Animals at Ground Zero
Heroes in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
Meet One of the Dog Teams
Pier 40: Heart of the Operation
The Four-Legged Heroes
Search & Rescue, Canine Style
Where Are They Now?
Pets in Peril
Diary of a K-9 Team
Preparing for Animal Care in a Disaster
If You’re an Animal Organization
A Snapshot of the E-mails
A Memorial Roster
Get together now and build an emergency coalition. In the New York disaster, the city’s Animal Care & Control took on most of the animal rescue and relocation side of things, the Suffolk SPCA took care of the search-and-rescue dogs, and the ASPCA handled emergency veterinary care. Decide who’s going to be doing what in your community.
Have one lead agency, which will act as the main communication and liaison point. In New York, the first animal organization to get on TV was not properly informed and failed to give out the emergency phone numbers of the big humane groups.
Although there was good cooperation between most of the groups in the New York situation, there were still reports of certain organizations trying to push themselves ahead of the others and claim credit for what others were doing. Bear in mind, if nothing else, that people tend to trust organizations that give credit more than those who simply claim it.
Next: The E-mails