WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2015 — For 85 dogs in Indiana, 50 feet of hope has just arrived. American Humane Association, the first national humane organization, has deployed its Red Star® Rescue team to Posey County, Indiana to provide around-the-clock care for dogs seized from a local home by county officials. Ownership of the dogs was transferred over to the county by their owner following the seizure. According to local reports, several animals were dead and others required veterinary care. The Red Star team traveled to the Hoosier State in its 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue truck, which is fully outfitted to help these animals in need.
The dogs had been housed at the PC Pound Puppies shelter since the seizure, but are now safely and securely living in a temporary shelter set up by the Red Star team, where they will remain for at least two weeks. Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, which sponsors the Red Star Rescue team, provided vouchers for pet food for the dogs for the duration of the deployment. Banfield Pet Hospital®, which sponsors the Red Star Rescue truck used in this deployment, provided a team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians to examine, vaccinate, and deworm the dogs upon intake at the temporary shelter. Banfield associates will continue to monitor the health and well-being of the dogs and provide treatment as necessary. PetSmart Charities provided critical supplies to the rescue, including wire crates, carriers, dog runs, food, enrichment, water bowls, and more.
“For nearly 100 years our Red Star Rescue team has been there to help animals in need,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “We will be there for these dogs as long as it takes for them to regain their strength, get healthy, and find forever homes. Our deepest thanks to Mars Petcare US, Banfield Pet Hospital, PetSmart Charities, and Mrs. Lois Pope for their generous support not only of this deployment, but of Red Star Rescue’s work nationwide.”
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About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. 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.
About Mars Petcare
Mars Petcare US is the U.S. operations of the world’s largest petcare company at the privately-held Mars, Incorporated. Mars Petcare US produces some of the world’s most beloved pet care brands, including PEDIGREE®, IAMS®, CESAR®, SHEBA®, WHISKAS®, GOODLIFE™, TEMPTATIONS®, NUTRO®, GREENIES®, and EUKANUBA®, as well as exclusive brands products for some of the leading retailers in the U.S. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., more than 3,000 Mars Petcare associates make, sell and distribute its high-quality pet food from 20 manufacturing facilities located in communities across the U.S.
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About Banfield Pet Hospital
Founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today it is more than 900 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for pets and extended operating hours. Banfield Pet Hospital provides preventive care for millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans. For journalists seeking more information, visit banfield.com or contact the Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.
About PetSmart Charities
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart™ stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.