinity. [Grant Value: $7,021.06]

08/31/2021 

Update:

Good Flight landing tomorrow but later than originally scheduled because of delayed pilots. Cats and dogs are ready to go. Louisiana airport is not yet open, but tomorrow cats and dogs from St. John Parish, Terrebonne Parish, LaFourche Parish, St. Charles Parish (heavily affected parishes) will fly out. 

 

08/30/2021

Update:

In partnership with The Humane Society of Broward County, we flew approximately 40 shelter dogs and cats out of the Gulf Coast states to South Florida. These sweet shelter pets are safe, rested, and ready for adoption!

 

Grant Awarded:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) received a grant of pet enrichment items like cat castles, catnip toys, cat scratchers, and dog toys. As one of our valued partners who receive transported pets out of harm’s way, having these items readily available will help ease pets in their transition prior to adoption. [Grant Value: $5,636.00]

 

08/29/2021 

Update:

Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 storm.

A million people are without power and won’t be without it for days or possibly weeks as Hurricane Ida made landfall as the second most damaging storm that ever hit the state of Louisiana. We have started awarding grants and are in regular communication with our partners on the ground to assess their communities’ most immediate needs and how to get help in as soon as possible considering the extent of damages to infrastructure.

 

Grants Awarded:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans 

    Aiding in their active humanitarian response across all parishes impacted by the hurricane, we've shipped 300 Good Packs and 300 SOS Pouches. They will be distributing packs and pouches to families severely affected by this powerful storm. [Grant Value: $13,137]

  • Acadiana Animal Aid

    A key partner in our disaster relief efforts, Acadiana is one of our supply hubs in the region serving areas affected by Hurricane Ida. They are also assisting us with our pet transports through Good Flights. Through our Rescue Bank program, we are sending 26 pallets of mixed pet food and cat litter.  We are also awarding them 600 Good Packs, 300 Pup Pouches, 300 Purr Pouches, and 600 SOS Pouches. [Grant Value: tbd]

Good Packs and Product
  • Acadiana is also receiving a separate shipment of dog collars, pet waste bags, dog and cat treats, nutritional supplements, litter pans, cat castles, kitten nursing bottles, and other animal care supplies. [Grant Value: $17,144.61] 

  • Humane Society of Louisiana

    We are sending 39 pallets of Pedigree dry dog food through Rescue Bank [Grant Value: tbd]

  • Louisiana SPCA

    Serving the Greater New Orleans community with multiple locations, the Louisiana SPCA is a crucial strategic partner in helping as many pets and people severely affected by the storm. We are sending them 10 pallets of HALO adult dog-holistic food, 31 pallets of cat litter, 300 Purr Packs and 200 Pup Packs, blankets, Seresto flea & tick collars, pet probiotics, Martingale collars, leashes, dog dishes, litter pans, kitten nursing bottles, cat castles, pet waste bags and an assortment of dog and cat treats. [Grant Value: $148,679.62]

08/28/2021

Update:

Athena

This is Athena, one of the lucky ones who escaped Hurricane Ida's wrath arrived in sunny San Diego

Our shelter partners on the ground had already been working throughout the night to evacuate pets in Louisiana to get ahead of Hurricane Ida’s arrival projected to make landfall tomorrow. Our Good Flights team transported 40 cats and 20 dogs out of harm’s way and landed in sunny San Diego. By transporting these shelter pets prior to the storm, we not only ensure they are adopted, but we are clearing space for incoming displaced pets.

You can view all our latest press coverage here!

With over 500,000 acres burned, the Dixie fire in Northern California has quickly become the largest single fire in the state’s history. The fire is nowhere near being brought under control and its total devastation has yet to be determined. People face long-term evacuations and the loss of their homes. We're working with our partners on the ground to get food and supplies to those in need.

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Our Response

9/15/2021

Grant Awarded:

  • We sent South County Large Animal Rescue an emergency cash grant to purchase animal feed and crates. These essentials allow El Dorado County Animal Services to continue to shelter and feed evacuated animals from the Caldor fire. [Grant value: $10,000]

 

9/14/2021

Update:

We awarded the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC), which provides free veterinary services to animals in emergency shelters during declared disaster responses for the entire state of California, a $10,000 cash grant.

