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.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.