SOURCE American Humane Association
Charity offers tips on keeping families, children and pets safe from floods
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As residents flee the dangerous flooding in Colorado, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star™ rescue team and is working to help the animal victims of the disaster.
Through the generous support of Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and WHISKAS® Food for Cats, American Humane Association, which has a nearly century-long legacy of animal relief, is reaching out with critical help by providing rescue and support services.
As part of a coordinated response to the flooding, Red Star was invited by Boulder County Animal Control to deploy as an approved responder to assist pets in need and to help provide emergency rescue operations. Among the many responders working feverishly to help those in need, including the innocent animal victims, Red Star is on the scene working with Boulder County Animal Control and Code 3 Associates.
"Floods are among the most terrifying and destructive of natural disasters," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "Fortunately, our Red Star team is well-trained and well-qualified to handle this kind of emergency so that we may save lives and reunite families."
"Mars Petcare is proud to be helping by supporting the legendary Red Star rescue team," said Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Petcare NA. "We're working closely with American Humane Association to provide critical help where and when it is needed most."
"Advance members of our team are already on the ground," said Justin L. Scally, national director of emergency services at American Humane Association. "Our Red Star staff and volunteers will be working closely with local authorities and other agencies including Boulder County Animal Control and Code 3 Associates, as well as other local volunteers, shelters and humane societies to find, rescue, shelter and make sure animals separated from their families get home safely."
Tips to Help Before, During and After a Flood
To help protect families, children and pets before, during and after a flood, American Humane Association is also offering the following lifesaving tips:
Before the flood
During the flood
After the flood
For more news about the Red Star team's emergency work during these disasters or to support their efforts to help animals in crisis, please go to www.americanhumane.org.
About Mars Petcare US
Mars Petcare US is the U.S. operations of the world's largest petcare company at the privately-held Mars, Incorporated. Mars Petcare US produces some of the world's most beloved pet care brands, including PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine, WHISKAS® Food for Cats, THE GOODLIFE RECIPE® Brand and TEMPTATIONS® Treats for Cats. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., more than 2,100 Mars Petcare US associates make, sell and distribute its high-quality pet food from 13 manufacturing facilities located in communities across the U.S. For more information, please visit www.mars.com.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. 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. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Red Star™ Rescue Team
American Humane Association's Red Star Rescue Services was established in 1916 to save wounded horses on the battlefields of Europe during World War I. Since then they have been involved in virtually every major relief effort at home and around the world, including the Great Ohio Flood of 1940, Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the 9/11 terror attacks, Superstorm Sandy and the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. With its famous 82-foot "Rescue Rig" and volunteer responders positioned throughout the nation, Red Star has rescued and sheltered more than 70,000 helpless and frightened animals in just the past five years.
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