This grant will provide logistical support to CAVMRC’s deployment: covering field officers hotel room, gas, and replenishment supplies used from emergency medical supply cache, other expenses such as reimbursement to responders for medications they brought, and money for new equipment such as vests and other deployment supplies that get ruined with use.

09/07/2021

Update:

Great news! Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley has already distributed the 300 Good Packs, 200 Pup Pouches, 25 Purr Pouches, and 100 SOS Pouches they received! That means tons of people and pets evacuating their homes due to the rampant wildfires will have their most basic and essential needs met.

We're sending a Chewy truck full of pet food and supplies to Butte County Humane Society in Chico, CA. The BCHS will act as a hub for us during these wildfires, helping to distribute to the broader affected community.

09/03/2021

Update:

We sent pharmacy animal care, food, and Good Packs to our partners at Sonoma Cart in Santa Rosa, CA. They are continuing to help their local animal shelter, Plumas Animal Services, through the challenges of the Dixie Fires.

 In addition to the earlier cash grant, Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, our partner on the ground since the Camp Fire in 2018, received 300 Good Packs, 200 Pup Pouches, 25 Purr Pouches, and 100 SOS Pouches as well as a large shipment of toys donated by CharityUSA. [Grant Value: $21,216.98]

“The Dixie Fires have been burning for over a month and are only 35% contained. It has become the largest single wildfire in California history.

We’re working with partners on the ground to provide immediate aid to people and their pets affected by the devastating fire. Our Disaster Response Team and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley have handed out SOS Pouches to evacuees throughout the week.”

Read the full blog -You’re Providing Dixie Fire Evacuees with Essentials 

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09/02/2021

GRANT AWARDED: 

  • Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society received 300 Good Packs, 200 Pup Pouches, 200 Purr Pouches, and 300 SOS Pouches. [Grant Value: $15,508]

09/01/2021

GRANT AWARDED:

  • Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, an integral partner of our relief efforts since the Carr Fire in 2018, received a Chewy truck filled with 24-26 pallets of cat litter, pet food, and hard goods.

08/25/2021

Update: 

Here's situational report from our partner:

"The Dixie Fire is currently up to 731,310 acres with only 40% containment. This fire began in Butte County and moved up into the mountains of Plumas and Lassen counties. It is now the 2nd largest wildfire in California history and will continue to grow until we are able to gain greater containment. Earlier in this disaster, there was a declaration of disaster, but with many towns being lost to this fire we just got the news that the governor is requesting a federal declaration that will bring resources to individuals impacted by this event. We are hoping this declaration will be approved by the president as soon as possible so that people will be helped. Currently, many folks have nowhere to go and no resources and many are sleeping in tents or their vehicles at night.

Our organization has had a small part in helping to stand up a Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) in the Plumas County area. We are supporting non-profits, churches, and local organizations in the area to understand what to do next. Support with knowledge and mentor however needed. One of our case managers has family in the area and lived in the area for 10 years and has been instrumental at bringing people together to connect and respond. In addition, our case management team has traveled to Quincy on two separate occasions to help with the distribution of necessary goods. We will continue to support in whatever ways that we can while still continuing to serve those impacted by the Camp and North Complex Fires as well.”

GRANT AWARDED:

  • Greater Good Charities awarded BGNV a cash grant to help purchase grocery store gift cards for the evacuated families. [Grant Amount: $5,680.00]

08/19/2021

Update:

We’ve received a request for assistance from the Sonoma Community Animal Response Team (CART), one of our on-the-ground partners in the state of California since the Kincaid Fire in 2019.  Sonoma CART was requested by Plumas County and has been deployed to provide mutual aid to Plumas County Animal Services. The animal services staff in Plumas County consists of only 2 animal control officers. 

