The Aftermath of Super Storm Sandy
"People don't realize that their destroyed homes can be severely harmful to their pets," president and founder of Guardians of Rescue, Robert Misseri stated. "These helpless animals don't have a voice and we, as a community, need to pull together to provide them with that voice, support and the help that they desperately need."
According to the Center of Disease Control, those affected by major hurricanes or flood probably will have exposure to a wide variety of hazardous substances distributed by or contained in the floodwater. Exposure to mold can occur through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion.
Animals, as well as people, can be severely affected by exposure to mold. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, typical symptoms of mold exposure include:
In these troubled and tumultuous times, we can't forget our furry friends and the risks that they face in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization based in New York, is stepping in to save those animals from the dangers and health hazards that they are exposed to in their destructed environment. The volunteers have given out dog beds, blankets, dog and cat food and provided shelter to the abandoned animals. Owners are urged to keep their pets away from the destruction and dangerous environments until the area has been sanitized.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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Source: Center for Disease Control: Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods. http://www.cdc.gov/
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