Truckload of pets escapes flooding, arrives in Charleston

Published: May. 19, 2011 at 5:26 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Sixty cages were handed out of the back of gigantic trailer Wednesday night onto the front lawn of the Charleston Animal Society. The Lowcountry answered the call to shelter some of the animals affected by the natural disasters that continue to rock the Southeast.

Forty dogs and 20 kittens made the trip from an overcrowded shelter in Memphis, Tenn., to make room for more animals affected by the disasters.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is spearheading the effort that they say is only just beginning.

Director of Community Outreach, Joe Elmore, says they're expecting 3,000 more animals to be rescued in the coming weeks if flooding continues to worsen and that's not counting animals that need to be rescued locally.

"We're at peak season," says Elmore. "So what we're asking everybody to do is make room in your home for one more. Just one more animal and we can pull more from that flooded area."

According to the Charleston Animal Society they have reached capacity as well. Including the shipment of animals tonight, the shelter says they have over 380 pets in need of a new home.

Starting Friday, the shelter is holding an adopt-a-thon in Summerville on Azalea Square Boulevard Friday and downtown in Marion Square on Saturday. Staffers hope to find homes for at least 200 of the animals.

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