August 4, 2010
Animal Welfare Groups to Transport 100 Dogs from Overwhelmed Louisiana Shelters to N.J.
The HSUS works with Louisiana SPCA to take dogs from La. shelters in wake of devastating oil spill
Update: All 107 dogs arrived safely at St. Hubert's on Friday, Aug. 6, and are now looking for forever homes.
The Humane Society of the United States teamed up with the Louisiana SPCA to transport approximately 100 dogs from nine overwhelmed Louisiana shelters and rescue groups to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. The majority of dogs will be available for adoption at St. Hubert's while others will be placed with partnering agencies across New Jersey. The HSUS coordinated this transport with LA/SPCA after many shelters in the region reported huge increases in owner surrendered animals in the past few months; with numbers spiking dramatically since the Gulf oil spill.
"This is the second time in the past month that The Humane Society of the United States has transported dogs from overwhelmed Louisiana shelters to rescue groups in the Northeast. These dogs are all highly adoptable and just need a second chance to find forever homes," said Inga Fricke, director of Sheltering Initiatives for The HSUS. "The HSUS also recently coordinated the donation of 12 tons of dog and cat food from Mars Petcare U.S. and one-third ton of dog food from The Humane Choice Company to several Louisiana shelters in an effort to help financially affected families keep their pets."
"New Jersey is a coastal state so we can comprehend how devastating an oil spill could be on a local economy," said Heather Cammisa, president of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. "Our hearts go out to the families who were forced to surrender their pets and together with our placement partners; we will take great care of these dogs and find them the new homes they deserve."
Participating New Jersey shelters will each receive a grant of approximately $100 per dog from The Petfinder.com Foundation, made possible by their partnership with Merial's "Paws to Save Pets" and The Animal Rescue Site's Gifts That Give.
"We are excited to partner with St. Hubert's and The Humane Society of the United States to give these dogs a better chance of finding a forever home," says Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the LA/SPCA. "As August continues we do not expect a decrease in the number of dogs we see coming into the shelter, so having the ability to move these 100 dogs gives us a chance to find homes for the next 100."
These dogs will be available for adoption through the following organizations: St. Hubert's in Madison and North Branch, Noah's Ark in Ledgewood, Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, Animal Alliance in Lambertville, Somerset Regional Animal Shelter in Bridgewater, Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City, and the Franklin Twp. Animal Shelter.
Dogs are being transported from the following organizations: West Bank Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, East Bank Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, Terrebone Parish Animal Shelter, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, Saint John Animal Shelter, Saint Charles Animal Shelter, Louisiana SPCA, Zeus's Place and Saint Bernard Animal Shelter.
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Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, animal‐assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. St. Hubert's operates animal shelters in Madison and North Branch, NJ. For more information about St. Hubert's, visit sthuberts.org.
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an organization devoted to improving the lives of animals and eliminating the homelessness, neglect and abuses that signal animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, our history has been paved with an understanding that only through an improved human-animal ethic can we better the lives of companion animals and that of our community. Our programs and services are infused with the highest standards of care and compassion.