(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 15—In response to the devastating fires on the island of Maui, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association – today announced an initial grant of $30,000 to support emergency efforts to treat burned and injured animals.
"The damage on Maui is immense, and we encourage our members and others to join us in giving what they can to help the victims and ease the suffering," says Dr. Lori Teller, chair of the AVMF. "In addition to our donations to relief organizations, we'll also be supporting individual disaster relief and reimbursement grants to help veterinarians and animals affected by the wildfires."
To donate, please Visit AVMF.org/Give and select "Disaster Relief" from the dropdown menu. Then check "I would like to dedicate this in honor of or memory of someone" and enter "Maui" for the name.
The extent of the devastation on Maui is still being assessed, but as of today, 99 people were confirmed to have perished and more than 2,200 structures were destroyed, according to news media reports.
Here are links to resources for AVMA members who have been affected or are providing care: