Dogs displaced by Hurricane Laura arrive in DC area

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One of the 16 dogs that arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after being displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

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Another one of the 16 dogs that arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after being displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

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This is one of the 16 dogs that arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after being displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

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This dog, one of the 16 that arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, is looking for a forever home. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

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The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, welcomed this dog and 15 others on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after they were displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

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The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, hopes to place this dog and 15 others it received on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in forever homes after they were displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

Leashed dog on grass
This dog and 15 others arrived at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after they were displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center)

This dog and 15 others at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, arrived on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after they were displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura.

The dog seen here is one of 16 at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, that arrived on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after they were displaced from a Louisiana shelter by Hurricane Laura.

Most of the 21 dogs arriving in Arlington are coming from Bayou Animal Services in Dickinson, Texas, where they were in enrolled in a correctional facility training program, according to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Buddy is a 4-year-old shepherd retriever mix.

Dogs are unloaded from their transport and picked up by (mostly) foster families.

Danika is a 3-year-old pointer mix.

Here’s Maddie Two, a 10-year-old retriever.

Dogs are unloaded from their transport and picked up by (mostly) foster families.

Cydney is an 8-year-old female retriever mix.

Dogs are unloaded from their transport and picked up by (mostly) foster families.

Samson is a 4-year-old male shepherd retriever mix.

Dogs are unloaded from their transport and picked up by (mostly) foster families.

Russell is a 3-year-old shepherd mix.

Dogs are unloaded from their transport and picked up by (mostly) foster families.

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More than three dozen dogs from the Gulf Coast looking for forever homes arrive in the D.C. region on Thursday after Hurricane Louisiana struck there last week.

A pet shelter in Derwood, Maryland, welcomed 16 dogs, while 21 others will go to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Arlington, Virginia.

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center said the dogs arrived at the pet shelter Thursday morning and are being evaluated behaviorally and medically before being made available for adoption.

The shelter received requests for help after the Category 4 storm hit the Gulf Coast and contacted the Morehouse Humane Society in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Morehouse Humane Society had dogs in need of a safe place as a combination of hurricane damage, power issues and an area-wide heat advisory made it necessary to evacuate the animals from that shelter.

Now that Montgomery County’s adoption center is taking the dogs, the Louisiana shelter is now empty and work can begin on repairs.

All 16 animals will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and given core vaccines before being made available for adoption, the shelter said.

Most of the 21 dogs arriving in Arlington are coming from Bayou Animal Services in Dickinson, Texas, where they were in enrolled in a correctional facility training program, according to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Others from that same group of 21 dogs are coming from the county animal shelter in Bastrop, Louisiana, where the Morehouse Humane Society is located.

“Since the hurricane hit, we have been working with shelters on the ground to ensure they have the support they need during this difficult time. The most important thing we can do to help is care for these animals so they can focus on recovery,” said Mirah Horowitz, founder and executive director of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Below is video some of the dogs departing for their journey to Arlington.

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