September 11, 2017
In the wake of Hurricane Irma many are looking for ways that they can help the people and animals affected. Here’s how you can help during this urgent time:
What you can do:
- The HSUS Animal Rescue Team is ready to deploy to Florida to work with local officials on transporting and caring for animals. Your support is urgently needed: both so we can help during this emergency, and so we can be there at a moment’s notice when future disasters strike.
- Challenge your friends and family to help.
- MyHumane is an easy way to fundraise for animals with family and friends.
- Activate your social network by starting a Facebook Fundraiser.
- Or, encourage your network to give by adding a donate button to your status and tagging The Humane Society of the United States. Here are the instructions for adding a donate button.
- Spread the word on social media. Retweet our hurricane updates from @HumaneSociety and share our latest posts from The HSUS Facebook page.
- Get the training you need to lend a hand in times of crisis. Sign up to volunteer with The Animal Rescue Team and be on the front lines for animals.
- Many shelters in Texas are taking on the burden of lost, injured and evacuated animals during this emergency. You can help them make sure everyone is safe and cared for by donating the items included on their wish lists.
What not to do:
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- Your safety and that of your family and pets comes first. Do not put yourself in danger. If you see a person or animal in distress, call 9-1-1.
- Please do not attempt to drive donation items to Florida, as many roads could be flooded and dangerous.
- It is also essential not to detract time or resources from emergency responders. Unless you are a trained professional who has already received official orders, do not “self deploy” to areas impacted by the hurricane. Do not call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening emergency firsthand. For information and updates, tune in to your local radio station, call 2-1-1 or contact the emergency manager for your county.
Article source: HSUS