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Current Disasters

Current Disasters

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

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:

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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]

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  • 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:

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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

 

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] 

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