American Humane Association's Animal Rescue Rig Deploys Today Animal Emergency Services Departs Denver to Go to Aid of

Hurricane-Displaced Pets



    DENVER, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Humane Association announced
 this morning that it will deploy its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to
 join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in
 Mississippi, ready to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina's animal
 victims.  The state-of-the-art emergency vehicle departs for Louisiana this
 afternoon, after being loaded at 4 pm with pet food and supplies, donated by
 PETCO, one of the sponsors of the American Humane Association's Animal
 Emergency Services program.  The semi-truck will be rolling out of Denver from
 the PETCO store near Park Meadows Mall, 9425 E. County Line Rd. in Englewood.
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     American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services' rescue rig, which
 serves as both a mobile veterinary clinic and a temporary shelter for
 displaced pets, is on its way to join the Veterinary Medical Assistance (VMAT)
 Team #5 at the Louisiana state line and eventually American Humane
 Association's other team of Animal Emergency Services volunteers near the Gulf
 Coast.
     Today's deployment of the rescue rig is only one component of the American
 Humane Association's disaster assistance operations in the aftermath of
 Hurricane Katrina's devastation.  Seasoned Animal Emergency Services veterans
 are currently positioned near Jacksonville, Mississippi, with the American
 Humane Association's other emergency vehicles, making preparations to assist
 the Mississippi Animal Rescue League in the set-up and operation of an
 emergency shelter in Hattiesburg to house animals rescued from flooded coastal
 areas.  They will soon be joined by members of the Animal Rescue League of
 Boston and other animal rescue organizations from across the country.
     The truck deploying from Denver today is outfitted to enable responders to
 carry out emergency procedures under the most challenging disaster conditions.
 Specialized rescue gear -- including technical dry suits, animal capture
 equipment, veterinary supplies, three rescue rafts, and water tanks with
 300-gallon capacity -- are among the many resources the vehicle houses, not to
 mention residential facilities -- complete with a kitchen, showers, and bunks
 -- for up to 12 rescue personnel. With high-tech communications capability --
 including fax machines, satellite/cellular phones, computers, and satellite
 mapping technology -- the rig can also function in the field as an operation
 command center.
     The American Humane Association's efforts to aid the pets of
 hurricane-devastated communities are projected to continue for a minimum of
 three weeks and are possible thanks to donations from concerned people,
 corporate support, and a nationwide network of dedicated volunteer responders.
 During their time in the field, Animal Emergency Services response teams will
 share regular updates of their progress, which will be available at
 www.americanhumane.org/disaster.
     Having provided emergency services for animals since World War I -- when
 the American Humane Association administered care to military horses and dogs
 injured on the battlefield -- Animal Emergency Services has decades of
 experience responding to animal needs during natural and manmade disasters.
 Throughout the record-breaking 2004 hurricane season, the organization worked
 diligently to care for displaced Florida pets and reunite them with their
 families.
     For information on disaster preparedness for your own pets or to help
 support American Humane Association's Animal Emergency Services relief efforts
 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, visit www.americanhumane.org.
 
     About the American Humane Association
     Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the oldest national
 organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals.  Through a
 network of child and animal welfare and protection agencies and individuals,
 American Humane develops policies, legislation, curriculum, and trainings to
 protect children and animals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  The
 nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness
 about The Link(R) between animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as
 the benefits derived from the human and animal bond.  American Humane's
 regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the "No Animals Were
 Harmed"(R) End Credit Disclaimer on TV and film productions, and American
 Humane's office in Washington, DC, is an advocate for child- and animal-
 friendly legislation at the state and federal levels. Visit
 www.americanhumane.org to learn more.
 
 

SOURCE The American Humane Association

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