Sonoma CART’s team of volunteers is providing animal care, cleaning, feeding, and veterinary care for all animals at the small animal shelter. They are also providing feeding, cleaning, and medical care for all animals at the large animal shelter which has been set up at the fairgrounds in Quincy. Their trained evacuation teams are providing evacuation of animals of all species from the evacuation and burn zones. These teams answer calls for urgent evacuation needs and also tend to properties where animals have been stranded and need food and water. We have approximately 60 animals that we are tending to at the small animal shelter, 100 at the large animal shelter, and we spend 8 - 20+ hours per day in the field.

Grant Awarded:

  • We are sending Sonoma CART animal care supplies to help with their fire disaster response including Elanco vaccines, 449 Good Packs, and 100 SOS Pouches, Purina pet food and litter, and animal care supplies including formula for kittens, blankets, and pet enrichment items. [Grant Value: $29,501.23]

8/10/2021

Update:

Greater Good Charities is fielding and responding to requests for help from community partners in the state of California. Right now there’s a need for children’s clothes, coats, long sleeves and pants, and shoes. There were hardly any items for children. 

Many evacuees have expressed not having the transportation to get to the areas assisting those impacted. There’s clearly a need for a shuttle system or transportation solution to help evacuees get to assistance centers, distributions, shelters, etc. In addition, many people have expressed not wanting to leave their communities and wanting to stay and just “camp” at this time. So there is a need for tents, sleeping bags and pads, pillows, tarps, etc.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti at 8:30 am on August 14, 2021. The epicenter was recorded around 12km northeast of Saint Louis-du-Sud, about 125km west of the capital Port-au-Prince. As of August 18th, Haiti’s Civil Protection reports over 2,189 deaths and over 12,268 injured, more than 52,935 collapsed buildings, including hospitals and schools, at least 77,006 damaged buildings, 137,000 families affected, and significant damages to roads and vital infrastructures, including 25 health infrastructures. Where COVID-19 is still very much present, which adds to the severity and complexity of the current situation.

Greater Good Charities is currently coordinating the delivery of critical relief supplies into areas devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. The rollout of relief has been encumbered by unsafe travel conditions, but we are communicating and collaborating with our local partners daily on how to get help to the affected communities as quickly as possible. 

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Our Response
09/10/2021

Update:

Food continues to be a stressful challenge for those left in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. We awarded KORE Foundation a $20,000 cash grant for purchasing and distributing food around Les Cayes.

 

09/03/2021

Update:

We are working on coordinating an effort through our partner, KORE Foundation, to provide a secure supply distribution of donations to the most vulnerable areas of southeast Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake. These are donations of relief goods through Greater Good Charities as well as other non-profits. Due to increased crime and theft throughout the country, security and strategy is key to getting supplies to where they are needed most. We have heard reports that disaster response supplies from others are getting stolen in transit, leaving some areas completely without any type of support or relief. We are working carefully to be sure our goods and helps make it through as intended.

In addition, we have also secured the following donations:

  • 5,000 pairs of shoes, 1,500 pairs of socks, and 1,000 reusable face masks. These are set to arrive in Haiti in the next couple of weeks.

  • Tents, tarps, and building supplies to aid in providing temporary shelters for those whose homes were destroyed so they are shielded from the elements.

09/02/2021

Update:

Grant Awarded:


  • We sent a cash grant to Those Angels who is coordinating security personnel, large trucks, drivers, and other tasks to distribute the food and building supplies within the most needed areas of the region. [Grant Amount: $10,000.00]
 

08/30/2021

Update:

With about 30,000 families left homeless by this earthquake, the need for shelter is urgent. We created a “How to Build with Tarps” document in English and in Creole. We are working on getting these materials donated and shipped to Haiti. 

08/27/2021

Update:

A second distribution of meal packs through Institut Edeline happened today. Check out this footage from volunteers on the ground!

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Help the people of #Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake. 💔 #haitiearthquake #disaster #naturaldisaster

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08/24/2021

Update:

Institut Edeline prepared and distributed meal packs to about 200 families this morning. School leaders prepared meal packs of essentials including sugar, detergent, soap, rice, condensed milk, spaghetti, oil, and beans.

