Animals From Flood-Ravaged Texas, Louisiana to Arrive in Norfolk

PETA, Virginia Beach SPCA, and Other Hampton Roads Shelters Seek Adoptive Families for Dogs and Cats After Hurricane Harvey

For Immediate Release:
September 6, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va.What:    On Thursday, PETA’s rescue teams will transport approximately 60 dogs and cats from flood-affected areas of Louisiana and Texas—where PETA’s rescue team and a Virginia Beach SPCA staff member have spent the last week rescuing stranded animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey—to Norfolk, Virginia. (Video and photographs of the rescue efforts are available here.) These animals were already in regional animal shelters before the storm hit—and transporting them to Virginia will free up space for more incoming flood victims.

When:    Thursday, September 7, 12 noon

Where:    PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has teamed up with Virginia Beach SPCA, the Chesapeake Humane Society, Chesapeake Animal Services, Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, Norfolk SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, the Heritage Humane Society, Southampton County’s Partners Among Cats and Canines, and SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina to take animals in for foster care and adoption.

“Hurricane Harvey has left its mark on Texas and Louisiana, and Hampton Roads now has the opportunity to help some of the dogs and cats from overwhelmed animal shelters in some of the most devastated areas,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA invites our neighbors to open their homes and hearts to dogs and cats who need and deserve lots of love, security, and comfort.”

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