ASPCA helps nearly 200 animals affected by Hurricane Ida | State
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee., September 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – At the request of the Louisiana State Animal Rescue Team (LSART), the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) the disaster response team is on the ground performing water and land rescues throughout the south Louisiana for animal victims affected by Hurricane Ida, working together on this joint disaster relief effort with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and Code 3 Associates to Keep Animals Safe. ASPCA also supports local emergency accommodation needs in Jefferson Parish, La. and prepare to meet ongoing shelter needs with emergency shelter at Knoxville, Tennessee. with the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley to provide much-needed housing and care, including medical and behavioral services, to homeless cats and dogs that were displaced by the storm. The operation of emergency shelters in Knoxville, Tennessee. is also supported by FedEx, which provides free transportation of essential resources.
In addition to mobilizing emergency shelter services, the ASPCA has already helped evacuate more than 150 homeless animals from affected communities. All animals transported out of affected communities had no property prior to the storm and will be made available for adoption.
Shelters that have opened to accommodate homeless animals affected by the storm include: Brandywine Valley SPCA, New Castle, Del.; Humane Society of Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, Tennessee.; Massachusetts SPCA in Boston, Mass.; SPCA’s Texas in Dallas, Texas., and Tri-City Animal Shelter at Cedar Hill, Texas
“The bravery and dedication of animal welfare groups and agencies working together to bring vulnerable animals out of harm’s way has been absolutely inspiring, and we are proud to have our specialists among them to help communities on the Gulf Coast. devastated by Hurricane Ida. ” noted Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of ASPCA. “As the work moves from water and land rescues to operating emergency animal shelters, we will continue to do all we can to support these animals and their owners.”
Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29 as a Category 4 storm and caused extensive destruction with major flooding, high winds and power outages. The ASPCA Disaster Response Team remains in communication with local and national emergency response agencies and will continue to provide on-the-ground assistance to affected shelters and displaced animals and homeowners. animals.
ASPCA is deployed across the country to assist with relocation, search and rescue, shelter and reunification efforts during disaster situations including forest fires, tornadoes and floods. In addition, they work closely with local agencies across the country to help improve their animal response capabilities through grants and training opportunities. ASPCA also works with lawmakers to increase access to co-shelter opportunities, a housing approach that keeps people and animals together when displaced by natural or man-made disasters.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, and as we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, the ASPCA shares expert advice vital to keeping animals safe in the event of a disaster and urges residents on the way to approaching hurricanes to include pets in their evacuation plans. To learn how to incorporate pets into preparedness plans, visit aspca.org/disasterprep.
For the latest updates on ASPCA’s response to Hurricane Ida, please visit www.aspca.org/idaupdates.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization in North America and continues to be the country’s primary voice for animals. With over two million supporters, the ASPCA is committed to its mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals through United States. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the ASPCA is a national leader in anti-cruelty, community outreach, and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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