AVMA/AVMF And The American Red Cross Join Forces;

Separation or injuries to beloved family pets oftentimes compounds the devastation people suffer during disasters.

A Statement of Understanding signed this afternoon at American Red Cross”P>Separation or injuries to beloved family pets oft

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Separation or injuries to beloved family pets oftentimes compounds the devastation people suffer during disasters.


A “Statement of Understanding” signed this afternoon at American Red Cross Headquarters by Mrs. Elizabeth Dole, President of the American National Red Cross; and Dr. John I. Freeman, President of the Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association, and Dr. Samuel E. Strahm, Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, outlines future cooperation between the organizations.


“When disasters occur, people’s lives are severely disrupted and keeping people connected to their family pets during these disasters is an important first step on the road to recovery,” said AVMA President, Dr. John I. Freeman.


“Veterinary skills and expertise will be available during times of disaster to care for injured animals, help keep families and their companion animals connected, and to assure that human health is protected from contagious diseases. This statement of understanding outlines the cooperative activities of each group so that separation of people and their pets can be averted,” Dr. Freeman said

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