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Jun 27, 2008

*Photo courtesy from IFAW (they are working with American Humane on protecting the animals)
Oakville, Iowa

Friday, June 27, 2008

On Thursday afternoon, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services unit and its partners, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Farm Sanctuary and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, received a green light from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to initiate operations to help approximately 60 starving pigs stranded on a levee near Oakville, Iowa. Isolated by flood waters for the past week, the pigs have gone without food, fresh drinking water or protection from the sun.

The operation began Friday morning, when boats carrying feed, apples and hay departed a central staging area and headed for the levee. The team members will distribute the food and assess the condition of the pigs, erecting pop-up tents at multiple locations to shelter pigs found to be in physical distress. Any lost pets that also may have found their way to the levee will be rescued.
Quincy, Illinois

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Quincy Humane Society’s animal shelter remains full, so our team continues to maintain a temporary animal shelter for additional pets displaced by the flood. Each day, American Humane also sends Red Star Animal Emergency Services team members to assist the staff at the main shelter.

Monday, June 23, 2008

On Friday, June 20, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services was invited to deploy to Adams County, Ill., to help rescue and shelter animals displaced by the flooding along the Mississippi River. American Humane is collaborating with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Animal Rescue League of Boston in conducting this joint response effort. American Humane’s 82-foot-long Animal Emergency Services Rescue Rig and other fleet vehicles departed Denver for Quincy, Ill., on Friday afternoon.

On Sunday, June 22, American Humane and IFAW's first-in teams assisted state conservation officers with boat rescue work and assisted in the setup and initial operation of the emergency animal shelter. It is currently sheltering dogs, cats and a number of farm animals, as well as 20 fawns separated from their mothers as a result of flooding. More animals continue to come in. A wildlife rehabilitation team is expected to pick up the fawns on Wednesday, June 25.

The Mississippi River crested Sunday night in Quincy, and the remaining levees have held, but the team is dealing with extensive flooding in Adams County as it continues to rescue and shelter animals.

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Posted: Friday June 27, 2008, 12:28 pm
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