It’s tornado season, and with the destruction comes unintentional abandonment for many pets.
Many of us have seen photos of what storms can do to lives, and some of us have even witnessed it first-hand. Houses that were once called homes are collapsed into rubble, memorabilia that meant something personal is destroyed in an instant, and emotions beyond any other flood the body and brain after such devastation. However, beings, not belongings, are the priority when it comes to such devastation.
The 79 (or more) tornadoes that hit Mississippi and surrounding areas of southern United States in April, 2014 claimed at least 34 human lives, and left hundreds more injured. Throughout the initial shock and ultimate tragedy of any natural disaster, animals are usually the last to be noticed, causing them to be abandoned and forgotten about at the moment.
Thousands of pets were left homeless after the April, 2014 tornadoes. Many were separated from their pet parents during the turmoil of the storms, and some were left at shelters as their pet parents were unable to care for them after being left homeless themselves. With the number of animals taking up capacity in the shelters across the storm-affected areas, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is teaming up with The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org to aid in the transportation of abandoned pets that are filling up the shelters.
The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society of Tupelo, Mississippi, one of the hardest hit areas of the April tornadoes, is one shelter that has exceeded its capacity limit. Unable to allow more animals that are still being rescued from the storms, this specific shelter – along with many others – is in dire need of assistance. The IFAW is assisting in the transportation of these pets to other shelters who are able to take them in, and ultimately find them homes or even reunite them with their former pet parents.
Animals are voiceless victims when it comes to disasters – natural or human-made – and it is up to us to help them. It is expensive for shelters and rescue groups to take in the abandoned pets, and they need our help to continue their rescue work. You can help “Reunite Pets with Families After Devastating Tornadoes“. Another way to assist is by volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group, since most of these places are volunteer based.
Not only do the animals need our help, but also the people aiding these animals. They are the humans who give their time and hard work to creatures who can not say what hurts, or where the last place they saw their pet parent was. They need our support more than ever, and Animal Culture urges all you animal-lovers out there to give some of your money and time to help the animals affected by the April storms.
*Sources: Blog.theanimalrescuesite.com, Ifaw.org*
*Note: The above article was written by © Kalie Lyn, 2014*