As much of the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura, the Humane Society of the United States is transporting and coordinating the transport of more than 220 dogs and cats from animal shelters in Beaumont, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi, and cities in Louisiana. By transporting animals who are already up for adoption out of the threatened regions, the HSUS aims to increase the capacity of animal shelters in the path of the storms as they prepare for potential structural damage and an anticipated influx of displaced animals.
“These lifesaving transports move adoptable animals out of harm’s way while freeing up local shelters to care for animals displaced by the storms,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States in a statement. “We are grateful to the rescues and shelters who are opening their doors to these dogs and cats at a time when many are already strained due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The animals will be divided up among the Humane Society of the United States’ Shelter and Rescue partners in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas, including: Humane Society of Charlotte, Humane Society of Asheville, Nashville Humane Association, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Wayside Waifs, Humane Educational Society, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, and McKamey Animal Center.
McKamey Animal Center deployed to Mississippi to transport the animals they are taking into their adoption program, while Humane Educational Society and Wayside Waifs deployed to Louisiana to transport the animals they are taking into their adoption programs. Other animals are leaving the region on the HSUS transport vehicles.