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ABC 15: AHS’ Emergency Response Team Deploys to Gila Bend Floods

Written by: Kimberly Ring
News Highlights:
  • As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team was contacted by Maricopa County Emergency Operations Center and deployed to provide assistance for flooding in Gila Bend. AHS initially sent a team of six staff members, including medical and animal care personnel to set up an emergency animal shelter located near the Red Cross facilities at Gila Bend Elementary School. This team provided temporary shelter, veterinary care, and decontamination baths to the pets of Gila Bend affected by the dangerous floods.
  • AHS remained onsite to assist Maricopa County and the Town of Gila Bend for a total of six days.
  • In total, AHS’ Emergency Response Team cared for 36 pets and reunited 20 pets with their owners.
  • One bird, five dogs, and one mom dog with her 10 newborn puppies were transported back to AHS to be enrolled in the temporary owned pet foster program, Project Home Away From Home.
  • How you can help: If you can foster one of these pets while their owner gets back on their feet from this unexpected tragedy, please visit!