kids dr martens AWL rescues 21 dogs from Louisiana
QUEENSTOWN After tornados ravished areas in Louisiana in early February, destroying homes, businesses and communities, a need to place animals in shelters was apparent. Within weeks, the Queen Anne’s County Animal Welfare League, the county’s animal shelter, was in contact with the Humane Society to organize a pet pick up.
On Monday, Feb. Varying in size, shape and number of legs, the furry friends were escorted off the van into the shelter by Animal Welfare League staff.
Originally scheduled to be flown in to Harrisburg, Pa., and then driven south to the county through Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, a case of the flu struck and forced the non profit organization to journey more than 1,000 miles by van to get the misplaced animals up north.
Kirstyn Northrop Cobb, shelter manager, said though many of the dogs it received were mixed breeds, the shelter did receive a doberman, Great Dane and lots of Catahoula leopard dogs, the Louisiana state dog.
Ken Adler, who drove part of the way up north with PAART, said this trip was the longest the organization had completed. He said a team drove from Pennsylvania to Alabama, stayed overnight, and then picked up the dogs at Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society in Belle Chasse, La.
Suzanne Hogan, executive director of Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, said because the shelter had broken its adoption record for consecutive months leading back to early fall, the organization was able to take on more animals to help find them homes.
Though the Animal Welfare League had never been an Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) before, Northrop Cobb had completed a few at a previous shelter where she worked.
Orchestrating the EPP through the Humane Society of the United States, Northrop Cobb said the Animal Welfare League spoke with PAWS staff in Louisiana to see which animals would fit in with what the shelter currently had and then picked the dogs.
Hogan praised the community and the shelter staff for how the new leadership has shaped a well run organization capable of executing an EPP. She said the entire experience was “very exciting.”
Northrop Cobb echoed Hogan’s sentiments of how the community has been great in helping getting animals adopted.
Now that the animals have arrived, each will be vetted this week, completing medical exams on a few, and staff will begin to get to know the canines to better place them with a family in the future. Hogan said the rescued dogs may be available for adoption on Thursday at the earliest, but no applications would be accepted prior to their announcement.