“The biggest surprise is the amount of puppies and kittens”
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Like human evacuees, some left before the storm while others left after the storm.
And for hundreds of animals – including 23 dogs and cats now in the Humane League of Lancaster County – leaving Louisiana was as much a matter of life and death.
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Because the animal shelters there were already overcrowded with animals before the threat from Hurricane Ida.
“The biggest surprise is the number of puppies and kittens we’re getting from the south,” said Aida May, the league’s animal care coordinator. “At least I know here” – where there’s a better balance between pets who need a home and people who want to adopt an animal – “when we get a puppy or a kitten, it flies out the door.”
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If that applies to this group, some of them won’t be available for long.
In fact, some are not even available yet, such as kittens less than two months old who are gaining a few pounds and needing to be spayed or neutered. There’s a three-month-old lab yellow mix that May says would normally be rare to find here, although some of these animals may have been euthanized in Louisiana.
May stresses that these animals are not pets who may have been separated from their families due to the storm.
“These are all animals that have already been to the shelter and that they had to make way for in the current Louisiana animal shelters to prepare for the influx of animals that awaited them from the flood,” she said.
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What the league wants, in addition to the parents, for the adoptable and soon-to-be-adopted animals are monetary donations for care as well as consumables such as bleach and detergent.
“We go through a lot of cleaning products here,” May said.
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A wish list of supplies is on the organization’s website, where you can also find a list of adoptable animals, including the 15 cats and eight dogs from Louisiana that will continue to be put up for adoption individually.
The shelter is located at 2195 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster and is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week