LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When a natural disaster strikes, it’s not just people who are displaced, pets too. So when flooding hit eastern Kentucky in late July, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) came down to help clean up animal shelters.
However, they were not picking up animals displaced by the floods. KHS collected animals already in shelters to make room for incoming displaced cats and dogs.
What do you want to know
- When flooding hit eastern Kentucky in late July, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) traveled there to help clean up animal shelters
- KHS picked up animals already in shelters to make room for incoming displaced cats and dogs
- They picked up a total of 128 dogs and cats, which were placed at KHS and partner humane society facilities in the United States.
- KHS says adopting an animal helps make room for more animals moved to shelters in Eastern Kentucky
KHS media officer Megan Burgin said any unnamed animal that came from eastern Kentucky due to flooding from the Commonwealth’s largest pet adoption agency was given a name linked to the natural disaster.
“Kentucky Humane Society pulls many shelters around Kentucky, so that helps us make sure we know who’s who,” she explained.
Tags on KHS kennels and cages identify dogs and cats from the Louisville-based humanitarian society in eastern Kentucky after the floods.
“The animals that came to us were either up for adoption or already at the shelter before the flooding, and by taking them to the Kentucky Humane Society, we were able to help them clear the shelter space so they could actually take in These animals. who are injured by the floods,” Burgin explained.
Cleaning up local shelters in a natural disaster area also gives space to animals that once had a home but have become separated from their families.
“We don’t want to come in and pick up animals lost or displaced by flooding, more than likely their families are looking for them,” Burgin explained.
So far, KHS said it has cleaned up two shelters in eastern Kentucky: the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter and the Floyd County Animal Shelter. During this trip, KHS transferred a total of 128 dogs and cats, said Sara Meehan, director of public relations and marketing. Some of those dogs and cats came to KHS, while others went to partner humane societies in Kentucky and out of state, including Colorado and Connecticut.
In addition to helping shelters in Eastern Kentucky create more space to house displaced dogs and cats, KHS is also providing food, kennels, and other resources to help shelters and pet owners. animals of the region. No date has yet been set, but KHS said it will make another trip soon to help bring more animals to area shelters.
Meehan said KHS and other animal shelters had more capacity to help with last year’s tornadoes, but it’s different right now because adoptions have slowed since last December. Animal shelters being close or over capacity right now are based on several factors, such as pets purchased during the pandemic being abandoned and rising costs mean some people can no longer afford their pets.
“It’s just something we were already struggling with when the flood happened, and that’s why we’re asking people that if you want to help these animals that have been affected by this natural disaster, then one of the best things you can do is adopt because it creates space in the shelters,” Meehan said.
More room in shelters means animals lost or displaced by flooding have homes, and it helps to ensure that animals that were in a shelter before the floods also have homes.