The ASPCA provides emergency funding to qualified animal welfare organizations and government agencies whose communities suffer the impact of natural and other disasters.
A disaster is defined as a threatening or occurring incident of such destructive magnitude and forces as to dislocate people and animals, separate family members, damage or destroy homes, and injure or kill people and animals. A disaster produces immediate suffering, and basic animal needs cannot be promptly or adequately addressed by the affected people. Natural disasters include floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, wildfires, windstorms, epidemics, droughts and earthquakes. Human-caused disaster – whether intentional or unintentional – include oil spills, fires, infrastructure damage, transportation accidents, hazardous materials release, explosions, and domestic acts of terrorism.
For the purposes of ASPCA grant funding, disasters may include emergencies that do not receive an official declaration by the jurisdictional authority. Examples include animal disease outbreaks in shelters, infrastructure damage, and emergencies that directly impact the daily operational functions of an organization. In addition, grants will be considered for organizations that have not been directly impacted by a disaster but are helping another organization in need, for example, the intake of animals from an impacted area.
Applicants to the ASPCA Emergency Disaster Fund must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
Eligible requests from the ASPCA Emergency Disaster Fund include grant assistance for the following purposes:
How to Apply
Eligible nonprofit organizations may apply via the ASPCA's Application for Disaster and Emergency Response and Preparation.
(To help you prepare prior to applying online, you can download a sample application here.)
In order to expedite your request, please make every effort to follow the online application procedure. If circumstances of the disaster prevent or substantially inhibit your ability to apply online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 876-7700 x4397 for assistance. Organizations that abuse or misuse these modes of direct communication impede our ability to respond to animals in need and put themselves at risk of ineligibility to receive ASPCA funding.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
* Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) refers to the process of developing and applying policies, strategies and practices to avoid or limit (mitigate) the impact that an emergency or disaster will have on a community or population of animals. DDR is based on a community's awareness of its vulnerabilities to natural disasters and on the promotion of resilience – the capacity of a community to maintain a level of functioning following a disaster. The ASPCA recognizes the importance of planning and preparing for disasters and strongly encourages animal welfare organizations to work within the emergency management system. Grant funding is available for organizations that demonstrate a working relationship with emergency management and have disaster plans and equipment lists. Organizations can apply for funding to support planning efforts, including the purchase of equipment, training, conferences and pet preparedness programs for the animal welfare community and general public. Applicants will be asked to submit evidence of collaboration with emergency management and disaster plans.