Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Strikes Northern California

Oakland, CA (July 11, 2019) – RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization, is on the ground July 11 – 18, to provide daily care and comfort for more than 150 dogs affected with the canine influenza virus. East Bay SPCA asked for emergency sheltering assistance, and RedRover answered the call to help in this crisis.

RedRover sent 12 trained RedRover Responders volunteers to help care for these dogs at the emergency quarantine facility located in Oakland. RedRover Responders volunteers are traveling from across Northern California and Arizona.

“We are committed to caring for these dogs stricken with this highly contagious disease,” said RedRover Director of Field Services, Beth Gammie. “RedRover Responders help animals in a variety of crises and will do what we can to lend a hand to keep this epidemic from spreading.”

Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect cases or natural disasters. The volunteers provide the workforce which enables communities to address their animal needs swiftly and efficiently.

With more than 4,000 trained volunteers in the United States and Canada, RedRover can deploy its volunteers quickly when communities become overburdened by a crisis involving large numbers of animals. Since 1987, RedRover has responded to more than 200 natural disasters and other crises nationwide including the Camp and Carr Fires, Hurricanes Michael, Irma, Harvey, Katrina, and many more.

To donate to RedRover’s Emergency Response Fund, visit

To learn how to become a RedRover Responders volunteer, visit:

To view East Bay SPCA’s Emergency Care Wish List on Amazon, visit:

About RedRover

Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and humane education. RedRover is a founding member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), established after Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact to more people and animals than any other storm in United States history. For the fourth consecutive year, RedRover’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, please visit



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