GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY & HURRICANE IRMA & HURRICANE MARIA RESPONSE
GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY & HURRICANE IRMA & HURRICANE MARIA RESPONSE
GREATERGOOD.ORG HURRICANE HARVEY & HURRICANE IRMA & HURRICANE MARIA RESPONSE
WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR (Check back daily for updates):
HARVEY UPDATED: September 28, 2017
In addition to providing critical supplies, we are currently in the process of awarding cash grants to the following groups:
Rescue Bank is providing a critical link between in-kind donors supporting Hurricane Harvey relief and the federal, state, local and NGO organizations needing those products. Almost two dozen major brands and retailers are offering critically needed items, including food, crates, litter, hard goods and veterinary medical products. Rescue Bank will manage distribution over the wide area impacted through its existing warehouses in Houston, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and San Antonio. Also, they are coordinating with, and scheduling shipments to the Small Animal Task Force of the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension offices, and FEMA Logistics. In the first few days of response, Rescue Bank had either shipped, received in its warehouses, or has scheduled to arrive enough pet food for 1 million meals along with other critical supplies.
A Chance to Bloom was awarded $2,500. Their area was heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey. They have transported some longer term foster animals to a new location in order to take so they could take in Harvey victims. They have incurred several thousand dollars in vetting expenses as a result and this grant will assist with that need.
A few months ago, we purchased and donated cat scratchers to Rescue Bank affiliates. These scratchers are for cats living in cages, and they help relieve stress. They are coming in handy as CATNIP Foundation is using them for hurricane ‘refugee’ cats temporarily stuck in kennels.
We shipped 3-4 pallets of cleaning supplies (paper towels, mops, brooms, etc.) from the Houston Rescue Bank warehouse to CATNIP Foundation. CATNIP Foundation just transported another 40 cats and kittens from hard hit areas in Texas back to Louisiana. They recently found a pilot that was able to transport several of these cats to Jackson Hole, WY, for a shot at a new life. This frees up additional space for transporting more cats out of harm’s way.
$5,000 grant to Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation: This rescue took in an extra 21 Louisiana pets, and 20 more this past Sunday. Funds will go to purchase parasite control products.
An additional $5,000 grant to Houston Humane Society: Funds will go to purchase a refrigerator to store vaccines. The Houston Humane Society is one of the primary disaster support shelters for the animals in the Greater Houston area. As with San Antonio Animal Care Services, Houston Humane had to transport their animals to make room for the lost pets that are arriving at their shelter daily. Additionally, they have had to acquire temporary kennels to make room for the incoming pets.
Sent three complete 18 wheelers of dog and cat food to Emily’s Animal Welfare in St. Louis. They will distribute this food to shelters that have taken in pre-hurricane Houston shelter pets.
Donated 20 pallets of pine horse bedding to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. A lot of horses are suffering from foot (hoof) rot from standing in water, so Bluebonnet is using this bedding to dry out and sooth their feet.
Pine horse bedding donated to K9 Airlift (2 pallets); Paws and Hooves and Claws (2 pallets).
Cats For Life received two pallets of dog food to aid their efforts to help take in and foster displaced pets in Houston.
Houston SPCA received three pallets of cleaning products.
Houston Humane Society received three pallets of dog beds.
Everything Grey Greyhound Haven in Houston received one pallet of dog food.
Rescue Bank delivered over 11,000 doses of Interceptor to American Humane at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas. The fairgrounds are currently the home of over 800 dogs and cats who survived Hurricane Harvey; these animals are vetted and cared for until they can be reunited with their lost families or adopted into a loving home.
The Houston Rescue Bank warehouse received three truckloads of pet food from Blue Buffalo, TRC, and PetSmart Charities and a truckload of crates from Midwest Dog Crates Metal Products. We will distribute these products into the Texas Gulf Coast region.
Rescue Bank is proud to host GreaterGood.org family members who have graciously volunteered to fly in from across the United States to help inventory and distribute pet care supplies in Houston and the surrounding area.
$15,000 grant to Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.: Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. of Texas has been working tirelessly for nearly 20 years to end the senseless killing of animals by attacking the problem at its source—pet overpopulation. They have mobilized the veterinary force to help displaced pets and shelter animals during this disaster response.