08/23/2021

Grant Awarded:

  • An emergency cash grant was awarded to Youth Without Borders (Institut Edeline), which is to be used to provide emergency food relief for families and individuals directly impacted by the earthquake and subsequent depression. This grant is projected to provide 1,880 meals.  [Grant Amount: $5,000.00]

After record adoptions and fosters in 2020, shelters are reporting unprecedented overpopulation in 2021. To make matters worse, a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant has left shelters short-staffed, unable to appropriately care for their pets. Together, Greater Good Charities and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health are working to provide emergency relief grants to shelters across the country for foster recruitment, temporary staffing, medical support, and more so they can keep their doors open and save the lives in their care.

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Our Response

10/01/2021

Update:

We sent emergency case grants to the following shelters to assist with the recruitment and hiring of new, temporary, or permanent staff and/or with incentivizing or covering overtime for existing staff. This grant can also be applied to emergency pet transports of your animals to other organizations if you are at risk of closure due to COVID-19.

  • Animal Humane Society [Grant amount: $5,000]
  • Embrace a Discarded Animal [Grant amount: $5,000]
  • Humane Society of Broward County [Grant amount: $5,000]

Grants Awarded:

09/29/2021

Grants Awarded:

  • We sent a $5,000 emergency cash grant to Humane Pennsylvania to assist with the recruitment and hiring of new, temporary, or permanent staff and/or covering overtime for existing staff to cover vacancies for animal care shifts caused by COVID-19 related impacts to their shelter. 

  • We sent Hawaii Island Humane Society a $2,500 cash grant to purchase PPE to protect staff and volunteers against COVID-19.

 

09/08/2021

We have several more groups on the docket for this emergency cash support for shelter staffing - currently inviting these groups with pre-approved staffing grants: 

  • Greater Birmingham Humane Society - Alabama
  • Humane Society of Broward County - Florida
  • St. Martin Parish Animal Services - Louisiana
  • SpokAnimal - Washington
  • Embrace a Discarded Animal Society - Washington
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society - Oklahoma
  • Animal Humane Society - Minnesota
  • Humane Pennsylvania - PA

09/07/2021

Grant Awarded: 

  • The Nashville Humane Society will receive an emergency cash grant of $5,000 to fill staff vacancies due to the ongoing pandemic.

  • In addition to a disaster response grant for Hurricane Ida,  Acadiana Animal Aid in Carencro, LA is receiving a cash grant specifically for staffing needs the pandemic continues to alter the landscape of sheltering operations. [Grant Amount: $5,000]

08/31/2021

Grant Awarded:

  • Friends of Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ will receive an emergency cash grant for shelter staffing. This organization works to help shelter staff get the lifesaving services, equipment, and supplies they need to save more lives at their community’s only shelter that never turns away a pet in need.  [Grant Amount: $10,000.00] 

  • We sent a cash grant to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ for filling staff vacancies due to COVID-19. St. Hubert’s operates three animal welfare campuses: Madison, North Branch, and Noah’s Ark and provides progressive animal control services in 18 municipalities in New Jersey. They support the communities they serve with programs that help animals stay with their families, such as pet food banks, vaccine clinics, and emergency pet boarding.  [Grant Amount: $5,000.00] 

08/27/2021

Grant Awarded:

  • We’re sending an emergency grant to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society for Personal Protective Equipment. BHS has been helping people and pets in the Birmingham, AL community since 1883 with adoptions, education, resources, animal cruelty investigations, and animal care and control. [Grant Amount: $2,000.00] 

On February 24, Russia launched a large-scale military operation on neighboring Ukraine, invading the country on several fronts. More than 11 million Ukrainians, many with pets, have fled the country since the attack began. The UN estimates that over 5 million Ukrainians, many with pets, have fled the country, with another 6.5 million displaced inside war-torn Ukraine itself.

 The journey is daunting, with many Ukrainian families and their pets traveling for days without food. They need help now.

