Disaster Preparedness & Relief

AVMF helping Hurricane-stricken areas

Friday, August 31, 2012 - By: Rupa Brosseau

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On Monday, August 27, 2012, Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened into a hurricane affecting a large portion of the Gulf Coast.  The AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team volunteers, funded by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), are ready to support the state animal emergency response efforts.  The AVMF, through its membership in the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) is receiving regular updates from the affected states and will respond as needed.
It is in desperate times like this that the AVMF relies on its donors to help us help the animals victims of these storms.  We have reached out to the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi letting them know that through the generosity of our donors we will be available to provide medical assistance to injured, sick and homeless animals. 
The AVMF has a strong history of supporting the Gulf Coast region in times of need.  Following Hurricane Katrina, the AVMF provided financial assistance totaling nearly a half million dollars to the veterinary clinics who treated and sheltered thousands of injured and lost animals.  In the years since Katrina, the AVMF has provided over $400,000 in disaster grants to the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Florida, Texas, Louisiana.  Through these grants, the states have the training and equipment that is now being use to rescue stranded animals affected by Hurricane Isaac.  What we desperately need now are donations to provide the emergency food, medical supplies and shelter for injured and abandoned animals.
Please consider making a donation today. We thank you so much for your support. 

Michael Cathey
Executive Director