Helping veterinarians and those they serve: Disaster relief update

Published on October 13, 2017

Disaster Relief for VeterinariansThe hurricanes may have passed, but the affected people and their animals are still recovering. Many of the Western wildfires have subsided, but others have recently ravaged large swaths of populated areas in California.

The AVMA continues to assist veterinarians and the animals and people they serve by monitoring disaster impacts and response, and coordinating relief efforts. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is disbursing grants that help veterinarians who have provided services and shelter during and after these natural disasters.

The AVMF already has given nearly $100,000 to support the work of AVMA members, colleges of veterinary medicine, allied health organizations and other nonprofits involved in disaster relief efforts across the country this year.

As Puerto Rico and its citizens continue to recover from Hurricane Maria, the AVMA, the AVMF, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and many other organizations have worked hard to secure and deliver pelleted hay and feed for horses on the island. This was no small effort, requiring intensive logistical coordination and the scheduling of flights to get these much-needed supplies delivered. The AVMF also assisted by helping fund medical supplies for about 1,000 small animals to be transported from Puerto Rico to an animal shelter in New Jersey. The animals already had been available for adoption prior to the storms, and it is hoped that they will find new homes in the Northeast.

We thank those AVMA members who helped with the evaluation and treatment of these animals, and others who have donated money or time to assist both animals and people affected by the recent disasters. The outpouring of support that we have seen nationally for all of those affected is reflective of how this nation and its people come together in times of need. We hope you will join us in thanking and supporting everyone involved in the ongoing response and recovery. We are hopeful that each day that passes brings a renewed sense of community and comfort to all of those impacted.

The AVMF is collecting donations for reimbursement grants to veterinarians who are providing services and shelter during disasters at If you’re interested in helping the cause, please use the code “Disaster Relief” when you make a donation. We also invite you to learn more about disaster preparedness and what you can do to help by visiting our Disaster Aid for Veterinarians web page.