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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
- Important Documents
- Travel Supplies
- Comfort Items
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.
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.
Infographic – Do you need a dog import permit? (Credit: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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