ATLANTIC CITY — Courtesy of a triumvirate alliance of the American Humane Association (AHA), MARS Petcare US, and Pfizer Animal Health, a tractor trailer filled with 40,000 pounds of emergency food, supplies and medicines designated for dogs and cats impacted by Hurricane Sandy will arrive on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1pm at the Humane Society of Atlantic County, located at 1401 Absecon Blvd. in Atlantic City.
AHA president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert and Karen Talbot-LaSasso of the M.O.M.S. (Making of Miracle Stories) Animal Rescue of Hammonton, which helped facilitate the connection between American Humane Association and the shelter, will be among the officials on hand to welcome the truck, whose contents will be unloaded and distributed by American Humane Association’s legendary Red Star Animal Emergency Services team.
Red Star rescue teams have been activated as part of every major disaster relief effort for the past century, from rescuing horses on the battlefields of World War I through rescuing, sheltering and treating animals in last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan and, of course, since Hurricane Sandy last week. It is estimated that 30 million pets were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Animal shelters were hit particularly hard, many losing electricity and unable to maintain or replenish their food supplies and other necessities and with an influx of animals from families being evacuated and losing their homes in the storm of the century.
Because of this harrowing situation, American Humane Association has been invited by officials in three of the hardest hit areas — Atlantic City, northern New and Staten Island — to provide its Red Star services on site. The Humane Society of Atlantic County will serve as a distribution hub for other area shelters impacted by the hurricane.