23 October 2016

WELFARE - PetSmart Charities Assisting Animals After Hurricane Matthew

More than $100,000 in in-kind supplies and emergency relief funds has been donated by PetSmart Charities to six animal welfare organizations to help local pets in need following Hurricane Matthew.

(PetSmart Charities)
Through a dedicated hurricane response effort, the organization continues to work with nonprofit organizations in severely impacted communities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Before the storm hit land, PetSmart Charities dispatched an Emergency Relief Waggin’ filled with pet supplies donated by PetSmart’s central region Distribution Center in Ohio to Gainesville, Florida.

Food, cat litter, dog bowls and wired crates were among pet supplies sent to the region to help with displaced pets.

The Humane Society of the United States has also been on the ground in South Carolina providing disaster relief services in the wake of the hurricane.

Their Animal Rescue Team has saved and transported animals to supporting emergency placement partners for shelter.

“The role of animal welfare organizations in and around impacted communities is crucial before, during and after a natural disaster or weather crisis like Hurricane Matthew,” said David Haworth, D.V.M., Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities.

As local residents sort through the aftermath of the storm, PetSmart Charities anticipates an increased need for pet supplies and medical examinations for displaced pets, as well as repairs for shelters that may have experienced flooding and damage.

The organization has emergency relief and disaster response grants available to help.

To apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help local pets in need before, during or after a natural disaster, please visit PetSmartCharities.org/pro.

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