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North Shore Animal League America Deploys Emergency Response Teams As Hurricane Isaac Threatens The Gulf Coast

Rescue Team Offers Supplies & Evacuation Assistance for Animals in the Path of Isaac

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August 28, 2012, Port Washington, NY – As Hurricane Isaac heads toward the Gulf Coast, North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – is deploying Mobile Rescue Units staffed with its Emergency Response Teams and replenishment supplies to the regions that may be affected by the storm.

The dedicated members of the Emergency Response Team will offer assistance to those who have been affected by the Hurricane by offering food, water and any other essential supplies, along with shelter for displaced animals.

Animal League America deployed its first Mobile Rescue Unit to the Humane Society of South Mississippi on Sunday, August 26th after receiving the request to assist in the evacuation of nearly 100 dogs and puppies in preparation for Hurricane Isaac. These animals had been relinquished to the organization and were currently ready for adoption at their Mississippi facility. The Humane Society and Animal League America formed a relationship seven years ago when the two organizations collaborated in their emergency rescue efforts in the Gulf Coast region during Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to evacuating nearly 100 animals, the Humane Society also held an emergency Microchip Tag and Rabies Vaccination clinic this past weekend for pet owners in the region to assist them in preparing their animals for the impending impact of Hurricane Isaac.

A second Animal League transport vehicle was also deployed to the region to evacuate nearly 50 felines. The Rescue Team will be returning to the Port Washington facility on Tuesday, August 28th with nearly 150 animals from Mississippi to be put up for adoption into loving and permanent homes.

A third Animal League America Rescue Unit was deployed today, to the storm-affected region of the Gulf Coast in anticipation of assisting shelters that maybe impacted by Hurricane Isaac. The dedicated Animal League America Rescue Teams are prepared to assist and transport as many animals as possible back to the Port Washington facility, where they will be medically evaluated, treated when necessary, and then put up for adoption.

“With our emergency team’s early deployment, it is Animal League America’s goal to minimize the potential danger to dogs and cats and prevent loss of life,” said Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President, North Shore Animal League America. “Our Mobile Rescue Units will provide safe spaces and supplies for area shelters.”

The Animal League’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.

Please visit the Animal League’s Rescue Information Center at http://www.animalleague.org/rescue/pet-rescue-programs/emergency-rescue/ for updates on the rescue efforts and to support NSALA’s Emergency Response Teams.

ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/TheAnimalLeague, follow us at www.Twitter.com/AnimalLeague. To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.

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