Responding to a national appeal for animal aid workers, five representatives from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region traveled to Tennessee this week to help animals displaced by Hurricane Ida.
The four volunteers and one staff member, members of the Humanitarian Society’s Community Animal Response Team, deployed to help set up an emergency shelter for homeless or stray pets left behind or lost in the chaos caused by Hurricane Ida.
“It is very important to us that we can help provide care for homeless dogs and cats displaced by Hurricane Ida,” said Duane Adams, president of the Humane Society, in a press release.
The team was sent at the request of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a nonprofit dedicated to providing aid and shelter to animals across the country, and which has helped evacuations, rescues, shelters and care for pets displaced by Ida.
The Community Animal Response Team, made up entirely of volunteers, is the Pike Peak area emergency rescue team for animals in the wrong places. They are trained and certified to perform pet and livestock rescue operations, as well as to evacuate and shelter these animals during disasters or other emergencies.
This community work, Adams said, doesn’t stop at state borders.
“We are very grateful for all the help and support we have received in caring for animals displaced by natural disasters in Colorado history, so of course we did not hesitate when the call to l ‘Help came on this occasion,’ said Adams. “Our hearts go out to the affected communities who are still recovering from Ida’s devastation.”