For years she starred in the TV classic Dallas, and now actress Victoria Principal is using her star wattage to shine a spotlight on the Lone Star state’s neighbor to the north as she shows her support for the American Humane Association and their Red Star Rescue Team’s efforts to save animals affected by the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
“For nearly 100 years, American Humane Association’s legendary Red Star Rescue team has been helping animals in their times of greatest need,” said Ms. Principal. “Right now, the Red Star team is on the ground in Oklahoma saving lives, providing care and comfort to frightened animals who have lost their homes, their families, and everything they know. I call on everyone who cares about animals to support American Humane Association’s tremendous efforts to rescue as many animals as possible and return them to their families. Please do whatever you can to help them now. For so many children, families and communities, life will never be the same until their beloved pets are back safely in their arms.”
Just one day after the devastation which wreaked havoc in the heart of the Sooner State, the American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue Team– with help from Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation– was invited by the state of Oklahoma to deploy as an approved responder to assist Moore’s animal victims. Bringing their 82-foot Rescue Rig with emergency equipment, mobile operating theater sponsored by Mars Petcare US, and 50-foot Lois Pope LIFE Rescue Vehicle, the team’s life-saving efforts began.
Today, local animal welfare professionals and the Red Star teams– which assisted the city with sheltering operations by providing food, comfort and care to animals at a temporary–are feeding and caring for approximately 100 animals, a number of whom required medical care from local veterinarians for illnesses including dehydration and upper respiratory problems likely caused by dust and/or stress. Communications and logistical systems are working and, 76 pets have already been reunited with their families.
Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and WHISKAS® Food for Cats, is sponsoring the deployment of the giant Rescue Rig and donating emergency food supplies. Banfield Pet Hospital, a business of Mars, Incorporated, is supplying veterinary care, along with Zoetis, which is supplying vitally needed medicines. Philanthropist Lois Pope, country music star Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and American Humane Association supporters across the country who sent in donations for the relief effort are also supporting this effort. Logistics are being provided by Rescue Bank®, Mars Petcare’s partner for donation shipment. Rescue Bank manages a nationwide network of non-profit distribution centers delivering donated pet food to rescues, shelters and social service agencies. And PetSmart and Code 3 Associates provided much-needed extra crates.
American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue teams have been part of every major disaster relief effort for the past century from rescuing horses on the battlefields of World I Europe to Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and last year’s Hurricane Sandy. They have rescued and sheltered more than 70,000 animals in just the past five years.
For more information regarding the American Humane Association:
- visit www.americanhumane.org
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