Recent Emergency Services

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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.

Disasters -- whether manmade or natural -- can occur at any time, in any place. American Humane Association's Red Star Animal Emergency Services helps communities prepare for disasters -- before they strike. Once they occur, American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services is on the scene to:

  • Assess animal needs
  • Care for injured animals
  • Reunite animals with their families
  • Ensure animal shelters are co-located with human shelters
  • Distribute pet food and supplies

American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services is available to help communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to a team of Animal Emergency Services Volunteers. These individuals are animal lovers committed to making sure animal needs are met during times of crisis. 


Moore Oklahoma Emergency Deployment

On May 20th, a devastating EF-5 tornado with catastrophic winds in excess of 210 mph cut a deadly swath 17 miles long through the heart of Oklahoma, leaving hundreds of people and animals homeless, injured and in desperate need of help. Two teams driving our 82-foot Rescue Rig, sponsored by Mars Petcare US, and our 50-foot Lois Pope LIFE Rescue Vehicle left their bases in Denver, Colorado and Palm Beach, Florida and raced a combined 2,000 miles in just over a day to help the stricken city of Moore. We soon had boots on the ground and went to work providing emergency assistance, preparing a temporary shelter at a fairgrounds on the outskirts of town, and helping find and shelter lost, injured and frightened animals.

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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.

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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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South Storms Animal Rescue

Following the devastating storms that ravaged entire communities in more than a dozen Southern and Midwestern states, our Red Star Animal Emergency Services® team mobilized to provide rescue and sheltering to the animal victims of these massive disasters.

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

We are closely monitoring the situation in Japan, and our hearts go out to all those who are affected. We are reaching out to our international partners regarding a joint response to this emergency, and we have set up a fund to help animal victims of this tragedy and other disasters.

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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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Arkansas Horse Rescue

On Dec. 14, our Red Star Animal Emergency Services team began assisting in the care of 116 neglected and injured horses seized in Fulton County, Arkansas.

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Starving Horse Response (Maryland)

Our Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed to Maryland on Sept. 27 to help care for seven starving and critically ill horses seized from a horse rescue facility in West Virginia.

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Colorado Wildfire

On Sept. 7, a Red Star Animal Emergency Services team worked alongside Boulder County Animal Control to evacuate pets trapped in homes near a raging wildfire.

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Update From Haiti

Members of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, including American Humane Association, have been continually working to help the people and animals of Haiti following January's devastating earthquake.

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Pennsylvania Cat Rescue

On June 24, a Red Star Animal Emergency Services team assisted with the rescue of 387 cats from an overcrowded animal shelter.

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Maryland Horse Rescue

On May 17, a Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed to Maryland to help care for 26 severely neglected horses seized from a farm.

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Erie County, N.Y., Horse Rescue

On March 25, we sent a Red Star Animal Emergency Services team to help care for more than 70 horses rescued from deplorable conditions.

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Mississippi Puppy-Mill Seizure

On Feb. 4, nearly 100 dogs were removed from deplorable conditions in a Marshall County, Miss., puppy mill.

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Memphis Shelter Investigation

American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services® team was in Tennessee in October 2009 helping care for pets in the Memphis Animal Shelter, under investigation for alleged animal abuse.

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Missouri Dogfighting Case

American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services® team traveled to Missouri to help care for more than 500 dogs rescued in summer 2009 during the largest dogfighting raid thus far in U.S. history.

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Cazenovia, Wis., Animal Seizure

On May 19, 2009, American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services team began work in Cazenovia, Wis., to assist in the seizure of hundreds of animals from a local sanctuary.

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North Dakota Flooding

Over the weekend of March 28-29, 2009, an American Humane Association Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed to North Dakota to potentially help with the care and sheltering of animals evacuated from the Red River flooding in the Fargo area.

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Sparta, Tenn., Puppy Mill

On Feb. 11, 2009, American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services deployed to Tennessee to support the seizure and sheltering of 250 dogs from a suspected puppy mill.

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Hurricane Ike

In mid-September 2008, American Humane Association's Red Star Animal Emergency Services deployed to the Beaumont, Texas, area to conduct disaster assessments, animal search and rescue, and sheltering operations.

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Hurricane Gustav

In late August and early September, American Humane Association partnered with other animal welfare organizations to shelter, care for and ultimately reunite approximately 1,200 animals with their owners in Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav.

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Operation "Noah's Ark"

American Humane Association's Red Star Animal Emergency Services provided animal rescue and sheltering operations in Denver, N.C., after 390 animals of numerous types were seized from a private property in August 2008.

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Midwest Flooding

In June and July 2008, American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services deployed to Illinois and Iowa to provide sheltering for animals displaced by the Midwest flooding and to rescue more than 60 pigs that were stranded on a levee.

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