According to news reports, Hurricane Harvey has driven more than one million people from their homes in Texas, displacing thousands of pets in the affected areas. In response, PetSmart Charities is doubling its initial commitment of $1 million to $2 million in grants to support animal welfare organizations working on the front lines to help pets and pet parents in need.
PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, is committed to helping pets in need and connecting pets and people, including situations of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey. While prominent rescue organizations are focused on important human relief efforts, PetSmart Charities knows that providing assistance for pets is critical too, as many pet parents will go to great lengths to save their four-legged family members.
“As we’ve seen with natural disasters in the past, pet parents are willing to sacrifice their own well-being for their pets, even when their lives are at risk. This is a true testament to the immense power of the human-animal bond,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “With the support of our generous donors, it’s our hope that funding, food and supplies from PetSmart Charities will help provide crucial care to homeless or displaced pets with no loving family to turn to while also helping pet families get necessary veterinary care for their pets following the storm.”
Support on the Ground:
Local animal welfare organizations in Houston and beyond are working around the clock to deliver immediate assistance to pets and pet families in need to provide veterinary care, pet supplies and temporary accommodations. Grants and donations that have recently been distributed include:
- $50,000 to Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), Inc.: To support pet parents that were forced to leave their homes, SNAP is providing immediate veterinary services to pets affected by Hurricane Harvey in evacuee centers located in Houston and San Antonio. Services include medical examinations, microchips and procedures to treat skin infections and respiratory issues common following floods.
- $25,000 to Humane Society of Southeast Texas: Located in Beaumont, a town that experienced severe flooding and now has limited access to clean water, the Humane Society of Southeast Texas is supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by providing assistance for shelter and community pets in need.
- $25,000 to Friends of Austin Animal Center: Funds donated to the Austin Animal Shelter will be used to support up to 8,000 evacuees from Southeast Texas who are at the City of Austin Expo Center.
Ongoing In-Kind Donations of Pet Food and Supplies:
In addition to providing funds, and continuing to assess the funding needs going forward, PetSmart Charities is coordinating deliveries of pet food and supplies to organizations working in the trenches. By week’s end, the nonprofit will have delivered more than 110,000 pounds, or 55 tons, of pet food donated through PetSmart’s philanthropic Buy A Bag, Give A Meal* program and coordinated at least 10 truckloads of pet supplies, including crates, collars, leashes and pet beds and kitty litter to the affected areas.
Supporting Animal Welfare Organizations on the Ground:
If you are an animal welfare organization spearheading rescue, relief and recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, please visit www.petsmartcharities.org/pro to apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities.
How You Can Support PetSmart Charities’ Emergency Relief Efforts:
If you would like to support PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief efforts, like those underway in Texas, please consider making a donation at the PIN pads located at the cash registers of every PetSmart store or online at www.petsmartcharities.org/donate.