It’s not every day you see top industry competitors working side by side together on one project, but when it benefits the common good and helps thousands of displaced pets and their owners, the companies that make up our industry have answered the call of duty.
In an unprecedented collaborative effort, pet stores and veterinary hospital groups, manufacturers, distributors, associations and organizations within the pet industry pooled their resources and worked with lead disaster and shelter officials to coordinate logistics of providing much-needed supplies including sharing warehouses, facilities and distribution centers for storage until affected areas could be accessed.
They also tapped connections and resources to help provide vehicles and helicopters to assist with evacuations and provided financial assistance to rescue organizations.
An overview of the pet industry’s animal assistance in Houston is available here. These supplies have already greatly assisted shelters and aid organizations and will continue to help pet owners with the long-term recovery ahead.
In order to streamline relief efforts and ensure maximum assistance from the country’s pet care community to those most in need, The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), made up of pet industry leaders, animal welfare, veterinarians and academia, partnered with GreaterGood.org to provide aid to those impacted by both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The PLC is working with GreaterGood.org to help assess critical needs and manage the distribution of desperately needed items from PLC members, including food, crates, litter, hard goods and veterinary medical products.
In the first few days of response alone, they shipped enough pet food for one million meals along with other critical supplies.
The Pet Leadership Council has also developed a public map of locations where open animal hospitals and supplies can be found and will regularly update as conditions change.
More information on how companies and the general public can assist in the hurricane aid efforts is available here.
Now, let’s hope hurricane Maria changes her trajectory. If not, together, we now have a system in place and will be here to help!