As Hurricane Irene devastated parts of the east coast, the Humane Society of the United States is supporting rescue efforts in regions of North Carolina to provide shelter and medical assistance to injured or lost pets.
On Sunday, the society sent members from its Animal Rescue Team to set up an emergency pet shelter at the Craven County Fair Grounds in New Bern, North Carolina, where lost or homeless area pets could stay and be looked after and have their overall pet health checked out. This could help save the lives of many pets. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, some 600,000 animals lost their lives, according to The Huffington Post.
Rescue workers stayed at the makeshift shelter through the night in case any new pets arrived. Workers in Pamlico and Jones Counties also took numerous dogs into shelters after workers presumed they were part of two dogfighting operations.
As the storm has subsided, residents of the east coast who see lost or injured animals walking around should contact their local animal patrol officer or VCA hospital so the animal can be treated, and hopefully reunited with its owners.