Red Star Rescue team headed to assist pets in flood-devastated South Carolina

October 11, 2015
 
Families in the Midlands and Low County of South Carolina aren’t the only ones who were displaced by deadly floods over the October 3 weekend. Dogs and cats are also feeling the effects of Hurricane Joaquin and need help until they can be reunited with their family or find a new forever home.

According to an October 9 report by American Humane Association, their renowned Red Star® Rescue team is headed for Columbia with two of their giant 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicles to assist animal flood victims. At the request of the state, they will combine forces with National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) members ASPCA, CODE 3, and IFAW.

The animal assistance is made possible by philanthropist Lois Pope. Banfield Pet Hospital is the proud sponsor of the Northeast truck. PetSmart Charities is doing their part to help South Carolina pets and will distribute needed supplies and resources to pet owners displaced by the flood through the American Humane Association. The Red Star® Rescue team and NARSC partners will set up a base outside of Columbia to distribute supplies.

Randal Collins, National Director for Red Star® Rescue for Animals issued a media statement about the families, pets and shelter animals suffering from the flood, saying

“Our hearts break for these two- and four-legged flood victims, but we will do everything in our power to help restore normalcy to this tragic situation. Thank you to Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE Food for Dogs, philanthropist Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, and PetSmart Charities for their generous support.”

Anyone who has lost a pet in the Columbia is eligible for assistance through a Red Star Rescue program partnership with mobiPet. The service is described as a high-tech ‘AMBER Alert” using the internet. Anyone with a smartphone or a computer with an internet connection can upload a photo of their missing pet. The photo is then transmitted to animal shelters and animal control centers within a 30-mile radius. This service normally requires a $50 emergency registration fee, but for now, mobiPet is waving the fee for areas affected by the flood. Click

This service normally requires a $50 emergency registration fee, but for now, mobiPet is waving the fee for areas affected by the flood. Click here to access the website and click on the Red Star Rescue icon at the top of the page.

Over just the past ten years, the program has saved and sheltered more than 80,000 animals displaced by natural disasters. Urgent donations are needed to help the American Humane Association’s Red Star® Rescue team. Their donation web page offers the option to donate using a major credit or debit card, checking account or through PayPal.

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