WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, December 15, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that the Aberdeen Area Humane Society received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry fund. Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the Aberdeen Area Humane Society rescues animals from abusive situations and places homeless animals into good homes.
“Animals have a special place in my heart, and I am saddened to see so many being abandoned and left hungry as a result of this sweeping COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Shafiroff, national spokesperson for American Humane’s Feed the Hungry campaign and renowned philanthropist. “We must ensure that rescue organizations have the basic resources necessary to care for these defenseless animals who are in dire need of a forever home.”
Like every other business or organization in America, rescues and shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. Detrimental natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires have further heightened the situation. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned during the coronavirus crisis. The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only struggling to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.
The Aberdeen Area Humane Society originated in 1982 and serves a very large area encompassing much of north central and northeast South Dakota as well as south central and southeast North Dakota. It is the shelter’s mission to protect homeless animals, place animals into good homes and to rescue animals from abusive situations. In March, at the beginning of the pandemic, the shelter rolled out the Pet Food Assistance Program, providing food to pet owners in the community facing challenges. The Feed the Hungry grant will help the Aberdeen Area Humane Society feed the animals in its care, as well as those in the community.
To help shelters continue to save lives during this unprecedented crisis, consider donating today. Learn more at www.americanhumane.org/feedthehungry.
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