First response for animal disaster victims

by American Humane Association
Sep 17, 2012

Red Star Responds Nationwide!

Second Chance Skipper
Second Chance Skipper

This summer was an exciting one for American Humane Association's Red Star Rescue teams. 

In June, we responded to the worst wildfires in Colorado history, helping more than 200 animals find their way back home. As part of a coordinated response to the fires, Red Star was invited by the State of Colorado to deploy as an approved first-responder to assist pets in need and to help provide emergency rescue operations, sheltering and much-needed care to these innocent animal victims.

In July, The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine reached out to American Humane Association's Second Chance® Fund to help a cat named Skipper.  Skipper’s right front paw was caught in an illegal steel leg-hold hunting trap.  Not only were the bones crushed, a very deep wound visibly showed tendons and bone.  Also, due to the length of time he was in the woods in the trap, the wounds were quite infected.  Since the paw was without blood flow for so long, it was unable to be saved and amputation was the only option. The Second Chance grant paid for the surgery and amputation.  Skipper has fully recovered and is now enjoying his forever home with two feline sisters.

Five therapy dogs and their handlers, including American Humane Association’s National Director of Animal-Assisted Therapy Amy McCullough and her therapy dog, Bailey, attended a military family retreat August 17-20 at Black Mountain, North Carolina. This Operation Purple® family retreat, one of eight operated nationwide by the National Military Family Association, is designed to help families reconnect after experiencing the stresses surrounding a deployment.  Watch the video here:

With the great help of our GlobalGiving supporters we are excited to do ever more in the weeks and months ahead.  Thank you so much for your support!

Colorado Springs Community Response Team shelter
Colorado Springs Community Response Team shelter



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American Humane Association

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
American Humane Association
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Jessie Salpeter
Washington, DC United States

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