American Veterinary Medical Foundation donates to Florida hurricane relief

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For immediate release: 10/10/2022
Organization encourages more donations to help recovery from Hurricane Ian

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) October 10, 2022—The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is donating $50,000 to support Florida's veterinary community and others caring for animals in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

Funds from the AVMA will go toward the work of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the University of Florida Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service, Greater Good Charities and the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team. The UF VETS team is in Fort Myers treating sma ll animals, and Texas A&M has deployed to Florida and is providing care for more than 80 urban search and rescue dogs.

"Hurricane Ian caused widespread damage and suffering in Florida, and the need for relief is great," said Dr. Jose Arce, Chairman of the AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "In this time of crisis, we thank everyone who has stepped forward to help, and we encourage everyone who can give to please donate and help animals and the people who care for them."

Contributions to the AVMF will help provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and emergency support for veterinarians providing care. To donate, please visit www.avmf.org.

Last month, the AVMF provided $15,000 to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona, bringing to almost $95,000 the AVMF's donations to the US territory since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Here are links to resources for AVMA members who have been affected by the hurricanes or who are providing care:

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. For almost 60 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to developing resources to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health. Foundation programs and activities are designed to benefit veterinary medicine, promote animal welfare, and enhance research so that the profession is better prepared to deal with difficult problems facing animal health today and tomorrow. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation assist veterinarians and the entire veterinary healthcare team help animals. Our funding priorities include Education, Disaster Relief, Crisis Support, Charitable Veterinary Care and Animal Health Research.

About the AVMA

Serving more than 100,000 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by our members' unique scientific training and clinical knowledge, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.