Help is on the way for animals displaced by the devastating tornado that struck Moore, OK, on Monday, May 20.
On Thursday, the American Humane Association announced that its 82-foot Red Star Rescue Rig, which is equipped with a mobile operating theater, emergency rescue equipment and accommodations for 12 volunteers, was headed to Moore.
According to the organization’s press release, the Rescue Rig has been deployed to “assist pets in need and to help provide emergency rescue operations, sheltering and much-needed care” after an EF-5 tornado tore a two-mile swath through Moore, killing 24 people.
The Lois Pope Life Rescue Vehicle, a 50-foot vehicle carrying “rescue apparatus, food and medical supplies, snap-together kennels for extending or creating animal shelters, food bowls and other items” is also en route to the hard-hit community. The vehicle can shelter up to 100 animals, according to the American Humane Association’s release.
Since World War 1, the organization’s Red Star Rescue teams have been part of every major disaster relief effort. In the past five years, they have rescued more than 70,000 animals, the release states.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association President and CEO, said the Red Star Rescue team stands “ready to help rescue and reunite pets with their families, and will stay on the ground as long as necessary.”