Sirens blared, thunder crashed and a state of emergency was declared following a series of tornados that tore through the state of Missouri. Due to severe flooding, many people were displaced from their homes—and so were hundreds of companion animals.
In response to the disaster, the ASPCA dispatched its Field Investigations and Response Team to assist the Caruthersville Humane Society, the city of Caruthersville and the county of Pemiscot with the emergency rescue and sheltering of displaced pets. So far, nearly 40 animals have been taken to the Caruthersville Humane Society, where they are being triaged, housed and reunited with their pet parents.
“We realize the stress of having to evacuate your home and leave your pet behind,” says Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We’re pleased to be able to offer our assistance to the Caruthersville Humane Society in caring for and reuniting local residents with their companions.”
The ASPCA's custom-built Animal Rescue Transport Trailer is currently en route to Caruthersville, bringing much-needed supplies for responders who are searching for animal victims.
“Staff and volunteers from the local shelter have been working around the clock,” reports Held, “and the ASPCA will continue to provide emergency supplies and support to the surrounding communities as long as we’re needed.”
Residents who wish to report lost pets or request rescue: Please contact the Caruthersville Humane Society at (573) 333-0100, or visit 500 E. Industrial Drive in Caruthersville, Missouri.