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Colorado Wildfires 2012

We want to thank the Norris-Penrose Event Center for welcoming NSALA and NMDR to their Event Center in Colorado Springs. They offered thousands of evacuees free tickets to a special event Saturday, June 30th. Having the Mobile Unit on-site allowed us to inform the evacuees on how we can assist them in the recovery efforts.

See the most recent updates and photos below.

1200 Pounds of Pet Food and Cat Litter Distributed to Waldo Canyon Fire Affected Families

In the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire, North Shore Animal League America and National Mill Dog Rescue continue to provide pet services, food and toys to pet owners who were affected by this devastating tragedy. To date, 1200 pounds of dog and cat food, kitty litter, as well as hundreds of toys and treats have been given to families and individuals with pets in need of these supplies.

The animal rescue groups’ self-contained Mobile Rescue Unit continues to be stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce St, Colorado Springs.

AVAILABLE SERVICES FOR MONDAY, JULY 9:

  • The Mobile Rescue Unit will be available for:
    • Pet Daycare from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Overnight pet service
    • Pet-Sitting while fire-affected families with pets meet with representatives in the El Paso County Disaster Recover Center
  • KONG Toys and Purina ONE treats to be distributed
  • Cat and dog food, cat litter and other pet supplies to be distributed

Thanks to the generosity of supporters nationwide, as well as Purina ONE®, KONG® Company and the Cesar Millan Foundation’s Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund (DEAR), the no-kill, non profit animal rescue groups NSALA and NMDR are able to continue to provide services to the thousands of residents with pets who have been affected by this tragedy.

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JULY 5th update:

North Shore Animal League America and National Mill Dog Rescue will continue offering pet services, food and toys to pet owners affected by the Waldo Canyon fire throughout the week (Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6).

The animal rescue groups’ self-contained Mobile Rescue Unit will be stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce St, Colorado Springs.

AVAILABLE SERVICES FOR THURSDAY, JULY 5 AND FRIDAY, JULY 6:

-The Mobile Rescue Unit will be available for:
     - Pet Daycare from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
     - Overnight pet service
     - Pet-Sitting while fire-affected families with pets meet with representatives in the El Paso Disaster Recover Center
- KONG Toys and Treats to be distributed
- Cat and dog food, cat litter and other pet supplies to be distributed
 
Thanks to the generosity of supporters nationwide, as well as Purina ONE®, KONG® Company and the Cesar Millan Foundation’s Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund (DEAR), the no-kill, non profit animal rescue groups NSALA and NMDR are able to continue to provide services to the thousands of residents with pets who have been affected by this tragedy.

The Animal League's Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm's way. The team is ready at a moment's notice to help save animals' lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.

Support this and other rescue efforts.


JULY 4th update:

In support of the relief efforts offered by NSALA and NMDR, beginning (TODAY) Wednesday, July 4th, 1000 KONG Toys and Treats donated by Purina ONE and KONG Company will be distributed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center, 105 Spruce Street, Colorado Springs, to pet owners affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Animals need support too, and whether it is used to play or stuffed with treats, KONGs are the perfect toy that will keep pets busy and less stressed during this time of duress.

The Cesar Millan Foundation has also contributed to the emergency relief efforts with a generous donation from its Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund (DEAR). The DEAR Fund provides assistance for dogs who are victims of emergency circumstances, including natural disasters.

We are grateful for these contributions, as they are essential to our efforts, allowing the Animal League to continue to provide services to the thousands of residents with pets who have been affected by this tragedy.

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North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) and National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) have seen an incredible amount of support throughout our emergency response efforts in Colorado Springs, CO. We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions, from pet supplies to financial donations.

We would like to acknowledge recent contributions from Purina ONE and KONG Company who has pledged 1,000 KONG Toys to be distributed to the Waldo Canyon fire evacuees and their pets. Heartfelt thanks to the Cesar Millan Foundation's Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue Fund (DEAR) for their financial contribution in support of the Animal League's emergency relief efforts.

