For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Cara MacVane
Hurricane Harvey: What Floridians need to know
WEST PALM BEACH, FL- (August 30, 2017) Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is a leading Emergency Placement Partner for national organizations (Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society) that specialize in the type of disaster response that is so critical today for the animals and people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Peggy Adams, as always, is prepared to receive animals evacuated from Texas by these organizations if called upon.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), ASPCA and Best Friends have teams on the ground responding to Hurricane Harvey and have already activated the Emergency Placement Partner network to transport animals from the affected area. Animals have already been transported to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oregon.
Peggy Adams is also part of a national network of animal welfare organizations that includes the Houston SPCA, Texas SPCA, San Antonio Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive – the key local Texas agencies coordinating the relief efforts.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has been in close contact with its network of shelters and with the national organizations leading the rescue and evacuation efforts.
Our national partners, however, understand that Florida shelters are also susceptible to hurricanes and they understand the risk of transporting animals to Florida during hurricane season. They also understand that Palm Beach County shelters are often at their fullest during the summer months. In particular, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is at maximum capacity today and depends on Peggy Adams and other local rescues to pull animals from the county-run shelter every day to prevent them from being euthanized due to lack of space.
Should rescues and individuals go to Texas to help? Beyond those trained responders who were contacted, it is imperative that no one try to assist with animal rescues without connecting with the agencies in charge on the ground. Please do not self-deploy. The HSUS and ASPCA for instance will not be able to use volunteers who haven’t gone through official training, and there are already many trained volunteers in Texas. If people who self-deploy drive out and get stranded, emergency response attention must then add them to the long list of people needing rescue, diverting attention away from the existing priority rescue work. It is simply too dangerous and can also result in lost animals never being reunited with their human families (an important lesson learned during Hurricane Katrina).
How can I stay updated about the transfers? We know that HSUS will be posting updates about their response regularly to the HSUS Texas State Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HSUSTexas. They will also be updating their Hurricane Harvey FAQ page with information on The HSUS's involvement, key disaster preparedness resources for shelters and other ways to get involved as the situation continues to evolve. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will also be sending out a media alert advising of animal transfers that may occur.
What if I’d like to donate items? UPDATE 9/1/17 The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is no longer accepting item donations due to the incredible community response. We encourage you to make monetary donations to the below organizations.
What if I’d like to donate money? We recommend making monetary donations to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey and those leading the rescue effort:
- Austin Pets Alive - https://www.austinpetsalive.org
- Houston SPCA - http://www.houstonspca.org
- SPCA of Texas - https://www.spca.org/
- The following organizations provide response to natural disasters. They have volunteers, equipment, and rescue vehicles currently working in Texas.
Reminder Hurricane Season is still very active. Please make sure, today, that you are prepared. For a list of resources, visit https://www.peggyadams.org/hurricane-preparedness
Note to Media: Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is available to speak and can be reached at the following phone number: 561.472.8844
All other inquires: 561.686.3663