As people in Louisiana work to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Ida, one rescue group is focusing on saving the four-legged friends who have been affected.
Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit pet transportation operation, is flying more than 200 adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits from Louisiana shelters to the SPCA in Cincinnati and the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown, Delaware, in order to "clear space and resources in areas particularly hard hit by Hurricane Ida," says the group.
SPCA Cincinnati will be unloading and receiving 129 of these pets today at Lunken Airport.
“We’ve seen the devastating impact that hurricanes and other natural disasters have on local animal shelters,” said Ric Browde, CEO of Wings of Rescue, in a release. “When Hurricane Ida tore through parts of Louisiana this past weekend, it left shelter facilities damaged and without power, making it difficult to care for existing animals, let alone respond to the many lost pets that need housing after such a violent storm. Today’s flight...will help relieve pressure felt by the hard-working staff and volunteers trying to respond effectively to animal needs under challenging emergency conditions.”
So far this year, Wings of Rescue has flown 6,000 pets to safety from other natural disasters and situations.
All of the animals arriving today at the SPCA have been "medically cleared for transportation, meet all local and state-wide entry requirements, and have been in shelter facilities long enough to be identified as abandoned or unwanted," says Wings of Rescue. Once they have been evaluated by the local group, they'll be ready for adoption.
The SPCA Cincinnati says they are ready to receive these animals in need but has also put out a call to the community to help them make space.
"We are blown away that many of the shelters in the Louisiana Parish's are paralyzed and need to move the animals to safety, quickly," they wrote in a Facebook post yesterday. "PLEASE SHARE this post so that we can place more of our adoptable animals into homes quickly so that we will save more from Hurricane Ida's path."
SPCA Cincinnati is located at 11900 Conrey Road, Sharonville. See adoptable animals and get more information at spcacincinnati.org.
To donate to Wings of Rescue, visit wingsofrescue.org.
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