In the aftermath of the tornadoes and storms that wreaked havoc in the Midwest last week, many national animal rescue organizations are pitching in to help reunite displaced pets and evacuate animals from shelters that were destroyed.
After 200 mile an hour winds ripped through Guthrie, OK the City Animal Shelter was completely flattened. Superintendent, Suzy Brown and her employees found temporary housing for the 33 dogs and 30 cats living in the shelter, but Brown didn’t know what she would do for a long term solution. Her town does not have the financial resources to rebuild another animal shelter at this time.
But within 24-hours after the storm, the Animal Rescue Corps team was on the scene to evacuate the cats and dogs. They even tracked down four animals that went missing when the twister hit.
ARC president Scotlund Haisley reported his organization will be transporting the cats and dogs to shelters “outside the areas affected where they will be cared for until they find homes.”
The pets from Guthrie will be placed with the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita and Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Co.
“This is exactly why Animal Rescue Corps was founded, and it is our distinct privilege to assist Guthrie Animal Shelter,” said Haisley.
Once the animals are safe, ARC will move to another town in need of help from the extreme weather in the region.
Other animal welfare groups are doing their part to lend a hand, as well. The Humane Society of the United States is working with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Kansas State Animal Response Team, American Humane Association, United Animal Nations and Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team to save pets that were injured or displaced in the Joplin, Missouri tornado.
The ASPCA announced they would be giving a $100,000 grant to the Joplin Humane Society. The grant is named in memory of Rachel Markham who died in the tornado. Markham was the step-daughter of Joplin Humane Society’s executive director.