The North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York gets a huge salute from our site. They are the world’s largest no-kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Organization. They proudly represent they have saved over 1,000,000 pets. In a strong move to help sheltered pets in Alabama, they dispatched mobile vans to that state. As of this morning, 78 Alabama pets had been transported to their rescue. These pets were already in shelters before tornadoes struck. Some of the pets are adult pets, surrendered to the league following the storms. Today, another of their mobile vans arrived at their rescue from Alabama. They now have hundreds of Alabama pets ready for adoption. Click here to see Good Morning America‘s morning broadcast showcasing their extraordinary efforts and some of the rescued pets. This is simply amazing and wonderful work! Also, click here to see The Humane Society of the United States‘s video of their rescue efforts in Alabama; their efforts are equally moving and amazing. The video is excellent and shows actual search efforts, as volunteers comb the Alabama rubble to rescue cats who survived the tornadoes and now need to be saved before bulldozers level the rubble.
Right now, the Mississippi River has created massive floods into parts of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. We know the crest has moved through Memphis and is now firmly in New Orleans’ path and in the path of pets, creating a resulting wave of lost and found pets throughout these states. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people, families and pets in the affected areas. Here is an excerpt from iPetBlog.net discussing Memphis Flood Relief and pets:
And, everywhere during this difficult time, there are stories of the kindness of people helping people—and their pets. Last Saturday, volunteers rescued two very scared and pregnant cats stranded in the floodwaters and brought them to safety. The ASPCA disaster response team has worked with Memphis Animal Services and the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County to establish an emergency shelter. The emergency shelter has provided temporary housing for a large number of animals, where they will be cared for until they are reunited with their owners. Agencies assisting on the ground include American Humane Association, Code 3, and International Fund for Animal Welfare. The ASPCA is also partnering with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to establish a distribution center in Memphis, Tenn., where pet food, sheltering supplies, and crates can be distributed throughout the region to various local agencies in need. I’m sure the Memphis/Shelby County Humane Society would welcome your donations. And, the American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter is a good way to help the people of the region.
Also, see the following outstanding Facebook Pages for additional postings of lost and found pets in impacted areas:
- Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11.
- Greater Memphis Area Found Pets – Where Lost Pets are Found! . Postings for lost and found pets due to flooding in Memphis specifically should also use this site.
- Lost & Found Pets from the Tornadoes in Mississippi 2011. Postings for lost and found pets due to flooding in Mississippi should also use this site.
- Lost & Found Pets from TN & GA Tornadoes. Postings for lost and found pets due to the flooding in Tennessee should also use this site.
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