American Humane Association

The Donner Foundation awarded a grant to American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, to advance its emergency animal rescue program.

American Humane is the first to serve animals whenever and wherever they’re in need. The organization’s first-response units and fleet of state-of-the-art rescue vehicles are prepared and always ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to rescue animals in danger. For a century, American Humane has provided lifesaving animal rescue services at the sites of virtually every major national disaster response, from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 to Superstorm Sandy.

The contribution from the Donner Foundation helps fund one of American Humane’s emergency rescue vehicles, which can carry lifesaving supplies and sheltering equipment for up to 100 animals. The vehicle is staffed with a licensed veterinarian and deploys to disaster zones with American Humane’s first responders.

Most recently, American Humane’s first responders deployed to assist the animal victims of the Louisiana flooding and Hurricane Matthew. Using the Donner Foundation’s rescue vehicle as an operating base, American Humane worked tirelessly on the ground to locate, shelter, and provide veterinary care to vulnerable animals in need. American Humane’s first responders cared for hundreds of animals every day during these emergency rescue missions.