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Talkin' Pets News

June 1, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

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This month is pet-preparedness month as well as hurricane season. Even though we hate to admit it, disasters happen and advanced preparation can be the difference between life and death, for you and your furry friends. From natural disasters to everyday emergencies, The Humane Society of the United States has recommendations that will keep both you and your pet safe.

Steps for a plan include making a disaster kit, finding a pet-friendly hotel or motel, and making sure your animal has a collar and identification tag.

The HSUS Disaster Plan website also includes information such as when to evacuate with your pet and what to do if you decide to stay home with your pet.

You can find all the information and step-by-step instructions for a disaster plan on the HSUS Website.

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Sonic searching this morning in Granbury, Texas


Winds of up to 200 mph hammered the town of Granbury, TX last night, destroying everything in their path. After searching over a hundred homes, baseball fields, parks and debris piles this morning, SDF Search Teams Keri Grant & Tucker and Laurel Pitman & Sonic were demobilized and returned home for some well-deserved rest. We are deeply grateful to all the members of Texas Task Force 2 for their extraordinary service today in bringing help and hope to the Granbury community.


Twelve other tornadoes touched down in North Texas Wednesday night and meteorologists expect severe storms to continue in the Midwest through the weekend. Should other communities in "Tornado Alley" be hit by the devastating funnel clouds, our 17 SDF Search Teams based in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas stand ready to respond quickly to make sure no one is left behind in the wreckage.


Every time our teams deploy, they learn invaluable lessons they can use in future disasters and can share with other first responders to raise the level of disaster response in our country.


Laurel Pitman shared her thoughts after completing her and Sonic's first-ever deployment:


"It was amazing to watch Sonic work on his first deployment. The first few houses we searched were intact and had very little damage. The smells in and around the houses were all new to him. The debris field in the neighborhood was a never-ending variety of items picked up by the winds and thrown about. It was all lying in the path for him to explore. After three or four houses were searched, he seemed to figure out that he had a big job ahead of him. He got into a pattern that did not stop for the next six hours. He systematically searched each address without hesitation. There were toys and food that would normally catch any dog's attention, but he ignored it. He had a job to do.

Our three years of training as a team seemed to come together in one night. Some areas we saw mobile homes that had been twisted, shredded and deposited amongst trees. He searched piles of metal, wood and furniture that hours earlier was a home. He ran around concrete slabs with only floor tiles attached, that outlined what had been a kitchen. The destruction that was left in the neighborhood was an enormous task. He quickly cleared each area and would pull me to the next when he was done. He did not want a break, nor would he slow down. He searched through the night like a champ. I was very proud of his hard work and dedication."



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Disaster response team offers sheltering supplies to help pet owners, animals in local community

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Taney County Health Department Animal Control Division in Branson, Mo., has dispatched its disaster response team to provide emergency supplies to aid animals affected by the devastating tornado that struck the city of Branson and Taney County on February 29, destroying commercial, residential and rural areas. ASPCA officials estimate that approximately 250 to 500 animals have been directly impacted by the tornado.

ASPCA responders arrived on the ground Wednesday, February 29, to work with local officials to assess the situation and establish a system that will provide pet owners with much needed supplies such as pet food, bowls and crates, which are being generously donated by PetSmart Charities, Inc. Additionally, the ASPCA is providing an initial grant in the amount of $10,000 to help animals in need of emergency sheltering and veterinary care. For information about qualifications for grant assistance please contact Taney County Animal Center at (417) 332-0172.

“Many people have lost their homes due to the tornado, and our goal is to alleviate some of the stress for pet owners by keeping them together with their animals,” said Dr. Dick Green, director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “The ASPCA has worked with the Taney County Animal Control to establish a shelter-in-place plan where pet owners can request sheltering units consisting of kennels, food, bowls, leashes and collars. The sheltering units will be assembled and delivered to pet owners by the Taney County Animal Control. The ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources in Branson as long as we’re needed.”

“The Taney County Animal Control is currently going through a remodeling project, which has limited our capacity to take in more animals affected by the storm,” said Eric Hansen of the Taney County Animal Control. “We are grateful that the ASPCA is able to provide assistance to the animals in our community.”

Taney County residents who need emergency animal shelter units or for any animal control issues should contact the Taney County Animal Control at (417) 332-0172.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.