The Humane Society of the United States is distributing more than $1 million dollars in relief funding to help keep people and their pets together during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants* from the Humane Society of the United States’ COVID-19 Relief Fund are being provided to animal shelters, pet rescue groups and horse rescue organizations. The Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Foundation offered to match contributions from other HSUS supporters, enabling the grant program to double in size.

The Humane Society of the United States is distributing the funds to groups including participants in our Pets for Life and Rural Area Veterinary Services programs, which reach pet owners in underserved areas to provide food, supplies and veterinary care, and to our wide network of Shelter and Rescue Partners and Homes for Horses Coalition. More than 500 shelters and rescue groups are eligible for these funds, representing communities of various sizes and demographics across the country.

“So many families across the country are struggling to keep their pets during this difficult time, and our goal is to keep them together,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “Preventing an influx of pets into animal shelters because of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak helps pets, helps people and reduces the burden on animal shelters across the nation at a time when having a lot of people in buildings to receive and care for animals is dangerous for those employees and for the community.”

*We are not accepting applications for funding from the public. Eligible prospective grant recipients will be contacted directly.

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