Here’s The Impact Your Help Is Making On Animals In Hurricane Florence’s Path

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Southern U.S. in mid-August 2017, flooding millions out of their homes in Houston and other parts of Texas.

GreaterGood provided critical supplies to the shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as cash grants to organizations like Rescue Bank, a critical link between in-kind donors who supported Hurricane Harvey relief and the federal, state, local and NGO organizations needing those products.

Source: Charleston Animal Society The organization moved 42 dogs from from Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Greenville, 250 miles away.

Source: Charleston Animal Society
The organization moved 42 dogs from from Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Greenville, 250 miles away.


A Chance to Bloom, which cares for foster animals, was awarded $2,500 to help them cover the costs of making room for Harvey victims. Meanwhile, $5,000 was provided to the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, which took in more than 40 animals after the storm. The Houston Humane Society received another $5,000 to purchase a refrigerator to store vaccines.

Tens of thousands were donated to other organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc., the CATNIP Foundation, and departments at Texas A&M for hurricane relief.

Source: The U.S. Army The Army is encouraging Soldiers, their Families, and civilians to prepare in advance for the possible effects of Hurricane Florence.

Source: The U.S. Army
The Army is encouraging Soldiers, their Families, and civilians to prepare in advance for the possible effects of Hurricane Florence.


Hurricane Irma

Irma devastated parts of Florida and Puerto Rico. When it landed in August 2017, it was the strongest tropical storm the Atlantic had produced in decades.

In the wake of Irma’s destruction, donations to GreaterGood made possible a $5,000 grant for Pet Project for Pets in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which went toward repairing the damaged facility.

Additional funding, funneled through Rescue Bank, working alongside FEMA, helped provide pet food to more than 200,000 animals affected by both Irma and Maria in the wind and flood-torn Caribbean. Rescue Bank donors continued to help with critical services by preparing 3.5 million meals for animals in Puerto Rico, planning the distribution and logistics of the deployment.

Source: Charleston Animal Society Hurricane Florence is expected to leave millions without power, including animal shelters throuhout the Carolinas.

Source: Charleston Animal Society
Hurricane Florence is expected to leave millions without power, including animal shelters throuhout the Carolinas.


Hurricane Maria

Landing in mid-September 2017, Maria was the deadliest storm on record since 2004, dealing the heaviest damage to Puerto Rico and Dominica.

Following Hurricane Maria, many communities were left without power for months. Thanks to Rescue Bank’s efforts, gas-powered generators and compact refrigerators were delivered to the Islands of St. Croix, St. John, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They were used to store the much-needed veterinary supplies and maintain the health of the domestic animal population until power returned.

At the same time, donations helped cover the cost of 299 crates sent to First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, Florida, a $10,000 grant to the Humane Society of Greater Miami, 2,800 pounds of dog and cat food sent via the Coast Guard to St. John Animal Care from Puerto Rico.

Source: 176th Wing Thirty-six Alaska Air National Guardsmen departed in support of the Hurricane Florence humanitarian assistance effort.

Source: 176th Wing
Thirty-six Alaska Air National Guardsmen departed in support of the Hurricane Florence humanitarian assistance effort.

All funded by donations from people like you, Rescue Bank’s efforts helped thousands of dogs and cats survive the hurricane and remain healthy as Puerto Rico was rebuilt around them.

According to Bash, GreaterGood is now shipping vaccines into North and South Carolina, along with more than 1,000 crates, and trucks of food. Those eager to help are advised, do NOT go into the affected zones uninvited. Along with being extremely dangerous authorities are turning away people who are not working with an established relief organization.

A list of shelters in the North Carolina area can be found here, and all donations made through GreaterGood will be funneled into efforts to help them weather the storm, and handle any resulting damages.

Source: 176th Wing A 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II taxis Sept. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, before heading toward Hurricane Florence.

Source: 176th Wing
A 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II taxis Sept. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, before heading toward Hurricane Florence.

Bash says the priority at this point is saving lives and helping these communities respond and recover.

“Organizations need cash donations. This is for animals and people,” Bash says. “Although many folks want to collect water, clothing, etc., no one in a situation like this has time to sort random donations. Hotels are needed for displaced families and first responders these communities cannot hold ‘visitors’ now.

“The gas will be limited and the situation is flat out just going to be too dangerous for anyone without an official invite to even consider entering these areas,” she continues. “There will be time in the recovery phase for some organizations to take in in-kind donations but for now if you are collecting donations please send cash to those who are assisting in an official capacity.”

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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