Emergency Immediate Relief Fund for Animals
With the assistance of the State Department of
Agriculture, this innovative program first began in Missouri in 1997, and has since been established to help animals in other states. The state's Director of Agriculture is able to access the fund at the request of animal health officers who are state employees. Therefore, a greater percentage of every dollar is used to care for the animals because less is spent on administrative costs. Those who contributed, the states that have utilized this
fund, and the American Animal Welfare Society view these
occasions as a win-win situation where the animals are the
This fund is established for the immediate
and timely relief of animal suffering. It is for the purpose
of providing a quick and temporary fund from which to draw
when local officials, local options, other state options
and humane organizations have been unable to respond to
the immediate need of the animal. It shall be used for temporarily
providing relief such as food, water, shelter, vet care,
transportation, humane euthanasia, or other relief which
the Director of Agriculture deems necessary and in his or
her judgment, could be accomplished by the immediate use
of this fund.
In cases where funds are available from
other sources but cannot be accessed immediately, monies
from the fund can be used if a provision is made to replace
the monies into the fund.
Wherever the fund is used and any costs
are recovered by sale of animals, contributions to the animals,
or any legal remedy, those monies up to an equal amount
of those withdrawn from this fund will be replaced in the
The Director of the Department of Agriculture
shall administer this fund within these established guidelines.
This fund will accept monies from any interested source
and use them within these established guidelines.
Help Animals in Need by Contributing to this Fund.
Your contributions will be used to promote
animal welfare in a variety of areas unless you designate
that it is limited to animals of your state. Please send
your contribution to:
ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
2020 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1846
to make your donation online.
If your state has not yet
established an immediate relief fund for animals please
have your regulators contact us for assistance.