The American Red Cross participated in a pet sheltering in disaster exercise Saturday, June 7, 2014. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) conducted the pet sheltering exercise at the Humane Society’s main facility on Abbot Street and also at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. Twelve Red Cross volunteers participated in the sheltering exercise working closely with HSPPR to learn more about how the two organizations can work together during disasters. The Red Cross volunteer also helped by serving breakfast, lunch and snacks to the Humane Society volunteers at the two exercise sites.
An ongoing partnership between the Red Cross and the Humane Society springs from a shared mission to shelter all members of affected households during disasters, including pets.
|Dogs were willing participants at the|
HSPPR pet shelter exercise in
|Red Cross volunteers served lunch|
to animal rescue volunteers during
the HSPPR Pet Shelter Exercise
in Colorado Springs
The Community Animal Response Team (CART) is the division of the HSPPR responsible for mass sheltering of animals. CART coordinated the care of 1200 animals during last summer’s Black Forest Fire and the exercise today allowed CART to practice their mass sheltering procedures in anticipation of meeting animal needs when future disasters occur.
|Gretchen Pressley (l) talks with Kathleen|
Rowland at the HSPPR Pet Shelter Exercise
in Colorado Springs
In an effort to expand services for animals in the Pikes Peak Region, on December 31, 2013, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region purchased a property adjacent to the current shelter on Abbot Lane in Colorado Springs. Jan McHugh-Smith, CEO of HSPPR, says the former retail greenhouse will be used as a future shelter for animals involved in disaster. “We cared for 24,000 animals last year and maintain an average of 400 animals each day at the main facility.” The new building will help provide additional space and animal friendly facilities when mass sheltering is necessary.
Are you prepared with a disaster plan for your pets? As part of your household’s disaster preparedness plan, check out the Red Cross Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets and go to the HSPPR website at www.hsppr.org for details on their Ready Pets program.