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August 30, 2012

Animal Rescue Team Deploys to Flooded Areas

Isaac wreaks havoc on Gulf Coast

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team

  • Isaac is soaking the Gulf Coast states with an astonishing amount of rain. Robin Layton

Our Animal Rescue Team has been activated and is en route to the hardest hit areas in Louisiana to provide relief to pets in impacted communities.

As the nation watched Isaac wreak havoc on Louisiana and the Gulf Region, media coverage included, once again, heartbreaking images of animals being rescued from flood waters.

The difference, however, between Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina, which devastated this same area seven years ago, is remarkable. (See a slideshow of images from our disaster response work, ranging from Katrina to Isaac.)

 

Pictures of the National Guard and other first responders pulling flood victims' pets into rescue boats have trended via twitter, and Facebook pages are already dedicated to reuinification efforts. Numerous pet-friendly shelters have opened across the region with emergency management officials posting these locations on parish and state websites. The Weather Channel is encouraging families to take their pets with them during evacuation and featuring pictures of pet friendly shelters.

Remember, when you get the order to evacuate, you should take your pets with you. Here's how to be ready.

If you haven't done so already, make a disaster plan for you and your pets and assemble supplies.

Your gift helps us help animals

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team is deploying now to help the animals Isaac displaced. Please make a donation to our Animal Rescue Team for the pets and other animals in harm's way.

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