Disaster Strikes, ASPCA Responds
It’s rare that we break from our typical News Alert format, but we have a special report about the many pets and people affected by recent natural disasters in several states.
As you know, severe flooding continues to plague the storm-ravaged South and Midwest. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. And worse yet, many residents have been faced with the difficult decision of what to do with their beloved pets, who often times are not permitted to join them in temporary relief shelters.
Thankfully, the ASPCA has been able to respond. In the last week, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team has deployed its members to sites in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. Across these locations, the ASPCA helped lead efforts to build and man emergency shelters, which are now serving as a temporary residence for hundreds of animals until they are reunited with their pet parents. In addition, ASPCA responders are helping rescue animals from rising flood waters.
“Pets are members of the family, and we realize how stressful it can be to leave your pet behind,” says Kathryn Destreza, ASPCA Southeast Director of Field Investigations and Response.
With emotions running high among area residents and a forecast for more rain across the region, ASPCA responders continue to work around the clock to provide temporary shelter and transport critical supplies, including pet food, wire crates, bowls and leashes, all generously provided by PetSmart Charities.
“The ASPCA is committed to helping pet parents and animals impacted by the recent chain of natural disasters,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response, “and we will continue to do everything we can to help these communities as long as we’re needed.”
Thanks to you, we’re able to be there with those who need us most, when they need us most. The ASPCA is dedicated to providing relief for suffering animals across the country, but it’s possible only with your steadfast support. Please help us continue to keep your pets safe.