WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, February 24, 2023 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane group, announced today that PEDIGREE Foundation has awarded them with a $100,000 grant in support of the organization’s disaster relief efforts. The American Humane Rescue Team most recently deployed to Spalding County, Georgia, in January after multiple tornadoes displaced thousands of residents and their pets. Animal first responders helped run an emergency shelter and reunited lost pets with their human families.
“We are extremely grateful for the long-standing support of our lifesaving rescue program from PEDIGREE Foundation,” American Humane president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert said. “Their generosity will help countless animals and bring hope and healing to communities across the country who desperately need it. We could not do this transformational work without the crucial contributions of organizations like PEDIGREE Foundation.”
PEDIGREE Foundation has been a staunch supporter of American Humane’s disaster relief efforts for many years, awarding multiple grants to help animals in need in the wake of natural disasters including the California wildfires of 2020 and Hurricane Ida. Funds from the extended partnership will go directly to supporting American Humane’s disaster relief efforts.
“Disaster and emergency relief support is an important focus for PEDIGREE Foundation, “ said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation. “Our partnership with American Humane is key to getting help to animals quickly to support impacted communities, and to keep people and pets together in times of crisis.”
American Humane carefully monitors developing disaster situations and works with local jurisdictions for requests for assistance, before deploying resources in the most effective and efficient way possible. Providing care for stranded, injured, and lost animals in the wake of a natural disaster requires around-the-clock attention to the physical and mental well-being of each individual animal.
The American Humane Rescue Team was founded more than 100 years ago during World War I, when the U.S. Secretary of War requested assistance caring for injured horses in war-torn Europe. Since then, American Humane’s animal first responders have been on the ground for virtually every disaster in our nation’s history, from Pearl Harbor, to 9/11, to the historic eastern Kentucky flooding of 2022 and beyond.
To learn more about the grant, or to support American Humane’s lifesaving work, please visit AmericanHumane.org.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, overseeing the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe each year. Founded in 1877, American Humane has been First to Serve™ the cause of animals and for 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement. For more information or to support our lifesaving work, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our channel on YouTube for the latest breaking news and features about the animals with whom we share our Earth.
About PEDIGREE Foundation
We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.1 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 6,100 grants and $11.6 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help at PedigreeFoundation.org.