$15,000 grant to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) & a separate $15,000 grant to Louisiana’s State Animal Response Team (LSART): The ASPCA and LSART have been leading the way in Louisiana to rescue pets, transport animals out of the flood-affected areas of Texas and then shelter those animals at the Mega Shelters. As of this morning, LSART was able to report that all but 10 of the displaced pets reunited with their owners at the Mega Shelter. Funds will go to support the great work of these strong organizations.
The SPCA of Brazoria County was flooded with pets in the wake of the hurricane estimating over 1,000 animals in their care. The Lucy Pet Foundation has stepped in to help the overwhelmed shelter with veterinary needs and basic care. For their amazing work and response, they received $20,000. The Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania also came to their rescue. They not only took in animals to help with the overload, but they also sent a crew and supplies down to Texas to help with the sheltering needs of the animals. Brandywine was granted $10,000 to help with their response and sheltering relief.
$10,000 grant as well as cat food, dog food, litter and medical supplies to CATNIP Foundation: CATNIP Foundation has been instrumental in animal search & rescue and transport in Texas for Hurricane Harvey. This grant supports their ongoing efforts.
Four pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to Texas A&M Agriculture Extension Services: The goal is to provide displaced families and individuals in eastern Harris County communities along Galveston Bay with much-needed supplies. To provide the community with pet food, this Rescue Bank donation will be used. Texas A&M Agriculture Extension Services and Rescue bank expect the effort to grow to three additional Houston locations.
Three pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to Dr. Kerry’s Petvet: As an active member of the Conroe, TX community, Dr. Kerry Cline was all too aware that Hurricane Harvey had a deep impact on her small Houston suburb. Hearing news that many of her clients lost their homes or experienced a severe financial impact due to Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Kerry began seeking a way to help. Rescue Bank has provided some relief to the community through this donation. Dr. Kerry is currently distributing the donated food to those families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
One pallet of dog food to Fort Bend County Animals Services: Rescue Bank’s post-Hurricane Harvey outreach program contacted this group to assess their need. Since the shelter’s intake of displaced animals is steadily increasing following the storm, they need additional pet food to help provide for their growing numbers. This donation will allow the shelter to take in additional animals.
Seven pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food to Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue: Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue maintains personal connections with the community of Orange, TX, that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey just across the state line. The rescue organization approached Rescue Bank requesting pet food to provide to the community of Orange. Following a delivery of seven pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food, Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue successfully stocked a community distribution point to help their Texas neighbors and provide post-hurricane relief.
Nine pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food to the Texas A&M Process Engineering Research and Development Center (PERDC): Seeing the need to help their community, faculty and students of PERDC contacted Rescue Bank to obtain hurricane relief supplies. Since many families in the area incurred damage or had to evacuate due to Hurricane Harvey, Rescue Bank provided the community volunteers with the donation. The volunteers are now conducting outreach in the community to distribute the pet food to families in need.
Six pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the Texas A&M Veterinary Team: After hearing that the Texas A&M veterinary team was operating a post-Hurricane Harvey triage center at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rescue Bank decided to send aid. As part of their community outreach program, Rescue Bank provided six pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the fairgrounds. The veterinary team is now treating the intake animals and transferring the animals to their foster network. The fairgrounds team is supplying the pet food to the foster families.
Rescue Bank organized the efforts to deliver 30 cases of Comfortis® and 12 trays of rabies vaccines to Dickinson, Texas. A representative from Elanco™ is personally delivering the donation to Biocity Animal Services for use in their post-Hurricane Harvey community outreach program.
After receiving notification of herds of farm animals stranded by high flood waters, Rescue Bank facilitated the distribution of HSUS-provided hay and pine shavings to these animals. The feed was dropped from Chinook helicopters into the area so the animals have a food source until the high water recedes and they can return to safety.
Three pallets of dog food granted to God’s Dogs Rescue: In response to Hurricane Harvey, volunteers at God’s Dogs Rescue in San Antonio, TX, set out for the Texas coast to rescue and provide for as many displaced animals as possible. With a surge of animals in their care, God’s Dogs reached out to Rescue Bank for aid. Rescue Bank provided three pallets of dog food to distribute to their dogs; God’s Dogs Rescue then drove the food back to Houston to use on their front lines where the animals need it the most.