Throughout the Rescue Teams' time in Colorado, the support as been unwavering for not only NSALA and NMDR, but the Waldo Canyon fire evacuees and their pets - and for that we would like to say Thank You!

See the most recent updates and photos below.


Fire Evacuees Offered Day Care As Well As Overnight Care For Their Pets By North Shore Animal League America And National Mill Dog Rescue

July 2, 2012, Port Washington, NY – North Shore Animal League (NSALA) and National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) continue to help with the emergency relief efforts in Colorado Springs, CO by providing services to the thousands of residents who have been evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon wildfires. A Mobile Rescue Unit is stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce St, Colorado Springs.

Available services for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3:

  • As evacuees return to their daily routines, NSALA and NMDR are available to provide temporary shelter in their 45-foot Mobile Rescue Unit for fire evacuee pets. The unit will be available for:
    • Pet Daycare from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
    • Overnight pet services
    • Pet-Sitting while fire evacuees are meeting with representatives in the El Paso Disaster Recover Center
  • Supplies are also being distributed, including cat and dog food, cat litter and other pet supplies.
  • NSALA and NMDR Rescue Experts will provide Pet Safety Tips as evacuees return to their homes to ensure the safety of their pets.

The Animal League’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.

For more information please visit http://www.animalleague.org/coloradorescue or www.milldogrescue.org.


Fire Evacuees Safety Tips When Returning Home With Your Pet

  • When bringing your pet home, leave your pet in your vehicle while you inspect the home for damage. If there is any damage, keep your animal away from those areas.
  • If you are returning to your home just to assess the damage and/or collect belonging, do not bring your animal with you.
  • If you require a respirator to inspect your home, then your pet should not be in the home.
  • Evaluate your environment. Make sure there is no standing water accessible to your pet because it could contain parasites. Always have fresh water available for your pet.
  • Upon re-entering, clear the home of all sharp objects such as nails and broken glass that may injure your animal. If your animal does step on something and injures itself, take them to a veterinarian right a way to be examined.
  • In these high heat temperatures, be aware of the signs of heat stress. Check your animal for signs of heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heart beat, restlessness, excessive thirst, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue and unconsciousness. Should you see any of these signs, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Update: Read The Latest News

With 10,000 people still displaced due to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, CO North Shore Animal League America and our satellite partner National Mill Dog Rescue will be stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center located at the former El Paso County Department of Human Services building, 105 Spruce St, Colorado Springs. Beginning, Sunday, July 1st our Mobile Rescue Unit will be on-site and available to house displaced dogs and cats safely and securely. The vehicle will remain at the site as long as needed.

Waldo Canyon Fire Disaster Recovery Center

Volunteers and Rescue Team members will also be on-site to provide pet supplies and answer questions for evacuees on keeping pets safe in a damaged home, as well as provide heat safety information.

For more information on sheltering your pet please contact 1.877.4 SAVE PET. To help support our efforts please click here.


North Shore Animal League America and National Mill Dog Rescue have teamed up to help Colorado residents and their pets that were evacuated from their homes due to the dangerous wildfires that have ravaged more than 15,000 acres. 

Our emergency rescue team set up their Mobile Rescue Units, loaded with food, medicine and supplies, as temporary shelter to care for pets of evacuated residents until it is safe for them all to return home. We will be there to help through this tragic time, in anyway possible, until we are no longer needed.

The emergency rescue team will also transport animals to our national adoption headquarters in New York, if necessary. This will open up more space for animals displaced by the wildfires. This helps reduce the chance that lost animals will be euthanized, and ensures that as many owners as possible will be reunited with their pets when the crisis is over.

Our hearts go out to the people in these areas of devastation.

It’s only through the generosity of our loyal supporters like you, that we can respond quickly and save lives during these natural disasters. 

Please support our Colorado relief mission and all of the Animal League’s efforts to save the lives of homeless animals.

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