Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Disaster Strikes, Animal Rescuers Respond!

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We live in a dangerous world and Sleuth the Reporter Dog knows how important it is to be prepared for any emergency.   But, did you know that Sleuth found some special people who just rescue pets during disasters?   Here’s what he learned from the Veterinary News Network:

1) Most first responders aren’t prepared or equipped to handle pets or livestock.   Additionally, many disaster shelters are unable to handle both people AND pets.

2) New partnerships between animal welfare groups and emergency management teams will mean a higher level of awareness, coordination and efficiency when dealing with animals during catastrophes.

3) Also, these groups help aid in the placement and rescue of animals saved from puppy mills, dog-fighting rings and even animal hoarding situations.

4) Volunteers who help are often unpaid and endure hardship away from family and jobs in order to help these animals.

5) All states who ask for relief money from the federal government must now make contingencies for animals during disasters.    This is known as the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act).

6) Beyond the manpower, during disasters, the need for relief supplies as well as medications and rebuilding materials is great.

7) Paws To Save Pets is a program designed to help prepare for disasters, implement rescue efforts and reimburse animal shelters and veterinary clinics for rebuilding costs.   This program also helps to channel money and support through public awareness.

8) All pet owners should have a “pet disaster kit” with vaccine records, identification and other essentials for their pets.    Your veterinarian can help with needed documentation.

9) Visit or for suggestions on stocking your emergency kit.  Find out how you can help by visiting

10) Be sure to bookmark as your source of trusted and accurate pet health information.

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