June 7, 2019

ASPCA Assists in Rescuing and Sheltering Animals Displaced by Historic Flooding in Arkansas


Photo from previous ASPCA rescue.

At the request of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Poultry Commission, the ASPCA is on the ground assisting the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management and Faulkner County Animal Response Team with the sheltering of 50 animals displaced by historic flooding severely impacting the central U.S. Our disaster response team is also providing support with animal search-and-rescue needs upon request. In addition to our response team, the San Diego Humane Society is also supporting our disaster response efforts by providing volunteers to assist on the ground in Faulkner County.

“Thousands of people and their pets have been displaced by unprecedented flooding throughout Arkansas and neighboring regions, and the ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we can provide our resources and expertise to assist the State and the County in bringing displaced animals to safety,” said Dick Green, Senior Director of ASPCA Disaster Response. “We’re strongly encouraging impacted residents in need to contact their emergency management offices to request assistance during this difficult time, and we hope that pet owners across the country will use this as a reminder to prepare their families and their pets for emergency situations that often strike with little notice.”

As we continue our efforts in Arkansas, Faulkner County residents in need of either emergency sheltering for their pets or who require assistance with pets who remain in the evacuated areas are encouraged to call the ASPCA at 1-800-738-9437. The emergency animal shelter is open daily from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. at 10 Lower Ridge Road in Conway, Arkansas.

Year-round, we deploy our Field Investigations and Response team nationwide to assist in search-and-rescue, sheltering, relocation and reunification efforts during disaster situations, including wildfires, tornadoes and floods. In addition, we work closely with local agencies across the country to help enhance their animal response capabilities through grants and training opportunities. We will continue to keep our supporters updated as our disaster efforts continue. 

Local pet owners in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the ASPCA at 1-800-738-9437 for sheltering and search-and-rescue requests.