The National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) are actively responding to disaster in several states due to tornadoes and the historic flooding of the Mississippi River. Member agencies began to deploy rescue teams on April 28, 2011 and continue to respond to formal requests from officials in four states. NARSC members have collectively responded to multi-state requests for water and land animal rescue. Experts from this coalition are also assisting communities to provide safe haven for pets in temporary animal disaster shelters thus enabling the safe evacuation of both people and animals at this critical time. Countless hours have been spent getting resources to temporary animal shelters, as well as existing community shelters stricken with these disasters. Animal care professionals and trained volunteers are maintaining operations and care of owned, lost and displaced pets. . Working with members throughout the country, the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) will continue to work with local agencies to transport and place un-owned adoptable animals into a network of trusted shelters who will oversee their safe adoptions. While NARSC continues to monitor ongoing concerns of communities who are beginning to recover from devastation, other areas are still in great danger due to disaster. The complexity of the Mississippi River flood continues to require our collective expertise for rescue and relief in this ongoing large-scale animal rescue operation.
The mission of NARSC is to work collaboratively and cooperatively to assist communities and their animals in the planning, preparations and response to incidents that place animals in crisis.
Current members of NARSC are:
American Humane Association
American Red Cross
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
American Veterinary Medical Association
Best Friends Animal Society
Code 3 Associates
International Fund for Animal Welfare
National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs
National Animal Control Association
Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
United Animal Nations
If you are interested in supporting the relief efforts for states affected by tornadoes and floods, please visit the websites of individual NARSC members to learn more.