Dallas Animal Services takes lead coordinating assistance for pets left homeless by yesterday’s tornadoes
Yesterday, while tornadoes still loomed over many parts of the Metroplex, Dallas Animal Services staff were already in emergency mode. Even with a tornado spotted on the ground directly to the East of the shelter, and another directly to the West, Dallas Animal Services staff members jumped into action. They began by reaching out to shelters across North Texas to make sure those shelters and the animals they were caring for were safe, to determine what immediate needs they might have, and to offer their assistance.
Animal Services Director Jody Jones contacted Nicole Paquette, the Texas disaster coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States, and the shelter manager in Lancaster, one of the hardest hit areas. In anticipation of an influx of lost and homeless pets due to the storms, the City of Lancaster Animal Services made one request – they asked for assistance placing some of the animals already in their shelter with other local shelters not as hard hit, in order to make room for the storm victims they knew would be coming. This morning, James Bias of the SPCA of Texas contacted Dallas Animal Services offering the SPCA’s support, so Dallas Animal Services put the SPCA and HSUS in touch with the staff at the Lancaster Shelter. Shortly thereafter the SPCA began making arrangements to transfer as many as 25 animals from Lancaster to their shelter.
Dallas CAP is proud of the work done by Dallas Animal Services, their leadership, and their courage in face of a potential disaster, and we thank the SPCA of Texas and local rescue groups for helping our community in a time of need. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families in Lancaster, Arlington, and Forney, who are still suffering as a result of the storms.
If you have lost or found an animal made homeless by the tornadoes, please contact your local shelter as soon as possible. A Facebook Page, Lost & Found Pets from North Texas Tornadoes is also posting photos of lost and found pets along with information to help match lost cats and dogs with the families who have lost them.