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Update: September 5th
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, said Yohannan.
Over Labor Day Weekend, more than 250 animals—many from Isaac, with others from recent puppy mill and kill-shelter rescues—found their homes as adopters flooded the Animal League’s headquarters.
Many more animals are still waiting for their permanent homes, so please visit today.
Update: September 2nd
Two additional emergency rescue teams returned from the hurricane-impacted areas of Louisiana. One rescue unit transported 62 homeless shelter cats and kittens and the other unit brought 30 dogs and puppies rescued from shelters in the area. Thanks again to our shelter partners at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Alabama for helping us bring so many shelter animals to safety.
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.
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Update: August 31st
One of our emergency rescue units is now heading back to our Port Washington, NY headquarters with 24 rescued shelter dogs from Placquemines Animal Welfare Society and Jefferson SPCA. Both shelters were impacted by Hurricane Isaac and needed our assistance to make room for animals displaced by the storm. Special thanks to our rescue partners at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Alabama) for their help in transporting and temporarily housing some of these rescued animals.
Additionally we have another emergency rescue team still in Louisiana to rescue and bring back homeless shelter cats and kittens. This feline-only transport helps make the trip back to NY less stressful for the cats and kittens.
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Update: August 30th
North Shore Animal League America Expands its Hurricane Isaac Rescue Efforts
After receiving calls yesterday from Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society in Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson SPCA in Jefferson Parish, both in Louisiana, Animal League America immediately deployed a second Mobile Rescue Unit to the region, to join our unit that had already rushed to the scene to provide emergency assistance. The area is virtually under water, due to severe flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac.
Both shelters are at maximum capacity and need to free up space so they can take in animals displaced due to the storm.
We are working with our partner in rescue, The Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Alabama, to coordinate these life-saving efforts.
Animals that were already in shelters in the hurricane-ravaged region are being moved to safety, with many returning to Animal League America’s Port Washington, NY, headquarters for adoption.
Earlier this week, before the hurricane struck, Animal League America brought shelter animals from the Humane Society of South Mississippi to our NY campus.
Please stay tuned for updates.
Emergency Rescue Alert: North Shore Animal League America On the Ground in Mississippi Rescuing Shelter Animals Threatened By Hurricane Isaac
As part of our nationwide Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program, North Shore Animal League America has deployed two of our Mobile Rescue Units to Mississippi in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, which is threatening to reach hurricane-level winds when it hits land in the Gulf Coast.
After receiving a call from Humane Society of South Mississippi this weekend, Animal League America’s Rescue Teams set out immediately for the region. They reached Mississippi Sunday evening and today are fully deployed in a massive rescue effort, as they prepare to bring about 100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens back to the safety of Animal League America’s Port Washington, NY, headquarters.
The relocation of the Mississippi shelter animals to our campus in New York will free up space to house companion animals that were threatened by the hurricane, since the shelter had been told to evacuate.
“If the shelter in Hurricane Isaac’s path had remained full, they would’ve been unable to take in the innocent animals at risk of being harmed or displaced when the storm strikes,” explains Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at 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.”
Animal League America has a long history of responding to national disasters, including the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “We were one of the first animal rescue agencies on the ground in the aftermath of Katrina,” says Yohannan. “Not only did we rescue thousands of animals, but we gave them the medical care they needed. We worked diligently to return them to their owners, but when that wasn’t possible, we made sure they were adopted into safe, loving homes.”
The Mississippi Rescue Effort is the first step in what we anticipate will be a major response in the Gulf Region. Animal League America will continue to provide important updates on Hurricane Isaac, and we ask all of our supporters to come to our Port Washington Adoption Headquarters to adopt animals so we can make room for the animals that will arrive in our care within hours.
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