Local animal shelter rescues 10 dogs in wake of Hurricane Ida

"When we help animals, we help people too."

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WLNE)- A local animal shelter opened their doors to ten dogs from Louisiana as Hurricane Ida left the state in devastation.

As Louisiana shelters are overflowing with lost pets and strays, the ten dogs, who were previously in shelters for adoption, are getting a second chance in New England.

“When we help animals, we help people too,” said Potter League CEO Brad Shear.

The dogs were in shelters, but were evacuated to make room for animals impacted by the hurricane with the hope of reuniting them with their families. The Potter League says they arrived over the weekend, along with 29 dogs in Massachusetts.

Shear said in many cases a pet is a persons only sense of comfort, especially during a disaster like Ida. If people don’t have a place to bring their pet, the chances of them staying home and risking their lives for their animals are high.

“If we can provide a resource like this and say you can leave, your pets can go, and everyone’s going to be safe, then we’re helping people too. And both are important.”

The Potter League said the dogs will need to be isolated for five days, as required by state law. Prior to adoption, the dogs will be spayed or neutered, up to date on their vaccines, and microchipped.

“Once people hear about these animals and open their hearts to helping animals that have been in this situation, I think once they’re ready we’ll see them get adopted quickly,” Shear told ABC6.

All animals available for adoption at the Potter League can be viewed here.

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