15 dogs from flood-ravaged Kentucky arrive at CT, to be put up for adoption

As flood waters ravage Kentucky, residents find themselves displaced from their homes and their pets. Many of these pets have been temporarily taken in by animal shelters in Kentucky, but that leaves little room for dogs who are already waiting for homes in those shelters.

So 15 of them come to Connecticut.

“Mother Nature is not selective. It could very well have been Connecticut which was ravaged by floods and days of power outages, with too many lost animals and no immediate way to find their owners,” said Theresa Geary, director of operations for the Connecticut Humane Society, in a statement.

Connecticut Humane Society director of development Barbara Naugle says the 15 dogs coming to Connecticut are “just a drop in the bucket” and the Connecticut Humane Society isn’t the only agency to take Kentucky flood pets into new homes.

A truck leaves Kentucky and heads north, Naugle said, stopping in Virginia and then Connecticut before heading further into Massachusetts.

“The reason Kentucky Humane is looking to clean up their space is because they have dogs that were separated from their families by flooding,” Naugle said. “So we’re trying to take as many as we can to try to reunite these dogs with their rightful owners.”

Dogs, which are of several breeds and ages, will first need a medical examination.

“They go through a medical check and a behavioral check which can take a few days, and then if they’re ready for adoption, we post them online and put them on the adoption floor,” Naugle said.

Although 15 dogs is a lot to take care of at once, Naugle said she didn’t expect it to be too difficult.

“Sometimes I think if we had 200 dogs in one day, we could bring them all home over the weekend,” she said. “The people of Connecticut are so wonderful and love their pets and really want to care for animals that don’t have homes, so we don’t anticipate any problems finding homes for them.”

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