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Pet Helpers Receives 5 Homeless Dogs Displaced by Hurricane Ida

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At the request of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Pet Helpers Adoption Center received 5 homeless dogs displaced by Hurricane Ida. The ASPCA collaborated with Jefferson Protection & Animal Welfare Services in Louisiana to urgently transport the unowned cats and dogs out of communities impacted by the storm. The ASPCA provided the animals with temporary emergency sheltering in coordination with the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley before they could move on to more permanent placement with Pet Helpers where they will be made available for adoption in the coming weeks. . 

“We are proud to help with the Ida relief in any way we can,” said Pet Helpers Executive Director Melissa Susko. “Our hearts go out to the thousands of people and animals who have had their lives uprooted by this disaster.”

“Evacuating homeless animals from communities impacted by disasters is a lifesaving aspect of emergency response efforts because it gives those shelter animals a second chance while freeing up resources for displaced pets in affected communities,” said Susan Anderson, director of ASPCA Disaster Response. “We commend Jefferson Protection & Animal Welfare Services for recognizing the urgent need to relocate these unowned cats/dogs to make room locally for pets impacted by the storm, and we are grateful to the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley and Pet Helpers for opening their doors to these animals in need.”

To learn more about adopting from Pet Helpers, please visit pethelpers.org and email office@pethelpers.org or call (843) 795 – 1110 to set up a meet and greet with the animal of your choice.

While all of these animals were unowned before the storm hit, the ASPCA recently announced the results of a nationally representative survey confirming that more than one in five pet owners have evacuated their homes due to a disaster or emergency and nearly half left at least one pet behind when they evacuated. Additionally, 83 percent of current pet owners reported living in a community that faces natural disasters. The ASPCA is sharing lifesaving expert tips on keeping animals safe during a disaster and urging residents in the pathway of approaching hurricanes to include pets in their evacuation plans. To learn how to incorporate pets into preparedness plans, visit aspca.org/disasterprep.

In the midst of National Preparedness Month, the ASPCA is sharing lifesaving expert tips on keeping animals safe during a disaster and urging residents in the pathway of approaching hurricanes to include pets in their evacuation plans. To learn how to incorporate pets into preparedness plans, visit aspca.org/disasterpep.

Pet Helpers is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving the animals and community across the Lowcountry. Since 1978, their mission is the end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all adoptable animals until they find their forever homes, providing low-cost spay/neuter services, community pet food bank, Unchain Charleston and Levi’s Legacy veterinary assistance fund.

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