The Humane Society has deployed members of its Animal Rescue Team to Laurel County, Kentucky to set up an emergency shelter and to distribute pet food to assist families and their animals displaced as a result of recent storms. The HSUS received an official request for assistance from the Laurel County emergency management office and is working with county officials throughout Kentucky and Indiana to assess the impact on animals from the recent severe weather, and assess possible animal handling, sheltering and transportation needs.
“Many of those who lost their homes are missing their pets, or have nowhere to go with them, and The Humane Society of the United States is coming to the aid of these animals and their owners,” said Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The HSUS. “We have deployed numerous specially trained staff and volunteers to the affected area, and they have been able to help a number of displaced pets.”
The HSUS is currently working with local officials to help animals who are injured or distressed and is setting up an emergency shelter for animals displaced because of the storm. The emergency shelter began taking in animals on Friday. Residents will be able to bring their dogs, cats and other small animals to the HSUS animal shelter for temporary care while they work to recover. HSUS field responders will also travel throughout the community to provide much-needed pet food and distribute information about the emergency shelter and other available services.
The HSUS’s responders worked with local rescue group Fur Ever Friends on Sunday to take in a dozen dogs displaced in the wake of last week’s powerful storms, and they continue daily efforts to search for survivors – like the lucky dog seen in the following video.