This week Robin chats with two super additions to the American Humane Association family. Up first, we meet Randy Collins, the new National Director of the 100-year old Red Star Rescue team, which has rescued animals in crisis since World War I. Then, Capt. Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.), talks about his exciting new role as National Director of Military Affairs, with programs to help active duty heroes, veterans, their families, and military dogs.
Randy Collins is American Humane Association’s National Director of Red Star® Rescue & Emergency Services for Animals. For 100 years, Red Star Rescue has led hundreds of domestic and international
emergency aid efforts following such disasters as the Great Ohio Flood of 1937, the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Haitian and Japanese earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, and Superstorm Sandy. Red Star Rescue also responds to other significant events challenging local communities’ resources, including animal hoarding, cruelty cases, and puppy mill seizures.
Collins has a long and remarkable history in emergency response including work with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, incident management, and law enforcement and the armed forces. He has served as an emergency management specialist for Southern California Edison, is the president of the All Hazards Incident Management Teams Association, has had assignments with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, and is a former K-9 law enforcement officer. Before moving to California, Collins was an executive with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security where he established the Indiana Incident Management Program and the District Response Task Force program. He also had a collateral duty where he commanded the state’s Incident Management Assistance Team.
Capt. Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.)
Captain Jason Haag, USMC (Ret.) is American Humane Association’s National Director for Military Affairs, where he leads a roster of programs that benefit active duty heroes, veterans, military dogs, and military families. American Humane Association has supported the U.S. military for 100 years, dating back to World War I. Captain Haag is partnered with his service dog Axel, named the 2015 Service Dog of the Year at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards®.
Captain Jason Haag had 13 years of experience in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours in Iraq, conducting frontline operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.