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American Red Lion Disaster & Abuse Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The American Red Lion Disaster Fund works to reduce the number of animals suffering from disasters by utilizing the manpower from a variety of animal welfare, hospitals and relief organizations. By identifying and providing funds and supplies to the credible, boots on the ground local shelters and hospitals who are on the front lines urgently rescuing these animals, thousands more are saved and reunited with their families. Your funds provide for the rescue, food, shelter, vetting, and foster care for the usually overwhelming number of animals from families and farmers that are left homeless as a result of these disasters. #DisasterRescue #Disaster #Relief #Animals #EmergencyRescue #Crisis #DisasterPreparedness #AnimalRescue #DogRescue #CatRescue #HurricaneRelief #WildfireRelief #Florence #Michael #AnimalShelter #AnimalHospital #Dogs #Cats #AnimalAbuse #FireRescue

Results: Donations increased by 700% from 2017-2018. YTD we have provided funds and supplies for 34 animal organizations to assist with the immediate rescue and care of animals suffering from the last five major disasters within the United States.

Target demographics: Animal welfare nonprofits and relief organizations who can provide urgent relief for usually overwhelming number of animals struggling to survive during disasters.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12 organizations

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: The American Red Lion Disaster Fund identifies and provides funds and supplies to the credible, boots on the ground local shelters, hospitals & relief organizations who are immediately providing for the urgent rescue and care of animals suffering during disasters in the affected region. Every 7 seconds a tragedy will strike one of our communities. Tens of thousands of animals suffer and die and thousands go missing during these disasters because shelters and hospitals are not equipped with the funds or supplies needed to assist. While the evacuation process is unimaginable at times, the recovery process is more brutal as people prepare to move on sadly not knowing where their pets are or how or if they survived. They have been forced to leave their pets behind to suffer and die without help from others. American Red Lion Disaster Fund is designed to stop the unnecessary abandoning and suffering of animals as we work to provide funds and emergency evacuation supplies in advance of these disasters.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This photo is of Mae, aka Giraffe. She was our most severe burn cat from the Camp Fire. The bottom photo is the day she was found in the fire zone, the top photo was taken about a month and a half before she was medically cleared. A reporter was here from KATU in Portland, OR doing a report on the situation in Paradise- a group of firefighters working on the area found the cat and they worked together to get her down the hill and to the temporary shelter for care, where she was subsequently transferred to us with 16 other burned cats. The KATU reporter contacted us about her progress about a month in and we did a story update with them in December. Our local Bauer Animal Health Rep is also a Registered Veterinary Technician and jumped to help when the burn cats were transferred to us. She fell in love with Giraffe while awaiting with her treatment and once she was cleared, adopted her and renamed her Mae. Mae was with us being treated for her injuries from November 12th to March 12th and was adopted on March 13th. The photo below is of her about 2 months post-adoption enjoying a little sun in the yard with her new family. The donated funds we received in the aftermath of the Camp Fire made this success story possible along with countless others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lakeside Animal Rescue appreciates the donation we received to help aid in the care of the neglected,abandoned and abused animals.

1 Mia1234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this group. I have dogs. I always worry about where I will bring them during a disaster. I know American Red Lion is working towards finding buildings and shelters to rescue these animals during hurricanes. Their dedication to help find safe places for animals during disasters is second to none. I'm comfortable knowing they are working for a solution.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the amount of work and time the team dedicated to the causes. I believe they are truly diligent in their research as well as dedicated to help as many causes as possible. There is no where else I would donate my money to aside from this organization as I believe it will be well allocated and serve the right causes.

1 Karla Molero C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non profit. Always helping animals and worrying about their wellness.
American Red Lion is my place to donate when animals are in a disaster. I know the money is going in the right hands to save the animals.

1 Terri L.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank you American Red Lion Disaster Fund for your generous and unexpected donation to Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue. For over four weeks Muddy Paws was involved in water rescues of companion animals as well as livestock when floodwaters hit Mills County in Iowa. Over 200 animals were taken into our rescue, many requiring urgent medical attention. Your donation helped provide the necessary care for these displaced animals and was greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for kindness and support! Here are a couple pictures of our rescue efforts.
Thank you from all of us at Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Red Lion Disaster & Abuse Fund is a great resource for people who want to make a donation, but aren't sure where it will best be used. It's comforting to know that this non-profit organization vets charities to ensure that funds are donated to upstanding agencies. There are so many scams out there, and American Red Lion takes the fear out of donating. Keep up the great work!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Chico Cat Coalition was very thankful to receive an unexpected donation from the American Red Lion Disaster & Abuse Fund. The Camp Fire that had recently ravaged Butte County left many animals, cats in particular, on the streets and searching for safety. The donation received was quickly put to use viral testing and vaccinating rescued cats so we can now focus on rehoming then. We are so thankful that they thought of us and helped us continue our rescue efforts!!

Here are just a few of the impacted cats feeling safe and secure at our shelter after surviving the horrendous fire.

