Last month, the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), deployed a small team to assist the Robeson County Animal Center in St. Paul, NC with emergency animal intakes in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Ceci Ochoa, HRA Adoptions Outreach Coordinator, and Faith Koleszar, HRA Community Engagement Manager, and a team of dog walkers, veterinarians, and vet techs spent five days providing animal care assistance and basic medical care for 240 animals - mostly dogs - at the facility. Roughly 80-98 percent of these animals were those displaced by the storm; most already-adoptable animals had been transferred out of the area ahead of the storm.
"This was such an eye-opening experience for me," said Ochoa. "It is so important for national and international animal welfare organizations to work together, especially in times of need."
For many residents, this facility provided an essential lifeline to keep their pets safe during the storm. One family visited their dog every day until it was safe to return home. Another wheeled their two German Shepherds out in a cart. HRA is proud to be able to provide assistance to our relief partners, and the communities they help, in times of need.
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