Area residents can meet Katrina animal rescuers and learn how to protect their own pets from disaster
Sacramento, CA (April 19, 2006) – United Animal Nations (UAN) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), through their Community Animal Disaster Preparedness Partnership, are offering a free Companion Animal Disaster Preparedness Fair in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Friday, May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Central Bark Doggy Day Care
3699 N. Dixie Highway
Oakland Park, Florida
Companion Animal Disaster Preparedness Fair highlights include:
- Canine blood drive. Healthy dogs who weigh more than 35 pounds and are current on vaccinations can help sick or injured animals who need lifesaving blood transfusions. Donors receive a free health assessment, blood screening and donor ID tag. For more details on qualifications visit www.ssabb.org or call (954) 630-2231.
- Microchip, tattoo and permanent pet identification information. Find out the best ways you can give your pets permanent, lifetime identification that will help you be reunited if you are separated due to disaster or other circumstances.
- Pet first aid and CPR demonstration. Find out what to do if your pet is suddenly injured or ill.
- Animal disaster kit information. Learn what to put in your pet’s disaster kit, and have identification photos taken so you can reclaim your pets if you are ever separated.
- Local disaster plan information. Representatives from local emergency management and animal control agencies will speak about the community’s disaster plan, answer questions and offer materials to help with your personal planning.
- Pet-friendly shelter information. Learn more about Broward County’s pet-friendly evacuation shelter.
United Animal Nations (UAN), through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), assisted more than 2,100 animals at six locations in three states in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last fall. Pompano Beach resident Andy Bass, the EARS Florida State Coordinator and a veteran of four disaster responses on behalf of animals, says, “Experts predict another active hurricane season, and we want to encourage families to plan ahead so they and their pets will stay safe.”
Event participants include Sun States Animal Blood Bank, Humane Society of Broward County, American Red Cross, Broward County Chapter and Broward County Emergency Operations Center.
About UAN. Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals. Visit. www.uan.org for more information.
About the ASPCA. Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million supporters. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides national leadership in humane education, government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, animal behavior center, and adoption facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series Animal Precinct on Animal Planet. Visit www.aspca.org for more information.