ASPCA Assists AL with Grants, Supplies and Boots on the Ground

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 2:00pm

As the South and Midwest have struggled to cope with severe weather and the devastation it leaves in its wake, we’ve been keeping you informed about where we’re deployed and how we’re helping animals across the regions.

But, some of you have rightly asked, what are we doing to help Alabama’s animals as the state recovers from the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history?

Here are a few highlights of our work for Alabama’s animals.

One ASPCA grant awarded in Alabama went to the state’s largest animal welfare organization. After receiving the $128,000 grant, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) was able to obtain an adoption and transport rig so it can better assist the state.

The rig will help GBHS head to other parts of Alabama—including hard-hit Tuscaloosa—to provide disaster relief. It will include space for animal transport cages, an on-board veterinary work space and room for the storage of pet care supplies.

“This rig will help us reach even more animals in need as we work to help the pets who have been affected by these devastating storms,” says GBHS Strategic Communications Officer Laura Golden.

Collaborating with our partnership network, the ASPCA has helped bring staff to Alabama’s overburdened shelter. In Tuscaloosa, the Saranac Technical Rescue Team has five responders at Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) has also sent a team.

In addition to assisting with shelter management and daily care, WARL has taken animals back to Washington, D.C., for adoption, lessening the burden on Tuscaloosa.

From our innovative distribution center located in Memphis, we supplied Alabama with pet food, crates, carriers, large fans, litter boxes and more. ASPCA volunteers and partners drove trucks to the state and unloaded supplies quickly, helping shelters in Alabama care for their animals in the aftermath of the tornadoes.

Stay tuned to for more news on how we’re responding to this crisis in Alabama and elsewhere.