May 17, 2011
Flood Relief for Hundreds of Animals
Field notes from Mississippi and Missouri
As our operations rev up in states affected by record levels of flooding, our operations in Tuscaloosa, Ala., have wound down after the tornado. Local animal control will handle remaining issues with displaced animals there.
The Natchez, Miss., emergency shelter is now caring for 68 animals from evacuating families. We are refining procedures for bottle-feeding kittens, walking dogs, and so forth, so we can track that everyone gets care.
Residents continue to come by to verify they can leave their animals with us when they evacuate. People who have dropped off pets continue to visit their pets at our shelter, and tell us that they are ecstatic we are there to help them during such a horrible time.
Planning for placement
We plan to transport approximately 80 surrendered dogs from the Natchez Adams County Humane Society to to be placed with HSUS Emergency Services Placement Partners.
More than 500 animals have come through the Kennett, Mo., shelter, and we are now helping to care for 108 dogs, 78 cats, 5 horses, a goat, and other animals, some of whom are in quarantine.
In all, we have sent 14 NDART volunteers to three locations and have deployed seven Animal Rescue Team members.