Men, women, and children are fleeing to neighboring countries with only the clothes on their backs not knowing when if they will ever be able to return to their homes. Greater Good Charities is mobilizing response to help, and your support is serving as a beacon of hope for so many during these dark times in their lives.

Right now, Greater Good Charities is providing much-needed cash assistance to humanitarian and animal welfare partners on the ground. We are also talking to other NGO’s that have a presence on the ground to work together as distribution partners so that we are not duplicating efforts.

Transparency is important to us, so we aim to update this page regularly with the latest development of our activities and how your donations are being put to use.

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Our Response

04/22/2022

Update:
Thanks to the incredible support from our community of donors, the first batch of pet food is heading into Ukraine. Watch this video to see how your support is directly helping feed the innocent pets caught in this conflict.

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04/15/2022

Update:

Populated cities like Kyiv, Łuck, Charkow, Potława, Zaporoże, and Odessa continue to suffer from heavy shelling, gunfights, and armored vehicle fire. Cities like Bucza, Irpień, and Borodzianka were under Russian occupation for the past month. 

Unfortunately, many civilians who escaped had to leave their beloved pets behind. Those surviving pets end up in overpopulated shelters, unable to receive the care they need. That’s why it is so vital to support organizations like the Centaurus Foundation, which cares for quarantined and older animals, which are in need of everyday veterinarian assistance, diagnostics, and observation. 

We’ve sent Centaurus Foundation an emergency cash grant to provide fuel for convoys, building materials for additional and enhanced enclosures, and veterinary supplies to help the refugee pets in their care. Their main facility in Szczedrzykowice is currently holding 200 animals in quarantine, with another 100 on the way from other shelters. In another facility in Medyka, there is no running water and no grid electricity. They’re in desperate need of a generator for lights, heaters/air conditioners, medical fridges, and more. 

And, in addition to helping pets, they’re also providing support for their animal-welfare community! The Centaurus Foundation convoys are supplying the Kyiv region veterinary clinics with much-needed high-energy food for dogs and cats, as well as first aid medical supplies! Way to Amplify the Good!

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We’re grateful for the incredible support that we’ve received from our donors particularly for helping us raise funds to provide 1.5 million meals for the innocent animals who are suffering because of this crisis. Barring any delays, pet food distribution made possible by this campaign will start next week. 


04/06/2022
Update:

Hundreds of pets have been found dead in Ukraine since the crisis began. Many of them were found trapped in a shelter and died of hunger and thirst. This is the heartbreaking reality for many displaced pets in Ukraine and neighboring countries. 

On the ground, Greater Good Charities has established a distribution network to move large quantities of pet food directly to the people and pets who need it. Together with our partners at U-Hearts and The Animal Rescue Site, we are purchasing truckloads of emergency food to send to shelters caring for pets within Ukraine and distribution centers in neighboring countries helping refugees with pets. We have an initial goal to rush 1.2 million meals to shelters and refugees with pets — you can help.

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Our very own board member, Dr. Julie Ryan Johnson, DVM (Associate Director of Shelter Programs for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.), is on the ground as one of Greater Good Charities’ volunteer veterinarians. She is doing great work to provide veterinary care for pets crossing the border into Poland from Ukraine alongside the IFAW team.

 

04/04/2022
Update:

We received photos from our partners at U-Hearts from the Good Packs distribution on the ground in Ukraine! Not only do these packs contain survival essentials but also provide hope for Ukrainian refugees like the one pictured below.

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In Romania, we’re working with Asociatia Sava's Safe Haven, a family-run animal shelter. They work with partners in animal welfare like Street Dog Coalition, SPCA International, and OIPA to offer immediate help to Ukraine animals and people once they get to Romania. This includes transportation, shelter, and emergency aid.


We’re funding Fundacja Kooperacja in Poland to supply refugees with needed commodities as well as leasing warehouse space.


We’re funding Kitchenette for Animals, an organization based in the Czech Republic that has been helping Ukrainian pets since the war broke out. Our funding will help them build four pet pens to be used as temporary animal shelters to hold pets in quarantine.

