Moore – After a natural disaster the family pets often take a backseat to their human counterparts when it comes to a search and rescue effort, but what can only be called a first in the world’s history, teams of people and organizations started organizing, searching and rescuing the buried and injured animals at the same time search and rescue groups were looking for the buried and injured people.
In the aftermath of the EF 5 tornado that was 1.3 miles wide, that left a 17 mile long path of destruction, that injured 237 and killed 24 people; has left just as many if not more animals injured or killed in its pathway. But this time help has come quickly to save as many animals as they can and reunite the animals with their families.
People like Vance Campbell (DVM) a local vet at the University Animal Hospital is out of his office and going door to door offering his service to any animal that needs medical attention.
The Moore Home Depot became a lost and found facility for displaced animals. Kimberly Weiss, a veterinarian for the McLean County Animal Response Team, has been up all night organizing the operation at the Home Depot, which currently holds about 50 pets.
“Many pets have been microchipped or had ID collars so their owners were called,” Weiss stated. They have been able to return anywhere from 5-10 dogs per hour throughout the night.
The Animal Resource Center in Oklahoma City has opened its facility for displaced or lost pets that were found.
Reddit the social news website has created a Subreddit, where people can post their lost animals or post the animals they may find.
Facebook pages have been started for people that have found an animal or may be missing their beloved pet and they are called, “Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals”, “Moore OK S OKC Lost and Found Pets,” and “Lost and Found Pets in Oklahoma.”
Eric McCune, president and founder of the Bella Foundation sent in the foundation’s rescue teams last night and started searching and combing through the debris to rescue the animals. The animals that their team recovered were taken to veterinarian clinics and animal shelters. The animal’s picture were then posted to “OKC Metro Area Lost and Found Pets” that Emily Garman, co-owner of Oklahoma Media Group and Bella Foundation board member, created as central website where families could find their lost pets.
“We did not want to have four or five places where people would need to look,” McCune stated.
“It’s just devastating, really sad. Animal rescue is a passion. We are working to triage them and get them back with their owners,” stated Amanda Morstad, board member for the Bella Foundation SPCA.
Now or Never Horse Helper sent out an urgent plea hours after the tornado hit for the Orr Family Farm that had dozens of horses that were killed or injured. The Orr Farm needed to find temporary foster homes for the horses that survived.
The Kinship Circle DART team is on standby for deployment.
And let’s not forget the Moore town’s people that not only stopped to save their neighbors, but took the time to save their neighbors pets.
In the aftermath of the deadly Moore tornado, this country saw the first largest organized search and rescue that was dedicated to the recovery of the animals that were left devastated by a natural disaster.
If you would like to help the pets in Moore Oklahoma, click on any of the blue links within the article to donate directly to any of the organizations that are helping the animals in Moore, Oklahoma.
If you would like to donate to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma send a text to the numbers below.
Text STORM to 80888 for $10 donation to The Salvation Army USA, recovery efforts for Oklahoma.
Text REDCROSS to 90999 makes a $10 donation.
Text FOOD to 32333 for $10 donation to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
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