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Disaster Relief Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Wildfire Relief

September 15, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Reserve (CVR) is a program of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The CVR is a membership of Canadian veterinarians who are available to be called to serve in large scale animal disease outbreaks and other disasters affecting large numbers of animals (livestock, domestic, and wildlife). All veterinarians in Canada are eligible for CVR membership. The CVMA is in regular contact with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the CVR stands ready to provide support if requested by American officials. At present no requests have been made.  
The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a number of information pieces on its website in regards to disaster relief and disaster aid for its veterinarians. Read more.

AVMA creates Pet Evacuation Kit 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed a Pet Evacuation Kit to help those in the storm's path safely account for their pets as they prepare to leave the area.
AVMA's Pet Evacuation Kit provides a checklist of essential items and tasks that pet owners should include and account for before evacuating. This includes:
  • Food and Medicine
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sanitation
  • Important Documents
  • Travel Supplies
  • Comfort Items
The Pet Evacuation Kit is available along with other disaster preparation resources on the AVMA website at
The CVMA would like to remind pet owners that microchipping is a dependable method to ensure your clients' pets have reliable forms of identification in the event they become lost. The CVMA recommends veterinarians use RFID products that have been successfully reviewed by the National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC) and appear on the NCAC list of recognized products.

If You Want to Help

Excerpt from the AVMA web page
Despite the natural desire to volunteer or send in-kind donations to the area, relief officials on the ground discourage most in-kind donations and will turn away any would-be volunteers who are not already part of a team that is trained and credentialed. Self-deploying volunteers can actually complicate and add to the work of local emergency officials; please do not take it upon yourself to enter a disaster-stricken area unless you are part of an organized response team with authorized access.
Emergency officials say the best way to help is to donate to reputable charities that will funnel the right aid to the people who need it. The AVMA donated $100,000 to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Disaster Reimbursement Grants program to help veterinarians provide services to affected animals, and we encourage you to join us in that effort.
You can support the many veterinarians working to help communities inundated by Harvey by donating to the AVMF ( using the AVMF Code “Disaster Relief.”

Importation of Dogs into Canada

Dogs are imported into Canada for many reasons; one of those reasons are animal welfare organizations (e.g., shelters, rescue organizations) which are generally motivated by a desire to improve the lives of the affected animals following natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes) because they are stray or unwanted animals in their country of origin.
The CVMA advises to ensure effective controls and risk management strategies are in place. This could include formal risk assessments based on country of origin, pre-screening of dogs for a range of diseases, screening tests for pathogens upon arrival, preventive use of parasiticide therapy, quarantine, vaccination, pre-departure veterinary examination, and health certification.
Please read our position on Importation of Dogs into Canada.
Please refer to Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs (Credit: Canadian Food Inspection Agency):
Infographic – Do you need a dog import permit? (Credit: Canadian Food Inspection Agency)