Local Animal Welfare Agencies Partner to Provide Needed Assistance

EATONTOWN, NJ – The tornadoes that recently ripped through several southern states have resulted in a huge increase of stray animals due to the literal loss of their homes. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) transported forty-nine dogs from to the storm ravaged areas of Georgia to rescue partner St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ on May 9, 2011.

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The dogs had been up for adoption in the tornado devastated communities including those in Catoosa County, one of the hardest areas of Georgia. Facilities in Effingham and Hinesville are freeing up their valuable space to hold the large number of animals displaced by the disaster and to allow more time to reunite owners with their pets."We truly appreciate the coordination of these groups to allow the affected shelter to provide more time to reunite pets with their owners and avail room for the many animals in need," said Sandy Monterose, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Community Outreach. She added, "This type of collaboration saves the most lives and enables us to focus on our ongoing disaster response efforts across the south."

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The Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) is always willing to lend a hand to a sister shelter in need. As soon as they heard about the transport that was scheduled to arrive at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, they headed up to North Jersey to pick up eight puppies and two adult dogs. "The devastation faced by the people and pets of the tornado-stricken areas in Georgia is unimaginable. We appreciate the opportunity to do our small part for our colleagues in these areas by taking in these dogs and finding them loving homes. Our thoughts are with all the tornado victims, and we know this rescue effort saved more than these 49 dogs since it frees up space in the shelters in the disaster areas so they can help more pets,” explained Laurie Garrison, MCSPCA Executive Director.

Last year the MCSPCA partnered with St. Hubert’s and other local animal welfare organizations to aid out of state shelters after the gulf oil disaster struck the New Orleans area. “Being there” when the animals and the people who care for them need it most, is something that the staff of the MCSPCA is proud to be able to do.

For more information on the family of eight lab mix puppies that traveled to the Jersey Shore along with the rest of the group or to help support the continued rescue efforts of these relocated animals, you can call the MCSPCA at 732-542-0040 or visit www.monmouthcountyspca.org. The Homeward Bound Adoption Center located at 260 Wall Street, Eatontown is open seven days a week for adoptions or donations.