Eight pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food granted to the community of Bloomington, TX: The Bloomington DPS contacted Rescue Bank seeking aide for families and elderly individuals in the community who were struggling to find pet food for their dogs and cats. Rescue Bank responded by providing eight pallets of dog food and two pallets of cat food to the area. Since Bloomington is a small community of approximately 2,500 residents, the pallets were dropped at a gas station for the community to pick up and share as needed.
An additional $5,000 grant to Austin Pets Alive!: Funds will be used to cover additional transports of affected animals.
$15,000 grant to the SPCA of San Pat County: Funds will help cover the cost of transporting the pre-hurricane animals, sheltering displaced pets as well as ongoing veterinary costs. The San Pat shelter also suffered wind-related damage to their kennels, play yards and roof which these funds will be used to repair.
$20,000 grant to Texas A&M: Texas A&M has been providing mobile veterinary services in flood ravaged areas of Texas. In the last few days alone, they have been working hard in Jefferson County, Rockport, Brazoria County, and Sour Lake. Funds will be used to help recoup some of the expenses incurred during their outstanding service to the animals of their state and to continue response efforts.
$15,000 grant to Aransas County Animal Control (Rockport, TX) and their support organization – Another Chance RFT: Funds will be used to help animals in their still-struggling community of Rockport. The shelter was able to pre-transport animals out to make room for pets displaced as a result of the 130 mph winds that blasted Rockport. More than a week after the hurricane made landfall, the shelter is still taking in more than 10 new animals daily.
$20,000 grant to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK): ARK is a marine turtle and bird rehabilitation center that suffered substantial damage during the hurricane. All turtles and birds survived the storm, but the damage to the rehabilitation center will make this challenging time even more difficult. Funds will be used to help them renovate their damaged property and get them back in business.
$5,000 grant to Lone Star Pyrs and Paws Rescue: Funds will go to the rental of two additional, large warehouses. Pyrs & Paws is using the space to take in additional food, pet bedding, pet supplies, and crates which they are distributing to displaced families staying at the Dallas Mega Shelter and elsewhere as well as fosters, rescues and shelters that are aiding animals in need.
$15,000 grant to Remote Area Medical: Since 1985, this amazing group has been providing mobile medical and veterinary services to those in need. Their volunteer veterinarians are helping families and their pets all over the impacted area. Funds will be used to support their efforts.
An additional $10,000 grant to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to support ongoing efforts: IFAW provides animals assistance in over 40 countries, currently has two of their Animal Water Search and Rescue Teams in place helping in the effort to move over a hundred adoptable animals from the Galveston Island Humane Society to the Houston SPCA to make way for animal flood victims. The animals will then be moved from the Houston SPCA out of the region to other areas.
An additional $10,000 grant to The Humane Society of the United States to support ongoing efforts: Funds will support rescue, transport and sheltering efforts.
An additional $5,000 grant to RedRover to support ongoing efforts: RedRover is offering their disaster response services by caring for sheltered animals in the Dallas Mega shelter which can house up to 5,000 people and their pets.
An additional $5,000 grant to Code 3 Associates: Code 3 have been providing Disaster First Responder training and services since 1985 and were first to design and create a fully self-sufficient vehicle that could respond to animal needs during disasters. These pioneers in animal disaster response are coordinating animal search and rescue efforts in the Greater Houston area currently.
$15,000 grant to San Antonio Animal Care Services: Funds will support lost pets arriving daily at their shelter, providing the care and support these lost pets need until being reunited with their families. Funds will also cover costs for transporting all of their animals to make room for lost pets.
$20,000 grant to Houston Humane Society: The Houston Humane Society is one of the main disaster support shelters for the animals in the Greater Houston area. As with San Antonio Animal Care Services, they had to transport their animals to make room for the lost pets that are arriving at their shelter daily. Additionally, they have had to acquire temporary kennels to make room for the incoming pets. Funds will be used for transport, care, vetting and support of these animals.
