When a natural disaster occurs, it’s all paws on deck. Enter the mother puppin’ heroes at The Anti-Cruelty Society.
In late May, Oklahoma was hit with some of the worst flooding and storms in years. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) jumped into action, quickly transferring animals from Tulsa shelters to rural shelters not impacted by the storms in order to give displaced pets a temporary home until their owners could come for them.
But shortly thereafter, a tornado hit the area (we wish we were kidding), and those rural shelters also needed to be evacuated to make room for even more displaced pets. That’s when the HSUS called upon its friends at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago for backup, and the organization quickly sprung into action coordinating the transfer of 165 homeless animals.
“The initial ask was for us to take 100 cats,” recalls David Dinger, The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Vice President of Operations. “Our immediate answer to the call to help was, ‘Sure, got any dogs who need help, too?’” Like a dang champion.
The team hit up other wonderful Chicagoland rescue organizations to chip in. In the end, 88 of the cats and dogs were happily rescued by Felines and Canines, Treehouse Humane Society and PAWS in Chicago, Animal Care League in Oak Park, and Green County Humane Society in Wisconsin, with The Anti-Cruelty Society taking in the remaining 77 little buddies.
Watch the rescue magic happen:
“We all know what it means to be in such a dire situation, and the animal welfare organizations need to bond together to get this done together. It’s what we do,” said Abby Smith, Executive Director of Felines and Canines.
The Anti-Cruelty Society swiftly spread the woof about the situation, asking the public to provide both short-term foster care and forever homes. Of course, Chicagoans stepped the heck up, with more than 180 people saying they were interested in fostering a new furry friend.
Transporting 165 pooches and kitties from Oklahoma to Chicago was no wag in the park, but the pack of partners banded together to make it happen. The HSUS chartered a plane using Chicago Executive Airport, while Fido To Go assisted in transporting the pets from the airport, even using their personal cars. The animals then headed to The Anti-Cruelty Society where volunteers and foster parents were eagerly waiting with smiles, treats, food, water dispensers, and cuddles galore.
Soon, all the rescued fur babies will find their forever homes, turning a crisis into a second chance for so many animals in need. Sniff out this video to see the happy, healthy puppos firsthand!
We want to give a million high-paws to everyone involved: the Humane Society of the United States, the animal welfare organizations in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Wisconsin, The Anti-Cruelty Society, and the pupload of volunteers, staff members, and foster parents who made this rescue pawsible. Wanna help even more? Donate to The Anti-Cruelty Society to support their work to keep pets healthy and find loving homes for animals. Then help yourself to free treats by getting our FREE Dog-Friendly Chicago Treat Pass ($75 value)!
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This article was made paw-sible by our partners at The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization. It cares for and protect animals by facilitating adoptions, providing affordable spay/neuter surgeries, and building a community of caring through outreach and education. Check out its outstanding community programs and adoptable pets today.