Hurricane Joaquin is long gone — but I want to update you today because the situation is still very real and, in many cases, very urgent in South Carolina.We moved an additional 57 dogs from the midlands and low country over the weekend with another transport happening today from the very hard hit and economically challenged area of Georgetown. This week, we estimate an additional 150 animals will need to be transported from disaster-affected areas to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners.
In the days and weeks after a disaster, shelters are often faced with space issues as animals begin to come in. By transporting animals who were up for adoption prior to the disaster, we’re enabling local agencies to be ready to meet the needs of their communities.
Crates, bowls, leashes and collars are being distributed in Columbia to assist with the long term recovery aspect of the response. We’re also working with Pawmetto Lifeline on long term boarding solutions and opportunities.
When I wrote to you last week, I mentioned that we are also in California providing assistance in the aftermath of last month’s wildfires. Our Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Rural Area Veterinary Services team is still on hand to assist Lake County Animal Care and Control with treating burn victims, like this little patient:
Although Mother Nature did a good job of managing his severe foot wounds in the days before he was found, the tips of his ears had to be removed due to burn damage. Still, he enjoys all the love and attention he is receiving now.
In South Carolina, we’re taking it one day at a time. We’ll continue to be a part of the recovery efforts for groups throughout the state, and we’ll work diligently to keep animals with their people or in a position for placement.
I’ll update you as we know more. Thank you for all you do for animals.