 

03/31/2022

Update:

Noah Horton, Denise Bash, and John Peaveler of Greater Good Charities presented to The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement on Greater Good Charities’ Ukraine response to help people and pets. Watch the video to get an overview of our response strategy and an on-the-ground account of our response to help people and pets.

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Thank you to The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement for hosting Greater Good Charities.

03/30/2022

Update:

Check out this video of our Director of Field Operations John sharing a walkthrough of the situation at the Romanian border. As you can see, there are multiple organizations on the ground working to help the thousands of people fleeing Ukraine. The situation is especially tricky because this particular border crossing between Ukraine and Romania is over water — meaning refugees have to manage a ride on a ferry to get across.

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As you know, we recently worked with Warriors of Wildlife on the emergency relocation of Masha the Eurasian brown bear. Well, during that mission, we were alerted to this beautiful lion, Mir, and knew he couldn’t be left behind.

This sweet boy was located in a western area of Ukraine not far from Lviv, and had nowhere to go as the country fell into turmoil. Being kept in a cage covered in filth and lack of clean drinking water, his future seemed to be non-existent.

Just like so many other people and animals throughout Ukraine, each day for Mir has been completely terrifying. Warriors of Wildlife made a swift decision to get him out of Ukraine and into a safe environment. He has safely entered Romania where he will temporarily stay at the zoo while logistics of his future are set. His new home will be a species-appropriate area where he can live peacefully and enjoy being a lion at our Simbonga Game Reserve & Sanctuary!

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In transit to his temporary holding facility in Romania.
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There is a growing need for veterinary care during the evacuation. That’s why we’re funding Anim All Delta, a Romanian organization of two private practice veterinarians who set up their non-profit (pre-war) in Isaccea. This organization provides services and medicine to a community in a resource desert. Also, Anim has partnered with the Street Dog Coalition to provide veterinarians. Anim actually signed with the Romanian government to handle the border crossing and ensure all animals are properly vaccinated and documented.



03/28/2022

Update:

Good news — At this moment our Good Packs are being delivered to Ukrainian refugees! Thanks to your donations, these packs of essential survival supplies will land in Lithuania and be transported to Ukraine by our partners at U-Hearts

 

Masha the bear was rescued from Ukraine and brought to her new home at AMP Libearty - Bear Sanctuary thanks to Warriors of Wildlife and Greater Good Charities. We are continuing to work with Libearty Sanctuary to provide for Masha the bear's ongoing care. Check out this video of her amazing rescue story!

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We are sending veterinarian volunteers to work with
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Poland. The VIDAS Volunteer Network (Good Fix Vets) also has many veterinarians and technicians ready to deploy for GGC.



Grants Awarded:

Thousands of Ukrainian families continue to flee their country, pets in tow. Those remaining in the country are struggling to care for their pets as the crisis continues to escalate. We’re working with partners on the ground to provide help where it’s needed most.

We’re sending an emergency cash grant to the Federation of Polish Food Banks to help people and pets affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. The Federation is a coalition of food banks in the area, so this allows us to provide help and support the community.

We’re sending funding the International Police Association in Poland to help refugees displaced by the current conflict and organize humanitarian aid shipments. 

 

 

03/25/2022

Update:

The situation on the ground in Ukraine is precarious and is deteriorating as Russia continues to target civilian residential areas in large cities around the country. Over 3 million people fled the country, and over 6.5 million were displaced from their homes. Unfortunately, many pets were left behind when their owners escaped from Ukraine. Hungry and alone, they’re left to wander the streets. 

Our team landed in Bucharest, Romania to check on our partners at Save the Dogs And other Animals, who have been sending food into Ukraine and helping refugees and their pets cross the border. We’re helping to mobilize these urgent relief efforts as fast as we possibly can. Yesterday a Save the Dogs van brought more than a ton of pet food to the Ukrainian border, which was then distributed to shelter volunteers who feed street dogs and cats. Also, the organization just put up the first of two large tents at Save the Dogs' shelter! Together, these tents hold around 60 tons of pet food, which allows Save the Dogs to accept more donations.

