AWL res­cues 21 dogs from Louisiana dev­as­ta­tion

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Af­ter tor­na­dos rav­ished ar­eas in Louisiana in early Fe­bru­ary, de­stroy­ing homes, busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties, a need to place an­i­mals in shel­ters was ap­par­ent. Within weeks, the Queen Anne’s County An­i­mal Wel­fare League, the county’s an­i­mal shel­ter, was in con­tact with the Hu­mane So­ci­ety to or­ga­nize a pet pick up.

On Mon­day, Feb. 20, at about 3:30 p.m., a ship­ment of 21 dogs from the New Or­leans re­gion ar­rived in Queen­stown, ready to find homes with lo­cal res­i­dents. Vary­ing in size, shape and num­ber of legs, the furry friends were es­corted off the van into the shel­ter by An­i­mal Wel­fare League staff.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled to be flown in to Harrisburg, Pa., and then driven south to the county through Pitts­burgh Avi­a­tion An­i­mal Res­cue Team, a case of the flu struck and forced the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion to jour­ney more than 1,000 miles by van to get the mis­placed an­i­mals up north.

Kirstyn Northrop-Cobb, shel­ter man­ager, said though many of the dogs it re­ceived were mixed breeds, the shel­ter did re­ceive a dober­man, Great Dane and lots of Cata­houla leop­ard dogs, the Louisiana state dog.

Ken Adler, who drove part of the way up north with PAART, said this trip was the long­est the or­ga­ni­za­tion had com­pleted. He said a team drove from Penn­syl­va­nia to Alabama, stayed overnight, and then picked up the dogs at Plaque­m­ines An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety in Belle Chasse, La. A hand­off was made with Adler’s team in Henderson, N.C., which then made the last leg of the trip to Mary­land.

Suzanne Ho­gan, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County, said be­cause the shel­ter had bro­ken its adop­tion record for con­sec­u­tive months lead­ing back to early fall, the or­ga­ni­za­tion was able to take on more an­i­mals to help find them homes.

Though the An­i­mal Wel­fare League had never been an Emer­gency Place­ment Part­ner (EPP) be­fore, Northrop-Cobb had com­pleted a few at a pre­vi­ous shel­ter where she worked.

Or­ches­trat­ing the EPP through the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States, Northrop-Cobb said the An­i­mal Wel­fare League spoke with PAWS staff in Louisiana to see which an­i­mals would fit in with what the shel­ter cur­rently had and then picked the dogs.

Ho­gan praised the com­mu­nity and the shel­ter staff for how the new lead­er­ship has shaped a well-run or­ga­ni­za­tion ca­pa­ble of ex­e­cut­ing an EPP. She said the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence was “ver y ex­cit­ing.”

Northrop-Cobb echoed Ho­gan’s sen­ti­ments of how the com­mu­nity has been great in help­ing get­ting an­i­mals adopted.

Now that the an­i­mals have ar­rived, each will be vet­ted this week, com­plet­ing med­i­cal ex­ams on a few, and staff will be­gin to get to know the ca­nines to bet­ter place them with a fam­ily in the fu­ture. Ho­gan said the res­cued dogs may be avail­able for adop­tion on Thurs­day at the ear­li­est, but no ap­pli­ca­tions would be ac­cepted prior to their an­nounce­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County, lo­cated at 201 Clay Dr., Queen­stown, visit www.awlqac.org.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Staff meme­bers from Pitts­burgh Avi­a­tion An­i­mal Res­cue Team pass dogs from Louisiana off its van to An­i­mal Wel­fare League staff mem­bers on Mon­day, Feb. 20.

An­i­mal Wel­fare League staff care­taker Dil­lon Cole pets a newly ar­rived dog at the shel­ter on Mon­day, Feb. 20, af­ter AWL took in 21 new an­i­mals from Louisiana.

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