, Joins Forces With Elanco Animal Health to Provide Vaccines for up to 300,000 Dog and Cat Victims of Hurricane Florence is partnering with Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company to send two 53-foot long trailers (donated by Daum Trucking) carrying medical supplies to serve up to 300,000 dogs and cats. This massive donation of veterinary supplies for the pet victims of the storm includes pain medication, vaccines, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative and chewable antibacterial tablets.

“When tragedy strikes, it’s important that we all work together to help those in need,” said Liz Baker, Executive Director of “We are extremely grateful for the support from Elanco that will help us provide immediate medical attention to the thousands of pets displaced and injured by Hurricane Florence.”

Flooding can increase the risk of certain diseases such as leptospirosis, a bacteria that gets into the water and can lead to kidney or liver failure in dogs. Additionally, the stress experienced by displaced dogs and cats coming together in shelter areas increases the risk of upper respiratory infections and other disease. Vaccines help reduce the opportunity for disease to spread among the animals, especially while they are in temporary close quarters.

“We are humbled to be able to provide assistance to pets, their owners, and veterinarians during this time,” said Dr. Tony Rumschlag, Director, Elanco U.S. Companion Animal Consulting Veterinarians. “Our goal is to help the animals separated from their families and in shelters remain healthy and avoid infection and disease.”

These much-needed veterinary supplies are being distributed through mobile hubs to animal shelters and welfare organizations housing pets impacted by the storm. Additionally, Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of, is providing truckloads of food for thousands of pets along with other items such as like bowls, leashes and crates.

by Jim Kober, September 20, 2018