During this time of crisis, there are so many people who want to help animal shelters and animal welfare organizations, and so many groups in need! But people don’t all know where to look and are turning to social media. What if they don’t follow their local shelter? Well, that’s why we’re encouraging the use of two hashtags (well, three, but we’re not responsible for the third!)
#COVIDAnimalShelterHelp, for shelters, rescues, and similar animal organizations to use with information on how people can help them in this time of crisis.
#COVIDPethelp, for individuals who need help such as access to pet food or other resources.
#StayHomeAndFoster was created by GreaterGood.org and we encourage shelters to push it out to their fosters and spread the word about why fostering right now is so critical! You can also learn more about this at stayhomeandfoster.org
Yes, we know there are small groups who need help who aren’t considered local shelters- still use the hashtag! People want to help pets, and the goal of the hashtag was something easily searchable.
If you’re with a shelter, or rescue, or similar organization, we also suggest checking out these resources (in alphabetical order):
American Pets Alive COVID 19 Preparedness Guide
ASPCA’s COVID 19 Updates *Note: ASPCA has announced an emergency relief fund, and grant application details will be available March 27th.
The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Blog has several posts about topics ranging from messaging and fundraising to how to help isolated pet owners.
GreaterGood.org’s #StayHomeandFoster initiative, a great way for fosters to engage and possibly have their pet featured.
HeartsSpeak’s Communications and Marketing Guide for Shelters
The Humane Society of the United States and the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s COVID 19 Shelter Kit
Petco Foundation’s page on ways to help including a link to additional information on grants in their partner portal
Petsmart Charities indicates that they are evaluating the best way to support their partners. If you’re an organization working within official COVID 19 response efforts, check out their page here.
On Facebook, the COVID 19 Charity Preparedness Group is another helpful resource, though it’s not animal welfare specific.