Sacramento, CA (January 6, 2006) – United Animal Nations (UAN) this week distributed $165,000 in grants to bring additional relief to animals in the Gulf Coast who are still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. UAN’s total grant distribution for Katrina relief is $255,000.
According to UAN president and CEO Jennifer Fearing, the hurricane relief grants represent more than one-quarter of the organization’s entire annual expense budget for 2005.
“Thanks to generous support from donors nationwide, we have assisted the Katrina-affected area in ways we never could have imagined,” Fearing said. “We’re glad we can help groups that are still struggling to provide basic services for the animal victims of the hurricanes and the people who care for them. And we’re particularly happy to be contributing to efforts aimed at reducing the long-term animal overpopulation problem in the area.”
A summary of UAN’s Katrina grants:
UAN’s direct relief efforts through its volunteer-based Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) included providing shelter to more than 2,100 animals at six locations in three states in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. More than 400 trained EARS volunteers deployed to assist with the operation of four emergency animal shelters in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and to provide support for animal recovery operations in St. Bernard Parish in Chalmette, Louisiana.
Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.