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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  (ASPCA) has established the $500,000 ASPCA Disaster Fund and is accepting disaster grant applications from qualified shelters and other animal welfare organizations in states affected by or responding to recent severe weather incidents.

Applicants to the ASPCA Disaster Fund must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Non-profit organization or government agency, such as a municipal or county animal control, with an animal welfare mission and a federal tax ID (EIN/Employer Identification Number);
  • Qualified shelter and/or other animal welfare organization in states affected by or responding to recent severe weather incidents, plus organizations outside those states providing outreach and assistance;
  • Directly affected by or providing/participating in direct response to the spring 2011 natural disasters; and
  • In need of immediate assistance.

For more information, visit  All ASPCA grant applications are subject to standard review, approval and acceptance guidelines as outlined on this site. As part of the effort, TV personality Rachael Ray, her dog food line, Nutrish, as well as her philanthropic initiative, Rachael’s Rescue,  have partnered with the ASPCA Disaster Fund to pledge support with a contribution of both funds and food for the animals in need.

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