ASPCA Helps Animals in Tenn. Flood

May 6th, 2010

While most news stations are focusing on the massive flooding which hit Nashville, Tenn., there’s another city a two hour drive from Memphis that has been declared a major disaster area. That city is Dyersburg, Tenn. And it happens to be where I grew up!

Though I no longer live there, I still greatly appreciate the ASPCA for reaching out to rescue more than 70 companion animals and various birds from floodwaters, trees, rooftops and abandoned homes in the Dyersburg city limits.

In case you haven’t been following the news, many Tenn. residents experienced flooding, even though some of the affected areas weren’t considered flood zones. Just as the residents weren’t expecting flooding, they probably also weren’t expecting that someone would need to rescue their pets. This is why groups like the ASPCA and Humane Society are so very important. They’re available for your pets when you can’t be.

The rescued animals in Dyersburg are mostly owned pets, but their owners have been displaced due to flooding from the Forked Deer River. While some of the pets have been claimed, the ASPCA and other groups will keep providing support as long as they’re needed in the area.

“We’re grateful for the ASPCA’s assistance, and to our own staff and volunteers, all of whom have been working non-stop to help animals that are abandoned or lost. We want to save all the animals we can–that’s our job,” said Dr. Carol Feather, president and co-founder of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society.

(image provided by the ASPCA)

4 Responses to “ASPCA Helps Animals in Tenn. Flood”

  1. Linette on May 6, 2010 7:04 pm

    That would be heartbreaking to have to leave a pet behind:-( I hope they’re able to re-unite many of the pets with their owners safe and sound when this is all done.

  2. Peggy on May 7, 2010 1:08 am

    @Linette, me too! The pets are probably really scared.

  3. Cyndi L on May 6, 2010 9:10 pm

    I never even thought about that aspect of the flooding. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  4. Peggy on May 7, 2010 1:09 am

    @Cyndi, I didn’t really think about it either until I heard about this story. Rescue and recovery is a complicated thing!

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