This past March, as the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic were starting to take shape, the ASPCA announced the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Initiative—a multi-million dollar effort to help family pets and animal welfare groups impacted by the virus. Two million dollars in grant funding has been awarded to more than 50 animal welfare organizations whose programs, operations, or fundraising capabilities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The emergency relief grant funding is made possible in part by The Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust, which donated $500,000 to support the ASPCA’s efforts.
“The COVID-19 crisis has not only created unprecedented challenges for pet owners, but also put homeless animals at risk by straining essential shelter resources,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “This lifesaving funding will help shelters and rescue organizations sustain crucial animal welfare services including basic operations, remote foster and adoption programs, and veterinary care. We are proud to support the animal welfare community and grateful to them for stepping up, thinking creatively and courageously, and forging new paths to meet the needs of their communities during these challenging times.”
The ASPCA COVID-19 Relief & Recovery grant funding has been awarded to a range of animal welfare organizations across 30 states, including private humane societies, municipal animal shelters, animal rescue and transport groups, spay/neuter clinics, and organizations focusing on the adoption of dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals. The average grant each organization received totaled nearly $40,000.
“Acadiana Animal Aid is extremely grateful to the ASPCA for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant funding,” said Jeanine Foucher, Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid. “Like so many animal welfare organizations, our shelter had to completely reconfigure operations, postpone fundraising events, and in our case, suspend our lifesaving transport program. This grant provides critical, general operating funds to ensure we can continue pulling animals from area municipal shelters and provide veterinary and sheltering services until we can find an adoptive home.”
In addition to providing $2 million in emergency grant funding, the ASPCA COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Initiative has included assisting more than 100,000 animals through the creation of regional pet food distribution centers which give dog, cat and equine owners free access to critical food and supplies. The $5 million COVID-19 relief response speaks to the ASPCA’s longstanding commitment to the animal welfare community and people and their pets. By successfully providing access to free pet food, supplies, veterinary care, emergency boarding, and lifesaving funding, the ASPCA has comprehensively addressed the most urgent needs of pet owners and animal shelters across the country, helping to keep animals safe and healthy.
Full list of grantees
Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center
Baldwin Humane Society
Liberty Humane Society
Washoe County Regional Animal Services
The National Kitten Coalition, Inc.
The Street Dog Coalition
San Marcos Regional Animal Services
Michigan Humane Society
Felines & Canines
Alley Cat Advocates
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Drifter’s Hearts of Hope
Dane County Humane Society
Memphis Animal Services
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
Humane Association of Wilson County, Inc. DBA New Leash on Life
The Arizona Pet Project
Animal Care Centers of New York City
Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
Chautauqua County Humane Society
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
Dakin Humane Society
Seattle Area Feline Rescue
Jackson County Animal Shelter
Regional Animal Services of King County
Kentucky Humane Society
Acadiana Animal Aid
Dutchess County SPCA
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center
Austin Humane Society
Lewis & Clark Humane Society
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Carroll County Humane Society DBA West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic
Cache Humane Society
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Allen County SPCA
Humane Society of Broward County
Operation Catnip of Gainesville
Animal Rescue League of Berks County Inc.
Humane Society of South Mississippi
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
Humane Rescue Alliance
Paws Crossed Animal Rescue Inc.
MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Cat Adoption Team (CAT)