On July 20, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team arrived in Pike County, KY, following severe storms that caused flooding and mudslides. The devastating rainfall was blamed for multiple deaths, and a State of Emergency declared for the affected areas. As a result, many families were displaced from their homes—including hundreds of companion animals.
At the request of the Pike County Humane Society, the ASPCA provided emergency transport of shelter animals, making room for displaced pets. "Countless numbers of animals were adversely impacted by the flooding and needed immediate care and housing," said Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Regional Director of Field Investigations and Response.
Over a two-day period, shelter animals were safely transferred in the ASPCA's custom-built animal transport trailer to various ASPCA Shelter Response Partners across the country. The relocation allowed the Pike County Animal Shelter to accept pets from families who were forced to evacuate their homes. The shelter agreed to hold the displaced pets until their families could accommodate them, free of charge.
"The emergency transport helped ease the strain on the already full humane society," said Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We are grateful to have been able to assist the Pike County Humane Society and be in a position to provide aid for the animal victims."
Organizations that quickly stepped forward to support the ASPCA's relief efforts include: Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, OH; Humane Society of Berks County in Reading, PA; Noah's Ark Animal Welfare Association in Ledgewood, NJ; Nashville Humane Association in Nashville, TN; and Elk County Humane Society in St. Mary's, PA.
"We are proud to offer our full support to the ASPCA," said JoAnne Smith, Director and Humane Officer for the Elk County Humane Society. Just last month, the ASPCA assisted Elk County Humane Society with the removal of nearly 400 cats from a local animal hoarder.
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