Hampton Roads shelters receive dogs, cats displaced by Louisiana flooding

Posted at 11:02 AM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 07:39:53-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Displaced dogs, cats and other animals rescued from the devastating flood that hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana are now in Hampton Roads.

A team from PETA and the Virginia Beach SPCA brought the animals to Norfolk on Monday after spending a week in Louisiana.

While there, they delivered food, helped reunite families with their pets and rescued dogs and cats stranded in floodwaters.

They also helped clean up overwhelmed shelters.

Most of the animals brought to Norfolk were already living in shelters at the time of the flooding, so they were transferred to Virginia to help free up space for animals that may still have owners looking for them.

In a few cases, owners gave their pets up because they are now homeless and can no longer care for them.

Now, PETA and area shelters are hoping Hampton Roads residents will help the animals by opening their homes to the displaced pets.

“As Baton Rouge recovers from this devastating flood, we hope Hampton Roads residents will rally by opening their homes and hearts to displaced animals,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA has brought home some special individuals who have been through a lot and who deserve  love, security, and comfort.”

PETA has teamed up with the Chesapeake Humane Society, Chesapeake Animal Services, Chowan-Gates Animal Shelter, Danville Area Humane Society, Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, and Virginia Beach SPCA to take the animals in for adoption and foster care.

Amanda Dunlap, with the Virginia Beach SPCA, says they will give the animals a little time to rest and get checked out before making them available for adoption.