Animals In Disaster Digest
Bismark, ND Flood: "As for animals, the flood will cause some harm. Cows and deer are known to get swept up in the current. Any resulting algae blooms will take oxygen away from fish. The muddiness of the water also will make things difficult for fish that rely on their sight to find food.
“Chances are the fish may move somewhere they can see like Lake Oahe if it’s easier there,” said Scott Gangl, fisheries management section leader for game and fish. “Some fish like salmon may be drawn toward the dam.”
Gangl said the massive amount of water will dilute chemicals and stop them from harming fish, but the same water may leave some of them on the shore as it recedes, leaving a snack for birds." Full Story
Coastal hurricane planning extends to pets ... "the ideal is for a shelter that can host people and pets in separate wings, with owners feeding and caring for their own animals. That reduces the chance of separation, and brings comfort in unfamiliar surroundings."
Monument Fire: "Only people who lived in the area could go to rescue their animals, until even that was ended because of the increased fire danger. One woman tried to talk her way past a Cochise County Sheriff Office roadblock, to no avail. Despondent, she put her head on the steering wheel and cried, her body shaking with distress." Full Story
Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin today announced the launch of a national, viral, social media campaign to raise much needed funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Joplin, MO. Benjamin will donate $1 to the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) for every Facebook fan who 'likes' the American Dog Rescue page. Source
Bismarck Flood: Evacuated Animals
For info about animals affected in the Christchurch, NZ earthquakes, see the Animal Aid on Facebook .
Volunteers are being asked to help rescue reptiles which survived Dorset's largest heath fire for 35 years. Story
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More Wild Animals Could Surface Due to Fire, Tornado. Story and Video
Wallow Fire: Wildlife also struggling to flee blaze. Story
Wallow fire forces hundreds more animals to evacuate. Video
Wallow fire threatens summer pastures of Dobson sheep. Story
Help for animals displaced by flooding. Story
Due to rising Missouri River, Leavenworth has closed down its current Animal Control Facility, will reopen on June 16 at the old Walmart location. Story
Tornado brings animals from Springfield, Missouri to Brewster shelter. Video
Officers Brave Forest Fire to Save Animals. Story and video
Lavern the cat uses up all 9 of her lives, surviving 16 days under house rubble in Joplin. Story
Sedalia Animal Shelter at Capacity after Tornado. Story and Video
Flooding strands horses on ranch - they have to be corralled to safety. Story and Video
United States Humane Society-Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) brought a three-day conference to Billings, MT to teach animal disaster response. Story and Video
Shelter established for flood-displaced animals. Story
Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Galilea said the ash has caused fish kills just north of the volcano by contaminating rivers and lakes, and livestock cannot drink the water. Story
What an amazing story of individual caring and heroism! Fish keeper saves 500 animals from damaged Southern Encounter Aquarium after Christchurch earthquake. Story
Ellie Mae, 4-legged injured tornado victim in Alabama, gets a second chance from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Story
Arizona Humane Society deployed to help rescue and treat animals affected by the Wallow wildfire. Story
Help for animals displaced by flooding. Story
MSPCA Assists with Tornado Relief Efforts for Displaced Animals. Story
Joplin Animal Shelter Numbers Continue to Grow. Story
Joplin Tornado: 600 Animals Still in Limbo. Story
Interview with a Joplin veterinarian Story
Albuquerque Zoo protecting animals from wildfires' ash in air. Story and video
Wildfire smoke dangerous for pets. Story
The Arizona Humane Society has deployed to rescue and assist animals in the Wallow wildfire. Please help if you can.
Animal Rescue Corps deployed to help animals impacted by tornado and fire. Story
Rescue Dogs Get Disaster Training in Tulsa. Story
This is heartbreaking news for those who love animals.
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After destruction, joy in Joplin as animals reunite with their owners. Full Story
For tornado victims, being separated from their pets only adds to the feelings of loss. But some are being brought back together. Full Story
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If you have not seen this video yet, do watch. It is an amazing and touching story. 'Tornado Dog' crawls home on two broken legs after two weeks.
