ASPCA assists in rescuing, sheltering animals displaced by flooding
June 17-23, 2019
Local pet owners in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the ASPCA (1-800-738-9437) for sheltering and search-and-rescue requests.
At the request of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, Department of Agriculture, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is on the ground assisting the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management and Faulkner County Animal Response Team with the sheltering of approximately 50 animals displaced by historic flooding severely impacting the central U.S. The ASPCA disaster response team is also providing support with animal search-and-rescue needs upon request.
Faulkner County residents in need of either emergency sheltering for their pets or who require assistance with pets who remain in the evacuated areas are encouraged to call the ASPCA at 1-800-738-9437. The emergency animal shelter is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 10 Lower Ridge Rd. in Conway, Ark.
“Thousands of people and their pets have been displaced by unprecedented flooding throughout Arkansas and neighboring regions, and the ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we can provide our resources and expertise to assist the State and the County in bringing displaced animals to safety,” said Dick Green, senior director of ASPCA Disaster Response. “We’re strongly encouraging impacted residents in need to contact their emergency management offices to request assistance during this difficult time, and we hope that pet owners across the country will use this as a reminder to prepare their families and their pets for emergency situations that often strike with little notice.”
The San Diego Humane Society is supporting the ASPCA’s disaster response efforts by providing volunteers to assist on the ground in Faulkner County.
The ASPCA deploys its Field Investigations & Response team nationwide to assist in relocation, search-and-rescue, sheltering, and reunification efforts during disaster situations including wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. In addition, they work closely with local agencies across the country to help enhance their animal response capabilities through grants and training opportunities. In 2018, the ASPCA assisted more than 9,000 animals in communities impacted by disasters including Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the California wildfires. For tips on how to prepare your pet for a disaster situation, visit aspca.org/disasterprep.
About the ASPCA
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For information, visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.