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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When disaster strikes a community, essential services like water are often unavailable. So what can you do to ensure your pet is cared for during and, especially after, a disaster?
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