How flood waters hit Kentucky, residents are displaced from their homes and their pets. Many of these pets have been temporarily taken in at animal shelters in Kentucky, but that leaves little room for the dogs already waiting for homes at those shelters.
So 15 of them will come to Connecticut.
“Mother nature is not selective. It very well could have been Connecticut that was devastated by flooding and days of power outages, with too many pets lost and no immediate way to find their owners,” said Theresa Geary, director of operations for the Connecticut Humane Society, in a communicated
The 15 dogs arriving in Connecticut are “just a drop in the bucket,” and the Connecticut Humane Society isn’t the only agency taking pets from Kentucky floods to new homes, according to the Connecticut Humane Society’s director of development , Barbara Naugle.
A truck leaves Kentucky and heads north, Naugle said, making a stop in Virginia and then Connecticut before heading further into Massachusetts.
“The reason Kentucky Humane is looking to clear their space is because they have dogs that had been separated from their families as a result of the flood,” Naugle said. “So we’re trying to take as many as we can to try and get these dogs reunited with their rightful owners.”
Dogs, which are of many breeds and ages, will first need a medical checkup.
“They go through a medical check and a behavioral check which can take a couple of days and then if they’re ready for adoption, we post them online and put them on the adoption floor,” Naugle said.
While 15 dogs is a lot to handle at any one time, Naugle said he didn’t expect it to be too much of a challenge.
“Sometimes I think if we had 200 dogs in one day, we could get them all home by the weekend,” she said. “The people of Connecticut are so great and love their pets and really want to take care of pets that don’t have a home, so we don’t expect any problems finding them homes.”