Ohh — here we go again. The Superstorm Sandy that demolished so many homes on the East Coast, also left cats and dogs in perilous conditions. Now, comes the news of pets that have been rescued but remain separate from their people.
When thinking of making donations to the Red Cross, also consider donating to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). See HSUS rescue video. Both agencies take action during disasters to rescue and house lost pets.
But many others work too on behalf of the animals. I especially love the news that Chef, Rachael Ray, donated $500,000 to the ASPCA for rental on a building where animals are being housed pending reunion with owners. In addition to the cash, she also donated 4 tons of her branded dog food to the animals, and $100,000 to food banks for humans.
PetSmart Charities has a strong commitment to assisting pets affected by large-scale natural disasters and man-made emergencies. Since 2004, PetSmart Charities has funded nearly $8 million in emergency relief grants.
The Petco Foundation also serves animal needs but its program is not as fully visible as others.