American Humane Association unveils 50-foot vehicle to aid pets, families in Northeast

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One year after Hurricane Sandy, American Humane Association today dedicated a new Red Star Rescue Vehicle in New York City to protect animals in the Northeastern U.S. The 50-foot vehicle, made possible by philanthropist Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, and Zoetis, carries supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals, and brings animal-assisted therapy to communities struck by disasters. (PRNewsFoto/American Humane Association) One year after Hurricane Sandy, American Humane Association today dedicated a new Red Star Rescue Vehicle in New York City to protect animals in the Northeastern U.S. The 50-foot vehicle, made possible by philanthropist Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, and Zoetis, carries supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals, and brings animal-assisted therapy to communities struck by disasters. (PRNewsFoto/American Humane Association)  A gigantic holiday gift promising a healthier, happier and safer New Year for the animals of the Northeast rolled into New York City, Dec. 27.

One year after Hurricane Sandy, American Humane Association, the country’s first national humanitarian organization, unveiled a giant 50-foot-long emergency rescue vehicle designed to provide help and hope to the Northeastern U.S. in times of disasters.

Made possible through the generous support of philanthropist Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, Zoetis, and other major donors, the truck is the latest addition to American Humane Association's historic Red Star emergency services program, which rescues and shelters animals in crises, and provides animal-assisted therapy to children and families following traumatic events.

“This new rescue vehicle is a major investment in the families, children and animals of the Northeast,” said Dr. Ganzert. “The newest member of our Red Star rescue fleet is specifically designed and outfitted to provide a wide array of emergency services and will be staffed by four certified and specially trained responders, carrying supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals, and bringing animal-assisted therapy to children and families. The vehicle will be dedicated to the region so it may respond to emergencies quickly in the entire Northeast area. This strengthening of our nation's emergency operations is a gift to all those who live here, and we thank Lois Pope, Banfield Pet Hospital, Zoetis, and the other major donors in this effort who care about the most vulnerable in times of need.”

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, American Humane Association delivered tens of thousands of pounds of emergency food, medicines and supplies to help animals and provided shelter services, which can save human lives since many families will not leave a disaster zone without their beloved companion animals, exposing everyone to danger. American Humane Association is also a leader in providing animal-assisted therapy to children and families experiencing crises, medical illnesses, deployments of their parents during military duty, and other challenges. 

“The addition of this new vehicle will strengthen our ability to respond to disasters and help alleviate the suffering for more of our most vulnerable when crises strike,” says American Humane Association chair John B. Payne. "We are very proud of American Humane Association's century-plus of ongoing work to provide lifesaving rescue services following hurricanes, floods, and other crises.”

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