The ASPCA has awarded a $5,000 grant to the St. Martin Parish Animal Services in St. Martinville, Louisiana. The funds will be used to purchase materials to assist with emergency sheltering for homeless animals as well as owned pets. St. Martin Parish Animal Services will also be using a portion of the grant to educate the public about establishing a disaster preparedness and evacuation plan.
In a recent research study conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by the ASPCA, more than one-third of pet owners admitted they don’t have an emergency plan.
"Louisiana is especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and flash floods, and the best thing pet owners can do is to be prepared," says Kathryn Destreza, Southeast Regional and Investigations Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
"The funds that the ASPCA has generously granted to our disaster preparedness and education initiative will make it possible for the citizens of St. Martin Parish to include their pets in emergency plans," adds Dana Fontenot, animal services agent for St. Martin Parish Animal Services. "Education is key to disaster preparedness. We now have the ability to assist with that education and the necessary preparations for people to safely evacuate with their animal companions."
The ASPCA is on track to award more than 10 million dollars in grant money to worthy animal welfare groups across the U.S. this year. To learn more, including how your organization can apply for an ASPCA Grant, please visit ASPCApro.org.