BENEFITING: NATIONAL RELIEF NETWORK INC
DART's initial fundraiser will allow the NRN to purchase our own mobile animal hospital, rather than lease one each time we deploy. It will also stock our mobile animal hospital with the necessary medical supplies and survival tools needed at disaster sites. "D.A.R.T.’s mission is to rescue animals during the days immediately following major natural disasters. Animals that are now lost, hungry, and thirsty, terrified, and traumatized. And, in so doing, make every effort to reunite them with their families. Thousands of pets perish every year following floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes. D.A.R.T. has been established to send highly trained urgent response teams into federal disaster areas to focus on saving cats and dogs, as well as other injured animals, who needed to be left behind by those desperately trying to save their families.
"For weeks following Hurricane Katrina tens of thousands of dogs and cats were left homeless throughout the Gulf Coast Region. Thousands died from drowning, starvation, and dehydration. DART is desperately needed for the safe recovery and immediate care of these lost and traumatized pets following natural disasters throughout the United States. DART’s mobile veterinarians will bring much needed medical care to where it’s needed most, right into the heart of the disaster area." Col. David Dysart, US Marine Corps, Director of Homeland Security and Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery, St. Bernard Parish, LA