In support of the people and pets affected by the recent natural disasters around the country, the AKC Humane Fund has donated $40,000, through its “Sandy Fund,” to four separate animal organizations. The donations of $10,000 each were made to The Sato Project, The Houston SPCA, Napa Humane and Sonoma Humane Society.
The AKC Humane Fund’s “Sandy Fund” allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster and in the aftermath.
“The recent natural disasters have left several animal organizations with significant needs to keep pets housed and safe,” said Doug Ljungren, president of the AKC Humane Fund. “These four organizations have been working diligently to protect the welfare of pets during these disasters. We at the AKC Humane Fund will continue to do everything we can to support relief efforts in the aftermath of these events.”
The Sato Project
The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. They have rescued over 1,600 dogs, rehabilitated them to the highest veterinary standard possible and found them loving homes. In 2016, they launched an ambitious spay, neuter, vaccine and microchip program and are working to bring systemic change to Puerto Rico through education and partnerships on the island. Following Hurricane Maria, the Sato Project is mobilizing to provide supplies and support to their team on the ground in Puerto Rico and to transport as many dogs as they can to safety in the coming days and weeks.
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Its mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The group provides the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast area. The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region.
Napa Humane, recognizing the need for a higher standard of animal care in Napa County, worked closely with municipal animal services agency to advocate for better treatment of homeless animals in their care. Napa Humane believes that the answer to the problem of homeless, abandoned and neglected companion animals lies in changing attitudes and practices that lead to irresponsible pet ownership. The group’s programs and services are designed to address the needs of companion animals and to provide support, education and assistance for the people who care for and about them.
Sonoma Humane Society
Serving the community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor-supported safe haven for animals. The society is dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love. The animals in its care receive medical treatment, training services and adoption assistance. Most recently, the group assisted during the devastating wildfires in California.