WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, October 27, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that the East Bay SPCA received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry fund. Serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in Northern California, the East Bay has helped injured, lost and abandoned animals since 1874.
“Animals have a special place in my heart, and I am saddened to see so many being abandoned and left hungry as a result of this sweeping COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Shafiroff, national spokesperson for American Humane’s Feed the Hungry campaign and renowned philanthropist. “We must ensure that rescue organizations have the basic resources necessary to care for these defenseless animals who are in dire need of a forever home.”
Like every other business or organization in America, rescues and shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. Detrimental natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires have further heightened the situation. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned during the coronavirus crisis. The 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 East Bay SPCA is committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities it serves. It strives to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. In 2019, the East Bay SPCA facilitated 3041 adoptions. The team operates spay/neuter centers as well as a full-service veterinary clinic near some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the Bay Area that that have few options for quality, affordable veterinary care. The shelter recently mobilized to offer free pet food and supplies at evacuation sites for pets and their families who have been displaced by the California wildfires.
To help shelters continue to save lives during this unprecedented crisis, consider donating today. Learn more at www.americanhumane.org/feedthehungry.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit www.americanhumane.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.