May
23
2013

People--adults and children--lost their lives. They lost their homes. Their beloved pets. All of their personal belongings. It's impossible to turn on the television, the computer, or even the news apps on your phone and not be bombarded with the horrific images of what has been left in aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

AAHA is headquartered in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, far away from the devastation in Oklahoma. Today, I'll leave work and head to the comfort of my home, my family, my dog, all of my possessions. I'll eat dinner. Walk the dog. Tonight, I'll sleep in my bed. I, like so many, am far removed from what has happened in Oklahoma. This morning I watched a national morning news program, and while they were still reporting Oklahoma updates, the main anchors had left Moore, Oklahoma and had returned to their studio, the weather guy was in some other location, promoting some other event--it was as if life was returning back to normal. As the days go by and the freshness of the story fades, people who weren't directly impacted go on with their lives, and eventually begin to forget.

But while we're carrying on with our normalcy, those affected by the tornadoes are desperately trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. Areas that, on Monday morning, were full of homes, businesses, schools, and churches, are now large, unrecognizable piles of rubble.  

The scale of loss is incomprehensible.

In the wake of the disastrous Oklahoma tornadoes, AAHA is working with World Vets and BlogPaws to get help to the many pets affected in the area. Dr. Brian Ledger of AAHA-accredited Pampered Pets Veterinary Clinic & Spa, as well as other area clinics, are working on the ground, getting donated supplies to areas that need them most. 

Although we're far from Oklahoma, we want the people and animals there to know that they aren't far from our hearts. Help us help them. Donations can be made here.

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