Helping Those Who Are Helping the Victims

Pictured below are Harley (the Great Dane), Bogie (the blonde), and Buddy (the puppy). They are currently residing at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, their families having been displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire that continues to burn in Colorado Springs. As I write this, some of these displaced families will be returning to their neighborhoods to discover whether or not their homes have been spared.

Photo Credit: © Susannah Kay

Photo Credit: © Susannah Kay

Photo Credit: © Susannah Kay

The way I see it, those who work at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region have their work cut out for them. I invite you to join me in providing this organization with some support. Between now and the end of July, I will donate all of the proceeds from sales of Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. And if you purchase books this month, I will include your name (not your contact information) on the list of donors I deliver along with a check to the Humane Society.

True confession- I feel a special bond with Colorado Springs and am deeply saddened by what is happening there. Having grown up in Denver, my family made frequent trips to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, and many other attractions in and around Colorado Springs. One of my brothers attended Colorado College there. And this summer, my youngest child is interning as a photojournalist at the Colorado Springs Gazette. Never did she dream she would be covering such a story.

Do you know what to do with your own pets should unexpected disaster strike? Help yourself to a refresher course on disaster preparedness by visiting the links found on my website.

Have you and your pets ever had to high tail it out of your home because of a natural disaster?

Best wishes,

Nancy Kay, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health.   There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at,, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

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8 Comments on “Helping Those Who Are Helping the Victims

  1. Thanks Dr Kay for my wake up. I too have evacuated during a fire scare with 5 animals and it is beyond scary. We all need to chip in what we can to help these folks in Colorado. Thank YOU all volunteers,

  2. I grew up in Colorado Springs and now live in Fort Collins and was completely devastated by the fires. The shelter and rescue communities are overwhelmed and doing their best to keep up with the evacuees on top of the usual flood of summer kittens and usual flow of dogs and cats. Any help is appreciated!

  3. We have a reponse team lead by retired veterinarian, Dr. Larry Smith. So far the biggest disaster we have faced is the Susquehanna flood. Members train constantly and encourage the use of pet alert wallet cards to be carried by pet owners. Recently, they set up a special division for travelers who may be from out of the area and who need pet help. Call 911 and reach the response team.

  4. From all of us here in Colorado Springs, thank you so much for your concern and your generous offer! We are looking forward to recovering from this challenging experience and getting back to a new “normal.” If anything good at all has come out of this experience, it has been watching our community pull together to support those in need, and the care and support coming in from all over the world.

  5. Don’t forget the Larimer County Humane Society that has been supporting the flood of pets affected by the High Park fire west of Fort Collins, Colorado. They’ve also worked with local agencies to find pasture and stabling for many horses, goats, llamas, sheep, and cattle affected by this huge fire and its mandatory evacuations. Go here:

  6. I am with a rescue group and have just come back from that area and will be leaving in two weeks to go to another fire ravaged area. Please, what we urgently need are oxygen masks. Please spread the word, there are no words to describe the devastation to all species.
    Here is a link oxygen mask fundraiser.htm

  7. I have no idea what I would do if we needed to leave the house.

    One person who lost his house recently found us, and we loaned 3 dog crates so his cats could be kept at a friend’s until he relocated. Boarding the cats was costing $50 per day.

  8. I understand having to run from disaster as I live in Florida and have run from hurricanes many times. I have packed all 4 large dogs, my bird and grandson into my small honda and ran for our lives. I also put prized possessions in as well. We lived at a rest stop in Alabama till it cleared. My heart goes out to those people and their pets. After our storm passed we went back fortunately to minor damage. We fed other peoples pets that were loose and cared for some of the wildlife as well. It was so sad. I will keep all those people and their pets in my prayers.