FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 3, 2017
Kara Fox, Director of Outreach and Development
(775) 832-4404 ext. 108
5,300 lbs. of Dogs and Cats Relocated from Hurricane Disaster Areas to Reno/Tahoe and Northern California for Permanent Adoption
Incline Village, NV — On Saturday, Oct. 7, Reno/Tahoe and Northern California will receive approximately 160 cats and dogs from New Orleans shelters to make room for animal victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Jason Stipp, Executive Director of Pet Network Humane Society in Incline Village, will depart for New Orleans on Oct. 4 with a team of volunteer rescue workers. A plane is set to arrive with 80 animals into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and another with another 80 animals into Hayward Executive Airport.
New Orleans residents remember well the assistance they received from neighboring states when Hurricane Katrina devastated their region in 2005, leaving many thousands of people and animals homeless. Louisiana animal rescue organizations consider this payback time. They have taken in thousands of displaced dogs and cats from Texas and Florida, and are anticipating receiving animal victims from Puerto Rico soon. Their shelters are filled well beyond capacity.
After laying out a plan that involves assembling supplies and veterinary assistance, arranging for animal air transportation, and obtaining commitments from regional animal shelters to accept some of the displaced animals, Stipp obtained grants from Maddie’s Fund and the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation to make the trip possible.
“We are calling this our ‘You to the Rescue Mission’ because it relies on the kindness and generosity of many supporters, volunteers, donors, foster caregivers, and, of course, those who open their hearts and homes to adopt a rescued pet,” Stipp said.
Stipp’s team will be accompanied by Jeff Charter, Executive Director of Petaluma Animal Services, and his volunteers. Pet Network Humane Society and Petaluma Animal Services will each fill a plane with dogs and cats. The coalition of shelters they assembled will accept their quota of pets and begin the happy process of finding new homes.
This is a continuing story. Watch for updates.
Pet Network Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter in Incline Village, NV that relies on the generous donations and support of the community to continue our life-saving work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and adopting homeless and neglected animals into loving homes. Visit www.petnetwork.org for more information.