GreaterGood.org Gives $45,000 To Animal Rescue Groups And Shelters
Disaster Grants Provide Relief In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Please donate whatever you can to help two-and four-legged victims of Hurricane Sandy.
(SEATTLE, WA–NOVEMBER 2012) –Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org, announced today that the first round of disaster relief grants, totaling $45,000, have been sent to animal rescue first responders and shelters dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. These grants were made possible by funding provided by GreaterGood Network’s The Animal Rescue Site (http://www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com).
“GreaterGood.org is providing $10,000 each for the Woodbridge Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Atlantic County which have been hard hit by the flooding. We also are sending $25,000 to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to aid their efforts to rescue animals left behind in flooded areas,” explained Baker.
Both the Woodbridge Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Atlantic County are located in New Jersey, which experienced some of the worst flooding following Hurricane Sandy. “Our shelter is approximately thirty feet from the Woodbridge River which flooded during the hurricane,” said Heather Campione, Woodbridge Animal Shelter Supervisor. “The water surge filled our basement and came five feet into our main floor.” Although able to move the animals out of harm’s way, the shelter lost all of their supplies, medicines, and food.
IFAW is currently conducting door-to-door searches in previously flooded areas to find pets left behind during evacuation.
Funding for these grants came from small, individual donations given through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program at The Animal Rescue Site (http://www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com).
The current grants were distributed by GreaterGood.org for immediate relief efforts. Additional grants to support rebuilding and related work will be announced later
In recent years, GreaterGood.org’s disaster relief grants for animal rescue following natural disasters have topped more than $1 million overall. These include support of IFAW and Humane Society International animal rescue efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; the ARCH rabies vaccination campaign of 50,000 animals in Haiti in 2010 following thee earthquakes there; and the care and feeding of animals impacted by storms in the United States.
At the beginning of 2012, GreaterGood.org’s donation of $75,000 paid for the rebuilding of the Guthrie, Oklahoma, shelter after it was struck by a tornado in 2011.
Through December 2012, visitors to TheAnimalRescueSite.com can select local shelters and rescue groups to receive additional grants in the $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com. More than $1 million in Challenge grants has been awarded since 2008 to nearly 300 shelters in North America through this program.
Usually a proponent of donating locally, American Humane, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and The Humane Society of the United States are on the ground helping animals reunite with their owners, or providing food and shelter to strays. Please donate whatever you can to help canine, feline, and human victims of Hurricane Sandy… this is home 🙁
Although the extra four feeders added for busy hummingbird migration weeks have come down and remain in storage until next September, one lonely feeder hangs. It’s an offering for passers-through, stragglers to refuel for their long road trip.
There are still hummingbirds in parts further north who are their way to winter grounds. A pit stop to re-fuel greatly increases their chances of a successful journey! Nectar solution is made stronger this time of year, offering more calories. Because Calories=Energy.
You can turn any hummingbird feeder (except really large capacity ones) into a window hummingbird feeder with sturdy hooks and window hangers. The Great Hang-Up, shown here, accommodates up to three pounds… secure and safe! It’s perfect for smaller nectar feeders, and seed feeders too. Close up views of bird behavior are a big part of the whole backyard birding attraction. Watching behavior up close, lets you determine birds further off in the yard just by how they act, and this is great if you have poor eyesight and never wear your glasses! Plus having the freedom to change the feeder with seasons is also very cool. Switch it up and try a window hummingbird feeder next season, with hangers like these, the possibilities are endless.
One fairly common sight during winter in colder locales (which most folks probably don’t even notice) is the unused, out of commission, over-turned bird bath. The scene is saddening. Obviously folks do this to keep them from freezing and cracking, but this is actually when birds need water most! Sure they can eat snow, (not ice though) but it takes their tiny bodies lots of energy to convert that snow to water. Calories=Energy=Warmth.
When temperatures freeze, shallow pools and puddles are the first thing to ice over, and many feathered friends may have become accustomed and dependent on these water sources. Not only for drinking, but bathing in winter is critical too! Feathers must be clean and oiled to work properly, for flying sure, but for insulation as well. Clean feathers are able to trap air pockets which help keep birds warm in frigid weather. It’s one of the innate, ingenious mechanisms they use to survive. You know… when you see them all puffed up and round looking, that’s air pockets between their feathers.
Offering a fresh water source (especially in winter) is an absolute, sure-fire way to keep birds around your place. It’s part of the reason our bluebirds brave cold winters here in the North Georgia mountains. Heated bird baths are an investment in your wildlife habitat. Just unplug for use year round and it’s likely one of the best investments in backyard birding. If a heated bath isn’t within budget, opt for a simple heater you can add to your existing bath… or even a shallow pan of water. Deeper plant saucers make great bird baths, and many of the heaters today are safe with resin and plastics. If your container is more than 2-3 inches deep, consider placing a large rock in the center for birds to land and perch safely.
Here’s one of our own baths turned heated bath for winter. It’s actually a poly-resin planter that looks like rock. It sits on a tree stump and blends nicely with the landscape. Birds love it because it’s shaded in summer, and offers somewhat of an escape from predators in the surrounding tree. They also like it because the water stays clean… that’s important! If you’re going to offer a water source, be sure to maintain it by keeping water fresh.
Help resident birds in your neck of the woods with heated bird baths this winter… betcha they stick around through spring and summer too!