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American Humane Association



Dear Friends:

An eerie silence hung over Joplin, Missouri, after the tornado. No traffic sounds. No hum of air conditioners. Electric poles and wires down. Trees uprooted and homes torn to rubble.

But our 82-foot Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ rescue rig was there, moving through the deadly heart of the chaos.

Soon you could hear our 19 first-responders quickly setting up triage for hurt, lost, and dazed animals. We treated them in our rescue rig, which houses a mobile veterinary clinic.

We carefully logged into our computerized command center — also in the rig — descriptions of every dog and cat, kitten, puppy, one rabbit and one clipped-wing hawk that we and Joplin residents found and brought in for help each day.

We snapped together cages and organized dog and cat "neighborhoods" by size and breed so owners could find their pet with least disturbance to all.

Within two weeks we were sheltering and feeding, petting and treating 1,400 animals.

We scrubbed the removable bottom pans of cages twice daily without having to move animals injured or badly stressed. We carefully picked out the glass shards matted into a cocker spaniel's fur. We put toys in every cage and worked shifts around the clock to make sure that meds and foods and water we trucked in were on time for each animal, and fresh.

Soon you could hear barking and purring. Owners crying with joy after finding a treasured pet.

I am writing this letter to personally thank you for donations that made it possible to drive into chaos with well-trained hands. And to ask for your continued generosity. It goes directly to the animal welfare efforts I've described.

Another harsh season of storms is upon us. Will you help us do more than re-stock the rig? We need to buy more rescue rigs so we can be in several places at once. With just one rig, we have to make heartbreaking decisions when several states call for our help at the same time. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps people, but does not pay for animal rescue and shelter. That's where we come in.

Please send your donations now of $25, $50, $100 or more. Thank you on behalf of the animals we all love, and who are the most vulnerable in natural disasters.


Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.
President and CEO
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