COLORADO — After a week of relentless rains and flooding of historic proportions throughout the state of Colorado, eight people are dead and hundreds have been reported missing.
With parts of Colorado hit by up to 15 inches of rainfall, the floods have reportedly destroyed 1,502 residential structures, leaving many people and animals stranded.
First responders to the vast water-logged area around the size of Connecticut have reportedly rescued hundreds of dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, and other animals. With places from high schools to churches converting into emergency animal shelters, local humane societies and animal shelters continue to work to reunite families with their beloved pets.
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1. The American Humane Association (AHA) has sent their Red Star rescue team to Colorado to help animal victims of the natural disaster.
According to Justin L. Scally, National Director of Emergency Services at the AHA in Washington, D.C., an advance team is already on the ground, working with Boulder County Animal Control and Code 3 Associates, a rescue organization based in Longmont, one of the hardest hit areas by the flooding.
“Our Red Star staff and volunteers will be working closely with local authorities and other agencies…to find, rescue, shelter and make sure animals separated from their families get home safely,” Scally said.
“Floods are among the most terrifying and destructive of natural disasters,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, AHA president and CEO. “Fortunately, our Red Star team is well-trained and well-qualified to handle this kind of emergency so that we may save lives and reunite families.”
2. PetAid Disaster Services, part of the Denver-based PetAid Colorado, is also working on the ground in Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Larimer counties as well as the State Emergency Operations Center to assist as needed.
“PetAid Disaster Services exists to assist small and large animals who are in need of veterinary care or other services during an extremely stressful and emotional time in a person’s life,” PetAid’s program director Debrah Schnackenberg said.
“We work very collaboratively with all organizations and agencies involved in the disaster and are on-hand to provide resources and advice in regards to pet safety and wellness.”