Your donations are making a huge impact on the lives of the animals who are getting out of shelters in Ukraine and the pets of refugees fleeing who have fled their homes. We are grateful that with your support, families who have already lost everything because of this war are able to keep their pets with them.

Today, our remaining team in Poland visited the DPS Rejowiec Women and Children’s Shelter and brought with them 150 pairs of socks and underwear, medicine and first aid supplies like bandages for 200 treatments, and food items enough to provide 150 filling meals. The shelter staff were so grateful that they insisted on our team staying overnight. 

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Check out this video of the team unloading the supplies at the Women and Children’s Shelter!



Logistics and transportation remain a serious challenge: roads are not safe to move cargo, and many logistics companies refuse to operate. Every day we have to search for opportunities to deliver pet food (even in small quantities) across the country. To help cover these costs, we’ve sent an emergency cash grant to U-Hearts out of Ukraine to deliver aid to their network of over 1,000 pet shelters.


03/23/2022

Update:

Each day, more and more Ukrainians are fleeing their homes for the safety of their family. During normal operations, the Rzeszow Food Bank in Poland serves 20,000 people in the community. But as the bank sits near the biggest border crossing, they are extending their assistance to help the thousands of refugees evacuating Ukraine. Our team visited the food bank and was able to see first-hand and assess what we can do for ongoing support.

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Check out this video from our Director of Field Operations, John Peavler, onsite visit with the Rzeszow Food Bank in Poland!



Half of the team will remain in Poland and the other half is proceeding to meet up with our partners in Romania, including Save the Dogs and other Animals to address their biggest need right now, which is pet food. They’re requesting 40 pallets of pet food, and we have our team here at home looking at options on how we can get that food to them in Romania as soon as possible.

We are thrilled to share that Masha, the bear rescued from the circus in Ukraine by Warriors of Wildlife, has arrived at her new home!! Masha is finally at AMP Libearty Sanctuary woods and is able to live the life she deserves — thanks to donors like you! Take a moment to celebrate and watch her dip her toes in her new pool!



Grants Awarded:

We’re funding Tiernothilfe Ukraine e.V., from Germany to ship supplies into Ukraine for people and pets, as well as evacuating pets out of Ukraine to free up their owners to flee to safety. At the moment, evacuations are also failing because there are no more cages in the contested areas. This grant will pay for gas to carry out the evacuations, as well as some much-needed we cages and carriers for transport. These efforts will go a long way to saving more animal lives!


We’re sending an emergency cash grant to The Street Dog Coalition out of Romania to cover the cost of major travel expenses and supplies. The Street Dog Coalition has set up a check station at the Romanian-Ukraine border to provide veterinary care and pet passports to pets of refugees. They are also putting resources towards collaborating with several other organizations, and a local veterinarian, to set up an emergency pet shelter and transport plan to get them to a large shelter in Bucharest.

 

 

03/21/2022

Update:

We’re excited to be working again with another long-time partner Soles4Souls, a non-profit out of Tennessee which provides shoes and clothing donated from individuals, community donation drives, and retailers and distributes them to various programs around the world to help those in need. They operate a warehouse in Moldova. The grant awarded to them will help combat the cost of logistics and shipping the donated products across Eastern Europe.

 

Our team on the ground visited our partners at the ADA Foundation, a private veterinary practice that provides care for the companion and wild animals that the foundation serves. The facility is not open to the public and is completely funded through donations from people like you. While the foundation normally serves around 1,000 animals per year, they’ve already provided treatment for over 600 animals since the start of the war (just about one month!)