PetPoint Management Software Works on the Ground and Online as Displaced Pets Flood Joplin Humane Society in Wake of Disaster. Full Story
Eureka, MO: Donation Drive for Joplin Pet Victims Under Way. Story & Drop-Off Locations Here
Emergency Animal Rescue - EAR - has deployed to Joplin from Ramona, CA. Full Story
ASPCA Builds Temporary Shelters in Joplin Full Story
Joplin's Animal Adoption & Resource Center set up a temporary shelter in a nearby warehouse to handle the some 300 animals brought in over the last few days, said Karen Aquino, its executive director. Some animals were treated for injuries. All were photographed and whatever information was available was posted online. About 50 animals were picked up by the owners Wednesday. Full Story
Joplin Pet and Owner Reunite with Hugs and Smiles: Joplin Globe: Dogs from the disaster area have been found as far away as Webb City and Carl Junction. Source
Animal organizations need donations for Joplin pets. Full Story
Andover, MA - Three local businesses are collecting donations to support the tornado relief effort in Missouri. Full Story
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Veterinary relief under way in deadly tornado's wake. Source
Adoptable animals sheltered in Joplin are being transferred to Springfield, Missouri to open up space for rescued animals. Source
Amber Alert for Pets will issue free lost pet alerts for families who have lost a pet in the area affected by the tornado.
Another Facebook page for lost and found pets: "Joplin Missouri Pets Lost/Found"
Ferret Emergency Response, Rescue and Evacuation Team (F.E.R.R.E.T.) Reaches Out to Aid Ferrets and Owners Affected By Recent Disasters. Source
People and organizations across the country are helping the animal tornado victims in Joplin:
Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma Vet Clinic is taking donations to help Joplin pets. Source
Small Animal Hospital of Owasso, Oklahoma also is collecting donations of dog crates, cat litter and boxes, blankets, leashes and pet foods. Donations can be dropped off at 12500 E. 86th Street North, No. 105. Source
Columbia, Missouri: Organizations hold drives for Joplin animals. Source
The Animal Shelter of Texas County is collecting donations to assist displaced pets. Shelter manager Marsha Martin said there was a need for puppy chow, pet crates, blankets, towels and bottled water. Those able to assist can drop off items at the shelter or call 417-967-0700. Source
Search and Rescue
There are many heroes who work tirelessly in rescue efforts following a disaster. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to search and rescue dogs, the four-legged heroes who go where humans cannot, and whose sense of smell and direction saves lives, and finds those victims who did not survive.
Photo: Parrish Evans calls to his rescue dog, Jody, as he searches for bodies at Greenbriar Retirement Home in Joplin.
Photo: Kathleen Kelsey, a canine rescue specialist with the Missouri Task Force One search-and-rescue team, guides a live-find dog named ChicoDog through the wreckage of a public housing complex in Joplin, Mo., Monday. A destructive tornado swept through Joplin on Sunday evening, killing at least 116 and injuring hundreds more.
Video: Oklahoma's K-9 Task Force Helps Out in Joplin.
Collinsville K9 Officer and his search dog Asko are assisting Joplin rescue efforts. Story with video
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo: Members of the Osage Beach search and Rescue team, including Kita, a German Shepherd, have been deployed to Joplin. Camden County Sheriff's Office, including one animal control officer, are on standby.
As Joplin continues its search and rescue efforts, we will keep you as informed as possible on the status of Joplin's animals in disaster. Our hearts go out to the tornado victims in Joplin, both human and animal.
The Humane Society of Missouri is deploying a 15-person animal disaster response team at the request of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. The team will conduct a search and rescue operation for displaced pets and set up an animal shelter on the campus of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in conjunction with Joplin Animal Control. There is at least one veterinarian on this response team, the group reports. In addition, officials are setting up a separate emergency shelter with the capacity to care for several hundred pets if the need arises. Source: DVM360.com.
Animal rescue teams from Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Spay & Neuter Kansas City and No More Homeless Pets KC and Animal Haven, both in Merriam, showed up to help.
A Facebook page, "Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado" has been set up to reunite lost pets and families. Volunteers are being asked to foster displaced pets and post pictures of lost and temporarily abandoned animals. Thousands of Facebook members have joined and are reaching out by posting pictures, phone numbers, and donating.
If you have lost or found a pet in Joplin, you also can go to findmyanimal.com and register. They are offering their service for FREE for people of Joplin.
In Joplin, Emergency Pet Center of the Four States at 7th & Illinois near the Sonic is OPEN and accepting found/injured animals.
The Animal Adoption & Rescue Center in Joplin is asking for crates and other supplies to help with the rescued pets. Pet food, litter boxes, kitty litter, blankets and towels are items in great need during a disaster. Their information: Shelter Location: 140 E Emperor Ln, Joplin, MO 64801. Phone: (417) 623-3642. Email: email@example.com
Video: Dog Saved from Rubble in Joplin, Mo.
Video: Survivor: My dogs warned me of tornado
Video: As Mike Bettes from The Weather Channel is doing a live report, a dog is saved from the rubble behind him.
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