ASPCA Deploys Disaster Response Team to Assist in Animal Evacuations, Sheltering in Anticipation of Hurricane Gustav



    NEW YORK, Aug. 30 /CNW/ -- The ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) has deployed a team of disaster response
experts to assist the state of Louisiana in pre- and post-storm evacuation and
sheltering in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav.  Louisiana state officials
have declared a pre-storm State of Emergency, and Gustav is a Category 3
Hurricane that could make landfall as early as Monday morning, September 1.
    "We have received numerous requests for assistance from local parish
shelters and other animal welfare organizations in Louisiana," said Sandy
Monterose, the ASPCA's Senior Director of Community Outreach.  "We are working
closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to assist and provide
resources."
    Members of the ASPCA disaster response team arrived at the site of the
Louisiana Mega Shelter in Shreveport, La. on Friday, August 29. One disaster
response trailer, being driven by other ASPCA team members, will arrive on
Saturday. The ASPCA also contacted its partner agency, the Saranac Technical
Rescue Team, to be on standby for post-storm activity.  Currently, the ASPCA
team is involved in sheltering efforts on the ground and is working to
coordinate evacuation of local animal shelters.
    "We are pleased to be able to lend our assistance, both in terms of human
resources and equipment, in disaster relief efforts," said ASPCA President and
CEO Ed Sayres. "By using our resources strategically and making key
connections at the local levels, the ASPCA's Disaster Response team is able to
effectively respond to shelters and animals in need."
    The ASPCA's Disaster Response Team of ten, which includes a veterinarian,
veterinary technicians, disaster responders and sheltering professionals, was
deployed at the request of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART),
which serves as the volunteer animal emergency response partner of the
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry under ESF-11.
    Other agencies besides the ASPCA that are assisting LSART's efforts
include United Animal Nations, Code 3, American Humane Association, the Humane
Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Best
Friends, Noah's Wish and numerous other humane and disaster response groups.
    The ASPCA's Disaster Response Team was created in September, 2005 as a
mechanism to assist with the rescue of animals in crisis during a disaster. As
the need grew across the country, the ASPCA responded by deploying the teams
nationwide when requested by the agency having jurisdiction.
    
    About the ASPCA(R)
    
    Founded in 1866, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals(R)) was the first humane organization established in the
Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North
America. A 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA's mission is to
provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout
the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in
animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty,
humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York
City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited, animal hospital, adoption
center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement
department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the
reality television series "Animal Precinct" on Animal Planet. For more
information, please visit www.aspca.org.




For further information:

For further information: Anita K. Edson of the ASPCA, +1-646-522-5056,
anitae@aspca.org Web Site: http://www.aspca.org/

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