The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team responded to the
call to bring veterinary support for search and rescue efforts in
West, TX and to care for those animals in the community who have
Below are updates provided through the Veterinary Emergency Team's Facebook
page. Each time is linked to the specific post so you may
comment through Facebook.
7:06 P.M. - The
Veterinary Emergency Team will be featured in an interview about
their deployment to West, TX on the national radio show - Daybreak
USA - tomorrow morning beginning at 8:50 am Central Time.
7:04 P.M. - The
members of the Veterinary Emergency Team want to thank everyone who
offered their veterinary expertise, medical supplies, and animal
supplies during our deployment to West, Texas. We also thank those
who volunteered to share their time and talents in support of our
efforts there. We could not do what we do without the support and
encouragement of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal
control officers, shelter personnel, law enforcement, search and
rescue team, and animal lovers around the State of Texas and
beyond. Your outpouring of support for our team is truly
appreciated. We are working on a mechanism so in the event of a
future deployment, we will have a way to reach out to everyone,
letting them know what we need (personnel or supplies) and how we
can work together to get those things where they are needed
10:15 A.M. - As
the residents of West move into the recovery phase and begin to
return to their homes, we are hoping for many more happy reunions
between pets and their owners. When the time is right, we would
love for West residents to share their happy pet reunion stories
10:36 A.M. -
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team is demobilizing to head
back to Bryan-College Station. Thanks to the efforts, dedication,
compassion, and commitment of the local veterinary practitioners
and the Waco Humane Society, the community of West has the capacity
to continue the work that was started to help the animals of West.
We thank you for the opportunity to serve and wish the residents
and pets of West Godspeed on the recovery process.
8:38 A.M. -
Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and support. We are
gearing up to start Day 3, and we shall see what the day brings.
The job we are able to do has been made possible by the amazing
compassion and support that the people we are working with are
showing for the animals of West, Texas. We were awakened at 3 am
and 4 am by law enforcement officials who found pets while
patrolling the community and who wanted to make sure these animals
found a safe place. This just reaffirmed to all of us about the
importance of our mission.
9:55 P.M. -
Second set of photos of the Veterinary Emergency Team posted.
9:52 P.M. -
It's the end of Day 2 here in West, Texas. The members of the Texas
A&M Veterinary Emergency Team saw 50 animals today.
Approximately 35 of those were dogs, but we also saw four cats,
five birds, a bearded dragon, two rabbits, and a guinea pig. Our
field team worked with the Texas Animal Health Commission team to
take care of horses, some cows, and some sheep. As animal control
officers from the surrounding area work they way closer to the
blast zone, it is anticipated that the VET will have a very busy
day tomorrow. Kudos go out to area animal control, the Texas Animal
Health Commission, and the Central Texas Humane Society for working
together for the animals of West, Texas.
10:46 A.M. - We
are preparing to discharge the dogs that we treated yesterday. They
will be transported to Waco Humane Society in Waco, Texas. The team
there has prepared to shelter those animals we are seeing, and will
be helping to reunite them with their owners. If you are missing a
pet, please contact Waco Humane Society at 254-754-1454. If you
have any kind of photo or medical record or other identification to
take with you, that will help with the reunion process.
7:27 P.M. - First set
of photos of the the Veterinary Emergency Team posted
- As we begin to wind down operations for the day, we have
seen approximately eight dogs and one horse. With the background of
destruction near our base of operations, we are reminded that each
animal we touch is possibly all the owners have left. Our prayers
go out to the West community as we continue to work for as many
happy reunions as possible.
8:55 A.M. -
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency
Team was activated at 3:30 am Thursday morning through a request
from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas Task
Force 1 to deploy to West, Texas in response to the fertilizer
plant explosion. As we head down the road, we know that we will be
very busy as soon as we hit the ground in West.