Relief For Overwhelmed Animal Shelters Due To The Foreclosure Epidemic.
I have written about this, but now it is finally happening. On June 4th, '08, the first round of grants from a special fund created by the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), went out to local shelters and rescue organizations. This fund was created in March of this year. It will help shelters and rescue organizations with the overwhelming amount of animals that are being left behind because people are having their homes foreclosed and the financial crisis that our country is in.
The grants can help alleviate some of the already massive load that the shelters are encountering. Unfortunately, the humans are not the only ones suffering. Family pets have to be given up or some are just left behind to fend for themselves. I have had some people leave comments that the HSUS is an organization just like PETA. That they want all animals to be free of human control. This is so untrue. If they were like PETA, they would not help shelters and rescue organizations. They are helping animals get a second chance at a life with a family that can care for them, instead of starving to death, which is the cruelest way to die.
The grants range from $500.00 to $2000.00 per organization. To be eligible, the organization has to be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit or a municipal animal control agency. Preference is given to shelters and organizations that have a cooperative agreement with other community agencies such as food banks or other community service agencies.