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August 30, 2012

The HSUS Sends Disaster Response Team to Louisiana

The HSUS Uses Social Networks to Update Pet Owners; Also Aiding Stranded Horses in Mississippi

The Humane Society of the United States has deployed to Jefferson Parish, La., in response to a request for assistance from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. The HSUS is prepared to help with animal rescue, handling, sheltering and transportation needs during flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. The HSUS is also coordinating the rescue of stranded horses in Magnolia, Miss.

“The Humane Society of the United States is coming to the aid of these animals, with equipment and trained personnel,” said Niki Dawson, HSUS director of disaster response. “The scenes of the devastation created by the storm surge and heavy rains are heartbreaking, and we’re pleased to help this community in its time of need.”

The HSUS has been updating pet owners in the region via Twitter, using the handle @HumaneSociety, and Facebook with resources on pet friendly evacuation shelters and other information.

A team of HSUS responders left from Nashville, where they had been staged in anticipation of possible deployment.

Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 240-751-2669

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