Pets and Disaster

Thank you to all the staff at Countrycare Animal Complex for our support. and delivery of these much needed kits.

Thank you to all the staff at Countrycare Animal Complex for our support. and delivery of these much needed kits.

Pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. They are members of the family. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being.

When Red Cross responders are at residential fires or other disaster our priority is to take care of people. When you have an emergency plan for your pets, (link to arc info) we are truly ensuring their well-being, security and safety too. Having identified the resources and having adequate equipment will help your family care for pets and provide peace of mind during a very stressful situation. Just think of the comfort and compassion your pet will feel when you are prepared!

It’s also through partnerships like ours with the Countrycare Animal Complex, in Green Bay, who has provided emergency pet support. They learned how our responders work with clients and often times they do not have a plan for their pets. Therefore, they supplied us with 100 dog and cat kits to be used in disaster situations. We were surprised when they were all distributed so quickly that they provided another 100 kits. The box kits carry supplies and it can also be used as a carrier for small animals.

  • The dog kit contains: food, bowl, toy, blanket and a leash.
  • The cat kit contains: food, bowl, toy, blanket, litter and  litter box.

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Nancy Mirhashemi, a Red Cross responder, has presented these kits to disaster clients. “They families are always so appreciative. We’re very fortunate to have the Countrycare Animal Complex as our partner so together we can provide comfort and support to the pets and people impacted by a disaster.”

Countrycare is raising funds for the next 100 emergency kits. Please contact them for details on how you can help at (920) 863-3220 and

Local Collection Addresses Pet’s Needs After Disaster Strikes

The Countrycare Animal Complex staff presenting their donations to our volunteer disaster team members.

Countrycare Animal Complex to present local Red Cross with dozens of C.A.R.E. kits to help families provide for their pets after an emergency

Thanks to a generous donation of fifty pet disaster relief kits from Countrycare Animal Complex of Green Bay, the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin is better equipped to provide immediate care supplies for the family dog or cat after disaster strikes.

Countrycare Animal Complex has been collecting donations of blankets, leashes, toys, cat litter, food bowls and pet food under the program C.A.R.E. for Paws. C.A.R.E. stands for Countrycare Animal Rescue Effort and was developed after staff members recognized that when a family is displaced from their home due to a disaster, they might not have what they need to care for their  pet(s).

“Our hope is that with these kits, people will be able to better care for their pets while they are in transition after a disaster”, said Dr. Karen Strickfaden, co-owner of Countrycare Animal Complex.

On Wednesday, June 20th, Countrycare employees presented the emergency kits to Red Cross Disaster Action Team members during their monthly planning meeting at the Red Cross office in Green Bay. Each kit will contain a blanket, a leash, a toy, food, water bowls and pet food. Cat kits will also include a litter box, litter and a scoop. Once emptied, the cardboard containers used to store the pet care items can then be used as crates for cats and small dogs.

“So many of our clients have pets and they are an important part of their families. In many disasters people have lost their lives trying to save their animals. The Red Cross works with the human component of the families in helping them address their recovery needs. We typically do not have the resources to address the needs of the cats and dogs. Countrycare Animal Complex has come forward to help us fill a very necessary need in the recovery process of our families–helping them care for their pets”, said Judy Gregory, Northeast Wisconsin Regional Disaster Program Manager.

Countrycare plans to continue growing the program and will have an ongoing need for donations. If you would like to support the C.A.R.E. for Paws program, monetary donations or supplies can be mailed or delivered to:

Attn: Care for Paws
Countrycare Animal Complex
4235 Elmview Rd.
Green Bay,WI54311

About Countrycare Animal Complex
Countrycare Animal Complex is a veterinary practice on the southeast side of Green Bay, Wisconsin which provides veterinary care for dogs, cats and horses. Countrycare is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals through excellence in veterinary medicine, education, and service to our clients and community.

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