Editor’s note: During natural disasters, many pet owners are forced to evacuate their homes and leave their animals behind. This was unfortunately the case during the recent hurricane that swept through the East Coast. Luckily, the Humane Society was able to rescue many animals that were stranded by the storm. Check out these three videos from The Humane Society that show their heroic animal rescue efforts.
Written by Ellen Pascale of the Humane Society of the United States
When Hurricane Irene made landfall along the East Coast, our Animal Rescue Team was ready to respond to pets in need. The team’s first stop was in North Carolina, where a number of pets were left behind when their owners were forced to evacuate. Knowing that animals had been stranded, the assessments and rescues began immediately. In one case, several dogs were found to have been left in an outdoor enclosure during the storm. The dogs were promptly transported to the safety of our emergency shelter, where they were assessed by veterinarians and given some much needed love.
In the days following Hurricane Irene, the Animal Rescue Team was hard at work taking care of the animal victims. The calls came pouring in from concerned North Carolina citizens reporting that several pets had been left stranded, scared, and hungry after being separated from their families. The team set out to locate the lost animals, provide care, and return them to the safety of our emergency shelter. This work not only helped animals, it also brought crucial peace of mind to many residents who could not return to their homes. Owners of the located animals were contacted and informed that their beloved pets were safe, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their lives after Irene.
Not long after Hurricane Irene left North Carolina, our large transport vehicles arrived in Pamlico County to shuttle displaced animals to an emergency shelter at the Craven County Fairgrounds. In some of the most damaged areas, The HSUS Animal Rescue Team went door-to-door passing out pet food and checking on families to ensure that all pets were safe. The team came across not only abandoned dogs and cats, but also a horse that had been swept away by Irene’s floodwaters. We are happy to report that HSUS responders were able to care for the horse and see him reunited with his very grateful owner.
Photo from caruba via flickr creative commons