Shelter animals evacuated from Hurricane Ida land in Hudson Valley

Before Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, a no-kill animal shelter in Orange County connected with the Humane Society of Louisiana and the nationwide Best Friends Animal Society to help relocate some of the homeless animals who would have been endangered by the storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the United States. 

Becky Tegze, executive director of Pets Alive, in Middletown, said the shelter has worked with emergency transport for other large storms in the past, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

“We’ve learned from Hurricane Katrina [that] you need to empty out those facilities,” said Tegze. “You need to evacuate the animals. It’s a huge undertaking.”

The 26 animals are expected to arrive Monday afternoon. After they arrive, they will go through a check-in process to make sure they are ready for adoption.

Pets Alive

A total of 60 dogs and cats are in transit right now to the Northeast, and Pets Alive is one of the hubs that will accept the animals. Twenty-six animals — just under half —  will stay in the care of Pets Alive.

In the last 48 hours, thousands of shelter animals were moved out of the Gulf Coast, some going all the way to North Dakota, said Tegze. The animals were all shelter animals that were up for adoption in Louisiana and didn’t include anyone’s pets.

“We’ve learned through other natural disasters that we need to empty out the shelters where the disaster is going to be to make space for displaced owned pets, as well as strays that will be picked up out of the disaster zone,” said Tegze.

One Gulf Coast shelter that sent its animals out of harm’s way, for example, doesn’t have indoor kennel facilities for dogs. Instead, they reside in outside pens, so “not evacuating [was not] not an option,” said Tegze.

"We've learned from Hurricane Katrina [that] you need to empty out those facilities," said Pets Alive executive director Becky Tegze. "You need to evacuate the animals. It's a huge undertaking."

“We’ve learned from Hurricane Katrina [that] you need to empty out those facilities,” said Pets Alive executive director Becky Tegze. “You need to evacuate the animals. It’s a huge undertaking.”

Pets Alive

The 26 animals are expected to arrive Monday between 2 and 3 p.m. After they arrive, they will go through a check-in process — which includes ensuring they are spayed and neutered, have their necessary vaccines and are microchipped — to make sure they are ready for adoption.

Tegze hopes to have the dogs and cats ready for adoption within a week and a half; however, in the meantime it’s beneficial to adopt any animal from the shelter, she notes.

“We know there are going to be more pleads for help coming out of the Gulf Coast with the devastation we are seeing,” said Tegze. “We can only take in [animals] if we have space … adopting from us helps us create space so we can help other animals from the Gulf Coast.”

Pets Alive is also accepting donations for the new animals’ daily care and medical treatment, in addition to supplies.



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