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Disaster Relief and Preparedness

The AHF provides disaster preparedness resources for veterinary personnel as well as valuable Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for animal owners.

California is no stranger to the devastation of earthquakes, wind, floods and fire. Often pets and wildlife suffer during these natural disasters. The Animal Health Foundation (AHF) is "on-call" with professionals who donate time and resources to support rescue efforts. Board of Trustees member Dr. Dirk Yelinek is the Foundations disaster coordinator. Dr. Yelinek is Deputy Commander, National Veterinary Response Team, Department of Health and Human Services, National Disaster Medical System and a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security.

Disaster relief photo

A California wildfire at night.

Losses following any disaster often have lingering financial and psychological effects. By knowing and following a preparedness plan, you and your animals are better able to survive a disaster. The AHF provides disaster preparedness resources for veterinary personnel as well as valuable disaster preparedness guidelines for animal owners.

Disaster relief photo

Earthquakes are common in Southern California and the AHF is here to help.

The AHF often works with other relief organizations to support their efforts to:

  • Provide temporary shelter to cats and dogs
  • Offer medical care to injured animals
  • Provide care and boarding for displaced large animals
  • Provide animal owners with disaster preparedness information

The Pasadena Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Los Angeles are the most recent recipients of funds for disaster relief.

Disaster Relief Form

Everyone traveling with pets should carry this information sheet in the glove compartment of the vehicle, one in their wallet or purse and one attached to one of the crates that has been laminated and is visible to anyone who would have to go into your vehicle in the event you were in a collision or other emergency.

Download the Disaster Relief Form.