Planning ahead can save animal lives and prevent heartache when violent storms touch down
(May 26, 2011) – As the number of catastrophic tornadoes across the United States mounts this year, Animal Nations (UAN), a California-based nonprofit, is encouraging pet owners to take precautions to protect their animals during these violent storms.
“Tornados typically happen with little or no warning, but pet owners can still take steps to protect their animals,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Animals left to fend for themselves during disasters suffer terribly, and residents can compound their own stress by worrying about missing pets.”
UAN encourages pet owners who live in tornado-prone areas to:
Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN provides free temporary sheltering for communities that become overwhelmed by natural disasters or animal cruelty seizures. UAN operated temporary shelters for animal victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008; and flooding in Fargo, North Dakota in 2009. Teams of UAN volunteers cared for animals displaced by flooding in Kennett, Missouri and Natchez, Mississippi earlier this month.
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Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for urgent veterinary care and humane education.