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AHS Takes in Victims of Hurricane Gustav



Hurricane Gustav, the late August storm that barreled through the Gulf Coastal Region left in its wake more than property damage. Despite emergency workers’ best efforts, thousands of dogs and cats were left stranded and abandoned, far removed from what was once their homes and families.

Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park has once again stepped in to help animals that truly need it. Twelve of the displaced dogs have been brought from Louisiana to the Societies’ Animal Shelters – nine at the Forked River Shelter and three to the Tinton Falls Shelter, where all efforts will be made to find new forever families for them.

Many of these pets were found wandering the Louisiana streets by rescue organizations already dealing with overcrowding. Others were brought to shelters, where they were just days away from euthanasia. As an advocate and protector of all animals, we had an obligation to help as many as we could. Now, we’re just hoping that there are animal lovers in our area who want to give these sweet pups a great home. Every one of these dogs has a quiet, calm and personable personality – they will all make wonderfully dedicated and loyal companions.

Aside from adopting these dogs, your financial support for this effort is greatly needed. AHS/Popcorn Park has needed extra donations, especially as our national economy has weakened and the number of animals coming into our shelters has increased. But when we take on groups of animals, like these dogs who were victims of a natural disaster, the need for your help becomes even more apparent.

Our goal is to help as many needy animals as possible, but we are limited by our funding. First and foremost, we want to see these dogs leave here with families who will love and protect them forever. The Hurricane Gustav dogs are all young adults. Some are “doggy duos”, and will only be adopted as a twosome.

All the dogs are either spayed or neutered or will be prior to adoption. Upon adoption, all dogs will be vaccinated and microchipped. They will also receive a leash, collar and identification tag and a small bag of Hill’s pet food. All pets have a 10-day medical guarantee.

Important! Please note that none of the animals currently residing at the AHS Animal Shelters were euthanized to make room for these newcomers. But they need homes, too. Along with the “Gustav Dozen,” there are hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small animals available for adoption at the AHS shelters. You can check them out before meeting them in person by logging on to http://ahsnewark.petfinder.org.

If you are unable to adopt at this time, please make a donation to support our efforts. We are reaching out to so many in need, but we are in need, too ... of your help. Please donate today!

9/17/2008

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