Rescue Group To Assist Dogs in Mexico Floods

A team from Best Friends Animal Society is assessing animals’ needs in flood-ravaged areas of southern Mexico.

Posted: November 10, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Courtesy Best Friends Animal Society

As massive flood waters overtook portions of southern Mexico last week, a team from Best Friends Animal Society traveled to the hard-hit Mexican state of Tabasco to assess the impact of the natural disaster on the region’s animals.

Rapid response manager for Best Friends, Rich Cook met with Mexico’s Minister of Health to discuss recovery efforts. He’s also scheduled to meet with military officials and tour the disaster area via helicopter to evaluate the damage and determine what supplies are needed.

With thousands of residents forced to flee their homes, it’s unclear how many were able to bring their companion animals or livestock with them. One report estimates as many as 100,000 animals could be stranded due to the flooding.

Approximately 80 percent of Tabasco was underwater at one point – Mexican President Felipe Calderón called the flooding “one of the worst natural disasters in Mexican history,” the Associated Press reported.

Best Friends officials stated their organization helped save 6,000 dogs and cats in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina flooded the Gulf Coast region.


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Anna   Yucaipa, CA

4/6/2009 9:13:09 PM

It's so awesome that these people are doing
that:)
Now what we need to do is save the dogs who are starving.[I just came back from a trip to mexico with my church and the size of the dogs are tramatic than what they should be at that age]

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Christy   Covina, CA

11/11/2007 9:11:20 PM

What a wonderful idea. We should help all dogs.

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

11/10/2007 5:31:49 PM

I am so glad that we have people who do this kind of service. Now we just need to get more people aware of what happens when bad things happen to humans who have pets.

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sarah   chicago, IL

11/10/2007 11:14:56 AM

it's so nice of them to do that! i luved the
article.
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