Animal Humane Society position on rescue and relief

Animal Humane Society believes it is the responsibility of animal welfare organizations with a reasonable level of resources to participate in assisting during local and national disasters whenever possible. The nature and extent of the efforts in disaster response will vary depending on such factors as access, timing, available resources, the security and safety of responders, and the extent of the relief required.

A wide range of disaster scenarios can place animals in danger. Animal welfare organizations should prepare their staff by providing appropriate training to safely and responsibly respond to rescue and relief situations.

Animal Humane Society believes it is the responsibility of government to include the welfare of animals in disaster contingency plans. Partnerships between governments and non-profits can and should be developed and utilized to ensure prompt and efficient assistance as needed.