June 26, 2020 — With COVID-19 continuing to affect animal shelters around the globe, good-deed organizations across the US are stepping up to offer relief to animal shelters. Florida State Animal Response Coalition (FLSARC) is a nonprofit based in Apollo Beach, Florida, and is one of the organizations who help pets during natural and man-made disasters, thanks to their dedicated team and partnerships with organizations like Greater Good, ASPCA, and Chewy, to name a few.
FLSARC recently donated 6 pallets worth of various pet supplies to Suncoast Humane Society. FLSARC volunteer, Consie von Gontard, who helped to organize this generous donation shared: “Our goal is to do whatever it takes to help pets stay with their families during difficult times. Florida SARC’s model is based on the idea that the entire family matters, and pets are part of family.” FLSARC Field Team Leader and Trainer, Andy Bass, made two trips to Englewood, Florida, to deliver donated goods to Suncoast Humane Society.
Suncoast Humane Soceity's CEO, Maureen O'Nell shared with excitement: "This generous and unexpected donation will help provide necessary supplies to Suncoast Humane Society’s foster parents, the few animals currently staying at the shelter, and will contribute to Suncoast Humane Society’s Community Pet Food Bank, which offers free pet food to community members who are struggling to feed their pets due to the pandemic. We want pets to stay with their families at home and out of the shelter, and this donation will help! We are grateful for the wonderful team at FLSARC and their organizations' partners who made this gift possible."
Florida State Animal Response Coalition is dedicated to disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery for emergencies involving companion animals. Their vision is to be the gold standard in emergency response involving companion animals with best-in-class training and volunteers. FLSARC is a coalition of various groups and individuals working within the state of Florida to plan for and assist animals impacted by disasters. Their experience, knowledge and talent created a pre-eminent team of professional disaster animal responders. To learn more about FLSARC, please visit them online at flsarc.org.