American Humane Association Animal Rescue Efforts Continue In North Carolina

Over 200 Animals Rescued So Far

The American Humane Association (AHA), along with Animal Planet Rescue--an 82-foot disaster relief vehicle--is continuing its efforts to help animals caught in the North Carolina flooding. Rescue teams based out of Kinston, N.C., have worked day and night to rescue over 200 animals, including dogs, cats, cows, pigs, horses, chickens, and a duck.

Yesterday, AHA led a massive operation in Craven County that included over 100 volunteers. Dick Green, Manager of Field Services and AHA's incident commander in North Carolina, said the rescue teams have been continually working to help animals. "With the help of our trained rescuers andvolunteers, we've been able to pull a large number of animals from houses and from out of the water," Green said. "We plan to continue our operations in North Carolina until we are no longer needed."

For the second year, AHA has joined forces with the cable channel Animal Planet to send the disaster relief vehicle and a team of rescuers into areas hit by natural disasters. The vehicle is equipped with a mobile vet clinic, specialized animal rescue equipment, rescue rafts and boats, as well as water tanks, animal feed, kennels and corrals to house rescued animals. In addition, this high tech command center can house up to eight rescue personnel.

According to Jack Sparks, AHA's Director of Communications, the agency headquarters in Denver and rescue teams in North Carolina have been inundated with offers of help from people across the country. "With such a large operation taking place in North Carolina, it's very heartening to see the outpouring of support and help," Sparks said. "We thank everyone who has offered to help the animals caught in this disaster."

Sparks noted especially the support the rescue team has received from the Frigidaire plant in Kinston, NC. "An enormous power surge from a generator damaged some of the electronic appliances our teams rely on. Frigidaire in Kinston generously replaced our washer and dryer and a microwave oven. This has been a great help to our team living out of Animal Planet Rescue during this operation."

Further information can be obtained at AHA's web site,

Launched in October, 1996, and now available in 53 million homes, Animal Planet offers a wide range of television entertainment including dramatic reality-based series, talk shows, originals fictional programming, high-quality children's shows, documentaries and more. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc. operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery People, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Science Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel, Discovery Wings Channel and Discovery en Espanol. The unit also markets and distributes BBC America, which launched in 1998. Animal Planet's web site address is

About the Author

Tim Brockhoff

Tim Brockhoff was Staff Writer of The Horse:Your Guide to Equine Health Care from 1995 to 1999. His degree is in Agricultural Communications from the University of Kentucky, and his equine experience is with American Saddlebreds.

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