ADA Foundation is responding to the crisis with several forms of relief efforts:

  • Providing veterinary care for animals brought over the border by refugees and various rescue organizations
  • In-house caring for over 40 cats and 40 dogs from Ukrainian animal shelters
  • Running convoys into Ukraine (Lyviv) to drop supplies and pick up animals. They are also helping to distribute supplies to other organizations headed into Ukraine.
  • Establishing three new spaces in Przemyśl. One will be for Ukrainian dogs, one for Ukrainian cats, and the third will be a clinic to serve both in-house pets and those moving from or to Ukraine. And to top it off, the clinic has an apartment above it that will be used for visiting vets and techs.
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We’re funding Warriors of Wildlife as they work to get Masha, a bear rescued from the circus in Ukraine to Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania. A Eurasian brown bear who spent 19 years in a tiny cage when not performing, Masha’s transport was already scheduled prior to the invasion. With the outbreak of war, getting her out of Ukraine became even more urgent. What seemed like a straightforward 120-mile relocation journey from the temporary shelter in Sambir, Western Ukraine to Romania became a delicate extraction mission. With your support, Masha is finally home to live the life she deserves in the AMP Libearty Sanctuary woods.

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The funding provided to Clean Futures Fund helped with the recent evacuation of 12 horses, their trainer Anita, Anita’s family members, and their two dogs. One of the horses, Vanilla, had already been evacuated from a wildfire back in 2020. We are happy that she and the whole family are now safe in Poland!

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03/17/2022

Update:

We announced the coalition for the Save Pets of Ukraine, a new partnership with Greater Good Charities, Kormotech, (the largest pet food manufacturer in Ukraine, and U.S. entities), Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, American Pet Products Association, Pets Around the World, and Matrix Partners. This partnership is a unique opportunity to provide emergency support from within the country. We are proud to be able to help those within Ukraine as well as refugees in neighboring countries with the addition of this partnership. 

Our ground team will be landing in Poland tomorrow to assess the situation on the ground. They will work to identify a warehouse space to stage and distribute humanitarian and pet supplies and food, including our Good Packs. They will distribute directly to refugees in neighboring countries and working with partners who are transferring products into Western Ukraine.

 

3/14/2022

Update:

The World Central Kitchen team is serving 100,000+ nourishing meals at border crossings for refugees fleeing Ukraine and at shelters and camps for those who remain in the country per day.

Your donations helped the Clean Futures Fund successfully conduct their first evacuation mission over the weekend for people and pets from Chernihiv and northern Kyiv regions. The first group of evacuees had reached the border by bus, and from there they cross on foot. Food and other supplies are being provided for evacuees and for residents not evacuating, as well as additional sheltering for pets outside the region until they can be reunited with their families.

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We're preparing to send a team into the region to assess the situation on the ground. Once there, they will set up a warehouse to stage and distribute humanitarian and pet relief supplies while distributing pet food to hundreds of animal shelter partners. This distribution will also include our Good Packs, with survival and comfort items for people and pets in need. Good Packs will also be sent to a Greater Good Charities’ partner in Lithuania to help distribute them to more people and pets in need. Thank you for the support from the bottom of our hearts!

 

Grants Awarded:

We sent a cash grant to Save the Dogs and other Animals out of Italy. Save the Dogs is bringing tons of dog and cat food from their shelter in Cernavoda, Romania to the Ukraine-Romania border at Isaccea as many animal shelters in Ukraine are running out of pet food.

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3/11/2022


Update:

Greater Good Charities is sending a team next week into the region to assess the situation on the ground and set up a warehouse to stage and distribute humanitarian and pet relief supplies while distributing pet food to hundreds of animal shelter partners.

We are launching a Help Ukraine version of our Good Home foster recruitment now to assist local groups in the region to help get temporary placement of adoptable pets so they can receive transport and have space for Ukrainian pets, or in the long term after quarantine, find placement for Ukrainian pets that have been left. 

Grants Awarded:

  • We sent a cash grant to World Central Kitchen to provide nourishing meals at crossings for refugees fleeing Ukraine and at shelters and camps for those who remain in the country. World Central Kitchen is currently set up at eight border crossings with Poland and is establishing meal distribution points across five countries, including Hungary, Moldova, and Romania. 

  • We sent a cash grant to Clean Futures Fund to support people and pet evacuations from Chernihiv and northern Kyiv regions, provide food and other supplies for residents not evacuating, and provide additional sheltering for pets outside the region until they can be reunited with their families. 

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