$15,000 grant to American Humane Association: American Humane is currently caring for the animals at three of the Mega Shelters in Texas and Louisiana in addition to the numerous search and rescue teams they have deployed around both states. They are expending huge effort and resource to ensure that families reunite with their pets. Funds will be used to support these efforts.
11,500 doses of Elanco medicine and vaccine which will help over 34,000 pets: Our Rescue Bank team distributes these medicines under the guidance of our veterinary consultant, and by American Humane at the Mega Shelters they are servicing.
800 Rapid-Response Tests: These much needed items are used to test a variety of dog and cat diseases as the rescued animals arrive at the shelters. The Brazoria Animal Shelter, under the guidance and support of Lucy Pet Foundation, and Austin Pets Alive will be the recipient.
$90,000 grant to Wings of Rescue: Wings of Rescue have already moved 390 pets out of the flood-affected area and are planning to move another 500 in the next few days alone.
$10,000 grant to Code 3 Associates: Code 3 have been providing Disaster First Responder training and services since 1985 and were first to design and create a fully self-sufficient vehicle that could respond to animal needs during disasters. These pioneers in animal disaster response are coordinating animal search and rescue efforts in the Greater Houston area currently.
$10,000 grant to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): IFAW provides animals assistance in over 40 countries, currently has two of their Animal Water Search and Rescue Teams in place helping in the effort to move over a hundred adoptable animals from the Galveston Island Humane Society to the Houston SPCA to make way for animal flood victims. The animals will then be moved from the Houston SPCA out of the region to other areas.
$10,000 grant to RedRover: RedRover is offering their disaster response services by caring for sheltered animals in the Dallas Mega shelter which can house up to 5,000 people and their pets.
$10,000 grant to The Humane Society of the United States: Funds will support rescue, transport and sheltering efforts.
$10,000 grant to MuttNation: Funds will support MuttNation’s transport program which is coordinating the movement of animals out of the flood-affected zone and to recipient shelters. They estimate moving hundreds of dogs out within the next week alone.
$15,000 grant to Austin Pets Alive! as well as medicines, Boehringer Ingelheim vaccines, and critical medical tests in-kind donations via Rescue Bank. Austin Pets Alive! also received an in-kind grant of over 18,000 doses of dog and cat vaccines and drugs, as well as eight cases of animal dental chews.
$15,000 grant to Houston SPCA: Funds will support the amazing work they’re doing as a central landing shelter for several other shelters transporting rescues out of Texas and for storm victims with displaced pets. Houston SPCA also received an in-kind grant of over 18,000 Boehringer Ingelheim doses of dog and cat vaccines and drugs (as well as eight cases of animal dental chews) to use on animals in their care and to distribute to other local shelters struggling to care for animals during the disaster recovery.
$10,000 grant to Emancipet: Funds will support veterinary mobile units. They are also being granted an in-kind donation via Rescue Bank for veterinary supplies.
$5,000 grant to Jefferson Parish SPCA: Funds will go toward pet crates to aid in life-saving transport out of Texas.
$5,000 to $10,000 grants to San Antonio Pets Alive, San Antonio Animal Care Services, SPCA of Texas in Dallas, Houston SPCA and the TULSA SPCA. In addition, we are sending these groups food, vaccinations, enrichment toys, litter and other critical supplies.
We are also awarding the following humanitarian groups:
$5,000 grant to Remote Area Medical: Funds will support search & rescue medical and provide critical supplies like water, diapers, hygiene products, bleach, flashlights, batteries, mops/brooms/shovels. They have deployed boats for S&R and have helped over 100 people.
$5,000 grant to All Hands Volunteers: Funds will provide fuel to transport volunteers to start hands on service: gutting, mold removal & remediation, repairing drywall, carpet & salvaging goods in Houston (Fort Bend County and Woodland Hills).
$5,000 grant to Team Rubicon: This all Veteran run recovery group will use funds for rescue and rebuild efforts in the impacted areas.
We are also shipping books, toys and clothing to the humanitarian shelters, specifically for the children.
