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From 22 August 2004 Issue

Hurricane Charley:
HSUS Response for Animals:
How to Help and How to Get Help

Thank you for your interest and support for the animal victims of Hurricane Charley.

Many people have called or e-mailed us with offers of help and requests for information. Please read through this e-mail and we hope we can answer your questions.

DONATIONS

To donate to our Disaster Relief Fund, please call 888-259-5431 during business hours, or go to www.hsus.org. Click on link at top right of page. To access our donation form directly, go to https://secure.hsus.org/01/disaster_relief_fund.  You may also refer to www.floridadisaster.org

Donations of Supplies (in-kind) - Call 1-800-FL HELP 1

NOTE: Donations of supplies is not encouraged unless they are specifically requested. All donations of supplies and equipment must be directed to this number, because transportation, warehousing, management, and delivery of in-kind donations are very difficult and must be prearranged.

VOLUNTEERS
Go to www.floridadisaster.org or call 1-800-FL HELP 1

People wishing to be considered for the HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team in general should get more information about these teams at www.hsus.org/ace/18769 or at www.hsus.org or write HSUS Disaster Services, 700 Professional Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.

PLEASE do not call the 850 number previously provided for animal-related volunteering.

Veterinarians and Vet Techs: To volunteer your services, please contact Florida Veterinary Medical Association at 800-992-3862 or e-mail brynfvma@bellsouth.net

ANIMAL DISASTER SERVICE FACILITIES

1. Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa
Englewood, FL 34224
941-474-7884

2. HSUS Animal Disaster Service Center
Located at the Carmelita Recreational Complex in Punta Gorda FL, at the corner of Florida and Charlotte streets, across from the county public works department at 7000 Florida St. This facility is about a mile and a half from the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center set up at the Charlotte County Airport.

3. Promenade Animal Relief Center
Located at the Promenade Mall at Olean and Route 41 in Port Charlotte, FL

TO GET PET SUPPLIES
(Note: Please do not send donated supplies without prior arrangement - call 1-800- FL HELP 1.)

1. Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa
Englewood, FL 34224
941-474-7884

2. HSUS Animal Disaster Service Center
Carmelita Recreational Complex
Punta Gorda FL
At the corner of Florida and Carmelita streets, located across from the county public works department at 7000 Florida St. This facility is about a mile from the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center set up at the Charlotte County Airport.

3. Promenade Animal Relief Center at the Promenade Mall, Olean and Route 41, Port Charlotte, FL

VETERINARY SERVICES

1. Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa
Englewood, FL 34224
941-474-7884

2. HSUS Animal Disaster Service Center
Carmelita Recreational Complex
Punta Gorda FL
At the corner of Florida and Charlotte streets, located across from the county public works department at 7000 Florida St. This facility is about a mile and a half from the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center set up at the Charlotte County Airport. Note: Veterinary services are not at the Promenade Mall facility.) Also, we have word that several veterinary practices in Charlotte County are once again operational.

TO GIVE UP A PET
Some people find that with their home destroyed or severely damaged, it is impossible for them to provide a secure home for their pet. Owners wishing to give up a pet so that local humane societies can locate a permanent home in a safe area, contact:

1. Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa
Englewood, FL 34224
941-474-7884

2. HSUS Animal Disaster Service Center
Carmelita Recreational Complex
Punta Gorda FL
At the corner of Florida and Charlotte streets, located across from the county public works department at 7000 Florida St. This facility is about a mile and a half from the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center set up at the Charlotte County Airport.

Note: Pet give-up not available at the Promenade Mall facility.

FOSTERING:
Fostering services are available for people who are temporarily unable to shelter their pets. If you need this service or if you would like to offer this service, contact Suncoast Humane Society at 941-474-7884.

LOST and FOUND ANIMALS
1. Suncoast Humane Society (941-468-3208) is taking reports of lost animals and will forward this information to rescue teams as well as try to match against found animal reports.

2. In Punta Gorda people wishing to file a lost-pet report are advised to go directly to the HSUS Animal Disaster Services Center at the Carmelita Recreational Complex at in Punta Gorda at the corner of Florida and Charlotte streets, located across from the county public works department at 7000 Florida St. This facility is about a mile and a half from the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center set up at the Charlotte County Airport.

3. In Port Charlotte, go to the Promenade (Mall) Animal Relief Center at Olean and Route 41.

Animals that have been found should be brought either to Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, Florida, at 6781 San Casa, Englewood, FL 34224 phone 941-474-7884; to the HSUS Animal Disaster Services Center at Carmelita Recreational Complex; or to the Promenade Mall. All animals will be transported to Suncoast Humane Society. All facilities will be trying to match up lost animal reports and found animal reports in order to reunite animals with their families.

MEDIA
Karen Allanach, HSUS Media Relations - 301-548-7778 or kallanach@hsus.org

 OTHER QUESTIONS: Please refer to our web site at www.hsus.org - go to the Disaster Center.

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