American Humane Assn. Among Groups Mobilizing for Colorado Wildfire Victims

Convoy of Vehicles Including 82-foot-long Red Star “Rescue Rig” on Way to Colorado Springs; Emergency Deployment of Volunteers and Supplies Supported by Mars Petcare US

WASHINGTON, (PR Newswire) — As tens of thousands of residents flee the worst wildfires in Colorado history, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star™ rescue team and is rushing to help the animal victims of the disaster.

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Through the generous support of  Mars Petcare US, makers of Pedigree Food for Dogs and Whiskas Food for Cats, Red Star, which has a nearly century-long legacy of animal relief, is reaching out with critical help and on-the-ground rescue and support services. Their 82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” is fully equipped with a mobile operating theater, emergency rescue equipment, and accommodations for 12 volunteers.

As part of a coordinated response to the fires, Red Star was invited by the State of Colorado to deploy as an approved first-responder to assist pets in need and to help provide emergency rescue operations, sheltering and much-needed care to these innocent animal victims.  The Red Star Rescue Rig left its home base in Denver this morning and is on its way now to Colorado Springs, where it is expected to arrive later today to begin setting up an additional emergency shelter at the Cheyenne Mountain High School.  A convoy of support vehicles including a 4-wheel-drive pickup and horse trailer will follow the Rescue Rig to begin the rescues.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, children and animals of Colorado,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Fortunately, our Red Star team is well-trained and well-qualified to handle this kind of emergency.  Help is on the way!”

“Mars Petcare is proud to be helping protect our communities by supporting the legendary Red Star Rescue Team,” said Angel May, community affairs manager for Mars Petcare US. “We’re working closely with American Humane Association to send volunteers, food and supplies to support the on-the-ground effort in Colorado.”

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5 comments for “American Humane Assn. Among Groups Mobilizing for Colorado Wildfire Victims

  1. Joe
    June 28, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Where is HSUS?? HSUS constantly has adds for ONLY $ 19.00 per month you can help..

    HSUS right now is working too hard to stop the egg and pork business. It is a matter of time before we in America will be paying $ 8.oo per dozen for eggs if we can find them like they do in overseas.

    • admin
      June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Joe, really! Every time you post here it’s something totally outrageous and unbelievable.

    • Joe
      June 29, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Talk about outrages. Just look at what your supporter does

      • admin
        June 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

        You must cite credible sources. Humane Watch is a paid lobbyist and publicist for the meat industry set out to destroy HSUS.

      • Joe
        June 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Just how can you dispute figures that come from the income tax forms that HSUS files? If exposing the truth is out to destroy HSUS false pretences that HSUS uses in getting donations, just what can be wrong with that?

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