This year marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event that served as a nationwide wakeup call for disaster response capabilities. Since Katrina, there has been a strong desire on the part of grantmakers to assist those hit by disaster in the most timely and impactful way possible. This challenge is amplified in the animal welfare world, as animals are often an afterthought when disaster strikes. However, as Katrina taught us, pets are a lifeline for many people, especially those who have lost all else.
A group of major animal welfare funders, including the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, Petfinder Foundation, and the Animal Assistance Foundation, have joined forces to streamline the distribution of grant resources for both recipients and funders in the wake of major disasters. A centralized application portal at animaldisasterfunding.org will help to ensure that precious time and funds – which are especially scarce during disasters – are directed where they can do the most good.