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Number of Displaced Pets Climbs at Midwest Emergency Shelters

Kirkwood rescue center takes in 1,000 animals left homeless by floods.

By BirdChannel News Division
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 11 a.m. EDT

The number of homeless pets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, continues to swell as more animals arrive at emergency shelters.

The emergency Cedar Rapids animal shelter set up at Kirkwood Community College has taken in 1,000 displaced animals. An estimated 85 percent of the animals have owners, according to Kirkwood Animal Health staff.

In addition to the pet dogs and cats, the shelter’s animal tally includes birds, rodents, lizards and ferrets. The Kirkwood rescue effort mobilized after the Cedar Rapids Animal Control headquarters was flooded.

Animal rescue organizations have issued emergency relief grants to assist shelters in the Midwest with the pet overflow. In response to the severe flooding, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Humane Association and Animal Rescue League of Boston teamed up to help local animal control.

Staging at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Quincy, Ill., the three groups set up a temporary shelter, which also grows each day. The residents include fawns, horses, chickens, dogs and kittens.

As the floodwaters recede, the continued efforts of rescue groups are expected to add to the number of animals that are transported to emergency housing. Shelter volunteers expect more people will start to reclaim their pets as cleanup efforts progress.

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It's good that someone is helping.
Dee, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 3/8/2010 10:17:43 AM
This ia sad.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 12/8/2009 12:34:22 PM
What a veery sad state of affairs. My prayers are with these poor animals.
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 6/25/2008 1:41:22 PM
It's great people have a safe haven for their pets during this crisis. Let's hope it helps keeps stress for all involved to a minimum
JoJo, Cedar Falls, IA
Posted: 6/24/2008 6:42:10 PM
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