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ASPCA and emergency management agencies team up to help animals in Kentucky

dvm360dvm360 October 2022
Volume 53
Issue 10
Pages: 22

The animal welfare group is helping to relocate homeless animals and provide care to pets impacted by the Appalachia floods

Image courtesty of ASPCA

Image courtesty of ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has recently been requested by the Hazard Area Command to help support the Animal Care Branch at the Emergency Operations Center in Kentucky. The ASPCA team is also helping to conduct search and rescue throughout certain Knott, Letcher, Perry, and Breathitt counties for any animals that were victims of the flood.

Along with rescue, the ASPCA is providing support to pet owners impacted by the flooding by providing supplies and pet food for displaced animals within the 4 affected counties. According to an organizational release,1 the ASPCA will communicate with emergency management agencies as well as animal welfare organizations across the state, ready to provide support when it is requested.

"In emergency situations like this, the ASPCA's priority is to provide the critical support and resources needed to assist animals and pet owners impacted by these deadly floods," said Tim Rickey, vice president, ASPCA National Field Response, in the release, “The ASPCA Disaster Response team is grateful to collaborate with local agencies to ensure we are bringing animals to safety."1

Along with its rescue efforts, the ASPCA will facilitate the transfer of over 25 unowned cats from the Kentucky Human Society to MSPCA-Angell and 2 transportations of unowned dogs to the Dumb Friends League in Colorado and the Connecticut Humane Society. All of these animals were in shelters before the flooding in Kentucky occurred and will be ready for adoption within the coming weeks.

Disaster response efforts from the ASPCA have been made possible with the support of the Alex & Elizabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust.


ASPCA Collaborates with Emergency Management Agencies in Kentucky to Relocate Homeless Animals and Provide Critical Support to Pets Impacted by Appalachia Floods. News release. ASPCA. August 5, 2022. Accessed August 10, 2022. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aspca-collaborates-with-emergency-management-agencies-in-kentucky-to-relocate-homeless-animals-and-provide-critical-support-to-pets-impacted-by-appalachia-floods-301601003.html

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