American Humane Association Aids Animals in Minnesota

The American Humane Association has donated $2,000 to provide an emergency food supply for 30 horses and 1,100 head of livestock affected by the flooding in Minnesota. Combined with a matching donation by the Humane Society of the United States, the donation should cover the immediate needs of the area. 

The donation was requested through the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MN VOAD) and will be managed by the Roseau Range Riders (http://www.roseaurangeriders.com) in partnership with the County Extension Service and the Minnesota Horse Council.  

American Humane is a member of MN VOAD and responds to disasters across the country through the Red Star Emergency Services program, which has helped animal victims of disasters since 1916. Recently, Red Star activated a team of trained National Responders to assist with the search and rescue of animal victims of the Rodeo-Chediski fires in Arizona. Red Star's state-of-the-art Animal Planet rescue rig served as a temporary holding area and emergency triage center for animals abandoned when their owners were evacuated. Red Star also donated $1,000 to animals left homeless by the fires in Colorado, where Red Star worked closely with local animal shelters and rescue groups during the Hayman, Iron Mountain, and Missionary Ridge fires. 

American Humane urges pet owners to provide all pets with current ID tags. Tags should include the pet’s name, the owner’s name and phone number, a friend or relative’s phone number, and any special health requirements. Pet owners should also create a family emergency plan that includes bringing their pets with them upon evacuation. If it is unsafe for residents to remain at home, it is also unsafe for pets. For a free brochure on how to prepare your pets for disasters, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/disaster/disaster.pdf or contact Anna Gonce at American Humane at 800-227-4645, ext. 462. 

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the nation’s only national organization dedicated to both child and animal protection. From its headquarters outside Denver, and from regional offices in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, American Humane provides national leadership in the development of programs, policies and services on behalf of children and animals who are abused and neglected. For more information, please visit http://www.americanhumane.org.

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