If you want to help rescue an animal from Irma, here's your chance
Photo by New Hampshire SPCA
SEABROOK — Looking for a new pet? Come on by the Petsmart in Seakbrook to help a good cause.
The NH SPCA is hosting a three-day national pet adoption event at the Seabrook Petsmart in hopes of finding homes for hundreds of cats and dogs that were rescued from Hurricane Irma-hit Florida shelters.
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Sunday, all animal-lovers are welcome to come pick out a recently rescued sourthern pet.
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, hundreds of cats and dogs were evacuated from Florida shelters that were epected to be damaged by the storm. Many of these animals were evacuated before the storm, while many others are still being sent up to the northeast.
Photos by New Hampshire SPCA
The NH SPCA is an Emergency Placement Partner, a national network of organizations that associate with large-scale rescues and fight against animal cruelty.
On Sept. 10, the NH SPCA received the first group of Hurricane Irma rescues, which was relocated before the storm hit and transportation was affected. These animals had already been in Florida shelters, and evacuating them made room for more animals that would soon need shelter after the hurricane hit that area.
The idea of transporting animals already in shelters increases the space that is desperately needed after natural disasters. This way pets that are found during and after the storm can remain in those communities, therefore allowing the chance for families to reunite with their pets. This process was quickly learned after Hurricane Katrina when hundreds of pets were sent throughout the country, even if families were still searching for them.
Hundreds of homeless cats and dogs from Florida shelters were flown to the northeast, and then shipped to shelters offering to house them. The NHSPCA is taking in these animals and providing shelter for as long as they need.
"Transferring in pets from affected organizations allows those organizations to focus their efforts on sheltering and reuniting pets lost in the storm with their families," said Lisa Dennison, executive director of the NHSPCA.
The NHSPCA is partnering with Great Bay Kennels in Durham, which will provide more space to allow them to save more animals.
In the meantime, the NHSPCA is holding the adoption event in hopes of finding these rescues a loving home. Along with the event, the NHSPCA's website has a full list of all animals elligible for adoption. The animals from Florida are labeled as well. You can find all adoptable animals here.