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
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
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
The ASPCA has served the following geographical areas with its programs:
New York City
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
As of November 30,2012, the following organizations have received funding in the
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
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
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.