In light of the many pets and pet owners impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, special grants are now available to local nonprofits and government agencies helping companion animals in the affected areas. The grants are being made available by a collective of national animal welfare organizations, including A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities®.
Beginning Sept. 12, disaster-impacted groups can submit one grant application through a centralized website — AnimalDiasterFunding.org — to be reviewed jointly by A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities. The grants are open to animal shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, food banks, animal hospitals, and government agencies that assist pet owners or pets. To be eligible for these grants, applicants must be based in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma or be providing emergency relief in response to these historic storms at the request of an Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Applications from organizations that self-deploy or are based outside the vicinity of the affected geographic areas will not be considered. The specific needs of each applicant will determine the total amount of funding received.
This grantmaking collaborative was established to streamline the funding application process and allow local groups to spend more time helping animals in crisis as opposed to seeking funding. Each grant application will be reviewed by the five grantmakers, and the review process will be expedited so that urgent funding can be provided immediately.
Residents along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Harvey and, now, Irma, which has brought significant rainfall to the southeastern U.S.
U.S.-based groups interested in applying for funding support are encouraged to submit an application via AnimalDisasterFunding.org no later than Oct. 15 for consideration. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.
A Kinder World Foundation—Kathleen Savesky Buckley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-838-6178
Houston PetSet—Lauren Postler, email@example.com, 713-775-1842
Petco Foundation—Lisa Lane, Lisa.Lane@petco.com, 858-877-0431
Petfinder Foundation—Toni Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-207-0626
PetSmart Charities—Lauren Sawyer, email@example.com, 623-271-3920
About the Animal Disaster Funding Collaborative
Launched in 2015, the Animal Disaster Funding Collaborative was built to provide coordinated, timely support to animal welfare groups in times of crisis. The grantmaking organizations working together via the collaborative strive to streamline resources, amplify grant impact and conserve precious time and funds—which are especially scarce in the wake of major disasters. Members currently include private foundations and grantmaking public charities who provide national and/or regional funding that directly or indirectly benefits companion animals.