American Humane rushes to Eastern Seaboard to provide emergency relief for animals affected by Hurricane Isabel
American Humane Association
American Humane, the nation's only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals from abuse, will arrive in North Carolina tomorrow with its Red Star Emergency Services to work with the North Carolina State Animal Response Team, if necessary, to provide emergency relief for communities and animals needing assistance.
Red Star determined Hurricane Isabel posed a serious enough threat to dispatch a dedicated team of National Responders and its Rescue Rig, a custom-built 80-foot rolling rig that offers state-of-the-art equipment for safe and efficient animal rescues.
"Red Star promises to do our part with onsite emergency care for animals in disaster, but we are also asking the community to do their part by helping us prepare before Isabel hits," says Joan Casey, American Humane's associate director of shelter services. "Plan immediately for your pets, so you are not forced to leave your animals behind. If it is unsafe for you to remain in your home, it is equally unsafe for your animals."
American Humane recommends pet guardians take the following precautions to avoid leaving a pet stranded and alone during a disaster:
Red Star's Rescue Rig will serve as home base, providing the team with a mobile veterinary clinic for onsite treatment; a four-wheel-drive emergency ambulance; three water rescue crafts; and a high-tech communications center with fax machines, satellite communications, and computers for up-to-the-minute contact with other emergency agencies. The vehicle can house 12 rescue personnel and boasts portable corrals and kennels for care of livestock, horses, and companion animals.
Click here or call (866) 242-1877 to find out how you can help American Humane's Red Star Emergency Services save animal victims of disasters.
For information on how you can support the North Carolina State Animal Response team, visit www.ncsart.org or call (888) 989-SART.
About Red Star Emergency Services
American Humane's Red Star Emergency Services rescues animals in disasters and reunites them with their guardians. American Humane's National Responders work in all kinds of situations wildfires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, terrorist attacks to rescue animals that are left behind when their guardians are forced to evacuate. Last year alone, Red Star helped rescue thousands of animals from fires raging in Colorado and Arizona.
For more information, or to contact American Humane Association, see their website at: www.americanhumane.org
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