Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) assisted in the rescue and transport of dozens of dogs and cats from life-threatening flooded areas of Louisiana the week of August 15.
In the first transport, AHS worked with Acadiana Animal Aid of Lafayette, LA, to take in 70 dogs and cats. Acadiana focuses on rescuing animals who are of the greatest need from shelters that are overcrowded, overwhelmed or under resourced. In the second rescue, AHS transported 14 dogs from the Tangipoa Parish Humane Society, working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The first group of 53 dogs and 10 cats arrived at VCA Gwinnett-Heart of Avalon Animal Hospital, on the morning of Friday, August 19, after being transported with the help of volunteer firefighters. VCA Animal Hospitals is a primary AHS corporate partner and sponsor and had space to house the animals on short notice.
The animals were to be kept at the VCA location for several days. AHS veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Morris, DVM and a team of AHS veterinarians performed examinations on the animals and provided treatment as necessary. Some of the animals were transported to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village, an AHS shelter partner in Cleveland, Ohio, some were moved to AHS for care and adoption, and others were transported to other shelter partners. Housing the dogs and cats in multiple shelters helps ensure they are adopted into permanent loving homes as quickly as possible.
The second group of dogs was transported from Tangipoa Parish to the Howell Mill AHS Campus and arrived the evening of Saturday, August 20. The transport was led by AHS Director of Operations Diane Robinson. The dogs were examined and treated by AHS veterinarians and were to be available for adoption as soon as they were medically cleared.
AHS assisted in rescuing animals from Louisiana shelters in their time of great need while also maintaining the important work we do of accepting animals from local Georgia shelters. The dogs and cats brought to Georgia were the legal property of the Louisiana shelters they came from. These animals either exceeded their stray hold period or were relinquished to the shelter. We were asked to help by moving these animals from local shelters in order to make room for the new flood victims so that as many as possible could be reunited with their owners.