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Hurricane Irene Response: HSUS On the Ground

Animal Rescue Team in N.C., helping shelter displaced animals, assess damage, prepare for east coast response

The Humane Society of the United States has sent members of its Animal Rescue Team to provide emergency sheltering assistance and field rescue response along the coastline of North Carolina where Hurricane Irene had the greatest impact. The HSUS team has identified an emergency pet shelter at the Craven County Fair Grounds in the state to house displaced pets. At the same time, The HSUS is in contact with local officials and assessing animal needs in other affected states, and preparing to respond to calls for assistance across the Mid-Atlantic and New England.


The Humane Society of the United States is proud to come to the aid of the people and animals following the devastation of Hurricane Irene,” said Laura Bevan, eastern regional director for The HSUS.  “We have deployed numerous specially trained staff and volunteers to assist with animal rescue in North Carolina, and are prepared to step in and do the same in other states where we are needed."

The HSUS was called in to assist in Pamlico County, N.C., and will be working alongside emergency response agencies to rescue and shelter displaced pets. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team is currently assessing the impact of the storm in this area.

get running accounts and photos of our Irene response »

The HSUS recently assisted Pamlico and Jones Counties in the raid of two suspected dogfighting operations and will be relocating the dogs from those raids as well. HSUS staff stayed behind in the heart of the hurricane in New Bern, N.C., to make certain the dogs were safe in The HSUS emergency shelter. 

Across the country, The HSUS is providing up-to-the-minute information on shelters and other assistance for pet owners in the states impacted by Hurricane Irene on its Twitter page: twitter.com/humanesociety.

The HSUS is also posting updates and videos on its Animal Rescue Team response, including field updates from HSUS state directors in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, at: humanesociety.org/disaster.

Media Contact: Katie Jarl: 301-258-1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org

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