How can I do to help animals and shelters during this crisis?
ADOPT OR FOSTER
Now is a great time to adopt a pet to reduce the potential strain on shelters and to offer to foster in case shelters start receiving an increase in requests for foster care of pets for seriously ill or hospitalized people. Please reach out to shelters and rescue groups in your area for more information.
Fosters can also be lifesavers for pets who can’t adapt to shelter life, those who need to be nursed back to health and orphaned animals who need someone to step in for their mom (or whose needs are beyond what busy shelter staff can often provide).
OFFER SUPPORT AND SUPPLIES
Check with your local shelter or rescue to see how you can support them during this crisis. Your generosity will be gratefully accepted, particularly during this stressful time. Consider donating supplies, both through your local animal shelter and other agencies like human food banks.
TIP: Amazon recently announced that they will stop shipment of nonessential items—luckily, baby products, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific and pet supplies do NOT fall under “nonessential” categories. While placing orders, shop on AmazonSmile and select the Humane Society of the United States as your preferred charity so a portion of your purchase supports our work at this critical time!
We also encourage suspension of fees and fines (return-to-owner, licensing, etc.) similar to the way companies and municipalities are suspending late fees and utility turn-offs. With kindness, compassion and flexibility, we can work toward all pets and the people that love them staying together during this crisis
National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need
Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
- The Big Hearts Fund: Financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease.
- Brown Dog Foundation: Prescription medications.
- Canine Cancer Awareness
God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity
- Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation: Under the JLACF’s bylaws as approved by the IRS, grants can only be provided for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.
- Magic Bullet Fund: Cancer-specific.
- The Mosby Fund
- The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
- Pets of the Homeless: Pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless.
- The Riedel & Cody Fund: Support for pets suffering with cancer.
- RedRover Relief
- Rose’s Fund
- Shakespeare Animal Fund
- Waggle: A pet-dedicated crowdfunding solution that channels funds directly to verified veterinary providers to ensure the money goes only to the pet’s care.
- Waggle Foundation: Grant applications available to financially burdened, individual pet parents whose animals require medical assistance.