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Nearly 80 Animals Arrive in New York from Tornado Ravaged Zones After North Shore Animal League America’s Emergency Rescue Team Transports Them to Safety

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A Second NSALA Rescue Team Remains in Tuscaloosa and Continues to Offer Emergency Assistance and Provide Humane Relocation of Homeless Animals

MONDAY, May 9, 2011, Port Washington, NY – North Shore Animal League America, recently deployed two of its Emergency Rescue Teams to assist its shelter partners in the state of Alabama.  With the recent events of devastating tornadoes, not only have hundreds of animals been abandoned or lost, but sadly many displaced families were left no choice but to relinquish their pets.   This has resulted in the local shelters being inundated with animals with nowhere to go. 

Aiding the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society with this crisis, the Animal League Rescue Teams will not only transport animals on its Mobile Rescue Unit to its Port Washington Headquarters, but they are also assisting by transporting animals to surrounding shelters, where they will be housed until reunions or adoptions have been made.  Animals that are found on the streets, or have been abandoned will remain in Alabama shelters with the hope of reconnecting with their owners.

Laura Golden, GBHS Strategic Communications Officer said, “The sheer volume of animals that are being brought into shelters every day is overwhelming.  We are so grateful for the hands on support that North Shore Animal League America is providing.  With their expertise and ability to relocate and transport animals’, it is undeniable that pets’ lives will ultimately be saved.”

When the Animal League received the request for help from its shelter partners, SVP of Operations Joanne Yohannan responded immediately, “After seeing the devastation and long term affects that Hurricane Katrina had on so many communities, we knew the sooner we can help the more lives we can save.”  She added, “It is so heartbreaking to know that just a few weeks earlier the Animal League stopped in Tuscaloosa for our annual national adoption event, Tour For Life.  We will do everything we can to find safe havens for these priceless pets.”

Yohannan added that there are many ways that the concerned animal loving community can help, including adopting a pet, volunteering or by visiting to make a donation, which will help support this and other rescue efforts.

Among the first of the rescues that have arrived from Alabama to North Shore Animal League America are 25 dogs, 30 puppies and 23 kittens.  Once they are evaluated, medically, behaviorally, spay or neutered they will begin to be available for adoption at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 12th.


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