United Animal Nations providing critical support for massive rescue mission

March 1, 2011 – United Animal Nations (UAN), a California-based nonprofit organization, has deployed volunteers from six states to staff a temporary shelter in Franklin County, Ohio for approximately 350 dogs removed from overcrowded and filthy conditions at a private animal sheltering operation known as One More Chance Rescue and Adoption in Springfield,Ohio on February 22.

One of the 350 dogs rescued from a dirty and overcrowded private shelter in Ohio on February 22. Photo: Mike Bizelli/ASPCA

Distinguished by their red shirts, UAN volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect situations or displaced by natural disasters.

“UAN’s volunteer team has a twenty-year track record of giving neglected and traumatized animals loving human contact, often for the first time in their lives,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Our volunteers travel at their own expense at a moment’s notice when animals in crisis need their help.”

Eleven UAN volunteers have traveled from California,Illinois,Indiana,Michigan,Ohio and Pennsylvania to care for the rescued animals at a temporary shelter set up at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Fourteen more volunteers will arrive later this week. UAN has more than 3,000 active volunteers in the United States and Canada, including 60 in Ohio, and provides its services free of charge to the community.

UAN was asked to send volunteers to the temporary shelter by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), which worked with the Clark County Humane Society to rescue the animals last week.

“The ASPCA is grateful for the assistance UAN is able to provide for the rescue operation,” said Kyle Held, Midwest director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The rescued animals require round-the-clock care and we appreciate UAN volunteers traveling from across the country to offer their support.”

When rescuers arrived at One More Chance Rescue and Adoption, they found dogs housed in hog barns dotting the property and living in stacked crates. The dogs were forced to live in their own waste, alongside rats and other vermin. Many were in critical condition and varying stages of illness. One More Chance Rescue and Adoption has been declared a public health nuisance and animal cruelty charges are still pending in this case.

“This is a case of someone starting off with good intentions to help animals but quickly becoming overwhelmed and unable to care for them properly,” Forsyth said. “We are glad UAN volunteers can step in to help the ASPCA and Clark County Humane Society give these dogs the care and attention they so desperately need.”

  • To support UAN’s work to provide temporary sheltering for animals rescued from large-scale cruelty situations or displaced by natural disasters, donate to our Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Learn more about animal hoarding, a psychological condition in which people collect more animals than they can provide proper food, shelter, sanitation and veterinary care for.
  • Read more about this response and see photos on our Emergency Response Journal.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Raymond, (916) 429-2457 or (916) 583-8261

Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.



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