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North Shore Animal League America Emergency Response Teams Rescue Over 200 Animals From The Path Of Isaac

NSALA Rescue Teams First Responders for Isaac-Affected Region

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September 5, 2012, Port Washington, NY – As Hurricane Isaac threatened to make landfall on the Gulf Coast last week, North Shore Animal League America deployed three Mobile Rescue Units before the storm hit, staffed with its Emergency Response Teams and replenishment supplies to the regions that were going to be affected by the storm.

The dedicated members of the Animal League Emergency Response Teams were the first animal responders on the ground in the Isaac-affected regions of the Gulf Coast. The teams worked with shelters in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama that had 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 Humane Society of South Mississippi on Sunday, August 26, 2012 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 prior to the storm, made it safely back to the Animal League’s Port Washington headquarters and were put up for adoption after being behaviorally and medically evaluated.

Two additional Mobile Rescue Units were deployed to the Hurricane Isaac-affected region of Jefferson Parish, LA where they assisted the Jefferson Parish SPCA and Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in the transportation of relinquished animals to safety. The Animal League worked with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Alabama in transporting some of the Jefferson Parish animals to Greater Birmingham’s facility, where the animals were housed and cared for until the Animal League rescue teams were ready to make the trip back to New York. Over 100 animals were transported back to the Animal League’s Port Washington headquarters to be placed up for adoption into loving and permanent homes after being evaluated.

“The Animal League’s Emergency Response Teams were the first emergency rescue animal responders on the ground during the destruction of Hurricane Isaac. If the shelters affected by 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. “It is the Animal League’s mission to insure the safety and well-being of all animals; in following that mission, we rescued over 200 animals from the path of Isaac and brought them to the safety of our adoption headquarters in Port Washington. We believe that no rescue is complete until we’ve found loving homes for the animals that we rescue.”

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 for updates on the rescue efforts and to support the Animal League’s Emergency Response Teams.

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