Each year hundreds of Aussies are abandoned, abused, left in pounds or turned in by owners directly to
local rescue programs across the country. These volunteer-driven groups often need financial support due
to extraordinary expenses from Natural Disasters or Puppy Mill closures. Anyone involved in a natural
disaster such as Hurricane Katrina or involved in evaluating large groups of dogs and puppies at a puppy
mill closure, knows first hand the significance of this financial support.
It is the purpose the Rescue Fund to provide this financial assistance to recognized rescue organizations
or individuals who may apply for a "Rescue Fund Grant". Emergency Grants for Natural Disasters have a
cap of $1000.00 and those for Puppy Mill closures have a cap of $500.00.
Grants are made only to recognized rescue organizations or individuals for dogs under their care, not to individual owners or foster homes. These are emergency funds. Groups are
asked to monitor their requests with this in mind. If you have any questions concerning your application, contact the Foundation directly by e-mail or by calling any of the directors.
Be prepared to provide the following with your grant request:
A copy of the rescue group’s current IRS 990 form
A current, completed USASF Rescue Fund Grant Application
Individuals must be identified by letter by the attending veterinarian and/or a well known USASA member
EMERGENCY GRANTS - NATURAL DISASTERS
The USASF’s goal is to provide support when a large number of dogs, specifically Australian Shepherds, need aid and assistance, due to a natural disaster. Our financial commitment
will be for a specific amount and for a limited duration. The amount of support will depend upon the USASF’s financial resources and the particular circumstances of the event. Financial
support will be provided for canine fixed goods and services such as food, medicine, search and rescue operations. It will not provide for an individual’s personal loss such as wages.
There is a cap of $1000.00 on this type of grant. The Foundation would prefer to work through established Aussie clubs or Rescue groups for Natural Disaster emergency funds. Upon
receiving the request either by phone, e-mail or other means, the USASF Board will immediately convene to analyze the request. The criteria that will be considered are: the degree of
need, the credibility of the requesting group, and the amount of other financial support.
EMERGENCY GRANTS - PUPPY MILL CLOSURES
Specific for expenses relating to puppy mills (to include any commercial or private breeding operations). USASF will provide emergency money to established rescue groups or
recognized individuals for expenses incurred in puppy mill closures. There is a cap of $500.00 on this type of grant. Upon receiving the request either by phone, e-mail or other means,
the USASF will immediately convene to analyze the request. The criteria that will be considered are: the degree of need, the credibility of the requesting group, and the amount of other
To donate to the Rescue Fund:
Please mail with check made payable to USASF to:
Dianne Barrett, USASF Treasurer
336 E Putnam Road
Putnam CT 06260
Or donate on line using Paypal