Disaster Relief

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The AVMF provides two grant programs to help veterinarians and the animals they care for during times of disaster. Grants up to $5,000 support victims of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires or oil spills. Grants up to $2,000 assist veterinarians and veterinary students who have experienced an emergency need for basic necessities due to a disaster.

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant Program for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses and Veterinary Assistants

At this time, applications have exceeded the amount of funding available. Fundraising to support additional grants is ongoing. If sufficient funds are raised to fulfill applications to date, the site will reopened.

If you'd like to make a donation to help support this program, click here and use select COVID-19 Disaster Relief Support in the drop down menu.

In addition, the AVMF is accepting donations to its existing disaster relief grant programs to help meet the personal and professional needs of veterinarians and veterinary students impacted by disasters, including COVID-19. To donate, click here and select Disaster Relief in the drop down menu.



Disaster Reimbursement Grants for Veterinary Medical Care

Disaster Relief Grants for Veterinarians & Veterinary Students

Free for AVMA Members and the public!

Saving the Whole Family—Disaster Preparedness

Does your family’s emergency plan include your animals?  Planning and preparation are critical when it comes to protecting the health of your family, pets and livestock. This booklet includes detailed information on assembling emergency kits and plans for a wide variety of animal species. 

Click here to view PDF.

Your Gifts in Action

Hurricane Dorian
Moved by the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and elsewhere, the AVMF Board of Directors has approved a $10,000 donation to GreaterGood.org to fund relief and recovery efforts. READ MORE

Midwest Flooding
AVMF issued a $10,000 grant to the Nebraska VMA to help veterinarians and others who provided care for animals affected by the historic flooding in the Midwest this spring. READ MORE


Help for California Wildfire Victims
AVMF provided $20,000 in grants to two organizations to help with the disaster response and relief in California. READ MORE


AVMF Donations Support Hurricanes Florence & Michael Relief Efforts
Help is on the way for veterinarians facing hardship as residents of coastal states hit by Hurricanes Michael and Florence struggle to rebuild their homes, neighborhoods and lives. READ MORE


AVMF Donations Support Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, airplanes filled with dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and even three pot-bellied pigs from shelters in Puerto Rico arrived around-the-clock at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. AVMF provided a $38,000 grant for the first round of medical supplies needed for the emergency intake and care of the 786 animals airlifted to safety. READ MORE

AVMF Donations Help Animal Victims of California Wildfires
AVMF donations assisted UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in saving animals that were injured and/or displaced by the California wildfires. Read more about the incredible work of those students and veterinarians involved in the UC Davis veterinary hospital programs, as well as local veterinarians, members of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, and other veterinary professionals and volunteers. READ MORE

 AVMA Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has donated $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The funds will be allocated via grants administered by the association's charitable arm, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). READ MORE