HAZARD, Ky., Aug. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At the request of the Hazard Area Command, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is on the ground supporting the Animal Care branch at the Emergency Operations Center as well as conducting search and rescue throughout Knott, letcher, Perry and Breathitt counties for animal victims impacted by the recent floods. The ASPCA is also supporting pet owners in the community by providing pet food and supplies donations for displaced animals across the four counties. The ASPCA continues to communicate with emergency management agencies and animal welfare organizations across Kentucky and stands ready to provide additional support upon request.
In addition, the ASPCA is facilitating the transport of more than 25 unowned cats from Kentucky Humane Society to MSPCA-Angell as well as two transports of unowned dogs to Connecticut Humane Society and Dumb Friends League in Colorado. These cats and dogs were all in Kentucky animal shelters before the flooding began and will be made available for adoption in the coming days and weeks.
“In emergency situations like this, the ASPCA’s priority is to provide the critical support and resources needed to assist animals and pet owners impacted by these deadly floods,” said Tim RickeyVice President, ASPCA National Field Response. “The ASPCA Disaster Response team is grateful to collaborate with local agencies to ensure we are bringing animals to safety.”
The ASPCA’s disaster response efforts have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust.
Last year, the ASPCA announced the results of a national survey where 83 percent of current pet owners reported living in a community that faces natural disasters. The ASPCA deploys nationwide to assist in relocation, search-and-rescue, sheltering, and reunification efforts during disaster situations including wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. The ASPCA also works with lawmakers to increase access to co-sheltering opportunities, to keep people and pets together when they are displaced by natural or manmade disasters.
To learn how to incorporate pets into preparedness plans, visit aspca.org/disasterprep
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About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization in North America and continues to serve as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA is committed to its mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.