COVID-19 Update: Emergency Relief Funding
As we continue to monitor news and information surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), our highest priority remains supporting our partners, communities, and pets. This is an unprecedented situation with circumstances changing by the hour.
To most effectively serve the areas of greatest need, we are focusing our support on the geographic areas with highest number of reported cases of coronavirus to date as determined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.
Emergency Relief Grants will focus on:
1) organizations working within the official coordinated response efforts to serve the pets of people hospitalized or quarantined due to the virus
2) high-volume intake shelters with increased number of pet intakes also due to the virus
If you are an organization working within the official COVID-19 response efforts, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization’s name, city, province and PetSmart Charities Adoption Partner Number (if applicable) to inquire about possible grant assistance.
Purpose of category:
We're here to help in the event of large-scale natural disasters in the United States and Canada. In case of an emergency, funds are available to support authorized designated responders providing relief during large-scale natural disasters. Funds are aimed toward support of rescue, relief, response, and recovery efforts of owned pets.
Grants can support:
- Sheltering supplies/infrastructure, reunification efforts, necessary medical, staffing, meals, and lodging for volunteers/staff working with owned pets in impacted areas.
- Purchases for necessary immediate sheltering needs for up to 30 days (gas/lodging, kennels, crates, carriers, food, waste management, bowls, leads/leashes)
- Medical expenses to provide required and/or necessary vaccinations and immediate medical care for impacted pets.
Eligible organizations include:
- Authorized designated responders as determined by the emergency Agency Having Jurisdiction, the organization designated as a responder by the Office of Emergency Management at the city, county, state, or federal level.
- Grants can be provided to animal welfare and human services organizations if the support is to provide shelter to keep people and pets together.
Request not eligible for consideration:
- Pet transport, whether prior to or after the disaster
- Emergency preparedness efforts or requests for infrastructure or vehicles
- Hoarding or animal cruelty seizures
- Incidents affecting personally owned property
- Self-deploying organizations (organizations not requested by the Agency Having Jurisdiction over the disaster response efforts)
- Organizations depopulating or pulling pets from shelters prior to disasters
- Individual pet parent requests to support food or medical care for individual pets
- Requests to support equine, livestock or wildlife
Additional application information:
- In the event of a qualifying large scale natural disaster, grant applications are eligible for consideration for up to 90 days.
- Organizations may only apply for one grant per disaster. Organizations may apply for immediate funding after impact based on estimated needs in which case, the grant may be more conservatively awarded.
- Alternatively, organizations may wait to submit an application with a more detailed and determined needs assessment.
- Transport, whether prior to disaster or after a disaster, is not eligible for funding consideration.
- If your request serves pets impacted by a natural disaster meeting the qualifying criteria above but the application is not active, email email@example.com to inquire about Emergency Relief assistance.
- View the sample Emergency Relief Application
- View the sample COVID-19 Emergency Response Application