Before Ida’s remnants flooded New Jersey on Wednesday, the St. Hubert Animal Welfare Center in Madison received emergency evacuation of fodder refugees from Louisiana shelters following the storm.
Colin Harrington, director of the St. Hubert Weathering Program, said 32 dogs and 41 cats were on a big charity flight from Lafayette, Louisiana to Morrison, New Jersey on September 1.
St. Hubert arranged for the transport of 23 dogs to his shelter only. But there were five shelters at the airport.
According to Harrington, St. Hubert had previously worked repeatedly with Louisiana shelters to transport animals from the state twice a month. Just last week, St. Hubert’s 66 dogs received transportation. But Ida says they should help when she hits the Pelican state.
“In the animal welfare community, we are all together when disaster strikes,” Harrington said. When everyone works together, he said, they can help to make the shelters more affordable.
The new animals were in the shelter before the hurricane. So relocating them to New Jersey, where there are people waiting to raise them, will free up space and staff resources in Louisiana shelters, so they can help the local community with damaged or displaced pets, Harrington said.
Dogs and cats will soon be adopted, probably from today, she said. Displaced animal organizations include St. Hubert, Monmouth County SPCA, Human PA, Pennsylvania SPCA, Liberty Human Society and Delaware Humanitarian Association.
Those interested in taking one of these animals and seeing their photos can go to www.sthuberts.org. They are open to the public for adoption from Sunday to Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Walks are welcome from 3pm to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 1:30 pm to 6pm.
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