South Florida animal rescues bring relief to New Orleans shelters
LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla .– American Humane Talks About Real-Time Animal Rescue Efforts
On Sunday, 18 dogs were transported from shelters in the New Orleans area to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves before Ida’s disastrous punch.
“Everyone has such a sense of accomplishment when we do this,” said Robin Friedman, executive director of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
Big Dog, along with other local shelters, is making room at shelters in New Orleans, bringing the dogs here.
“We’re trying to get to those areas, before the storm, and try to ease some of the rescues if we can,” Friedman said.
Big Dog loaded up supplies to return for a storm rescue mission on Wednesday.
“We’re loading supplies… water, generators, dog food for the people there because they won’t have electricity, in some cases for over a month,” Friedman said. .
Big Dog is not alone, the efforts of organizations in New York, New Jersey and Vero Beach want to accommodate 20 Ida dogs. “So that we can make room to accommodate animals from places that were affected by the hurricane,” said Kate Meghji, CEO of The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. The shelter plans to hold a “Clear Shelters” event this weekend to make room for incoming animals.
On Wednesday, on the ground, American Humane rescued the kittens, whose president and CEO coordinated the efforts of West Palm Beach. “The number one job is to reunite the animal with the animal’s parent.” The foundation has a massive rescue effort underway with the California wildfires.
Relief organizations are working together to save the lives of furry friends. “This is when you find the best of humanity in my opinion,” Friedman said.
How to help
- Adopt an animal
- Welcoming an animal
- Financial donations
- Attend “Clear shelters”
American Humane’s Pet Hurricane Checklist
Before the storm
- NEVER leave animals behind. Go over your evacuation plans and find a safe place for your pets to go if you need to evacuate. Evacuation destinations may include a friend or family member’s home, going to a pet-friendly hotel, or temporarily accommodating your pet (s) in a boarding house. Plan multiple routes to your safe destination.
- Microchip your pets and properly affix a tag to your pet’s collar with your name, address and cell phone number so they can be returned quickly in case you become separated from your pets. Update your microchip records and pet license information to make sure they are up to date and consider including the name and contact details of an out-of-zone contact in case you are unreachable in a disaster area.
- Tie or anchor outside objects that could fly and injure someone.
- Check your pet disaster preparedness kit (e.g. first aid kit, pet leashes and carrying cases, bowls, hygiene supplies, chew toy, minimum 3 days, ideally 7-10 days of food, medicine, water).
- Evacuate your family and pets as soon as possible, and don’t forget to bring your family and pet’s disaster preparedness kit if you go.
- Bring children and pets inside; bring outdoor pets indoors with a carrier large enough to turn around and lie down comfortably.
- Have a carrier and leashes on hand.
- If your family has to evacuate, ALWAYS take your pets with you.
During the storm …. if you can’t evacuate
- Pick a safe room to weather the storm – an indoor room with no windows – and take your whole family there, including your pets.
- Stay with animals. If they are crated, they depend on you for food and water.
- Keep your emergency kit in this room with you (food, water, bedding, medicine).
- Know your pet’s hiding places. This is where they can run; keep them with you.
- Secure exits and pet doors so pets cannot escape in the storm.
- Don’t calm your animals. They will need their survival instinct if the storm demands it.
After the storm
- Make sure the storm has passed completely before going outside and assess the damage before letting children or pets out.
- Keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier, and children within easy reach. Displaced objects and fallen trees can confuse pets, and sharp debris can damage them.
- Give the animals time to reorient themselves. Familiar smells and landmarks can be altered and make a pet confused or lost.
- Keep children and pets away from hazards such as downed power lines and water that may be contaminated.
- Uncertainty and change in the environment affects animals, presenting new stresses and dangers. Your pet’s behavior may change after a seizure, becoming more aggressive or more protective. Be sensitive to these changes and keep more space between them, other animals, children or strangers. Animals also need comfort. Comfort your pet with kind words and lots of hugs or hugs. If possible, provide a safe and quiet environment, even if it is not their own home.