Innovative Practices

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Recognizes and promotes the importance of planning and preparing for disasters, and strongly encourages animal welfare organizations to work within the emergency management system. On a national level, the ASPCA funds nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a working relationship with emergency management and have disaster plans and equipment lists in place. The ASPCA also provides webinars, resource guides, and training for how to mitigate animal suffering and loss of life in the face of a disaster.

PetSmart Charities

Works closely with animal welfare groups locally and nationally to provide the supplies they need for time-sensitive rescue efforts. The PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin’® program debuted in June 2007 — 2 years after Hurricane Katrina. Armed with six 53-foot semi-trailers, they can quickly deliver emergency supplies to animal welfare groups working in affected areas. They work closely with national emergency relief agencies like FEMA and the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition to make sure pets are part of federal multi-agency responses.

The Humane Society of the United States

Provides information on developing pet preparedness plans, and information on how to keep pets safe during natural disasters and everyday emergencies. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team stands ready to help animals when large-scale problems arise. The organization offers extensive resources online focused on preparedness and response tips for pets, farm animals, and horses.


Animal Disaster Funding

A new funding collaborative between the ASPCA, Animal Assistance Foundation and Petfinder Foundation, to assist animals in disasters/emergencies and to streamline the grant application process for animal welfare organizations seeking disaster recovery support. For specific disasters in which this collaborative is active, applicants have the option to submit donation requests to multiple funders from just one place – here — rather than approaching the three participating funders individually. This system is designed to conserve resources among both grantmakers and grantseekers in times of crisis so that assistance can be dispatched with maximum efficiency.