Sunday, June 29, 2008

These Critters Need Care!

While Blog-Surfing yesterday, I came upon a poignant post over at Scholastic Scribe. The terrible flooding in the Midwest and fires in California have brought serious consequences to victims beyond the people who are flooded and burned out. I'm re-printing some of Melissa B.'s post here, with permission.


Much like in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of household pets are now homeless. Fortunately, volunteer organizations are stepping in to help. The United Animal Nations is one such group.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, almost 1,000 household pets have passed through UAN's temporary shelter. Hundreds more dogs, cats, birds and other pets are still in the Cedar Rapids shelter, waiting to see what will become of their humans' homes.

What can we do? UAN has only 10 paid staff, and 2,600 animal care volunteers in the field. They are accepting donations from concerned folks like us, to keep their critical operations afloat when disaster strikes.

Thanks to Melissa B. for bringing this important issue to our attention. Please consider donating to UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS). No contribution, I'm sure, will be too small.

7 comments:

christie said...

Thanks for sharing! I'll check out the links and donate!

Veggie Mom said...

Christie & everyone else who Blogs with Me: United Animal Nations really seems like a great way to get involved. I feel so sorry for all the critters who are up a creek!

DunnRight said...

That's so awesome. People forget human's aren't the only ones who need help in times like this. I will totally donate.

Veggie Mom said...

Dunn: You're SO right! The animals--and Veggie Mom--thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

United Animal Nations said...

Thanks for including this post about our work in Cedar Rapids! Our volunteers in the field and the animals appreciate your kind words and support. So far we have deployed 78 volunteers to Cedar Rapids, and they are now caring for more than 600 evacuated and rescued pets at the temporary shelter. If you have pets, don't forget to make a disaster and evacuation plan that includes them! Get tips at our Web site: www.uan.org/disastertips

Sandi McBride said...

You know we really can't have to much support and I thank you for your imput. We have a drive on for our county to support Paws and Claws, the local Humane Society, that if every family (one member of each family) could give one dollar every month it would be enough to support the Society and feed and house those pets so that they would have more time to find homes than they currently do. I find it hard to call Leona Helmsley the Queen of Mean after her generous donation to the Dog world...I just wish it had included all domestic animals...
hugs for your support!
Sandi

Veggie Mom said...

Sandi: Hugs back at ya! I TOTALLY agree with you--our critters are part of our family!