WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, March 5, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund. Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a breed specific rescue organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
“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 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 COVID-19 fund to feed and care for animals 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.
Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue rescues50 to 60 pit bulls each year. Each dog that comes to the shelter must be temperament tested, updated on shots, spayed or neutered, and micro-chipped. Many of the dogs must also be treated for heartworms, mange and other various ailments such as tumor removal. A rescued dog can take anywhere from one month to a year to get ready for adoption, and anywhere from one month to a year to place in a home. The organization also educates the community through breed specific historically correct facts, dog training sessions and seminars against dog fighting and animal cruelty. The rescue is dedicated to saving pit bulls and helping their reputation nationwide. American Humane’s Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund will help the facility save more animals during the ongoing pandemic.
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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