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September 9, 2011

Pennsylvania Sloshes through Flood Waters, Scrambles to Help Animals

Large PetsMart Charities donation of pet food and supplies headed for Luzerne County

  • Severe flooding has put many animals at risk. Stock.xchng

Seemingly endless pounding rain has flooded many counties in Pennsylvania, and no county was hit worse than Luzerne County. When people suffer in a natural disaster, chances are good that animals will suffer, too, as pet owners face evacuation or get cut off from their pets.

Preparation can make all the difference in a crisis, and it's never too soon to get ready for the next one. The Humane Society of the United States offers disaster tips for pet owners.

PetsMart Charities is very kindly delivering dog and cat food, crates, bowls, collars, and other supplies and equipment to help Luzerne County shelters. The supplies are expected to arrive in Luzerne County on Saturday.

Pennsylvania State Director Sarah Speed helped coordinate this badly needed shipment. Speed serves on the board of the Pennsylvania State Animal Rescue Team, and has been coordinating communication between local animal shelters and county animal response team members who are setting up temporary shelters. She is also getting the word out about the location of temporary animal shelters to evacuees through their legislators.

Below is an updated list of Pennsylvania shelters that will accept animals during this emergency.

Columbia County

Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA

Cumberland County

Lower Allen Township
behind Municipal Services Building (Old Beetle Bop Restaurant)

Dauphin County

John Harris Humane Society
Market Street
Harrisburg, PA

Lancaster County

Donegal Middle School in River Road (SR 441)
East Donegal Township, near Marietta

Luzerne County

Pittston Area High School
5 Stout Street
Pittston, PA 18640

Miserecordia University
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612

GAR High School
Grant and Lehigh Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Luzerne County Community College
1333 S. Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634

State Street Elementary School-Larksville PA
355 State Street
Larksville, PA 18704

Lake Lehman High School
Old Route 115 and Mountain View Drive
Shavertown, PA

Dallas Area Middle School
2000 Conyngham Avenue
Dallas, PA 18612

Wyoming Area Secondary School
20 Memorial Street
Exeter, PA 18643

Solomon Street Junior/Senior HS
41 Abbott Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

Hanover Area High School
1600 Sans Souci Parkway
Hanover, PA 18706

Northwest High School
243 Thorne Hill Road
Shikshinny, PA 18655

Montgomery County

Pottstown Senior High School
Pottstown, PA

Perry County

Penn Township Municipal Building
Penn Township, PA

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