NEW YORK--The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced it will provide seven organizations, including the Florida English Bulldog Rescue in Odessa, Fla., with more than $30,000 in grant funding dedicated to providing aid for groups affected by recent severe weather incidents or helping improve disaster preparedness measures in the community.
The Florida English Bulldog Rescue received a $1,200 grant to purchase a generator to serve as a back-up and power its facility in an event of a disaster.
"Anybody who knows bulldogs and Florida weather understands that they do not work well together--bulldogs can overheat easily," said Jay and Jennifer Corman, founders of the Florida English Bulldog Rescue. "Having an emergency electrical backup to keep the dogs cool in case of an electrical outage is a very important part of our rescue, and we are very grateful to be the recipient of a grant from the ASPCA."
"The ASPCA assisted in numerous disaster response operations from April through September this year, and we wanted to continue to offer assistance with funding to help communities that have been affected by disasters, or are taking necessary steps to prepare for a disaster," said Allison Cardona, program development and grants officer for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. "We are especially supportive of groups such as the Florida English Bulldog Rescue who are committed to the welfare of animals. We hope that our grant will enable them to care for and protect countless more animals in its community."
Additionally, the following grant recipients received funds related to disaster preparedness and response:
Little Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, Inc. in Rixeyville, Va. received $8,000 to purchase a large animal rescue trailer that allows the fire department to enhance its large animal and equine rescue capabilities;
Montgomery County Animal Rescue in Red Oak, Iowa received $7,000 to provide kennels for stray and abandoned animals displaced by the recent Missouri River flooding;
Florida State Animal Response Coalition in Bushnell, Fla. received $5,000 to train volunteers and instructors to enhance statewide disaster and response;
Austin Humane Society in Austin, Texas received $5,000 to purchase food, medical supplies, and other resources to provide care and treatment for animals affected by the wildfires in nearby Bastrop;
Equamore Foundation in Ashland, Ore. received $4,000 to provide large animal rescue and disaster response training for law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, search and rescue personnel, and animal rescue groups throughout the state; and
Animal Evac Volunteers, Inc. in Pine, Colo. received $1,000 to purchase an emergency animal transport trailer to relocate a large number of animals to safety.
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters, including major events like this year's tornado in Joplin, Mo., as well as Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The ASPCA is commonly called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare agencies to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations. This year alone, the ASPCA has assisted more than 20,000 animals in communities throughout the U.S. that were severely affected by tornadoes, flooding and storms.
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About Florida English Bulldog Rescue
Florida English Bulldog Rescue (FEBR) is a volunteer group whose mission is to rehab and re-home neglected, abused and unwanted English bulldogs. They also provide a safe alternative to shelters for owners that are faced with the decision to find a new home for their bulldog. FEBR has been established since 2007 and continues to expand. We wish there was not a need for animal rescues or shelters of any kind, but as long as there are bulldogs that need help, we will be there for them.