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Animal Humane Society position on rescue and relief

Animal Humane Society believes it is the responsibility of animal welfare organizations to assist during local and national disasters as resources allow. The nature and extent of participation in disaster response will depend on such factors as available resources, 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 staff and volunteers by providing appropriate training to safely and responsibly respond to rescue and relief situations. Employees must receive required or appropriate training prior to responding 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.