WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, March 26, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today launched a “Feed the Hungry” fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned as a result of the current coronavirus crisis.
“The very sad reality for shelters and rescue organizations today is that they are struggling to keep kibble in food bowls and litter in boxes,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We must take action to ensure organizations that are housing animals left by the wayside during this sweeping pandemic have the basic resources needed to ensure the safe and humane treatment of animals in their care. To stand by and do nothing during this time is unconscionable.”
The Feed the Hungry fund seeks to raise much needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only struggling to keep the lights on but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.
“The simple truth of the matter is that many shelters were full of pets, even before unfounded fears of CV-19 transmission tempted some to abandon their animals,” Ganzert said. “Further compounding the problem, social distancing caused the cancellation of adoption events at shelters and rescues around the country – leaving too many in need of homes and love.”
Sadly, up to 6 million animals end up in shelters every year and more than 1.5 million are euthanized. Hundreds of thousands face abuse, neglect, and homelessness in the face of crises and natural disasters.
“These animals rely on humane groups to provide lifesaving shelter and relief from the dire circumstances they face. We hope animal lovers everywhere will join us in helping to feed and protect our precious four-legged friends.”
To contribute the Feed the Hungry fund, donors should visit www.AmericanHumane.org today.
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