Emergency Services

Our Red Star rescue team is rushing to help animals that were caught in the deadly wind and water of Hurricane Sandy.


An estimated 60 million people and 30 million animals including 14.5 million dogs, 15.3 million cats, and 1.5 million horses were caught in the path of killer Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands are still without heat or light and many beloved pets have been lost or left behind when their families had to flee to shelters that don't take animals. American Humane Association's 82-foot mobile command center and Red Star Rescue team are on the ground with the support of MARS Petcare US, makers of Pedigree and Whiskas, to rescue, shelter, comfort, and reunite frightened animals with their families.

Breaking News: Our Red Star rescue team is in Spokane to assist in animal cruelty case


Last Friday, Red Star® Animal Emergency Services took the lead on rescuing 86 horses, dogs, llamas, sheep and other emaciated animals. Tragically, many animals had died already and in some cases just skeletal remains were found on the site in north Spokane, WA. The painfully thin surviving animals were raced to an emergency shelter where they are receiving desperately needed food, water and loving care.

Watch our Current Emergency Services page for more information on this developing case.


Support our efforts to provide aid to animal victims of disaster by texting HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

One-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit American Humane collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/pText STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.


Amid the chaos of a mass evacuation -- when every second counts -- even the most beloved companion animals can be overlooked and left behind. If flood waters are rising, people typically cannot take the time to coax terrified cats out from under their beds. Even wild animals, despite their survival instincts, cannot always save themselves from a perilous situation.

Current Emergency Services


Minot Map

Minot Flood Emergency Deployment

This summer, the Souris River in North Dakota rose to record levels, severely flooding the city of Minot. People rushed to evacuate to safety. About one in every four Minot residents had to evacuate — and they had to figure out what to do with their beloved pets.



Joplin Map

Joplin Tornado Emergency Deployment

On May 22, a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., destroying homes and taking lives. Just back from an intense deployment to Memphis, our Red Star Animal Emergency Services® team deployed to Joplin within days of the disaster to help shelter hundreds of desperate animal victims and to provide much-needed relief to the brave Joplin Humane Society staff, many of whom are experiencing devastating personal loss. 

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Most Recent Emergency Response

Montana Horse Relief

Red Star Animal Emergency Services® delivered hay to nearly 500 starving and sick horses outside of Billings, Mont.

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American Humane Supports The Shelter Pet Project!

The Shelter Pet Project is a movement to help find homes for great pets. American Humane supports this Ad Council effort in association with our friends at other humane organizations.
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