North Shore Animal League America Emergency Response Teams Aid Shelters In Gulf Coast As Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall
NSALA Assists in Emergency Rescue Relief Efforts in Gulf Coast & Puppy Mill Rescue in Midwest
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August 30, 2012, Port Washington, NY – As Hurricane Isaac made landfall on the Gulf Coast, North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – deployed three Mobile Rescue Units staffed with its Emergency Response Teams and replenishment supplies to the regions that have been affected by the storm.
The dedicated members of the Emergency Response Teams 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.
The Animal League deployed its first Mobile Rescue Unit to the Human 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 Isaac. The animals, all relinquished to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, have made it safely back to the Animal League’s Port Washington headquarters and will begin going up for adoption on Friday, August 31st after being behaviorally and medically evaluated.
Two additional Mobile Rescue Units were deployed to the Hurricane Isaac-affected region of Jefferson Parish, LA were they will be assisting the Jefferson Parish SPCA and Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in the transportation of relinquished animals to safety. The Animal League is working with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Alabama in transporting some of the Jefferson Parish animals to Greater Birmingham’s facility to be placed up for adoption. A majority of the animals will be transported back to the Animal League’s Port Washington headquarters to be placed up for adoption into loving and permanent homes once they are behaviorally and medically evaluated.
“If the shelters affected by Hurricane Isaac remained full, they would have been unable to take in the innocent animals at risk of being harmed or displaced from the storm,” said Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Operations at North Shore Animal League America. “That means anyone told to evacuate would have to make the awful decision of what to do with their pets. We are dedicated to making sure that animal owners never have to choose between their own safety and the safety of their animals.”
The Animal League’s Emergency 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 the Animal League’s Emergency Response Teams.
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