Q: Alaska Flooding Puts Dogs at Risk--Who Can Help?

May 28, 2009 | By Kerri B. | 1 answer | Expired: 2435 days ago

Kerri  B.

I know this hasn't made the national news (nothing from Alaska does!) but we have had some really great, warm weather. It's great for all of us city dwellers in Anchorage, but has proved disasterous for the interior villages. This spring has brought serious flooding across the interior of Alaska and we now have many villages that have lost everything, including food for their dogs. These dogs are the primary means to maintaining a subsistence lifestyle and are not house pets. They typically survive on salmon, but now are in desperate need of dog food. We recently got 25,000 lbs. of food donated from HSUS, but it has yet to arrive in Alaska. I usually work with getting food out to humans, but have a special interest in animal welfare. The villages estimate they will need 8,000 lbs. of food per week until late July-early August when the salmon runs reach the interior. I'm looking for resources to help with this disaster. We need another 25,000 lbs. minimum of dog food and about $30,000 to ship it out to the villages (most are only accessibly by airplane). Anyone have any suggestions?
Contact me: Kerri Burrows, Manager, Alaska Food Coalition,
907.222.3103 or afc@foodbankofalaska.org

Readers' Answers (1)

May 28, 2009

Have you contacted the SPCA, Humane Soc. of America, Animal Disaster Group, and the Zootoo people? I think the first step is getting the word out ASAP, and conjuring up donations even faster. There are many rescue orgs for this kind of thing if you can get them involved fast enough. I would be glad to collect $ for the cause if you have a collection bank going. You can send me a mesg via my page if you have anything I could help with long distance, as I am located in CA.

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