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Louisville animal shelter assisting communities hit by tornadoes

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The Kentucky Humane Society helps animal shelters in Mayfield make way for stray animals and lost pets.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Three of the Kentucky Humane Society’s rescue vehicles left Louisville Monday morning to help the Mayfield Animal Shelter.

According to the KHS press release, KHS has entered into a partnership with Greater Good Charities and is expected to receive 40 animals from Mayfield tonight. The main campus at 241 Steedly Drive will be an animal emergency center.

These animals were already in the shelter before the hurricanes hit. This frees up the Mayfield Shelter to help locate stray owners and reunite them with their pets.

According to the press release, the Paris Animal Welfare Association is selecting animals from the Hopkins County Animal Shelter for transfer to KHS later today. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will bring 60 cats to KHS on Tuesday.

The animals currently on KHS are selected by the Brandywine Valley Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BVSPCA). About 80 of the cats and dogs will be sent to Pennsylvania and Delaware.

An ASPCA press release said they were moving 100 cats from Kentucky shelters to Massachusetts on Wednesday, sending the dogs to an emergency shelter outside of affected communities.

Susan Anderson, disaster response director for the ASPCA National Field Response Team, said the ASPCA’s top priority is to assist local agencies with whatever support and resources they may need. “In emergencies like this, evacuations are often not an option, making the impact of these unprecedented and deadly hurricanes even more devastating,” she said.

Adoptions at the KHS main campus will be closed so staff can focus on incoming animals. The pets will still be offered for adoption at the East Campus and Purrfect Day Café.

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