After the Deluge: Veterinary Community Pulls Together to Provide Care and Comfort To Animals


As Florence’s rains begin moving northward, more than 9 million people and their pets remain under a flood watch with no clear date as to when they can safely return home. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is furnishing aid to those providing medical care and shelter for sick and injured pets, equids, food animals, zoo animals and wildlife.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Florence,” said Karen Davis, DVM, AVMF board chair. “The AVMF is monitoring reports from state authorities and we are prepared to give support to veterinarians and other allied health organizations that are providing care for animals in need.”

The AVMA is in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), veterinary medical colleges and veterinary associations in those states affected by Florence.

“In addition to providing financial support, the AVMA is playing an important role in helping to disseminate information within the veterinary community, between the veterinary community and organizations providing animal and public assistance, and to animal owners and advocates so that those who need help get the right support as quickly as possible,” said Dr. John de Jong, president of the AVMA.

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