Animal rescue has been at the forefront of our mission + purpose since day one of this foundation.
What has been exciting is to see how our focus has evolved! Out of the gate, we were about rescuing dogs, having rescued several dogs ourselves (that’s our Lily above). But over time, especially with our work with Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo, the work around rescuing animals is much more expansive than that. What a fascinating journey it will be!
What follows are some notes, project updates, grants, and other observations in this space….sort of our diary of our rescue work and focus. Enjoy!
September 29, 2021 – Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29 along the Gulf Coast as a category 4 storm, causing significant destruction with major flooding, high winds, and power outages. The ASPCA responded in advance of the storm, mobilizing emergency shelter services to evacuate hundreds of homeless animals out of impacted communities and worked with shelters nationwide to find space for the dogs and cats.
“The bravery and dedication of animal welfare groups and agencies collaborating to move vulnerable animals out of harm’s way has been absolutely inspiring, and we’re proud to have our specialists among them to assist Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Ida,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “As the work shifts from water and land rescues to operating emergency animal shelters, we will continue to do all we can to support these animals and their owners.”
Today, the ASPCA’s disaster response team remains on the ground in Southern Louisiana providing ongoing assistance for pets and shelter animals impacted by the long-term effects of Hurricane Ida. Since their efforts began, they’ve assisted more than 700 impacted animals through pre- and post-storm evacuations of homeless cats and dogs, water and land search-and-rescue, emergency sheltering, and pet food distribution.
The Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation is proud to have contributed financially to assist in the ongoing, heroic efforts of the ASPCA!