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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Foreclosure Pet Fund.

To help keep families and pets together through foreclosures and financial crisis, The Humane Society of the United States has created a grant program to address the hardships visited on the voiceless victims of the current economic downturn. Animals have been left behind in foreclosed homes, and shelters are reporting that families are struggling to keep and feed pets. The nation’s largest animal protection organization, The HSUS is offering grants to animal shelters, non-sheltered rescue/adoption groups and animal care and control agencies to help establish, expand, or publicize services or programs that assist families in caring for their pets during the current economic crisis.

How You Can Help:
Make a donation to the Foreclosure Pets Fund. Contact your local animal shelter or rescue group to learn about the needs in your community. You may be able to help them organize pet food donations or pet supply drives—even coin collections and penny drives all add up to helping pets and families.

Shelters and Rescues:
Grants range from $500 to $2,000 per organization. Collaboration is encouraged and preference will be given to organizations that have a cooperative agreement with other agencies in their community such as a food bank or other community service agency.

Examples of the types of programs that would be eligible for funding from The HSUS fund include organizations that are: partnering with local food banks to donate and distribute pet food and supplies working with veterinarians to develop service vouchers to be distributed to people who need assistance with vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries, or other veterinary care. Creating a special fund to provide needed financial support to the pets of families affected by the economic downturn to help cover the costs of food, supplies, spay and neuter surgeries, veterinary care, and other expenses for pets of families in need.

To be considered eligible for the grant, an organization must:
Be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or a municipal animal control agency eligible to receive restricted funds. Submit an online application that defines the need within the community for the program being proposed and describes how the organization plans to meet those needs.

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