Hurricane Sandy Relief Information

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

12/11/12, Submitted by Beverly J. Jones - Vice President and Corporate Counsel

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:    As of November 30, 2012, the ASPCA received $1,304,553* in support restricted to
          Hurricane Sandy relief, including $695,754 in corporate, foundation and individual
          cash donations and $608,799 in gifts-in-kind. In addition, the ASPCA has received
          $579,380 in monetary support restricted to general disaster relief efforts from
          October 31, 2012 through November 30, 2012.
          *Please note, all financial amounts reflected herein have been compiled by our Finance
          Department as of the reply date, but these figures have not yet been subjected to
          internal or external audit.

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:    Yes.  All funds raised and gifts-in-kind donated specific to Hurricane Sandy relief
          will be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief; all funds raised for general disaster
          relief efforts during this period of time will be used first for Hurricane Sandy
          relief and any remainder will support our ongoing disaster relief efforts.

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

A 3:    As of November 30, 2012, the ASPCA has spent a total of $487,425.72 on Hurricane Sandy
          relief, comprised of direct costs and expenses of $370,675.72, and grants to other
          organizations for Hurricane Sandy relief in the amount of $116,750, as further
          detailed below. An additional $608,799 in dedicated gifts-in-kind have been and are
          being used to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

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:    The ASPCA has provided the following services free-of-charge to the areas impacted by
          Hurricane Sandy:
          a. Field Rescue
          i. In New York City and New Jersey, the ASPCA conducted land and water rescue of
          animals at the request of New York Citys Animal Care and Control and the Ocean County
          Sheriffs Department in New Jersey.
          b. Veterinary Care
          i. Veterinary wellness clinics were dispatched to the affected areas immediately
          following the storm. The ASPCAs mobile medical units provided emergency care, vaccines
          and preventative care in the Rockaways, Hamilton Beach and on Staten Island.
          ii. Veterinary medical care, shelter supplies and management support were provided for
          owned animals housed at NYCs Evacuation Centers. 225 animals were housed in evacuation
          centers at the peak of the response.
          c. Temporary Boarding
          i. The ASPCA established a temporary boarding facility in Brooklyn, New York (the
          Emergency Boarding Facility), to house owned, displaced animals. As of November 30,
          2012, 205 animals are housed at this facility. The ASPCA, with the assistance of the
          National Veterinary Response Team, New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team,
          the Mayors Alliance for New York Citys Animals and New York City Animal Care and
          Control, is sheltering animals and providing medical and behavioral care.
          ii. All animals at the Emergency Boarding Facility receive vaccinations and optional
          spay/neuter and microchips.
          iii. Transport of animals from affected areas to the Emergency Boarding Facility.
          d. Supply Distribution
          i. Approximately 60,000 bags of pet food and supplies were distributed to
          organizations and directly to the public through two methods: direct delivery by the
          ASPCA and through a project with the American Red Cross.*
          ii. Animals assisted by the ASPCAs direct distribution
          iii. The ASPCA provided 28,454* bags of pet food to the American Red Cross for a
          distribution project for their clients.
          e. NYC Pet Hotline
          i. Immediately following the storm, the ASPCA established a NYC Pet Hotline for
          hurricane related issues. The hotline is maintained by the ASPCAs call center in
          Urbana, Illinois; operators are available seven days a week and direct callers to NYC
          services including lost pets, temporary boarding, veterinary care and transportation
          for animals.
          The ASPCA has served the following geographical areas with its programs:
          New York City
          New Jersey
          Nassau County
          Suffolk County
          The ASPCA will continue to provide temporary boarding for pet owners through the end
          of 2012, and likely into the first part of 2013. The ASPCA will provide additional
          support through its grant program as needs arise.
          *Note that, as of the date this response was prepared, we had not received
          confirmation of this number from the American Red Cross.

