More Than $30,000 Disaster Relief for Animals Awarded to Mitigate the Financial Impact of Covid-19
(OKLAHOMA CITY) –The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is awarding $30,500 in Oklahoma Disaster Relief for Animal Support (OK-DFAS) grants to nine Oklahoma charitable organizations continuing to make an impact for animals throughout the Covid-19 emergency.
Established in late March in response to the Covid-19 disaster, OK-DFAS was designed to mitigate the financial impact of disaster on charitable nonprofits providing care for animals. To encourage donors to support OK-DFAS, the Kirkpatrick Foundation offered a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity for donations to the fund up to $100,000 total.
“Every state should be so lucky to have this type of trusted philanthropic tool to help animals affected by disaster,” said Louisa McCune, Kirkpatrick Foundation executive director. “The additional support provided through the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity offers donors a high return on their philanthropic investment, a rare thing in this economic climate. The cats, dogs, horses, wildlife and farm animals of Oklahoma are all better for the fund’s creation.”
The following organizations are 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.