Preparing for Disaster Season: A Look Back at 2017
For more than 100 years, American Humane Rescue teams have been helping animals in the midst of catastrophic natural disasters. Last year alone, our teams helped animal victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the devastating California wildfires.
Our teams deployed American Humane’s Northeast rescue vehicle, which our friends at the Banfield Foundation helped fund, to help shelter, feed, and care for thousands of lost and displaced animals. We organized and operated major temporary shelters in Texas and Louisiana, conducted critical animal transports, and launched search and rescue missions in Florida that saved the lives of cats, dogs, horses, deer, and ducks.
We’re proud to help animals and pet owners in the midst of disasters, but American Humane is also dedicated to providing communities with the knowledge and tools they need to keep animals safe through emergency responder trainings. Last year, the American Humane Rescue team held 12 emergency responder trainings to help prepare more people to save animals across the country when crises strike.
By educating the public on disaster safety, conducting emergency responder training, and encouraging pet owners to put together a pet disaster preparedness plan, American Humane hopes to reduce the number of animals in harm’s way this disaster season.