GreaterGood.org—Hurricane Dorian Response
What We've Done So Far:
Check back for daily updates. UPDATED: October 18, 2019
Grants distributed so far include:
- awarded $5,000 to Pet Project for Pets to store truckloads of pet food, crates, and other supplies and transport these items to the airport. Some of these supplies will be used in the Bahamas and others in the States.
- awarded Restore Global in Charlotte, NC, 43,200 pounds of pet food to use for the immediate area and surrounding counties affected by Hurricane Dorian
- shipped 500 crates from our partners at The Animal Rescue Site for multi-organization use for pre-storm evacuations of adoptable pets and for relief flights after the storm
- delivered twenty pallets of food and five pallets of Fresh Step kitty litter to the Florida State Animal Response Coalition for use in co-located shelters, to serve public needs, and for the shelters themselves
- delivered veterinary pharmaceuticals to agencies in the path of the storm, such as flea and tick medication, heartworm medication, and vaccines from our partners at Boehringer Ingelheim to treat thousands of pets at shelters like Humane Society of Broward County, Greenville County Animal Care, and Atlanta Humane Society.
- transported hundreds of shelter pets to nearby states to make space for owned pets displaced by the storm
- delivered 43,200 lbs of food donated by Merrick to Pet Food Bank of Eastern NC in Greenville, NC
- delivered over $12,000 worth of animal care supplies to Brandywine Valley SPCA
- awarded $20,000 to World Central Kitchen for their efforts in the Bahamas
- donated over $50,000 worth of airline crates, bowls, leashes to the International Fund for Animal Welfare as they will be working to support response and recovery in the Bahamas to include an element of animal evacuation.
- awarded Fleet of Angels $5,000 for their hay bank efforts for affected residents and horses/large animals stateside.
- awarded Helping Animals Live and Overcome Inc. $10,000 who will use the funds to provide all medical care needed and help cover extra employee shifts to care for the dogs.
- awarded Humane Society of Broward County in Florida $20,000
- awarded $10,000 to volunteer-powered disaster relief organization, All Hands and Hearts
- awarded $10,000 to Bahamas Humane Society
Please stay tuned as we continue to serve the animals and people in peril. Updates will be added here as they come in.
A relief flight delivering water, animal transport crates, and other supplies needed to evacuate pets safely landed in Freeport Grand Bahama. These supplies will be used for a life-saving flight tomorrow (9/11) with all the surviving dogs and cats from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. The dogs will be transferred to Helping Animals Live and Overcome (HALO) Rescue in Sebastion, FL and the cats will continue their journey to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.
We are fielding and responding to direct requests from the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the disaster coalition established by the Bahamian government for humanitarian and animal supplies. We will be coordinating flights regularly that will provide ongoing aid to humanitarian and animal welfare operations on the island.
GreaterGood.org awarded cash grants to Pet Project for Pets and Humane Society of Broward County for their ongoing logistical management of warehouses used to store products ready for distribution to the Bahamas. Additionally, we awarded in-kind and cash grants to HALO and St. Hubert’s as the ready themselves to welcome the special animals from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.
We would like to thank Loving Friends Transport for immediately responding to an urgent request for assistance to transport dogs from the airport to the shelter.
Today was a big day and tomorrow will we continue to see that forward progress as we work to serve the needs of pets and people on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Tomorrow, the MASH unit on Abaco will be fully functional, and the surviving animals at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama will be preparing for their life-saving flight. On that same flight, currently scheduled for Wednesday, we will be bringing in water, travel hygiene kits, feminine and infant care products, animal transport crates, food, etc. Several partners in the States will receive these special pets and tend to their medical and emotional wellness.
Throughout the weekend, GreaterGood.org continues to work around the clock to bring critical aid to the people and pets of both Abaco and the Grand Bahama islands. In partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the first plane of animal first aid and trauma supplies arrived in Nassau and is in route to Abaco where a MASH unit is establishing, stocked with supplies needed to support veterinary services, animal search and rescue, logistics, and emergency animal sheltering.
Humanitarian requests are beginning to come through official channels, and we are positioned to quickly meet both the needs of teams on the ground providing aid and that of displaced residents. We have awarded cash funding and in-kind supplies to partners that will be receiving the shelter pets that survived Hurricane Dorian, riding out the storm at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare, at the request of the Bahamian government, is working with island stakeholders on both Abaco and the Grand Bahama islands to ensure pets stay with their people and/or can be reunited should they have been separated. They have established a regularly monitored email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for people seeking assistance or reunification.
Additionally, we are coordinating an in-kind response with The Pet Project for Pets and the Humane Society of Broward County. These sites serve as the main hub for the collection of corporate donations and the launching point for our relief flights.
Last week, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 Hurricane, triggering massive flooding that left entire neighborhoods underwater. Maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph with gusts up to 220, making Dorian one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record. Early reports reveal unprecedented, catastrophic damage with as many as 13,000 homes destroyed.
Despite decreased wind speeds, Hurricane Dorian has grown in size since and according to the National Hurricane Center its combined wind, surge and flood hazards are still a serious threat to the US.
We are responding to requests to support feeding people affected, transport pre-storm adoptable pets out of shelters, and provide critically needed supplies for pets, like vaccines. Our partners on the ground have set up food distribution and supplies to people and pets in need.