Articles: disaster response

Puerto Rico Pets: Please Help

What’s the truth about the situation in Puerto Rico? And how are the companion animals enduring? People have asked, “How can help the dogs and cats; what organization should I donate?” There is no easy answer for that. Here’s the closest I came up with: Defensa Animal de Rincon Puerto Rico appears an excellent choice.…

Save Animals from Hurricane Regions, But Never Forget Local Animals In Need

Following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey companion animals were delivered to many urban areas far away from the disaster zones, including Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and others. Sounds good? In some ways, maybe not. Certainly, lives do get saved as mostly these animals are successfully adopted. There’s a curious celebrity value for animals rescued from…

Holiday Inn Turns Away Family Dogs During Hurricane

This story about the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Katy, Texas, is shocking. Most of the largest shelter facilities in Houston and nearby cities are accepting pets, including the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is the largest of them all, and as I wrote about, even two furniture stores, which between them accepted around 800…

Fort McMurray Pet Update

The wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada have had a devastating effect on residents and local animals, from horses to dogs, cats and other family pets. Over 80,000 residents were forced to flea, many with only the clothes on their back. Some people evacuated, assuming it would be for a short time, and then would…

Plight of Animals in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray residents were ordered to evacuate so quickly many didn’t take their pets when the wildfires quickly hit May 3. Others were away when the evacuations occurred, and weren’t allowed to retrieve pets, or anything else for that matter. Aside from emergency crews, no one is allowed to return the city, leaving animals to…

Dogs in Flint Reported with Lead Poisoning

Several dogs in Flint, MI have tested positive for lead during three recent screenings by Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It was bound to happen. Daniel Langlois, assistant professor with MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said 14 of more than 170 dogs tested showed lead in their blood during the free screenings being…

Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds A Friend in Rubble

Few were found in the rubble in Oklahoma, the devastation left behind as a result of the tornadoes.  Barbara Garcia was one of many Moore, OK residents whose home was destroyed. Her on-camera interview with CBS following the storm began like many others as she described grabbing her dog and taking shelter in the bathroom of…

September 11 Brought Us Together….What Happened?

By Steve Dale What do our pets really know? Of course, I remember exactly what I was doing on Sept. 11, 2001. I happened to be watching the Today Show when the first tower of the World Trade Center was hit. Soon, it became apparent that America was under attack. My wife, Robin, who then…

Family Reunited in Joplin

In Joplin, MO Jeremy Williams said that his family’s two-story home was literally blown away, though that wasn’t his most major concern. True most of the family survived the 200 mile-per-hour winds – and without injury – except for one. One family member remained missing until May 26, the family dog, Betty. A registered nurse…

Animal Rescuers Are Angels on Earth

By Steve Dale Of course, there’s no way to count the lives saved by the American Humane Association’s Red Star Emergency Services teams since its inception in 1916 to help animals on the battlefield during World War II. Since then, Red Star has responded to disasters across the U.S., from Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 to…

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