AHA: Help animals displaced by flood

June 25th, 2008 3:33 pm by Kelly Garbato

Normally I don’t crosspost solicitations for donations, but this email gives some info regarding the current situation in the Midwest…

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From: American Humane Association – email [at] americanhumane.org
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Subject: Help animals displaced by flood

American Humane, June 2008

Breaking News: American Humane Assists Animals in Flood-Stricken Illinois

Over the weekend, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services unit deployed to Adams County, Ill., to help animals affected by the severe flooding in the Midwest. As an area that was overwhelmed by the scope of this crisis, Adams County was in dire need of assistance.

American Humane answered the call by joining forces with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Together, we are working to find and set up emergency shelter sites for the many animals made homeless in recent days. It’s a collaboration that is allowing the county to keep as many animals as possible fed, sheltered and healthy through the duration of the crisis.

Your donation today will allow us to continue these vital operations and prepare for the inevitable next disaster. In some situations, animals’ survival instinct simply isn’t enough — they desperately need caring donors like you to make our rescue efforts possible.

American Humane Provides Grants to Shelters in Iowa

American Humane’s response in Illinois is the second wave of assistance we’ve provided to communities impacted by Midwest flooding. Last week, we reached out to overwhelmed and underfunded animal shelters in Iowa, extending $12,500 in emergency grants to those hardest hit by the disaster.

The grants are being put to immediate use, keeping hundreds of animals safe during the crisis. For example, the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center was filled with four feet of water and uninhabitable. The money from American Humane helped the facility evacuate and relocate to nearby fairgrounds.

Stay tuned for an update on our progress in Illinois. And in the meantime, please donate! Your support will fund American Humane’s ongoing relief efforts in the Midwest and ensure our readiness for future crises that put animals in harm’s way.

About American Humane

Our mission is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.

American Humane is committed to the responsible stewardship of donated funds and to meeting the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities of America “Best In America” Seal of Approval, and has received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator.

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2 Responses to “AHA: Help animals displaced by flood”

  1. Julie Kirchner Says:

    I live in Cedar Rapids and have taken in a Pomeranium that lost his home. The owner plans to try to get him back when he can, but the owner has never or will never have the means to care for a dog. I am getting messages that this dog is now mine.
    I was told the dog was 1 yr old, but my vet said it looks more like 5 yrs. His teeth are in pretty bad shape and 2 need pulled. He is also uncut and the owner gave permission for me to arrange his nutering (I am paying).
    This is the sweetest, most gentle dog, BUT he screams non stop if he is put in the dog crate. He has diarrhea that can get pretty bloody at times. I have been giving him hamburger/rice for 3 days, things are getting firmer, then I put him in the crate and he is stooling what looks like total blood.
    Could this be a case of Stress Colitis? I am worried about him.
    When he was rescued in the flood, he was found hiding under a chair. A fireman took him out of the house, put him in a plastic crate, put him in a boat, stacked crate on to of crates. I am wondering if he has crate stress.
    I have a very large wire crate that I used for 2 hours today and no diarrhea.
    So I am trying to find out if there is a “program” that will donate vet services to get these poor dogs fixed? My vet that sees my 3 other dogs was less than helpful…I don’t think he has heard of Pro Bono.
    The owner will not and can not help. So I am going to have to figure out how to save this dog…with my money…any ideas of programs?
    He is a great little guy!

  2. Kelly Says:

    Julie – What about the group that facilitated the foster/adoption? Can they help you out with medical expenses?

    As for the loose stool, it could be stress, but I’m no veterinary expert. What does your vet have to say about it?

    The bad teeth could also be affecting his diet (i.e., ability to chew/digest food).

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