In support of the veterinarians, the animals and the residents of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the American Veterinary Medical Association has donated $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The funds will be allocated via grants administered by the association’s charitable arm, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF).
“This is a way for the AVMA to help our members, while simultaneously helping animals and their owners get the care they need in their time of need,” said Dr. Michael Whitehair, chair of the AVMA Board of Directors.
It is expected that more than a million animals have been impacted by the hurricane, which has already displaced 600,000 people, with 1 million others under voluntary evacuation. Related storms are likely to affect even more people and animals living in the Southeastern U.S. Animal shelters and veterinary hospitals, most of which are already at capacity, are working overtime to accommodate the influx of injured, tired, cold, and hungry animals lost or left behind.
“In addition to providing financial support, the AVMA is playing an important role in helping to disseminate information within the veterinary community, between the veterinary community and organizations providing animal and public assistance, and to animal owners and advocates so that those who need help get the right support as quickly as possible,” Dr. Whitehair added.
The AVMA is in constant contact with veterinary, emergency and animal health organizations, and many of our members and partners across the profession are reaching out to the association asking how to assist Harvey’s victims. We’ve created a special web page that allows us to continually update our members on available assistance, hotlines and other resources.
“Our thoughts and hearts are with the people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Dr. Jan Strother, District III AVMA Board representative and chair of the AVMF Board of Directors. “As the charitable arm of the AVMA, the Foundation has the capacity to directly aid those who are providing shelter and care for displaced pets, equines, food animals, zoo animals and wildlife. By working together and assisting our veterinary communities in need, we hope to diminish the heartache and restore some type of normalcy as quickly as possible.”
If you would like to support the efforts of veterinarians on the ground helping those animals and people affected by the storm, please consider donating to the AVMF. Visit AVMF.org/Donate and use the code “Disaster Relief” to designate your donation for reimbursement grants, which assist veterinarians who are providing services and shelter in the impacted areas.