Helping Animal Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Local Animal Welfare Organizations Spring into Action Ahead of Hurricane Matthew to Help Pets in Need


Amid evacuation orders, like the recent Hurricane Matthew crisis, local animal welfare organizations are on the front lines to provide immediate support to pets in need.  From pet food and wire crates to securing temporary shelters and a veterinary response team for medical needs, they work quickly to anticipate community needs that are unique to the area.


Here are just a few of the organizations that sprang into action ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Located in a flood area in Brunswick, Georgia, Glynn County Animal Control was ordered to evacuate their shelter earlier this week.  The staff worked overtime to transport its pets an hour west to the Ware County Fairgrounds to wait out the storm until they are able to return.  To secure supplies for its pets to last an unforeseen length of time, Glynn County Animal Control applied for and received nearly $16,000 in donated pet supplies from PetSmart Charities.

The staff at Macon Bibb Animal Welfare set up a temporary facility for pets at a local evacuation shelter where local residents are staying.  Not only are staff members working around the clock to provide pet care, they are also working to find alternative accommodations for pets whose families are staying in nearby hotels that do not allow pets.   Macon Bibb Animal Welfare worked with PetSmart Charities for a donation of in-kind pets supplies and secured a grant from the organization to cover additional needs in the coming days. 

As a lead member of the Florida State Agriculture Response Team (SART), the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine created the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS), designed to assist the state in response to animal and agricultural disasters during state of emergencies.  Together with the Florida State Animal Response Coalition, the program established a disaster response team that will dispatch in the next few days.  In anticipation of wide-spread pet distress in the area, UF VETS requested a PetSmart Charities grant that will $70,000 in supplies, including wire crates for long-term sheltering, food, litter, litter pans, bowls, leashes and collars.  The supplies will help them assist more than 250 pets in need.

As the largest funder of animal welfare in the United States, PetSmart Charities has been in constant communication with animal welfare organizations on the East Coast, especially in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida where the storm is expected to have the greatest impact. Our emergency relief and disaster response grants provide assistance in the event of a natural disaster during all phases: rescue, relief and recovery.  With the help of our animal welfare partners, PetSmart Charities has been able to assist more than 230,000 pets in the U.S. since 2007. 

To apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help local pets in need before, during or after a natural disaster, please visit


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