Humane Society Of The United States Deploys Rescuers To Evacuate Animals To Safe Havens As Tropical Storms Threaten The Gulf Coast

As much of the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura, the Humane Society of the United States is coordinating the transport of more than 220 dogs and cats from animal shelters in cities throughout Louisiana, as well as Beaumont, Texas, and Gulfport, Mississippi. 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.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

“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,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States in a statement.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

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.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

McKamey Animal Center deployed to Mississippi to transport the animals they are taking into their adoption program. Humane Educational Society and Wayside Waifs went to Louisiana to relocate the animals to their facility where they will be put up for adoption. Other animals are leaving the region on HSUS transport vehicles to other locations.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

If you and your pets need to evacuate during an emergency, be sure to have a disaster plan in place. Make sure your cats and dogs have their collars and ID tags on and that they are microchipped with your current information. To find out more ways to prepare during a disaster, CLICK HERE.

Please donate to Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Animal Rescue Fund to help them save more animals in the path of the tropical storms threatening the Gulf Coast. DONATE HERE!

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