On June 24, 2011, the Souris River hit record levels near Minot, North Dakota, and 11,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.
In September, the town was still reeling from the devastation wreaked by the floods, so ASPCA responders headed to North Dakota to help care for animals affected by the disaster. Our responders spent 10 days in North Dakota, helping care for more than 500 animals—mostly the cats and dogs of those who lost their homes or livelihoods—at a special emergency shelter at the North Dakota State University Research Center.
The ASPCA participated in this large-scale sheltering mission as a member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), which had been managing the emergency shelter since soon after flooding began in Minot. The coalition stepped in to help at the behest of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
“The ASPCA is grateful to all of the NARSC member agencies that quickly stepped up to offer assistance,” said Sandy Monterose, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach and NARSC chair, at the time.
Other groups that worked to help the animals of Minot include American Humane Association, Code 3 Associates, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, RedRover (formerly United Animal Nations), the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, PetFinder.com Foundation and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
“It has been a long haul for the people of Minot,” said Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response, in August. “We are proud to be able to offer support through the coalition as this community recovers.”
At the end of the August, the emergency shelter closed, and the Souris Valley Animal Shelter worked with pet parents who needed further assistance to find placement for their pets.