Margo G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Hurricane Florence Cat Relief would like to thank American Red Lion Disaster Fund for their ongoing support of our mission to help the community cats of Pender County. Without such support we could not continue to help these little flood survivors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU to American Red Lion Disaster Fund, who sent us a donation to help with the animals we took in from the Camp Fire! The Chico Animal Shelter housed all the animals that were evacuated from the Paradise Animal Shelter the morning of the fire, as well as some animals that were found in the burned areas. We also took in some of the owned animals that were not doing well at the temporary animal shelters set up by the county. When the temporary shelters were closed down, we took in most of the stray dogs and many of the stray cats from these shelters. In all we took in over 200 animals from the Camp Fire! Some animals found after the fire needed treatment for their burns. Ralph was found by a fire fighter 6 days after the fire. He was found hiding in a swamp cooler, part of the remains of a mobile home park. He was so covered with ash that at first we thought he was a buff tabby. After a bath, we discovered he was actually an orange tabby! His whiskers were singed and he had burned feet. After being treated for his injuries, he was adopted by one of the people from the mobile home park, as she recognized him as being Ralph, one of the community cats that was cared for by the people in the park. Attached are a before and after picture of Ralph, and another kitty that suffered burns from the fire. Thank you Red Lion, as without your help, we would not have been able to help as many animals from the Camp Fire Disaster as we did!!!! Chico Animal Shelter, Chico, CA

1 Kyla Marie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The American Red Lion Disaster and Abuse Fund provides critical support to animals in dire need of help and protection. We sincerely appreciate their generosity and support. So grateful that organizations like this exist to help provide much-needed funding for other non-profits that do not always have the resources to fundraise for themselves as their time is dedicated to caring for the animals in their charge. Thank you so much for all you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Just want to say thank you to Janelle and everyone involved with the American Red Lion Disaster Fund. Over 14,000 homes were destroyed during the recent Camp Fire in Northern California. The North Valley Animal Disaster Group, working with County emergency services, received over 10,000 calls to help shelter and evacuate animals. Our rescue and evacuation teams worked tirelessly to bring animals out of the fire area, and into four emergency animal shelters set up for the response. These shelters housed over 2000 animals during the height of the disaster. Without the generous financial assistance of individuals, groups, and funds like the American Red Lion Disaster Fund, we could not do our work taking care of the animals. Thank you so much for your support!

1 ExecutivedirectorECWR2018

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is honored to be recognized by the American Red Lion Disaster Fund for our efforts during and after Hurricane Michael. Their support provides funds desperately needed to provide the wildlife care we do. We evacuated our entire Refuge, animal ambassadors and all our rehabilitating animals with help of our staff, volunteers and interns. Thankfully, less than 24 hours after Michael's passage we were open for business again having suffered only minor flooding in our nursery. In the week following the storm it was unnaturally quiet in our refuge. We stood ready to respond to marine mammal calls, land mammals, birds, reptiles and more, but few calls came in. We monitored the status of our sister and brother animal organizations in the Florida Panhandle and provided daily updates via social media as they dug out of the storm wreckage. Finally we faced the sad truth that many of our native wildlife did not survive the storm. However as homeowners returned we found ourselves humbled by our community members bringing us injured critters when they themselves were reeling from the loss of their homes and neighborhoods. Since Michael's passage we've had over 140 animal intakes from across our NW FL coverage area including critters brought to us from the Panama City area.
ECWR's mission is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. We rescue, rehabilitate and release native Florida wildlife in NW Florida. We're a not-for-profit organization made up of a caring staff and dedicated volunteers and are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses. We are so very thankful for American Red Lion Disaster Fund donation!

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Donor

Rating: 5

American Red Lion is nothing less but passionate about animal welfare. Their response to the recent hurricane natural disasters in rescuing animals was impressive.The company's compassion is admirable. ♥️

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tireless, compassionate, determined, caring - just a few words that describe the team members of the Red Lion Disaster Fund! Their commitment and dedication to supporting animals, in communities affected by disasters, is unparalleled. As an animal rescuer, I am so grateful for all the help provided by this organization and wish there were many more like it.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a sponsor of this great organization. They are always there when disaster strikes helping to rescue animals of all shapes and sizes.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

At Paws Place Dog Rescue, our kennel facility was severely flooded by the impact of Hurricane Florence. We are well on our way to rebuilding our beloved rescue facility. It is only through the generosity of supporters such as American Red Lion Disaster Fund that we will be able to rebuild and continue our mission to rescue dogs, nurse them back to health and find loving, forever homes for them.

With Deepest Gratitude,
Catherine Helgesen

2 topcatoperations

Board Member

Rating: 5

Operation Topcat has been in existence since 1995. Our mission is to help as many abandoned and feral cats/kittens as possible through T/N/R, micro chipping, rabies and distemper shorts, spay/neuter and Felv testing. As long as the kittens/cats are tame we place them in foster care to be eventually adopted to forever homes. Our feral cats are returned to their colony after they have healed.
American Red Lion came through for us in a time of need. Their help will enable us to do more for the cats and kittens that have been forgotten and for the feral colonies that were affected by Hurricane Florence.
We are very grateful for your help and wish you continued success.

1 Nicole Healy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hurricane Florence hit our rescue hard. Not only was our home destroyed, forcing us to relocate the reptiles inside, but many of our foster homes had damage as well. We were trying hard to raise money for another building to house animals when American Red Lion Disaster Fund stepped in and provided the rest of what we needed. The first photo is one of the animals we took in after the storm and the second is the building we are buying.

1 Jill85

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to this organization for helping us rebuild our spay/neuter clinic that was flooded during Hurricane Florence. We serve every rescue group and shelter up to two hours away in every direction. The longer we stay closed the more it hurts all these homeless animals. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Jill Jones
Adopt an Angel & Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic