In the wake of tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma, the Humane Society of the United States is assisting in evacuating approximately 130 dogs and cats from an impacted Oklahoma shelter by funding a rescue flight and coordinating the placement of the animals with shelter and rescue partners in Maryland and Virginia. This transport aims to increase the capacity of shelters and rescues in impacted areas in Oklahoma as organizations prepare for an anticipated influx of displaced animals in the wake of severe weather.  

The assistance of the Humane Society of the United States was requested by Tulsa Animal Welfare League. The Humane Society of Tulsa is preparing the animals for transport to the HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners. By accepting animals who were already up for adoption, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, Richmond Animal Care and Control, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, Humane Society of Washington County, Tri County Animal Shelter and Humane Rescue Alliance are enabling Tulsa Animal Welfare League to have the available capacity to continue to assist the area as Oklahoma recovers from severe weather including more than a dozen tornadoes in a single day.

“By enabling the transport of adoptable animals out of shelters in communities that have been impacted by tornadoes and flooding, we are able to provide these animals safe haven and a chance to continue to seek forever homes,” said Sára Varsa, vice president of animal rescue for the Humane Society of the United States. “Our efforts increase the capacity of communities to care for animals displaced in the storms, paving the way for animals to remain with or be reunited with their families.”

A generous donation has been made by the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust to support the transportation and care for the rescued animals.

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