LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Friday, as storm clouds approached St. Landry Airport, animal rescue volunteers loaded hundreds of animals into a plane in the storm. Tropical Barry.
This was a last-minute effort to avoid potentially having to euthanize a large number of animals at the shelter.
The animals in the plane were heading to shelters in northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and New Jersey, said the director of the animal shelter, Stacey Alleman McKnight.
The kennels have been tagged with destinations and dog names like Barbie, Milly and Mama Lillie.
The shelter had posted on Facebook earlier in the week, asking anyone to accommodate 100 animals in total. The position has been shared more than 5,000 times.
& # 39; Lack of space & # 39; and a dire situation
McKnight said the overcrowding of the St. Landry facility had reached a critical stage and that the possibility of extreme weather conditions made the situation more and more serious.
Owners placing their animals at the shelter before the storm have further aggravated the situation. McKnight said that she had received 20 other dogs whose owners feared to take care of them during the storm.
She said some of the dogs would probably have been shot without the help of volunteers and funding from relief organizations nationwide.
McKnight said the article on Facebook announced that the 100 hut dogs would be slaughtered later in the day, Friday, was not necessarily an excessive hype.
"We did not have a lot of space here, and some of the ones you see here might have been removed," McKnight said. We could not leave them here because of the weather conditions. They would have been left at the kennel and outside. We absolutely could not stop the water from entering.
"When we ask our volunteers to help us, they answer," she added. "What you see is not new – they are amazing, our spine and they have done it over and over again."
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Gathering to prepare dogs to fly
Julie Breaux, director of the Humane Society of the United States, helped volunteers move dogs to the kennel.
Acadiana Animal Aid also had a van full of dogs.
Breaux said the plane was funded by national relief organizations. In addition to cats from other shelters in Acadiana, about 15 dogs were brought from the parish of St. Martin as part of the rescue.
Due to the imminent weather conditions, the rescue did not have a lot of time, but Breaux said she hoped everything would end well.
"It's close, much closer than you want when you have so many animals," said Breaux.
McKnight said that when the animals arrive at their new destination, they should immediately become adoptable.
"We brought the vet to vaccinate and the dogs are ready to fly," she said. "It will be a good day today and the animals will win."
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