GreaterGood.org announced today that $30,000 will go to three national animal rescue groups assisting local rescue groups in areas of the Southeast impacted by recent floods and tornadoes. This grant will be evenly divided among The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and Petfinder.com Foundation.
All three report requests for assistance throughout the Southeast and expect to continue work there for many weeks to come.
On May 11, the Humane Society of the United States deployed trained staff to Natchez, Mississippi, to set up an emergency shelter for animals displaced by flooding. "The historic flooding throughout the South has greatly impacted our state, and The Humane Society of the United States is now on-site to offer much-needed animal welfare assistance," said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS. The organization also has been active in Alabama and Missouri, among other regions, following the tornadoes with programs to find and return lost pets to their owners.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare partnered with ASPCA and other agencies to set up an emergency mega-shelter for animals in Memphis, Tennessee, to serve up to 1,000 pets whose families were displaced by flooding. Evacuees were instructed by the authorities to take their pets with them, but many had no place to house them. IFAW Emergency Director Dick Green is currently in Louisiana to access the situation there as the Mississippi River crests and lend assistance where requested.
The Petfinder.com Foundation distributed 6,000 pounds of food to Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter in Rabun County, GA, in May. This county was hit by a series of tornadoes on April 27 and this humane shelter has since been dealing with a large influx of lost or homeless animals: housing, feeding, and working to return them to their owners whenever possible. Petfinder.com Foundation also is planning a pet food distribution to Memphis, TN, and is currently reviewing a number of applications from shelters throughout the South for rebuilding and other assistance.
Photos courtesy of Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter and Petfinder.com Foundation. Above left: a pet and owners successfully reunited. Above right: Dogs currently in the care of the shelter.