Hurricane Sandy Relief Information

The Humane Society of the United States

01/11/13, Submitted by Roger A. Kindler - Chief Legal Officer

Q 1:   What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
          your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?

A 1:    HSUS does not solicit funds for use exclusively in any particular disaster. HSUS has
          an established, dedicated fund-the Disaster Relief Fund-contributions to which are
          spent on rescue and relief activities for both immediate and future disasters. For the
          period October 25 through November 30, 2012, approximately $1.9 million were
          contributed to the Disaster Relief Fund, including a relatively small
          amount-c.$61,000-that was restricted by donors (on their own initiative) for uses
          relating to Sandy. Those restrictions were, of course, honored.
          (1-11-13)

Q 2:   Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
          approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
          what other purposes will funds be used for?

A 2:    Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund are, unless restricted by the donor, used for
          rescue and relief activities both in any immediate disaster as well as in future
          disasters. In early November, 2012, HSUS budgeted approximately $706,000 for
          Sandy-related relief activities. Budgeted items included field staff (contractors'
          fees), travel and hotel expenses for HSUS employees and volunteers, animal care
          supplies/food, the costs of boarding animals, related equipment, fuel, leasing
          expenses for field facilities, veterinary care, call center expenses, and grants to
          local shelters.
          (1-11-13)

Q 3:   Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
          Sandy relief?

A 3:    Supplemental information (February 11,2013): As of December 31,2012, HSUS has spent
          $659,502 on Hurricane Sandy relief, including $79,600 in grants to other
          organizations, some of which are committed but not yet paid.
          Supplemental infonnation (January 11,2013): Based on expense data available through
          November 30, 2012, $321,521. has been spent. That total (I) does not include
          approximately $70,000 in grants to local shelters and (2) will increase as HSUS staff
          expense reports and bills from third-parties continue to be received and paid. (My
          letter to Jason Lilien of December 10,2012 has turned out to be optimistic in terms of
          the date by which Sandy-related expenditures can be fully accounted for. We expect to
          have a complete compilation of Sandy-related expenses for 2012 by the end of this
          month, and will supplement our responses by February 11,2013.)
          (1-11-13)

Q 4:   What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
          Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
          organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
          provide in the future?

A 4:    In response to Hurricane Sandy, HSUS responded in and to three of the hardest hit
          areas in New Jersey and New York-Ocean and Monmouth Counties, New Jersey, and Nassau
          County, New York. We worked with emergency management officials and law enforcement in
          the three counties to rescue more than 350 animals stranded or displaced because of
          the storm, cared for more than 700 evacuated pets in three emergency shelters, and
          reunited more than 400 pets with their owners. We deployed more than 140 HSUS staff
          and volunteers to rescue and care for the animals, helped set up four distribution
          centers for needed supplies, and partnered with more than 30 private organizations and
          government agencies in New York and New Jersey to help families reunite or stay with
          their pets.
          In Nassau County, HSUS partnered with Nassau County Emergency Management, North Shore
          Animal League, Nassau County SPCA, and the Pet Safe Coalition to care for more than
          400 pets in an emergency animal shelter at Garden City. The shelter was operated to
          provide families made homeless by the storm with a place to take their pets while the
          families recover. HSUS assisted with the care of the animals at the Garden City
          facility soon after the storm hit and, as part of our partnership, we provided more
          than 40 trained staff and volunteers; arranged for needed pet care supplies (food,
          bedding, kennels, etc.) through Pet Smart Charities, vendors hired by HSUS, and other
          partners; and provided professional guidance on shelter, disease and volunteer
          management in a disaster situation.
          More, specifically, HSUS initially assisted at the Nassau operation with moving the
          shelter to a larger facility. We transported animals, crates and other supplies, and
          helped set up the new shelter with puppy pads, clean dishes, fresh water and the
          appropriate paperwork. Every day at the. Nassau facility, HSUS staff and volunteers
          and staff walked dogs at least twice a day, deep cleaned all kennels in the morning
          and spot cleaned later in the day, provided fresh food and water, filled out daily
          care sheets, and assisted with owner visits and reclaims. We also provided specialized
          daily care to exotic animals such as ferrets, turtles, birds, fish, rabbits and guinea
          pigs. Other tasks included answering calls from owners on the shelter phone line,
          cleaning the dog walk and visitor area, organizing the supply room, organizing
          community donations, and cleaning the break area and bathrooms.
          Outside Nassau County, we worked with our partners in the New York City Office of
          Emergency Management Animal Planning Task Force to run a toll-free hotline and (along
          with staff and volunteers from other organizations) accepted more than 1,000 calls for
          assistance which we referred to appropriate law enforcement.
          In New Jersey, we worked with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the
          Governor's Office to establish and staff a toll-free hotline for people who were
          forced to leave their pets behind when they evacuated because of Sandy, handling more
          than 1,700 calls. The HSUS also entered into agreements with emergency management
          authorities in Ocean and Monmouth Counties to do animal sheltering and rescue of pets
          impacted by the storm. We initially operated an emergency animal shelter in each
          county. Eventually, all animals in Monmouth were transferred to our Ocean County
          facility. HSUS rescued 352 stranded pets from devastated areas of New Jersey; 302 from
          Ocean County and 50 pets from Monmouth, and we sheltered more than 300, including
          animals rescued from strandings, animals transferred from other emergency shelters,
          and animals brought in by their owners. Our Ocean County facility closed on December
          3rd after 267 animals were returned to their owners, at least 47 were placed in a
          long-term foster care program, and a small number were placed with partner shelters
          for rehoming.

Q 5:   Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
          Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
          and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
          your organization determine the need for funding?

A 5:    Because we worked on an official basis with state and local emergency management in
          New Jersey, we committed to assisting local, existing shelters in that state that were
          directly impacted by the storm -- either because they suffered significant structural
          or other damage or because they were having to respond to increased need for services
          in their community. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, in Madison, for example,
          developed a critical foster program and helping families not surrender their pets. To
          date, HSUS has committed at least $20,000 in grants to St. Hubert's. In addition, we
          have committed more than $50,000 in additional grants (in the aggregate) to other
          agencies in New Jersey including Monmouth County SPCA, Jersey Shore Animal Center,
          Humane Society of Atlantic County, and various Ocean County shelters. HSUS will also
          be reaching out to see if funding assistance is needed for shelters in New York State.
          We have been coordinating with the ASPCA, however, and we understand the ASPCA is
          covering many of the needs there.

Q 6:   Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
          assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
          If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
          has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
          does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
          determine the need for assistance?

A 6:    HSUS does not typically provide "direct financial assistance" in the sense of cash
          grants, to individuals, families, or businesses. HSUS's approach is to respond to the
          needs of animals affected by disasters by providing and/or paying for rescue
          operations, shelter facilities, food and other supplies, and veterinary care (HSUS
          pays the veterinarians directly for their services). Most of these animals belong to
          individuals or families. Such emergency relief services are provided by HSUS without
          charge. Therefore, a great deal of indirect financial assistance to individuals or
          families is provided.
          (1-11-13)

Q 7:   Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
          not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.

A 7:    As explained above, the Disaster Relief Fund is a restricted fund that is drawn upon
          as needs arise throughout the country due to specific events-floods, hurricanes,
          fires, etc. The exact times and places of these needs and carmot be predicted ahead of
          time, of course. So the "plan" for spending funds contributed to the Disaster Relief
          Fund is based on a long-established rescue and relief program buttressed by a
          dedicated fund. However, there are no "surplus" funds in a sense of donations
          solicited or received specifically for Sandy, but not already spent for that purpose.
          (1-11-13)

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