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September 17, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Provides $5,000 to the SPCA of Texas for Taking Hurricane Isaac Pets

The Humane Society of the United States is providing a $5,000 grant to the SPCA of Texas for its work taking in 266 pets from shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi the week that Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast. While many animals have been adopted, hundreds of dogs and cats are still in need of a good home and continuing care at the shelter.

“The Humane Society of the United States is happy to support the SPCA of Texas’ good work aiding animals in need following this disaster,” said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS. “Hundreds of animals are now finding loving homes here in the Lone Star state.”

“Thanks to the support of The Humane Society of the United States and our other partners, we were able to say yes when Louisiana and Mississippi animal shelters asked us to receive 266 dogs and cats in advance of the storm and care for those pets and hundreds more at our two shelters in North Texas,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas president. “We’re here for our partners, and we are deeply thankful that they are here for us when animals need us all. Our goal now is to find homes for these new Texans as soon as possible.”

The SPCA of Texas provided for the care and placement of the animals that four separate Gulf Coast-area groups transferred to North Texas. This transfer of already adoptable pets relieved the burden on hurricane-affected shelters and allowed the groups from Louisiana and Mississippi to respond to animals in need during and after Isaac hit the Gulf Coast. The SPCA of Texas immediately began individually evaluating the animals for placement or adoption, and many have already found permanent homes.

Immediately following the storm, The HSUS deployed to areas of Louisiana where local shelters were inundated with animals brought in as strays or relinquished by owners who were no longer able to care for them due to the hurricane’s destruction.

The SPCA of Texas is part of The HSUS’ network of Emergency Placement Partners, which are local groups around the country that take in animals from all kinds of large-scale abuse cases, including natural disasters, puppy mills, hoarding cases and extreme neglect.

It’s important for anyone interested in adopting a pet to remember that it is a big commitment that should not be made hastily. If now is not the right time for a pet, donations are always welcome to help care for the animals at the shelter.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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