IRMA UPDATED: September 29, 2017
Pet Project for Pets in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was awarded a $5,000 grant to repair damage to their building. Their warehouse and building got hit hard. Huge tree limbs, branches and a few trees themselves landed on the roof and side of building. Their fence was destroyed in two places (total of 18 feet to replace), one of their HVAC units on the roof was destroyed, and the entire gutters on the back of the building were ripped off. In addition, the roof leaked in the warehouse area and destroyed 9 pallets of pet food. This grant will address those needs. Pet Project is our Rescue Bank affiliate warehouse in Florida and is a critical partner is meeting the food and supplies needs of animal groups in the area.
Rescue Bank is continuing to provide food to groups in Florida. Our Ft. Lauderdale affiliate continues to distribute food on a daily basis for disaster to numerous groups who have taken in animals. See pictures here.
FEMA is partnering with Rescue Bank to provide pet food to more than 200,000 animals affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the wind and flood-torn Caribbean. Rescue Bank donors are stepping forward with commitments to prepare 3.5 million meals to be sent to meet the island needs; Rescue Bank is mobilizing to plan the logistics and deliver the pet food as rapidly as possible.
Following Hurricane Maria, the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are facing the possibility of months without electricity. Without sources of power for refrigeration, the island veterinary offices and shelters cannot maintain their stocks of veterinary supplies to treat the island’s animals. Rescue Bank is delivering both gas-powered generators and compact refrigerators to the islands to store the much-needed veterinary supplies and maintain the health of the domestic animal population until power returns.
Rescue Bank sent 299 crates to First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, FL. These will be used in conjunction with partners Best Friends Animal Society, Hillsborough County Animal Services and Jacksonville Humane Society, to transport shelter pets out of affected areas so that stray and displaced pets have a place to go.
$10,000 grant to Humane Society of Greater Miami. This grant will cover lost income from adoptions since they evacuated their pets and for financial loss due to the temporary closing of their clinic. They are only now starting to get back to some sense of normalcy as the storm left plenty of damage to their facilities in its wake. Parts of the main shelter, including the administrative offices, were without air conditioning for all of last week. The storm left them dealing with roof damage and leaks. They are also in desperate need of a new air conditioning system, among many other critical needs.
Three pallets (2,800 pounds) of dog and cat food were sent via Coast Guard to St. John Animal Care from Puerto Rico. Allocations were sent to the remaining eight groups in Puerto Rico to schedule and pick up their food. This will help well over 1,000 dogs and several hundred cats. We still have five pallets set aside for FEMA. Remaining groups helped:
Santuario el Faro de los Animales
Animal rescue and protection services
Albergue de Animales Villa Michelle
Centro de Control de Animales de Carolina
Centro do Control de Animales Capitan Correa
Humane Society of PR
Vieques Humane Society
One pallet (798 pounds) of dog food allocated to Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue (OBFCR) in Vieques, Puerto Rico. OBFCR is a foster based rescue organization in Vieques with a focus on spay/neuter, education and re-homing. Irma has stretched their community’s meager finances to the breaking point, and now the arrival of Hurricane Maria may utterly devastate these families. OBFCR is receiving a countless number of calls to take dogs into their care simply because families can no longer feed them. If they can provide food and encouragement, they hope that these dogs will not find themselves on the street foraging.
5-6 pallets of Nulo dry cat food was sent to Pet Project for Pets in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Pet Project is the Florida Rescue Bank affiliate. They sustained damage to their building as well as lost power but continued to hold food distributions so that groups needing food would not have to wait.
Caloosa Humane Society, a new overflow organization for Rescue Bank, recently received their first truck of pet food. They were able to give 22 pallets of this food to Hillsborough County Animal Services, who are directly responding to the disaster by taking in animals from three other counties, plus their own. With so many animals in their care, they were quickly running out of food. This Rescue Bank donation came just in time.
$10,000 grant to Humane Society of Broward County: Humane Society Of Broward County is our veterinary supply hub for western Florida. They operated the only pet-friendly shelter before, during and after Hurricane Irma. During the 11th hour, the government did open two additional shelters allowing pets, since the school where Broward County Humane Society set up shop was above capacity with 300 pets. Funds will be used to replace supplies used from the shelter at this evacuation center.
Rescue Bank packaged several hundred Kong™ toys and other dog enrichment items for delivery to both the Houston Humane Society and the Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC). Many animals recovered after major disasters are used to an enriching family environment, so the donated toys provide the dogs with a distraction to reduce stress and promote better health until they are recovered by their families or adopted.
