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In May, GreaterGood.org donated $10,000 to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to help with disaster relief work following the floods and tornadoes. Following is today’s report from Dick Green, Emergency Response Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare:
Today was the final day of IFAW operations for the flooding along the Mississippi River. Our sheltering team leaves Memphis tomorrow and I will start out for the Cape with our truck and rescue trailer at first light.
We leave behind a boat, trailer, and motor in Jackson that we will share with the Mississippi State Animal Response Team (MART). By having equipment strategically placed in high risk areas like Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and California, we are able to shorten our response time significantly and provide much-needed equipment for our response partners. In addition, we will continue to improve the animal search and rescue capacity in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi with upcoming trainings in slack and swift water rescue and a new animal behavior, capture, and restraint course that we will roll out in July. So even though we are leaving tomorrow, IFAW expects to maintain a visible presence throughout the Gulf States.
I led a water rescue operation today in the flood area near Cleveland, Mississippi. We found four cats which were literally days away from dying. they were dehydrated and had not eaten for two weeks. Cats can be extremely difficult to catch when they have full run to rooftops - and in this case, five different roof lines - but we were able to net two of them and left enough food for the other two to hold them over until the residents return. I suspect that by now, the two we brought to the Bolivar Humane Society are enjoying their air-conditioned room with all the food and fresh water they can handle. They are scheduled for a vet check tomorrow and will be returned to their home when the waters recede.
The main theme throughout this response has been collaboration. From the beginning, all of the groups in the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) worked together and collectively the teams were responsible for rescuing, sheltering, and relocating close to 7,000 animals. I would be remiss if I did not mention the incredible job that the ASPCA did in coordinating the efforts in Tennessee and Missouri. They were the lead agency for both incidents and did a remarkable job at not only managing the incidents but opening their doors to the other NARSC members as well.
Photo sent by Dick Green of the cats on the roof.