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Tornado in Hampton Roads

Written by PETA | April 29, 2008

As you’ll be well aware if you live anywhere near here, our area got hit by a tornado yesterday. 200 people were injured, a lot of people had to leave their homes in a hurry, and …here we go again…animals were left behind, plus authorities have refused to let people who tried to go home after work return to their homes. We’ve been rushing around today trying to help those animals out. There’s plenty more info below about what you can do if you live in the area.

PETA, the Virginia Beach SPCA, and Suffolk Animal Control have joined forces to help local tornado victims. Because the storm hit suddenly, many people fled their homes leaving dogs, cats birds and other animals behind.

The Virginia Beach SPCA has set up an emergency response center at the Suffolk Animal Control Bureau, located at 124 Glen Forest Drive in Suffolk. The shelter will be staffed 24/7 to receive animals as long as there is a need.

If you know of an animal in need, whether lost or left behind, please call 757-409-7729, or email [email protected] PETA’s Community Animal Project is available to assist in rescuing animals who are trapped in or under homes and assist in capturing frightened animals running at large.

At least 100 birds have already been displaced by the storm and taken for emergency care. For information on how to help stranded wildlife, please visit

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Jack Great response to Isaac. I once saw a report from the New Orleans floods where a dog was trying to swim in the flood waters and people in a boat maybe the Red Cross not sure but definitely a “human” rescue organization made no attempt to rescue the dog. When the reporter asked why they didn’t help the dog one man explained that it was not part of their function and therefore they couldn’t do anything. Ridiculous!! To all those who complain about PETA assisting animals I would like to say I am quite certain that PETA would not have left any human in such dire straits despite their focus on animals……

  • Jack says:

    Isaac We’re an animal rights group not the Red Cross. And these animals can’t fend for themselves. Domesticated animals trapped in houses without access to food or water or dogs and cats left out on the streets are completely vulnerable and urgently need attention. Further your implied argument doesn’t make any sense because it assumes as its main premise that helping animals and people with beloved pets somehow means that the people who are injured won’t get the help they need. Believe it or not sometimes there’s plenty of love to go around. Someone needs to look after the defenseless beings who can’t look after themselves. That’s where we come in time after time.

  • Isaac says:

    ok… im glad to hear you guys are helping them… but seriously… 200 people injured? and your helping dogs and cats that can fend for there selves

  • Tabitha says:

    I am by no means a PETA fan. In fact I’m the OPPOSITE. However…kudos on this. Disasters such as tornados and hurricanes are horrible to have to live through even more so not knowing what has happened to your pet. Our prayers are with the injured and the displaced.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    I agree Judith! So much better to plan ahead. Thank goodness the SPCA and PETA are there to rescue animals! I’m lucky that I never had to go through a tornado but on a smaller scale right before I took my cat home from the shelter where I worked I arrived to the shelter to see fire trucks it was a real fire and my cat was inside! Thank goodness the brave firefighters put it out but I’ll never forget trying to run into the building and being stopped from rescuing my cat!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    This was just awful. Tornados hit so fast just like earthquakes. But to see 3 different Animal Rescue groups working together is wonderful. Divided we fail so they say. Familys with any kind of animal needs to be ready. States need to be ready to place any animal. During our horrific fires in Calif in San Diego alone we opened 3 shopping malls with land for Farm Animals and plenty of food and water. When humans bounce ideas off of each other for the helpless it’s amazing what a State can do. Fantastic job PETA. Peacefor all animals!

  • lynda downie says:

    Wow! Sorry to hear about the tornado. I hadn’t heard about it til nowliving in western Canada.

  • Annalena says:

    How tragic! That would be so painful. I worry about disasters striking my companions when I am not at home. I try to be with them as much as possible. I really feel for those people who were at work.

  • vegancoin says:

    My heart goes out to Peta those in need and all whom may have been displaced by the storm.