As Tropical Storm Barry made landfall Saturday along the Gulf Coast, the Humane Rescue Alliance worked ahead of the storm to take in shelter pets from Louisiana.
The pet adoption agency said on Facebook that they had brought in 54 dogs from shelters in Louisiana before the storm. All of the dogs were up for adoption in their respective shelters before being moved. The Humane Rescue Alliance said this was done to free up space in those shelters in anticipation of an influx of displaced animals in the areas hit by the storm.
The dogs were flown to Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia on Friday. Of the 54 dogs, 19 will be taken to the Humane Rescue Alliance’s facility at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW in D.C. and the rest will be taken to a facility run by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
This is the first joint effort project between the Humane Rescue Alliance and New Jersey-based St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center since the two merged last week.
Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, as a Category one hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm. Heavy rains remain a threat to the region.