(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 4, 2022—In the wake of the devastating flooding in Kentucky that has claimed at least 37 lives and left hundreds more unaccounted for or homeless, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation is launching a fundraising effort to support the state's veterinary community.
The AVMF has committed a gift of $25,000 to the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Foundation to support those providing emergency veterinary care, food, boarding and supplies.
"Shelters in the stricken areas are overwhelmed and many veterinarians are doing pro bono work for those that lost their homes and have pets that are injured and in need of care," said Dr. Jose Arcé, President of the AVMF. "We encourage you to join us in supporting our colleagues and animal owners in Kentucky during this time of great need."
"On behalf of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, our veterinary community is very grateful for the donation from AVMF to help with the ongoing needs caused by the devastating floods in eastern Kentucky," said Executive Director Debra Hamelback. "Search-and-rescue operations are still ongoing, with many areas unreachable due to washed-out roads. Many people have lost everything when they had so little to begin with. This will be an on-going effort for rescue and clean up for weeks and months to come."
Donations will help provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and emergency support for veterinarians providing care.
Here are links to resources for AVMA members who have been affected or are providing care: