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Who is GARR?

GARR is comprised of men and women from the veteran and emergency responder communities. We have all come together to share our passion and love for animals with a common goal of helping those in need. Our team has a multitude of training and real-world experience to bring to the table which will maximize our ability of helping animals and their humans. We adhere to ICS protocols in our response to crisis, which allows us to integrate into, and function in, a multitude of scenarios. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to globally respond to animals in times of crisis, both natural and manmade, while providing technical expertise and compassion to those in need. Our primary focus is to rescue, protect, aid, and assist animals and their human caretakers when they need it the most. Global Animal Rescue And Response is an IRS registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization. 

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What areas does GARR serve?

We can respond both in the United States and worldwide when needed.

What training does your team have?

Our team is trained and experienced in many aspects of rescue including shelter setup and operations, water rescue, confined space rescue, high/vertical angle rescue, ground search and rescue (GSAR), and hazardous materials (HAZMAT).

What happens to the animals you rescue?

We make every effort to reunite animals with their owners. If this cannot be done immediately, we will ensure the animals receive the best care possible either at our temporary shelter, or at the facility that covers the area in which we are working.

What types of animals will you rescue?

To begin with, all lives matter to us. If there is an animal in need, we will do our best to save it. This includes, but is not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, exotics, etc. We have the ability and experience to work with almost any type of animal within our team.

Do you have a shelter I can visit to adopt animals from you?

We are not a shelter-based organization. When we respond, we work with established agencies who normally have facilities already in place. When needed, we will establish emergency shelters and staff them until a more permanent solution can be found and handed off for long-term care.

What type of situations will you respond to?

We will respond to animal needs in situations such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, and even war.

What types of donations do you accept?

Financial donations are the easiest to manage. Since each response is different with a unique set of circumstances, the material requirements are constantly changing. Financial donations allow us to purchase what is initially needed until we can set up a point locally to receive donated material items. 

Where do my donations go?

Donations go towards the costs associated with rescuing and helping animals. All our team members are volunteers, and currently no one receives any pay for their time or efforts. Costs can include travel, supplies, food, veterinary care, and necessities for our response team.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes. All donations are tax deductible as Global Animal Rescue And Response is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donors will receive a donation letter for your taxes.

Can I volunteer to help without specialized rescue training?

Absolutely. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the intake and care of the animals we bring back from the field, along with other administrative roles during responses. During non-response times, we are happy to have help with administrative tasks, grants sourcing, and fundraising.

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GRID Team Responds To Hurricane Beryl

As most of you know, Hurricane Beryl came ashore at the beginning of the week in Texas after being the earliest and strongest major hurricane in history. It left destruction throughout the Caribbean and then set its eye on Texas. That is when the GRID Team got the call for help, which we answered. In less than 24 hours of getting the initial request, we had a team on the ground in Texas riding out the storm and ready to help those in need. 

Our response was textbook as laid out in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). We received a first information notice 48 hours out. Then at 36 we sent out a warning order to our team which sets up a possible response. At 24 hours the alert notice was sent out to the team followed by the activation at 12 hours before landfall. From that point, everyone was setting themselves up for an onsite arrival at 1200 on Monday July 8. 

Everyone came together within about 15 minutes of each other at the EOC and immediately set to work. Risk assessments and equipment checks were done, and the eye of the storm was just finishing passing over us before the winds and rain started again from the opposite direction. We rode it out inside the EOC and were surprised how rapidly the storm ramped up again before continuing on its Northern heading. 

We knew there was going to be a delay in the influx flow of water. The area we were located normally floods badly and was just underwater three weeks earlier with another heavy rainstorm. But this time there was no flooding. As we sat ready to answer the calls for help, everyone was pleasantly surprised that the calls did not come in. Houston had flooding in areas that always flood when it rains, but there were no surprising flash floods, no neighborhoods underwater, and no people or animals in need of rescue.  The only animal we were able to help was a sweet mama pittie that came up to the EOC looking to see what was going on.  We were happy to play and give her the attention that she was clearly not getting where she lived. 

As it got dark we prepared our nighttime gear, which includes IR cameras and night vision devices. All of our water rescue gear stood at the ready for that call. We decided to wait inside the mobile command center which is where we slept overnight. In the morning we were released from our assignment as the state of emergency was stepped down and EOCs were rapidly closing. In the distance we could hear multiple chainsaws as residents cut up downed trees, tarped their damaged roofs, and waited in the Texas heat for the power to come on. 

