National nonprofit stations animal rescue truck in Oklahoma City

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MOORE, Okla. - Oklahoma is known for its volatile weather, so one animal rescue group set its sights on the Sooner State to make sure they are in place when disaster strikes.

"The volatile weather you have here between the wildfires and the floods and the tornadoes, and it's just a perfect place to make sure we're in the right position to save and rescue animals," Randall Collins, national director of the American Humane Association, said.

On Friday morning, the American Humane Associated donated a rescue truck, which will be housed at OSU-OKC until it is needed.

"The idea is to get these vehicles to a disaster site within 24 hours within their particular region and then our national truck to the site within 72 hours,” Collins said.

The rescue trucks can house up to 100 animals at one time and includes everything you would need for rescue operations.

"It will have an ATV vehicle and you know when you're facing the aftermath of a tornado you so much debris and no way for people to get around," Red Star Veterinarian Lesa Staubus said.

Veterinarians will also be able to haul lifesaving supplies to those in need throughout the region, including Texas and Louisiana.

Only two other rescue trucks like this exist in the country.

"It requires a network of very well-connected people that are working as a team,” Staubus said.

The rescue truck was made possible through donations from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, along with help from country music star Miranda Lambert.


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