The ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund Awards $15,000 in Grants to Animal Shelters Affected by Hurricane Charley

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Shelter Outreach Program has provided a total of $15,000 in financial grants through the ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund to aid animal shelters in Florida affected by Hurricane Charley. The grants have been awarded to Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte in Port Charlotte, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Tampa, the Humane Society of Polk County in Winter Haven and the Desoto County Board of County Commissioners in Arcadia. The ASPCA is now issuing a call to action for continued support to these shelters in need. Some supplies needed at the shelters include: dry and canned food, towels, blankets and computer equipment. Other shelters are in dire need of financial support.

ASPCA Director of New York State Disaster Relief, Kelly Harrington traveled to Polk County, Florida to assist in the rescue efforts. Harrington worked with Maryland-based Days End Horse Rescue, Colorado-based Code 3 Associates, and California-based United Animal Nations to rescue horses and other large farm animals in Polk County. A temporary sheltering facility and mobile command center has been established for intake of rescued animals. The temporary facilities are located on Spressard Holland Parkway off of Highway 17 in Bartow, behind the John W. Hunt Building off Clower Street.

The ASPCA is calling on concerned citizens to assist the following Florida shelters that are still in need of assistance:
Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 474-7884
* Mail check or money order payable to SHS. Indicate on check that it is for disaster relief. Call To donate via credit card.

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte
3519 Drance Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
(508) 479-8484
* In need of funds, dry dog and cat food, canned foods, blankets and towels, computer systems and fax machines.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 N. Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 876-7138 or 7310
* In need of funds, garbage bags, towels, cat litter, dog and cat food, shampoos, toilet paper, first aid kits and paper towels. Mail checks payable to: Disaster Assistance from Hurricane Charley.

Desoto County Board of County Commissioners
P.O. Box 310
Arcadia, FL 34266
*For the rebuilding of the animal control building. Designate donations for: Rebuild Animal Control C/O Jim Selph

Humane Society of Polk County
555 Sage Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881
(813) 324-5227
*In need of funds.

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