Posts Tagged ‘Shelter’

Grants available-

January 16, 2014

I want to thank my friends Sarah Barnett, at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Rebecca Gimenez, owner and head teacher of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER), for this pretty darned extensive list of grants:

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR GRANTS – Don’t say that we don’t try to help you make it happen… LOL! here are a few that you might want to check out… updated as of 9/2013.

1) The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, equine welfare organizations in the United States for efforts related to horse protection. Grant info is available at: http://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2013/02/11/grants-aspca-equine-fund

2) ASPCA Emergency Hay Support Grants are available for 501c(3) rescues that have been hit hard by rising hay prices. In 2008, ASPCA equine-related grants totaled more than $500,000 and were distributed in 40 states. To apply, go to http://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2013/02/13/emergency-and-disaster-response-grants.

3) The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation provides support for animals in domestic pet programs including animal welfare foundations, pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations, therapeutic and humane education pet programs. For more information, a pdf document is available at http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/ao_login.login?x_gm_id=2727&x_proposal_type_id=9874

4) The Brennan Equine Welfare Fund assists equine rescue shelters across the country that provide dignity to aged, injured, abused, starved and slaughter-bound horses, as well as those used in medical experimentation. This fund supports registered, 501(c) (3) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for horses. Shelters which offer carefully scrutinized adoption and replacement services are also supported. To apply, go to http://www.brennanequinewelfarefund.com and click on “Grant Proposals.” For additional information contact Linda Pavey at (513) 561-5251 or brennanequinewelfarefund@yahoo.com.

5) The Equus Foundation raises public awareness in the value of horses through education and awards of grants to charities that illustrate the benefit of horses, promote equine welfare, and elevate equestrian sports. Visit http://www.equusfoundation.org

6) The Foundation Center http://foundationcenter.org is an excellent source of information for various kinds of potential funders. They offer an extensive database on U.S .grant makers as well as training programs (some are free while others are fee-based) covering all aspects of fundraising. They also publish a guide for foundations interested in funding environment- and animal welfare-related organizations. Locations are available in libraries across the country.

7) The Petco Foundation Grant was established in 1999 and since then, has raised and distributed more than $34 million through fundraisers and donations. To be eligible, local organizations must enlist the support of their local Petco store. For more information, go to http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_petcofoundationhome.aspx or call 626-287-0952.

8) PetSmart Charities awards grants to 501c(3) animal welfare organizations. For more information on grant applications and guidelines, go to http://www.petsmartcharities.org/grants/.

9) Horse Aid Live is a 501(C)3 organization that will carry out its mission by granting financial support to other 501(C)3 organizations that retrain, rehabilitate, retire, or shelter unwanted, homeless horses of ALL breeds ~ the United Way for horses. http://www.horseaidlive.org/images/GrantApplication2013HAL.pdf

10) AAEP Foundation accepts equine specific funding requests that are dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Funds are awarded to those requests that have the most impact on a national and/or international level. http://www.aaep.org/foundation_funding_grants.htm

11) Equine Protection Fund The Trail’s End program subsidizes some veterinary fees and disposal costs for humanely euthanizing suffering horses and other equines. To qualify, low-income horse owners must have verification from a licensed veterinarian. Emergency feed assistance is available to horse owners who have incurred temporary financial difficulty (job loss, medical emergency, foreclosure, etc.) within the past 6 months. The also provide assistance for gelding. http://equineprotectionfund.org/programs.php

12) Heart of a Horse The Heart of a Horse Foundation will provide a grant for farms, fellow non-profits associated with horses (rescue, therapy, community outreach) and individual horse owners needing support and assistance obtaining medicine. Horses are being slaughtered and put down for reasons otherwise handled by proper treatment and medicine; this grant will help rectify these cases. http://www.heartofahorse.org/about/about-hoah/

Programs directed specifically to Thoroughbred rescues or sanctuaries

13) After the Finish Line provides funding assistance to rescue organizations devoted to caring for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares. They provide both grants and emergency funds to qualified Thoroughbred rescue and retirement organizations located throughout the United States. For more information on this grant program, go to: http://www.afterthefinishline.org/.