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:    Yes, the ASPCA has provided grants to other animal welfare organizations for Hurricane
          Sandy relief.
          As of November 30,2012, the following organizations have received funding in the
          following amounts:
          All About Spay Neuter Inc. $8,000
          Animal Haven $15,000
          Baltimore Animal Rescue And Care Shelter Inc. $5,000
          Cape-Atlantic Citizens Altering the Strays $5,000
          City Critters, Inc. $8,000
          Companion Animal Network Inc $6,000
          Humane Society Atlantic County $25,000
          Infinite Hope Services Inc $6,000
          KittyKind, Inc. $5,000
          Liberty Humane Society, Inc. $1,500
          Monmouth County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals $4,000
          North Shore Horse Rescue $1,000
          People For Animals Inc. $10,000
          Rein Dancers Therapeutic Riding Center $2,250
          Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue $2,500
          The 11Th Hour Animal Rescue Inc. $7,500
          Urban Cat League $5,000
          We apply the following guidelines to determine the need for disaster response funding,
          as further described here:

          Applicants to the ASPCA Emergency Disaster Fund must meet all of the following
          eligibility criteria:
          Nonprofit organization or government agency, such as municipal or county animal
          control, with an animal welfare mission or direct relationship with an animal welfare
          entity, and a federal tax ID (EIN/Employer Identification Number)
          Directly affected by or providing/participating in direct response to disasters and
          In need of immediate assistance
          Eligible requests from the ASPCA Emergency Disaster Fund include grant assistance for
          the following purposes:
          Resources, including pet supplies and food for pet owners
          Shelter supplies and equipment
          Rescue supplies and equipment
          Sheltering or temporary boarding and fostering of rescued or at-risk animals
          Transport/transfers/relocation of animals
          Vehicle/Trailer loss
          Veterinary expenses and medical care for animals
          Overtime expenses for shelter staff
          Travel and related incidental expenses for shelter staff or staff deployed to affected
          disaster areas to assist with disaster response for animals
          Infrastructure repairs/rebuilding, including outside areas, kennels, outbuildings
          Disaster risk reduction

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:    No direct monetary grants are made by the ASPCA to individuals or families.  However,
          the ASPCAs Partner in Caring (PIC) Program provides funding directly to veterinary
          clinics in cases where financially disadvantaged pet owners require emergency
          veterinary care for their pets. This program was expanded to include pet owners
          affected by Hurricane Sandy.
          As part of the ASPCAs Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the PIC Program has provided a
          total of $22,000 to the following veterinary clinics for the care of 15 animals who
          were affected by Hurricane Sandy:
          Central Veterinary Associates, NY
          Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic, NY
          Bedford Stuyvesant Veterinary Clinic, NY
          Bay Street Animal Hospital, NY
          The ASPCA will continue to provide support for pet owners in need of financial
          assistance for veterinary care that is related to Hurricane Sandy. Pet owners are
          identified by referrals from veterinary clinics, social service agencies, other animal
          welfare groups and by self-referral through the NYC Pet Hotline.
          Although we occasionally make exceptions on a case-by-case basis, an individual
          typically qualifies for participation in the PIC program if a) he or she can
          demonstrate need by showing that he or she is on public assistance - such as food
          stamps, welfare, Medicaid, etc. and b) his or her pet has an acute medical condition
          that requires emergency care. For Hurricane Sandy, we also consider pet owners who
          lived in an evacuation zone to have demonstrated need under the PIC Grant eligibility
          criteria, because these individuals will be eligible for public assistance through
          FEMA and the city.
          The ASPCA will continue to provide boarding for pet owners through the Emergency
          Boarding Facility in Brooklyn through the end of 2012 and likely into the first part
          of 2013. After that, funding will be available to be paid directly to private
          facilities such as vet clinics and boarding kennels, for boarding of pets whose owners
          are still displaced.

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:    We expect to spend all funds designated for Hurricane Sandy relief in furtherance of
          these purposes and consistent with donors gifts. As described above, as of November
          30, 2012, we have already spent or granted $487,425 out of the $695,754 in cash
          donations raised for Hurricane Sandy relief as of that date, and the remaining
          $208,329 will be expended for the programs described above. And all gifts-in-kind for
          Hurricane Sandy relief (e.g., pet food and supplies) are being or will be used for
          Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Therefore, we do not anticipate having any surplus
          funds restricted for Hurricane Sandy relief purposes.

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