TULSA, Okla. — COVID-19's wrath even reaches the animals of nonprofit organizations. Animal rescues and foundations struggle to provide the care throughout the pandemic.
To help the animal-support organizations in Oklahoma, a $30,500 grant steps in from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Foundation. The money was distributed to nine charitable organizations in the state, two of them in Tulsa.
OCCF listed the organizations receiving Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support Fund grants:
- Animal Aid of Tulsa | $3,500 to provide emergency medical care for animals that would normally be supported by the organization’s thrift store and adoption events.
- Forever Yours Dog Rescue | $4,000 to support the foster-based rescue program normally funded by local adoption events.
- Friends of the Shelter Foundation | $3,000 to purchase dog food, veterinary care and flee, tick and heartworm prevention medication for dogs.
- Nexus Equine | $2,000 to increase the organization’s ability to accept, care for and adopt out horses that owners can no longer afford.
- Oklahoma Alliance for Animals | $6,000 to support pet food deliveries as well as boarding and veterinary expenses for shelter dogs.
- Oklahoma Humane Society | $2,000 to purchase food and medicine for shelter animals.
- Pets & People Humane Society | $6,000 to offset lost thrift store income due to closure and increased staffing costs due to lack of volunteers.
- Thoroughbred Athletes | $1,500 to provide veterinarian services, rehabilitation and feed for horses.
- WildCare Foundation | $2,500 to purchase critical nutritional and medical supplies for continued care of their animals.
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals’ Executive Director, Erin Shackelford, said, “We are incredibly honored to be awarded this Disaster Relief for Animal Support grant. The support from these two philanthropic organizations will allow Oklahoma Alliance for Animals to keep helping pets and pet parents in need across Northeast Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is using half of their grant money to continue providing free pet food for those who cannot afford it. Struggling pet owners can text (918)917-96876 for food pickup or call (918)742-3700.
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