Mobile Unit 2: Rescue Mission in MSPosted by on September 3, 2008
Wednesday was a long but good rewarding day. The two North Shore Animal League America’s Rescue Rovers joined forces and traveled four hours each way to conduct a rescue in Mississippi. The Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (Paws) based in Belle Chasse, Louisiana had evacuated for Hurricane Gustav and were being housed by Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL). MARL was nice enough to house animals from 4 different shelters located on the gulf coast of Mississippi and Louisiana. PAWS had contacted us to rescue animals from them because they fear that their shelter had sustained damage, the shelter is located below sea level. They also are afraid that they would have to evacuate again soon for Hurricane Ike that is projected to come to the area as early as next week. We took 42 dogs total today. Four of these will remain at Greater Birmingham Humane Society to be prepared for adoption and the rest will be transported back to New York.
Many of the dogs we rescued today are under a year and are looking forward to a new loving home. PAWS was very sad to see the animals go because they were extremely attached but realize that this will be the best thing for these poor little guys and gals. The dogs are all very loving and couldn’t wait to come out to greet us.
Upon our arrival at Greater Birmingham Humane Society we were greeted by a huge group of workers and volunteers. They help to unload the animals and walked them. Then they proceeded to bathe all of the animals, fed them and tucked them away for the night. They wanted to make sure they were properly taken care of before their long journey to North Shore. Birmingham’s shelter couldn’t have been any nicer. They are a terrific group of people and we thank them for all of their hard work and support!
Thursday, Claire, Steve and Diane will assist with another type of mission. Some animals that were evacuated from Louisiana that are older and not medically sound need to be transported back from Mississippi to their home again. The team will be traveling from Birmingham to Tylertown, Mississippi and then bring the animals to Algers, LA. It will be another long day but well worth it for the animals.
Jen and Hank will stay behind at the shelter in Birmingham to prepare all the animals and records to take the journey back to North Shore on Friday. We will have to travel all day and through the night to make sure the animals are transported safety. Again it will be a tough trip but worth every minute to bring animals to safety and new loving homes.
You cannot imagine how many people we meet everyday when we stop that come up to us and ask if we are here to help the animals and to thank us for all we do. It is a great feeling to know that we are needed and are making a difference for animals.
We will keep you posted on how the transport went tomorrow.
Claire, Hank, Steve, Jen and Diane