Midwest Floods Displace More Cats, Dogs

Emergency shelter takes in 1,000 pets and other animals left homeless by floods.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: June 25, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Courtesy of International Fund for Animal Welfare
A kitten is rescued from flood waters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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 cats and dogs, 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.

Courtesy of International Fund for Animal Welfare
A volunteer from International Fund for Animal Welfare comforts a kitten.
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 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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E    Attleboro, MA

6/26/2008 12:14:47 AM

glad they are being cared for~

E    Attleboro, MA

6/26/2008 12:13:00 AM

I'm happy to hear they are being cared for~

Paula    Independence, MO

6/25/2008 10:55:41 PM

My heart goes out to all those poor animals. I am so glad there is someone who cares enough to help and take care of them. I hope they get placed back in with their owners as well.

s    n haven, CT

6/25/2008 9:47:47 PM

it's wonderful that thier are caring people..

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