Funds will support community members who stepped in to help victim’s 34 animals
Sacramento, CA (March 31, 2006) – United Animal Nations (UAN) today awarded a disaster aid grant to a Tilton, New Hampshire animal rescuer after a fire destroyed her home, claiming the lives of her husband and two developmentally disabled people in her care.
The grant will go toward purchasing food and supplies for the victim’s 34 animals – including 6 horses, 6 dogs and 15 chickens – who are living with various local residents until she can rebuild her home. Members of the community have rallied to support the victim, paying for the animals’ food out of their own pockets. The grant from UAN will buy at least a week’s worth of food while they undertake a fundraising effort to sustain the animals’ longer-term needs.
“We are saddened by this tragedy, but also heartened that so many compassionate people have stepped forward to make sure the victim will be able to keep her animals,” said UAN Program Director Karen Brown. “We’ve seen time and time again that animals can provide comfort to those who are grieving, and we want to do our part to keep this family together.”
UAN first learned of the tragedy from a Laconia resident who volunteers with its Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), a volunteer-driven program that shelters and rescues animals displaced during disasters across the United States and Canada.
UAN awards disaster aid grants to families suffering from personal tragedy so they can acquire veterinary care, boarding, or food and supplies for their displaced companion animals.
Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.