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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter November/December 2001 Volume XVI, No VI

by Karen A. Kandra

We at CVM remember the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. Following the tragic terrorist attack on America, people are finding ways to help the rescue efforts by contributing to numerous assistance organizations. At CVM, many employees bought almost 200 t-shirts featuring the American Flag from Special Tees, Inc., a Rockville, MD business. The proceeds went to support the Montgomery County, MD's Urban Search and Rescue Team, known as Maryland Task Force 1, who was deployed to the Pentagon to assist with rescue efforts. The Urban Search and Rescue Task Force is a highly specialized group of fire fighters, paramedics, and civilian specialists. President Bush visited with the team members to express his personal gratitude for their hard work. For more information, visit their website at http://www.co.mo.md.us/dfrs/mdtf1/. Many people wanted to contribute to an animal-related organization, and we became aware of ongoing efforts in New York City to rescue pets left behind by victims. Employees of CVM contributed more than $1,000 to the World Trade Center Animal Relief Fund to assist in rescue efforts by the Humane Society of New York.

The Humane Society of New York is conducting a major rescue operation in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center, encompassing care and support for animals harmed or left homeless through the disaster. Directly after the attack, the Society's veterinarians were the first to begin emergency triage at Pier 40, near "Ground Zero". They attended more than 200 animals at the Pier, and served as medical escorts for individuals going into sealed apartments to retrieve pets. Medical staff continues to be ready on standby, to render emergency off-site care as needed.

The Society's veterinary hospital is now treating significant numbers of animals daily, suffering severe dehydration, respiratory distress, corneal inflammations, and other traumas. They have established a network of foster homes for cats, dogs, birds and other small animals needing temporary or permanent relocation. In addition, they have set up a Relief Center at their facility for people who have lost their homes, or those who have rescued a displaced pet but are not yet equipped to care for it. All are welcome to free care and supplies including pet food, bowls, carriers, leashes, litter and litter boxes. For further information, please visit http://www.humanesocietyny.org.

Karen Kandra is a Consumer Safety Officer in CVM's Communications Staff, and Editor of the FDA Veterinarian.