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Disaster Relief Fund

How your donation is used

The Humane Society of the United States

The Disaster Relief Fund is a continuing, dedicated fund that enables The Humane Society of the United States to help animals impacted by natural disasters. The fund supports The HSUS’s rescue and relief efforts for past, present and future natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and oil spills.


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Donations will be used to:

  • Rescue and provide temporary shelter to animals in need
  • Rent and outfit animal-sheltering facilities and rescue vehicles, including trucks and boats
  • Help lost and displaced animals reunite with their homes and families
  • Hire and train disaster-response staff and volunteer responders
  • Help shelters and other animal-protection facilities in disaster-affected regions
  • Maintain The HSUS’s capacity to respond to disasters
  • Educate the public about the importance of taking pets with them during disaster evacuations
  • Assist private humane organizations and federal, state and local officials in preparing for and responding to disasters that affect pets
  • Increase the infrastructure and capacity of our disaster response efforts through fundraising, education and awareness raising

The HSUS decides how to use donations to the Disaster Relief Fund based on immediate and long-term needs in the localities affected by the disaster(s), The HSUS’s standard plans for responding to disasters and the level of funding available.