October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia: HSI Ready to Provide Disaster Relief, Animal Needs Assessment
Humane Society International’s Animal Rescue Team is ready to deploy in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, in support of local agencies and animal welfare groups in the strike zone.
"Our animal response team is on standby to deploy at a moment's notice in support of the animals and people in the path of Hurricane Patricia," said Anton Aguilar, director of HSI/Mexico. “We understand the potential impact of the hurricane on people and animals. We expect to learn more about animal-related needs and challenges in the hours and days ahead, and we’ll be ready to help.”
As specific needs emerge, HSI’s disaster response team will cooperate with local animal welfare organizations, Mexican civil authorities and other responders to rescue and provide temporary shelter for animals in need; to help reunite lost animals with their families; and to aid local shelters and other animal protection facilities in hurricane-affected regions. HSI is also prepared to assist with supplies to animal shelters that expect to be taking in animals.
HSI urges pet owners to have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals. Pets should be brought inside in the event of heavy downpours, storm surge or high winds. It’s also important to provide for your pets in the event you lose electricity, making certain they have adequate food and water. In case of evacuation, always take your pets with you and make sure to have collars with identification information for each pet.
Your donation enables our Animal Rescue team to respond at a moment's notice, and to provide urgent and necessary care to animals in this and other disasters. Thank you for your generous support.