Mayfield, Kentucky (WBKO) – The Humane Society of the United States is responding to the needs of animals in the wake of deadly tornadoes in Kentucky. HSUS has received a request for search and rescue assistance from the Mayfield-Graves Animal Shelter.
“Our rescue team is on the ground in Kentucky to alleviate the suffering of the animals and people affected by this horrific disaster,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “The period after a hurricane is a difficult and chaotic one for people who may have lost everything they own, let alone endured the pain of losing a loved family member or pet. Our responders hope to reunite pets with their families through search and rescue efforts.”
HSUS offers these tips for people who have lost a pet after hurricanes:
- Follow any specific directions from your municipal shelter. If possible, check in at your local animal shelter, as well as file a missing pet report. Do this in the surrounding communities, too.
- Research your neighborhood and hand out a recent photo of your pet and information on how to reach you if your pet is found.
- Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, and other locations. Include your pet’s gender, age, weight, breed, color, and any specific tags.
- Try the Internet. There may be a “Lost and Found” page for your community on social media platforms.
- Don `t give up. Animals that went missing months ago are reunited with their owners. If you haven’t already, always make sure your pet’s microchip is entered and recorded, as well as have your pet wear an identification tag collar.
Those interested in supporting our efforts, so that we can help during this emergency and so that we can be present at any moment when future emergencies such as natural disasters and animal cruelty occur, can make a gift through the Animal Emergency Relief Fund.
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