IFAW deploys animal rescue teams after deadly storms strike U.S. South
The storm system that plowed through the South last week spawned some of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history and caused widespread flooding in the region. Many weather forecasts are predicting increased rain and floods in the coming days across the Southeast and Midwest.
In Tennessee, the human death toll has risen to 36, and more than 200 people remain in shelters.
An emergency mega-shelter for animals, donated by Belz Enterprises, is being set up in a warehouse on Shelby Oaks Road in Memphis and will be expected to house around 1,000 animals.
“Rivers and creeks are quickly rising and local authorities here at Shelby County are instructing everyone in flood-prone areas to be ready to evacuate,” said Gail A’Brunzo, Emergency Relief Officer for IFAW. “We strongly advise all of the pet owners in the area to identify a safe haven for their animals immediately and never leave them behind, no matter how safe it may seem at that time”.
IFAW's 36-foot animal rescue trailer, funded by Petfinder.com Foundation, is en route to Tennessee and will provide much needed support to the teams involved in the operation.
"We are proud to be supporting these important disaster efforts, says Liz Neuschatz, Executive Director of the Petfinder.com Foundation, by assisting with rescue and recovery, we know that homeless and relinquished pets will be safe until they are able to return home."