MEMPHIS, TENN., May 17, 2011 – The floodwaters in Memphis may be subsiding and the immediate danger apparently past, but hazards remain. President & CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, Chief Veterinary Advisor Dr. Patty Olson, and other experts at American Humane Association have put together a series of 10 simple tips to help parents and other caregivers keep Memphis’ children and animals safe and help them cope with the physical and emotional aftermath of the disaster.
Uncertainty and change in the environment affect animals, too, presenting new stresses and dangers.
Displacement, Loss, and Reunification
If pets had to be temporarily housed away from their families, be sure and explain the reasons to children, letting them know that their animals will reunited with the family as soon as possible. If a pet is lost and cannot be found, it is important to seek help for all family members who are grieving the loss of a best friend. And once pets are reunified with their families, whether at home, a friend’s house, or a shelter, remember that animals, just like people, often do best with structure in their lives. As the family reunites and rebuilds – structure will again emerge. The best part is when everyone – pets and people – can once again find stability and normalcy in their lives.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877 the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.