In the end, we did not go out into the field to rescue any people or animals. We are fine with that. In fact, we are very happy with that. For us as an org and as a rapid response team, it was a great real world exercise in readiness. Everyone came together and worked seamlessly with one another. We built new relationships and strengthened existing ones. And we were told that in the future that we would be the ones called since we chose to come when others did not. But most important of all, it showed that the GRID Team is ready, willing, and more than able to respond rapidly when needed, where needed. 

We are the Global Animal Rescue And Response GRID Team, and rapidly responding to those in need is what we do. 

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GRID Team Responds To Hurricane Beryl

As most of you know, Hurricane Beryl came ashore at the beginning of the week in Texas after being the earliest and strongest major hurricane in history. It left destruction throughout the Caribbean and then set it's eye on Texas. That is when the GRID Team got the call for help, which we answered. In less than 24 hours of getting the initial request, we had a team on the ground in Texas riding out the storm and ready to help those in need.

Our response was textbook as laid out in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). We received a first information notice 48 hours out. Then at 36 we sent out a warning order to our team which sets up a possible response. At 24 hours the alert notice was sent out to the team followed by the activation at 12 hours before landfall. From that point, everyone was setting themselves up for an onsite arrival at 1200 on Monday July 8.

Everyone came together within about 15 minutes of each other at the EOC and immediately set to work. Risk assessments and equipment checks were done, and the eye of the storm was just finishing passing over us before the winds and rain started again from the opposite direction. We rode it out inside the EOC and were surprised how rapidly the storm ramped up again before continuing on it's Northern heading.

We knew there was going to be a delay in the influx flow of water. The area we were located normally floods badly and was just underwater three weeks earlier with another heavy rainstorm. But this time there was no flooding. As we sat ready to answer the calls for help, everyone was pleasantly surprised that the calls did not come in. Houston had flooding in areas that always flood when it rains, but there were no surprising flash floods, no neighborhoods underwater, and no people or animals in need of rescue. The only animal we were able to help was a sweet mama pittie that came up to the EOC looking to see what was going on. We were happy to play and give her the attention that she was clearly not getting where she lived.

As it got dark we prepared our nighttime gear, which includes IR cameras and night vision devices. All of our water rescue gear stood at the ready for that call. We decided to wait inside the mobile command center which is where we slept overnight. In the morning we were released from our assignment as the state of emergency was stepped down and EOCs were rapidly closing. In the distance we could hear multiple chainsaws as residents cut up downed trees, tarped their damaged roofs, and waited in the Texas heat for the power to come on.

In the end, we did not go out into the field to rescue any people or animals. We are fine with that. In fact, we are very happy with that. For us as an org and as a rapid response team, it was a great real world exercise in readiness. Everyone came together and worked seamlessly with one another. We built new relationships and strengthened existing ones. And we were told that in the future that we would be the ones called since we chose to come when others did not. But most important of all, it showed that the GRID Team is ready, willing, and more than able to respond rapidly when needed, where needed.

We are the Global Animal Rescue And Response GRID Team, and rapidly responding to those in need is what we do.

www.globalanimalrescueandresponse.org

GoFundMe - gofund.me/777c24d1

PayPal- [email protected]

Venmo- garrdonations

#hurricane #texas #Louisiana #Mississippi #Alabama #florida #Georgia #SouthCarolina #NorthCarolina #Virginia #South #southern #gulfofmexico #gulfcoast #dog #doglover
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GRID Team Heading Into Hurricane Beryl

This is the view heading into the heart of Beryl from one of our GRID Team response vehicles. To say that driving and road conditions were bad would be an understatement. Unfortunately, when the call for help comes in and we answer it, we dedicate ourselves to get there even if it means battling Mother Nature to do it. This was coming from west northwest of the storm, which is not the strongest or most dangerous part of the hurricane structure. For our other responders the trip had its own challenges and issues with the wind and weather.

We are Global Animal Rescue And Response and helping those in need is what we do.

www.globalanimalrescueandresponse.org

GoFundMe - gofund.me/777c24d1

PayPal- [email protected]

Venmo- garrdonations

#hurricane #texas #Louisiana #Mississippi #Alabama #florida #Georgia #SouthCarolina #NorthCarolina #Virginia #South #southern #gulfofmexico #gulfcoast #dog #doglover #beryl #HurricaneBeryl
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