14) Blue Horse Charities was formed in 2001 to assist organizations that provide Thoroughbred racehorse retraining and adoption, and the emphasis is to keep all Thoroughbreds out of the hands of “killer buyers.” For more information or to fill out a grant application, go to: http://www.bluehorsecharities.org.

15) The mission of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is to “provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them.” This enables TCA to offer equine grants for Thoroughbred rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, adoption, retirement and euthanasia. For more information, visit: http://www.tca.org

16) CARMA is dedicated to the goal of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California. http://www.carma4horses.org/about/carma-grants

Severe Weather preparedness

December 21, 2013
  • TN, AL, MS, Northern GA, KY, AR- we are all in the “greatest threat” for severe weather today. MAKE PLANS now… Here are some ideas (not a complete list):

    1) gather up a “go bag” of essentials- a spare set of keys, identification for every member of your household, some cash/credit cards, water & food, CLOSED TOED SHOES (preferably with heavy soles that will protect your feet from sharp objects), warm clothes or layers, prescription medicines and other IMPORTANT belongings – these all need to be things you can carry with you. Each person should have his/her own bag, and heads of households should have IDs or copys of IDs for everyone. DON’T FORGET YOUR INSURANCE PAPERS. Also, don’t forget to keep cell phones and tablets charged, carry spare charging cables so you can re-charge at a shelter or where-ever you might end up.
    2) INCLUDE all identifying information about your pets- go out right now and take photos of your pets, include any special markings.
    3) put together “go bags” for your pets- carriers, some food, water, any medicines, proof of ownership.
    4) Livestock- I always make sure my livestock is NOT IN THE BARN (in 2008 we had to deal with horses in barns that had barns collapse on them after the tornado- or that looked like voodoo dolls due to the explosion of the barn). Make sure you have all your livestock papers with identifying marks noted, so you can prove ownership after a disaster. Livestock markers will help. http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/producers-pridereg%3B-livestock-markers-assorted-colors-pack-of-3
    5) If you have trailers for your livestock, load them with spare halters, corral panels, tools, other equipment. You’ll need to be able to “Fence in” your animals if a disaster strikes (and remember, your “regular” fencing may be destroyed).
    6) Here are some websites for disaster prepping:
    FEMA (remember folks, FEMA provides assistance for state and local governments in order that infrastructure can be in place for YOUR personal recovery): http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/11/26/holiday-season-give-gift-preparedness
    Some info on disaster prepping for cats: http://www.pawnation.com/2013/12/16/how-to-pack-an-emergency-kit-for-cats/
    Ounces of prevention survival ideas: http://greekpreparedness.blogspot.gr/2013/12/ounces-of-prevention-survival-items.html

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST… talk with your family about meeting places. If you get separated, how will you re-connect? Does everyone have a cell phone? Does everyone know how to text (often cell towers are damaged in disasters, but texting can go through)? Do you have friends/family in another state, that’s not in the danger zone, who can act as a message center? That way, your reunion efforts can be coordinated outside of the disaster area.

    Go take pictures of your property, house and belongings NOW, prior to any disaster. It will make it a LOT easier to prove losses AFTER a disaster. Keep a charged camera in your go bag. Before you start clean up, photograph the damage. I’ve seen instances where insurance did not pay because by the time the adjuster got there, it was cleaned up with no proof of damage.
    These are just some preliminary ideas. Look to FEMA’s site and Red Cross site for more detailed disaster preparedness ideas.

    Best of luck and hope everyone has a safe Solstice!

Hickman County, TN- Wrigley Plant Fire

December 19, 2013

HICKMAN COUNTY RESIDENTS, who’ve been evacuated:
Heard back from Humane Society of The United States: got the message to the IC (Incident Command) about the pets that were not evacuated (due to folks being at work and not allowed home)-they’re going to see if/what they can do. The issue isn’t the air quality apparently, but rather the concern about the propane tanks exploding. HSUS is also asking they (Emergency Management) give out contact phone number that people can call if they have animals left behind.

Please Keep an eye on the local news. EMA will most likely post info there or through Red Cross. You may also want to register with Red Cross & the Shelter in Centerville, so they can reach you if there are changes or someone can bring you your dogs/needs a key to get them. Remember, the news only comes on at certain times of the day, so registering with the appropriate agencies will increase your chances of being contacted about your pet. Livestock folks… This applies to you too.