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Animal Victims of Oklahoma Tornado Receive Help

GreaterGood grants aided first responders and local shelters deal with homeless animals in the wake of the tornadoes that struck Moore, OK, and surrounding areas in May.

Disaster grants were given to Code 3, Red Rover, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Moore Animal Shelter.

The grant for Code 3 helped that group provide immediate emergency assistance through their Big Animal Rescue Truck (BART).  In May, Code 3 worked with NARSC (National Animal Shelter and Rescue Coalition) partners to provide humane animal capture and care equipment to the OK Humane Shelter, the Moore Animal Control shelter in cooperation with AHA (American Humane), and the ARC Shelter.  Additionally, Code 3 volunteers staffed a temporary facility at the local fairgrounds. The Code 3 shelter team at the fairgrounds is assisting with caring for approximately one hundred animals.

The volunteer-driven RedRover Responders (formerly the Emergency Animal Rescue Service or EARS) also assisted in caring for the animals at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

The International Animal Welfare Fund’s disaster team provided support for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s temporary shelter in Moore, helping to reunite pets and their owners. Among those who found each other were Jodee Shelper (shown here) and her dog.

IFAW also worked with local wildlife groups such WildCare. IFAW wildlife rehabilitation experts Diane Treadwell and Kelly Donithan journeyed to Oklahoma to provide daily care and support for the injured wildlife brought to that organization.

“WildCare is in their busy baby season with hundreds of wild animals in care already and they requested additional resources from IFAW,” said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW manager for disaster response. IFAW will use a GreaterGood grant to build more enclosures and provide additional care for these animals.

The Moore Animal Shelter cared for more than 350 animals in the days directly following the storm. They will use the disaster grant to offset these costs and continue to care for those animals who are currently waiting to return home.

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