Wednesday, August 30, 2017

American Humane - Hope and Help after Harvey

I hope this finds everyone in our Blogville group safe and dry.  In reading about all that is happening in Texas and parts of Louisiana as Harvey finally gets "out of Dodge" not just the human compassion element comes to mind but that for our four legged friends. There are many groups working around the clock to get animals previously in shelters to newer shelters out of the flood zone to make the way for furry flood victims.  One of these, for whom "The Book of Barkley - Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever"  is proud to donate to, is American Humane.  American Human is a multi faceted relieve organization one that has a hundred year partnership with the U.S. military with a lot of new initiatives in 2017 to help Veterans on both ends of the leash in addition to their animal rescue and support programs.  They also have a rescue program with a fleet of rescue vehicles stationed strategically across the country that is ready to deploy on a moment’s notice to rescue animals during natural disasters and cruelty cases.

For more than a hundred years American Humane has been first in promoting the welfare and safety of animals and strengthening the bond between animals and humans. These are a group that you know can be relied on when animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through their innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane is an organization that as an animal advocate and international best selling author, I'm so proud to support. I caught up with American Humane's Developmental Officer Madison Schaffer today and was updated on all they are doing to help the animals affected by Hurrican Harvey.
Currently, the American Humane Rescue team is already in Texas to provide relief efforts for the thousands of animals and pet owners affected by catastrophic Hurricane Harvey. They have deployed two of their 50-foot rescue trucks equipped with rescue boats, pet supplies, sheltering equipment, and 100,000 pounds of pet food to distribute to owners as much of the resources in the region are underwater. Their trucks will be stationed in Orange Grove, near Corpus Christi and the Woodlands, a suburb of Houston. This is a very large scale disaster response, requiring multiple rescue rigs, all rescue staff, their trained first responder volunteers and leadership team members.

In addition, American Humane had third rescue truck awaiting orders to move into position in Louisiana to provide rescue and shelter services as the storm turns eastward. American Humane is anticipating that their role will grow as the flood waters recede as the region will likely need additional help with animal rescue and sheltering.
To accomplish this, American Humane will need as much help as possible to ensure they are able to provide the rescue and shelter services necessary. Some of my blog and book reader's have asked what legitimate groups they can donate to in order to help post Hurricane Harvey.  This is one I'd heartily recommend and I know they will make sure funds are spent in the best way possible for the greatest relief, thanks to so many volunteers within their structure and their many years of experience in doing this.

You can donate by mail, by phone, or by going to their website  I know I plan to donate all of September's Book of Barkley book sale proceeds to them and Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is also matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 for a limited time so their urgent rescue efforts can go twice as far.  

If you already have the book, please consider donating to American Humane directly.  Bless you!

 www.americanhumane.org/hurricane-harvey

16 comments:

  1. We learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. At that time, people who were rescued and sent to shelters were not allowed to bring their dogs, or other animals. Call me mentally deranged, but if I were in that flood zone down in Texas, there is NO WAY I would leave my two dogs behind. It is heartwarming to see all the dogs and cats put on the boats along with their families.

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    1. Hi Sherry - I'm making a trip next week to the Grist mill for one last cornmeal purchase before they close. If you want another bag, send me an email with your current address and whether you want the 2# or 5# bag this year.

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    2. Yes, if people want to help, they should rescue humans and animals together...and even consider putting them up in family units rather than huge communal "shelters"!

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    3. There are sadly still some places turning people with dogs away! But most of them have learned that pets are family and won't be left behind!

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  2. Hari OM
    YAAAY they do PayPal... done! YAM xx

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    1. Not only that, but Paypal is actively fundraising for a batch of charities including American Humane. I was glad to see here that that's not the same outfit as HSUS.

      Let's hope they know better than to separate a dog from its (only) human, label the dog's wariness of strangers "evidence of abuse" (instead of "evidence of a quiet homebody life"), and keep its human from reclaiming it...

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  3. Hi LB. I love this. So many people want to help. And, the scammers are already out there. I am also familiar with this wonderful organization and support the endorsement wholeheartedly. Thanks for the wonderful post! Cindi (Mom to many senior rescued pups).

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    1. Thank you Cindi! I know they will appreciate it!

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  4. Such a tragic time. Thanks for sharing these charities with us. It is times like these you see the best (giving and helping) and the worst (the taking people's money) of people. We send POTP to all those affected.

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  5. Done! So many good people helping out, I am glad that there are those helpin' our furry pals! Plus, Ma does love the paypal ☺
    Paws crossed for those in the floods
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  6. Thanks for sharing! We in Texas sure do feel the love from everyone!

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  7. We have been reading other blogs how we can help.
    With that said Astro was rescued from Texas and now we
    feel compelled to find him a playmate in the near future.
    We know paypal well and will hop over with your link to
    American Humane.
    Thank Your for all you do for animals.
    Linda and Astro

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  8. I've been very glad to see stories on the news about pets being rescued from the flooded areas. Thanks for the tip about the AHA!

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  9. It is good to know that so much people are brave and think about others this time... united we can stand even evil harvey...

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