As tropical storm Barry threatens to hit the Louisiana coastline, the Humane Society rushed to remove many animals that were up for adoption in rescue centres. This mass evacuation also creates more space for other displaced animals.
By, 15 Jul 2019
Storm Barry threatens structures and life
The approaching tropical storm is expected to bring strong winds of up to 70 mph which may cause not only anticipated structural damage, but also an influx of displaced pets.
Dogs and cats evacuated and safe from the storm
More than 120 animals were evacuated from St Martin and St Landry animal centres by volunteers and staff from the Humane Society of the United States. Both of these Louisiana shelters are in the path of the storm and house their rescued animals in outdoor kennels. They were flown in pet carrier crates to Manassas, northern Virginia, before the approaching tropical storm could hinder the operation.
In its first joint effort since merging earlier this week, the Humane Rescue Alliance/ @sthubertsanimal assisted in an emergency transport of animals from shelters in Louisiana in advance of Tropical Storm Barry. https://t.co/TZK9rnxYj9 pic.twitter.com/m3JhxZVxf8— Humane Rescue (@HumaneRescue) July 13, 2019
The evacuated animals were unloaded from the plane by volunteers before being transported to local animal shelters. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Charlottesville Albermarle SPCA, St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Centre, Human Rescue Alliance, Angels of Assissi and the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation have all assisted by taking in some of these evacuated cats and dogs.
Loving households sought for homeless animals
During the hurricane season, many hundreds of animals are displaced and lose their homes, sometimes, they tragically lose their owners too. These caring animal shelters provide a safe haven for these cats and dogs during such disastrous events until loving homes can be found for them.
TROPICAL STORM BARRY: Over 100 shelter animals from the gulf coast just landed in VA. The HSUS is coordinating this rescue flight of adoptable animals evacuated from St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue and St. Martin Animal Shelter. Please consider an emergency gift to support our relief and preparedness work during this and other emergencies! https://hsus.link/udcji2Posted by The Humane Society of the United States on Friday, July 12, 2019
The Humane Society is stressing that pet owners in the vicinity of the tropical storm need to take suitable precautions to keep their animals safe. Ensure that your dog or cat is wearing a collar with an ID tag and take photographs showing up to date detail in case your pet is displaced. They also recommend that you store sufficient food and water to last for a minimum 5 days in the event of the advancing Tropical Storm Barry.