American Humane unveils 50-foot animal rescue truck

Philanthropist Lois Pope points to the 50-foot emergency animal rescue truck behind her during the unveiling ceremony in Beverly Hilton on Friday (September 15). Photo © Abner Galino

THE American Humane, the United States first national humane organization and the first to serve animals in disasters, on Friday unveiled a 50-foot long emergency animal rescue vehicle.

In a brief speech during the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane chief executive officer, said the “generous gift (rescue vehicle) of compassion will be able to do so much in terms of protecting the most vulnerable, the most vulnerable like the animals we see today in the ravages of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.”

Ganzert then went on to thank internationally known philanthropist Lois Pope who donated the rescue vehicle.

To highlight the importance of animal rescue infrastructure, he narrated a recent incident when a senior dog got disoriented and ran away while the family who owned him was being evacuated from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. The dog’s owners left their house in tears, not knowing if they could still find their treasured pet.

American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert (second from left) helps philanthropist Lois Pope cut the ceremonial ribbon during the unveiling rites. Photo © Abner Galino

Days later, Ganzert further narrated, “…they came to Montgomery county where there’s an emergency animal shelter staffed by our first responders.”

It was where the family, after several days of worrying and crying over the lost pet, was happily reunited with their dog. Three members of the family were children, he added.

The emergency rescue vehicle, which will be based in Los Angeles, will be serving California and the West Coast. It is the third rescue truck that Pope has underwritten for the American Humane. The other two vehicles cover the northeast and southeast regions of the US.

When not responding to disasters, the rescue vehicle and its staff will work to help animals caught in cruelty, dog-fighting and hoarding cases. It will also serve as a traveling ambassador to champion the cause of compassion for animals in schools and communities.

The emergency rescue truck can shelter up to 100 animals and are staffed by four certified and trained responders.

Ganzert also thanked the Banfield Foundation for its contribution to cover the operational and deployment costs for the new emergency vehicle.

Leading animal health company Zoetis has agreed to stock the truck with medical and veterinary supplies, as it does for all American Humane rescue vehicles.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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