NACA endorses New Federal Act for Animals in Disasters!

Written by NACA

June 15, 2022

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As disaster season gets more extreme each year and affects millions of people and their pets, NACA wanted to share with all our members an important piece of legislation we are endorsing. We want to make sure all our members were aware of this important federal bipartisan legislation put forth by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act.

The PAW Act directs the Administrator of FEMA to establish an advisory group with outside experts that will align FEMA guidance to match current best practices in animal care for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

This legislation has been carefully reviewed and by endorsed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the Humane Society of the U.S.(HSUS), the Animal Welfare Institute, the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the National Alliance of State Animal & Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP), and the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), of which NACA is a proud member of.

This will truly be a unique opportunity for animal welfare groups who have the knowledge and experience, and subject matter experts to help inform FEMA direction and hopefully support stronger responses to animals during disasters!

NACA has a unique role during disasters, our strength is in our membership and being able to help match the needs with the resources. To find out more about how to get involved during times of disaster, please visit our NACA Disaster Portal for links to training, resources, and other disaster related information.

We thank you for your continued support of the profession, the animals, your communities, and NACA – we couldn’t do it without your dedication to the mission!

Stay Safe,

Jerrica Owen
Executive Director
National Animal Care & Control Association

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