Saturday, October 22, 2016

ASPCA urges pet owners to reclaim animals lost in recent North Carolina flooding

After spending nearly a week rescuing North Carolina animals stranded by Hurricane Matthew, the ASPCA at the request of the county of Robeson, has established an emergency shelter to house the nearly 250 displaced pets – mostly dogs and cats – at the Robeson County Animal Control in St. Pauls.

To date, the ASPCA has assisted more than 1,200 animals in Georgia and the Carolinas through pre-evacuation measures, field rescue, transport and emergency sheltering.

“Our responders have been working tirelessly to reunite lost pets with their families, and so far, we’ve had approximately 30 pets claimed by their owners,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

American Humane working to help animals displaced by Hurricane Matthew

In the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, American Humane has moved its animal rescue team and two 50-foot emergency rescue vehicles into one of the hardest-hit areas to set up a major ongoing emergency aid and reunification center for pets caught in the catastrophe.

American Humane's animal rescue program is working with the local Palmetto Animal League to help displaced pets at its non-profit shelter in Okatie, South Carolina, and create a Pet Disaster Recovery Center for the region as part of an unprecedented and comprehensive response to rescue and recovery efforts for pets, including distribution of food and pet supplies, veterinary clinics for injured and ill animals, reunification of pets with their families, and other critical services as needed by the disaster victims.

Palmetto Animal League (PAL) is a private, non-profit animal shelter in Okatie that rescues cats and dogs and provides them with a home-like environment until a forever family can be found. PAL currently has 155 cats and 25 dogs in their Adoption Center and even more in foster care, many with significant health and medical needs. Okatie is one of the hardest hit areas of South Carolina, near Hilton Head Island, which suffered from what the governor called "unprecedented damage."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

HSUS transports shelter animals in advance of Hurricane Matthew

This week, the Humane Society of the United States and Greenville County Animal Care relocated South Carolina shelter animals before Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast coast.

The HSUS’s Animal Rescue team moved the animals from Charleston Animal Society to the HSUS’ Maryland office, where they were transferred to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners to make room for pets expected to arrive with residents evacuating coastal areas. They arrived in Maryland on Thursday afternoon.

At the same time, additional HSUS Emergency Placement Partners transported animals out of Greenville County Animal Care to make room for flood victims.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Nearly 130 animals removed from suspected puppy mill in North Carolina

The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue of nearly 130 animals from a suspected puppy mill in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

The Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property and found approximately 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Many animals had untreated medical issues, were pregnant and in need of urgent veterinary care. Representatives from Cabarrus Animal Hospital provided veterinary expertise.

The HSUS and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office removed nearly 130 animals, and their custody is pending the final disposition of this case.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Survey reveals need for policies addressing obstacles for veterans with service dogs

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, has released the findings of a new survey of U.S. retail employees measuring their experiences with, and perceptions of, customers with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) service dogs.

Harnessing the healing powers of the human-animal bond, specially trained PTS service dogs can offer vital and often lifesaving support to the estimated 14 percent of our nation's service members and veterans who suffer from combat-related PTS.

However, though many people rely on these animals every day, there are currently no national standards or accepted best practices for the definition, training, and credentialing of PTS service dogs—a void that creates obstacles for PTS veterans seeking access and reasonable accommodations for their service dogs in public places of business.