• Don Lichterman

A Look Back on 2020, IDA-India Sanctuaries and a Thank you from Animals Asia at Rescue TV this week!

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Join us this week as we take a look back at 2020, with the last livestream of the year!
2020 Animal Rescue Stories Made Possible by You!

Your support has powered us to overcome huge obstacles this year. Despite the trials of COVID, we have: rescued dogs from the dog meat trade's slaughter and neglect, stood in the firing line to protect wild animals, brought cruelty-free dissection learning tools into schools, won new protections for animal cruelty victims, launched our first-ever Respect For Fish Day, and won fur-free policy victories from major retailers.

Thank you from all of us at Animals Asia
IDA-India sanctuaries

You likely know that Mumbai is a mega-city filled to the brim with homeless animals. But did you know that record-breaking floods hit our city this year? The animals were among those who struggled hardest to survive the waist-deep water.


We have no option but to overcome incredible odds to rescue and heal animals like Jasmine 365 days a year. Because every day our city is affected by crushing poverty and animal overpopulation.


Some of us have lost family members in the health crisis which is ripping through India — we are headed for 10 million Covid cases. This year has been extra tough on all of us. But we are unwilling to stop our life-saving work. Some sanctuary staff are staying overnight. Others are cycling 12 miles every day by bike! All to ensure our lifesaving mission is fulfilled. Your help makes their work possible!


This Holiday Season, please help the homeless dogs & cats of IDA-India. Your gifts provide miracle surgeries, inspiring rescues, ongoing care, and the happy lives these precious innocent animals deserve.

Animals Are Thriving After Being Rescued From an Erupted Volcano

When the Taal volcano erupted in January, @PETAAsia raced to the rescue to help animals in distress. Which dog do you think has changed the most?


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Lady Freethinker is excited to announce our Urgent Need Fund, a new grants program designed to provide lifesaving funds to small rescue groups for animals’ medical care.

Our grants program will provide funding to nonprofit organizations experiencing hardship due to increased medical and veterinary bills to care for animals. Grants may be used for either urgent, immediate help; or planned support for activities that are needed but the organization otherwise could not afford to do.


Overall Organization Requirements

  • The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States or a registered charity in your country

  • Have a gross annual profit of up to $250,000 USD

  • Be an established organization for at least 2 years

  • Be able to provide 2 years of 990 statements and/or audited financials

Animal Crisis Grant

Our Animal Crisis Grant provides funding up to $5,000 for organizations that have recently or are currently experiencing a financial hardship due to increased medical and veterinary bills, and, unless LFT provides relief, may cause overall financial harm to the organization. The Animal Crisis Grant applications are reviewed on a monthly basis and will be selected based on need, available funding, and total impact on the organization in need. Applications are accepting on an ongoing basis and organizations that wish to apply should include their tax exemption status, financial statements, and the following documents:

  • Copies of all expenditures for services given and products used

  • Current year’s annual budget

  • Current year’s profit and loss statement

Submit the above along with a one-page cover letter detailing the request and the subject line Animal Crisis Grant to: grants@ladyfreethinker.org


Critical Care Grant

Our Critical Care Grant provides funding up to $10,000 for organizations that see an urgent need but are unable to address that need unless they received funding from LFT. For example, a shelter that would like to rescue a large number of animals but does not have the financial resources in order to do so, or, by doing so, would cause financial devastation. The Critical Care Grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and all applications must be received by the following dates to be considered:

  • Spring Application due by March 15th, reviewed by March 31st

  • Summer Application due by June 15th, reviewed by June 30th

  • Fall Application due by September 15th, reviewed by September 30th

  • Winter Application due by December 15th, reviewed by December 31st

Organizations that wish to apply should include their tax exemption status, financial statements, and the following documents:

  • Copies of estimates of all services to be provided and products to be used

  • Program budget for the planned need

  • Current year’s annual budget

  • Current year’s profit and loss statement

Submit the above along with a one-page cover letter detailing the request and the subject line Animal Crisis Grant to: grants@ladyfreethinker.org

New Rescue Videos are now shown on the Rescue TV YouTube Video & TV channel, on the Sunset TV channels at ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, at the Sunset TV web site and at the Sustainable Action Network (SAN) web site
Volunteer with the Animal Rescue Team

One of the most commonly asked questions for our Animal Rescue Team is, “How can I volunteer?” Our team has—and relies on—a strong network of volunteers to help us make a real difference for animals in rescue and disaster relief work. We truly depend on them to help us get this important, lifesaving work done.

One of the most common mistakes prospective volunteers make is waiting until a natural or man-made disaster strikes to begin the application process and to begin proper training and preparation for becoming an Animal Rescue Team volunteer. Unfortunately, by then, it’s too late. If you want to volunteer, it’s important to apply before a disaster. If you get everything done early, you, like our many other volunteers, will be ready to deploy when animals need our help.

I can’t speak enough to the impact people feel from saving animals in need. If you want to make a difference, this is a way to do it. I encourage you to start your application today. With hurricane season on the horizon, our team will be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice - The Humane Society of the United States