Rescue Bank facilitated the transport of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) team from San Juan to St. Thomas and St. John by donated private aircraft. The team is contracted by the chief veterinary officer at the U.S. Virgin Islands, Department of Agriculture and is tasked with identifying critical supplies and finding suitable local storage for relief supplies that GreaterGood.org ships.
Rescue Bank received a donation offer of 90,000 pounds of cat food, which is enough to provide 500,000 meals to animals in need. We are sending the food to the South Carolina ASPCA, Florida SARC, and regional Rescue Bank affiliates for community distribution.
Wahl is direct shipping 1,180 bottles of dog and cat shampoo to areas hit hard by Hurricane Irma. The recipients are Alachua Humane Society and ASPCA (SC location). Both organizations are hubs helping other organizations, and thousands of animals affected by the storm.
Rescue Bank arranged for an air shipment of 25 pallets of pet food to Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Rescue Bank sent four truckloads of pet food to ASPCA locations in South Carolina and Florida. The ASPCA will use the food for shelter operations and community outreach programs.
Rescue Bank sent 150 XXL dog crates to ASPCA working in South Carolina. ASPCA has been a partner in transporting animals out of disaster affected areas. Transporting animals already in the shelter system frees up valuable space for animals coming in as a result of Hurricane Irma.
In Puerto Rico today Colitas Sonrientes picked up four bags of cat food and 130 bags of dog food. We are waiting on remaining groups to send us their census, and then we will allocate the remaining food. We are planning to allocate five pallets of dog food to FEMA, and send one pallet of dog food to St. John Animal Care, who opened their last bag of pet food this morning. We are arranging air freight to St. John from Puerto Rico now, as shipping by water has been challenging with the devastation on the island. Additional food is on the way to St. John Animal Care; this is an emergency shipment to hold them over until other supplies arrive.
Rescue Bank sent 50 pallets of pet food to help four groups in Puerto Rico. The food arrived right as Hurricane Irma was hitting the island. These groups graciously agreed only to pick up half of their allocated amount and share the remaining half with other groups. FEMA has also requested access to this food for shipping to USVI. These three groups have picked up food:
Save a Gato – 50 bags of cat food, two bags of dog food
Friends of Culebra Animals – 50 bags of cat food, 10 bags of dog food
Love Puerto Rico Golden Retriever Rescue – 130 bags of dog food
UPDATE (9/14/17) – Allocation of the remaining food is complete. This will help another eight organizations on the island, in additional to the three that already picked up their food. One group alone, Santuario Canita, is caring for 800 dogs.
We are sending two trucks to Florida:
First truck to Kissimmee, FL, to the Florida State Animal Resource Coalition. They will receive 35 pallets of dog food, cat food, and kitty litter.
Second truck to Alachua County Humane Society. They will receive three pallets of pet beds and three pallets of pet food.
We are sending 28 pallets of wire dog kennels and three pallets of dog beds to Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia.
U.S. Virgin Islands – Island of St. John
Society of St. John Animal Care (SJAC) is receiving two shipments of supplies: The first shipment is an emergency air drop of 10 pallets of dog, cat, kitty litter, and a generator. The generator is for SJAC to use their fridge for vaccines, their water pump, and their water filtration system, so they have a way to get their animals water and keep them clean. The second shipment is a shipping container of 28 pallets containing dog food, cat food, and kitty litter.
We are actively supporting the emergency transport of adoptable pets out of shelters. We are only transporting adoptable pets already in shelters out of the affected zone in order to make room for pets displaced by the storm in hopes of reuniting them with their humans.
We are pre-staging the distribution of disaster supplies up the East Coast.
We are awarding supplies and support to partners who are working with us to receive adoptable pets. Most of these pets are moving to New Jersey or further north, with the hub set up in St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey. We are flying these animals out with our partner, Wings of Rescue.
We are communicating with partners in Puerto Rico and have shipped pet food to a warehouse there for rescue groups to pick up.
We are reaching out to shelter partners along the projected storm path to assess their needs.
We are working with the University of Florida to disseminate veterinary supplies in the affected zone.