American Humane Association Debuts New "Red Star™ Rescue in Oklahoma" Documentary

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Powerful Ric Burns film chronicles humane organization’s animal rescue efforts following catastrophic 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado

Washington, D.C., November 14 – American Humane Association, the first national humane organization, presents the worldwide premiere of the new short documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, “Red Star™ Rescue in Oklahoma.” This touching new film from Burns’s Steeplechase Films depicts what life was like for American Humane Association’s legendary Red Star™ animal rescue team during its month-long deployment to Moore, Oklahoma to rescue and care for the four-legged victims left in the wake of the deadly EF-5 tornado that struck the town on May 20 this year.

Burns’s documentary crews followed the daily lives of the Red Star™ team, accompanying staff and volunteers on animal rescues in the field and at the central shelter, home to some 220 animals during the course of the deployment. In its most poignant scene, the film portrays the emotional reunion of a woman and her cat, whose whereabouts had been unknown since the tornado struck. This powerful moment caught on tape was just one of more than 100 reunions that occurred throughout the month in Moore. 

“Mr. Burns did an incredible job of showing what life is like for our brave Red Star™ team when out in the field rescuing animals in disaster zones,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “This Thanksgiving season, we are grateful for the inspiration of our Red Star™ teams as they provide lifesaving services for communities in crisis. And our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of Oklahoma this holiday season.”

Red Star™ deployments to rescue animals in crisis can be costly. This holiday season please consider a gift so Red Star™ can mobilize whenever and wherever animals are in need, just as it has for almost 100 years.  Please visit www.americanhumane.org/donate today or call 1-866-242-1877.

About American Humane Association

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. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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