Hundreds of cats and dogs from shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi were moved to safety in Texas Monday night and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Issac.
Transport vehicles arrived at the SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX this morning with 87 cats and 60 dogs transferred from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Hurricane Isaac looms in the Gulf of Mexico. Another group of animals, 34 cats, arrived this morning at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi. The SPCA of Texas will provide ongoing updates at www.spca.org/isaacblog.
In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats from Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas’ two shelters will stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. Normal hours for the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney are Noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
The Louisiana SPCA contacted the SPCA of Texas last Friday, August 24th, and asked the SPCA of Texas to provide for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the Louisiana SPCA at the time of the transfer. This transfer will allow the Louisiana SPCA to respond to animals in need before, during and after Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin individually evaluating the animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for the handful of animals not already sterilized.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi contacted the SPCA of Texas on Sunday, August 26th, with a similar request, also to allow the Humane Society of South Mississippi respond to animals in need as Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. These animals were also already available for adoption before transfer.
The SPCA of Texas has a Memorandum of Understanding with each group that provides for mutual assistance of this type should any natural disaster strike.
The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas’ two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.
The LA/SPCA also sent 35 dogs and one cat to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey as part of a monthly transport program.
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These little evacuees in the slideshow below, fleeing Tropical Storm Isaac, arrived at the Houston SPCA in the middle of the night from the St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Center in Louisiana. They and all their friends are available to be adopted!
The Houston SPCA received 69 animals from St. Bernard Parish ACC, including 35 small dogs, 10 puppies, 14 kittens and 10 cats. The animals were stuck in gridlocked traffis for hours as Gulf coast residents evacuated their homes.