Rescuing animals during disasters - United StatesIn a disaster, animals can’t ask for help
The flood waters in Eastern Kentucky have receded after the recent catastrophic floods, but IFAW is still working to ensure that wildlife rehabilitators have the resources needed to rescue wild animals, help them recuperate and return them to the wild. This past year, Mountain View Wildlife Rehabilitation—the only wildlife rehabilitator in the surrounding 17 counties—has taken in 167 animals, including the fawns in the image below, who are scheduled to be released back to the wild in October. IFAW has provided an emergency grant to the center to support care for the influx of wildlife and repairs to enclosures due to flooding and mudslides.
After spending three full weeks on the ground with Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter (KRRAS) to help manage donated supplies for local communities, care for shelter animals, and reunite cats and dogs with their owners, IFAW responders have returned home.
IFAW has awarded additional emergency grant funds to Starfish Animal Rescue to assist with the transport of surrendered pets to receiving shelters, and to Animal Disaster Relief Coalition (ADRC) to support animal search and rescue, daily care of shelter dogs and cats, and the distribution of pet supplies. We continue to help cover veterinary expenses for displaced families and KRRAS shelter animals.
As Eastern Kentucky shifts from crisis mode to recovery, we continue to support planning at state and local levels to build resilience.
August 2, 2022
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