American Humane Associations’ Red Star® Rescue Team to save animal victims of disaster; also sponsored SAR category in AHA Hero Dog Awards™ .
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2014 – As part of its commitment to help first responders save lives and property, Mission Manager, Inc. is pleased to announce a collaboration with the American Humane Association (AHA) aimed at enhancing the association’s Red Star® team’s nationwide animal rescue efforts. Mission Manager, one of the most widely used cloud-based emergency management tools, has supported approximately 5,000 missions over the past three years.
Under the arrangement, Mission Manager will donate its software and a portion of its revenues to the American Humane Association.
Mission Manager provides a turnkey solution for mission planning and real-time situational awareness. Based on three core principals – preparation, readiness and execution – the software provides a team-based operational environment for day-to-day tasks and serves as an online command center during incidents. Mission Manager features automated reporting tools, multiple communications vehicles and extensive mapping capabilities.
AHA’s Red Star volunteer responders are trained to help animals during or after a disaster, or as a result of animal cruelty – bringing vital skills in animal handling as well as necessary supplies and resources to set-up and operate temporary shelters and/or conduct field rescue missions.
“We’re excited to use Mission Manager, which will automate our Red Star Team’s administrative tasks and significantly enhance the volunteers’ rescue efforts. Until now, we’ve had to organize our team of nearly 200 nationwide volunteers by pen and paper,” said Paul Raybould, American Humane Association Chief Innovation Officer. “With
Mission Manager’s support, we’re able to do a better job than ever before in meeting the needs of animals during times of crisis.”
“Our reason for being is to help first responders save lives and property – whether their callout involves a missing person, an animal rescue effort or catastrophic event,” said Mike Berthelot, President and CEO of Mission Manager. “That’s why our collaboration with American Humane Association is such a fit. We’re proud to partner in the pursuit of saving animal lives.”
AHA Hero Dog Awards™ Sponsorship
Mission Manager also sponsored the Search and Rescue (SAR) category in the 2014 American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ gala, held Sept. 27. The finalist in that category – (pronounced “Brittany”) who lives in Cypress, Texas – has made significant contributions to the SAR community over her long career.
As seen on a special broadcast of The TODAY Show on September 11, she is one of only two surviving search and rescue dogs who worked at Ground Zero following the 2001 terror attacks. Bretagne was also deployed during the Olympic Winter Games in 2001 and Hurricane Rita in 2005. Since retiring in 2008, she spends her time working as an ambassador to the SAR community and visiting schools. People can read her remarkable story at www.herodogawards.org.
Bretagne was among eight amazing dogs that were honored at a star-studded awards gala on Sept. 27 in Beverly Hills. At the event, a therapy dog named Susie was named the top American Hero Dog for 2014 based on more than one million votes by the American public. The Hero Dog Awards gala will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on October 30 at 8 p.m. EST.
About the Red Star Team
The American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one devoted to protecting both children and animals. The organization’s Red Star rescue work began in 1916 when they were asked by War Department to help save hundreds of thousands of horses that were wounded on the battlefields of World War I in Europe.
Since then, Red Star has been involved in virtually every major relief effort, from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. During the past 10 years, Red Star has rescued, helped and sheltered more than 10,000 animals hurt in catastrophes and cruelty cases. To help, please visit www.americanhumane.org.