As part of The Humane Society of Canada's Disaster Relief, Rescue and Recovery Program, we monitor the Canadian Hurricane Centre, NASA and the US National Weather Service for up to date information on now Post-tropical storm Harvey and developing Hurricane Irma.
As part of The Humane Society of Canada's Disaster Relief, Rescue and Recovery Program, we monitor both the Canadian Hurricane Centre, NASA and the US National Weather Service for up to date information on now Post-tropical storm Irene.
As of 2.47 pm on Monday, August 29th, Irene has now been downgraded to a post-tropical storm, however rainfall warnings are still in effect for portions of Southern Quebec and wind warnings are still in effect for parts of the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Click to see a storm trajectory for Irene.
We have contacted shelters in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in order to offer our help and assistance, however, we are happy to report that none of them reported to us any animal injuries due to Irene.
Fuelled by dry winds, more than 500,000 acres have been burned in 18 wildfires that are spreading across Southern California. Since October 21, 2007, 1/2 million residents have been displaced in what now has been declared as a major emergency by President Bush.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Kelowna BC, recently evacuated due to the wild fires in the area.
We are pleased to have been able to contribute towards the care and purchasing of hay for the more than 247 horses and farm animals displaced by these fires, to ensure that the brave and tireless work that has been done by the workers and volunteers at the Kelowna Branch of the BC SPCA can continue.
A zoonosis is an animal disease capable of spreading from animals to humans, such as avian flu, SARS, influenza, tuberculosis, rabies, salmonella and vCJD. They can be either viral, bacterial or parasitic infections and are a fact of life. With the way our species treats animals and the environment they will become much larger and more serious problems unless we learn from our mistakes.
Many of these zoonotic diseases are density dependent and similar outbreaks can occur whenever animals are gathered in large numbers. Keeping and slaughtering, often inhumanely, large numbers of animals in cramped, unsanitary conditions, with no thought to the well-being of the animal is not only cruel to animals, but also puts human health and the environment at risk.
Click on the following to find out more information about these diseases