In the wake of Sunday’s devastating tornadoes, the Humane Society of the United States has sent a team to Lee County, Alabama, to make arrangements to transport dogs and cats who were available for adoption at Lee County Humane Society and Southern Souls Animal League prior to the tornadoes out of the region. The transport flight is scheduled for Sunday, March 10.
This transport of approximately 150 animals aims to increase shelter capacity in communities impacted by the tornadoes by providing more room for pets displaced by the storm. Relocating animals also provides relief for the shelters damaged by the storm and gives the already-adoptable animals a second chance at finding forever homes.
The animals will be transported to rescue and shelter partners in Oregon and Washington, including Seattle Humane Society, Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Oregon Humane Society, Newberg Animal Shelter, Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Hood River Adopt a Dog and Willamette Humane Society.
“By transporting adoptable animals out of shelters in communities which have been impacted by the tornadoes, we are able to support agencies serving those areas while also providing the animals an opportunity for a wonderful new home,” said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Our efforts increase the capacity of communities to care for animals displaced in the storm, paving the way for animals to be reunited with their families in Alabama.”
The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Fences for Fido for providing a grant to cover a significant portion of the cost of the flight to transport the animals to safe haven.