Missouri Humane Society response team to deploy for animal rescue in wake of Florence

The Humane Society of Missouri Disaster Response Team is on standby to perform water and land-based animal rescue operations in the mid-Atlantic coast areas affected by Hurricane Florence. (MGN Online)

A response team is on standby to assist in any animal rescue operations in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

The Humane Society of Missouri stated a nine-member team will assemble equipment Thursday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in St. Louis, as it expects a deployment call to be made during the weekend or early next week.

“Having performed animal rescue, transport and sheltering following Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Rita, Irma, Gustav, Harvey and Matthew, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Disaster Response Team is well prepared to respond in what may be another tragic disaster,” Humane Society of Missouri president Kathy Warnick said. “We are proud of the capabilities of our professional team and grateful to our donors who understand the importance of this life-saving work.”

The team members have training in swift water and land-based rescue operations in preparation for whatever rescue situations they may encounter following the storm, a release stated. If needed, the team also can handle animal transport and sheltering duties.

The Disaster Response Team will have the following equipment and supplies to support their rescue efforts:

  • Two animal transport trailers
  • An animal transport vehicle
  • Two boats
  • A horse trailer
  • Five trucks
  • A recreational vehicle for housing the team
  • Generators and water rescue gear
  • Supplies necessary for the team to be self-sustaining

Donations to support the Humane Society of Missouri Hurricane Florence rescue efforts may be made by phone at 314-951-1542 or securely online at

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