Who says that dogs (or shall we say a dog rescue) cannot fundraise for people in need? The Guardians of Rescue (GoR) are proving that dogs are more than capable. This advocacy group has rushed to the aid of the residents of Moore, Oklahoma – especially the animals that are in dire need; many being separated from their families and are fending for themselves out on the street.
A massively destructive EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma on Friday, May 20th – leaving many residents homeless in the wake of the storm. When families become homeless, so do their pets. Thus the Guardians decided that they would take on the responsibility (or at least part of it) to help those in dire need.
In fact, this group that dedicates themselves to the rescue, recovery and aid for pets that are in need immediately set off for Oklahoma, knowing that they would be needed once the predicted storm hit.
Robert Misseri, President and Founder of the Guardians of Rescued stated, “Our supply trucks are on the ground and the Guardians of Rescue volunteers are already in action. The loss of life, homes and belongings is tragic, and many times the loss of the family pet adds to the grief and pain felt after such an experience. We are here to help minimize the loss, and help those animals find their way back to their family.”
The group is a non-profit organization that was formulated in order to dedicate their time and services to helping animals in need. Although GoR is based in New York, it does not seem to matter. They wasted absolutely no time when it came to rushing to the aid of the pets and their owners in Oklahoma.
Currently, the volunteers that traveled the distance are busy searching for lost animals, leaving food out for pets in locations that were once their home, trapping and seeking medical attention for those in need of it. “We are honored to have this opportunity to help the people of Moore, Americans helping Americans in times of need, this is what our country is about,” affirms Misseri, “We are going to send more volunteers, and work tirelessly to try and bring some relief and happiness to those who have already lost so much.”
This is not their first hurrah! The Guardians of Rescue dedicate themselves to the care of abandoned and rescue animals year round, but when disaster strikes, the volunteers head straight to the front, bringing their experience and expertise to an area suffering from all kinds of devastation, but there are also ways for the public to aid in the effort. Here are five ways to help:
1. Volunteer to rescue. For those who like to get in the trenches and be a physical part of what is going on, they can sign up to become a rescue volunteer. They will go out on missions in order to help those animals in need.
2. Send supplies. Those who are taking care of the rescued pets need supplies, such as pet food. You can donate pet items, or other useful materials that may be used during rescue missions, is always helpful.
3. Become a foster. With so many displaced animals, many need temporary homes until they can be successfully reunited with their families. Those who can open their home up to caring for an animal temporarily are needed.
4. Spread the word. Most people are not aware of the problems that the animal victims of tornadoes have experienced. The media tends to focus more on the human factor. The more the information gets out about this, the more people that will get involved in helping.
5. Donate funds. Through the animal rescue process there are funds used to locate, rescue, provide medical care, feed, and house the animals. Anyone, anywhere, can help with this by making a monetary donation.
The impact of this natural disaster will be felt in Moore for a very long time, but with the Guardians of Rescue on the job, you can be sure that our four-legged friends will be rescued, fed, cared for and reunited with the families who love them.
To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.