Dogs displaced by Hurricane Matthew come to Connecticut

NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The people of North and South Carolina were not the only victims of Hurricane Matthew, many dogs in those storm ravaged states were victims too.  At the Connecticut Humane Society or CHS, we met Lucky Sue, a sweet, shy dog, that needs a home.  She is one of nearly 2 dozen dogs that the Connecticut Human Society took in from the Carolinas. Lucky Sue and her friends were already in Carolina shelters when Hurricane Matthew hit.

To make room for the animals displaced by the storm, the 23 canines of all breeds and ages were sent to the Connecticut Humane Society where they are being treated for things like heartworm, kennel cough, and dental issues. All the dogs will receive vaccines, spay or neuter and grooming.  Once they are medically cleared, they will be put up for adoption.

“It is essential and just plain humane to reach out to these animals and to our colleagues in these overwhelmed shelters,” said Gordon Willard, Executive Director of the CHS. “We can provide the medical care the dogs require, and the good people of Connecticut will give then loving homes. During difficult times like this in the Carolinas as they struggle to recover, these dogs needed our help and a way into a new home.”

Connecticut has become their new home because their former shelters in the Carolinas needed space to provide shelter for family pets separated from their owners in the flood.

Families were forced to leave pets behind during evacuations for the hurricane and subsequent flooding, and rapid response teams have since rescued those animals.

While some were feeling confident enough for belly-rubs and a trot on the lawn, others were on the shyer side, seeming a bit nervous as they took in their new surroundings.

“Some of these dogs were in buildings that became flooded, and many are confused about what’s been happening to them,” said Theresa Geary, CHS Director of Operations.  “All shelter pets need patience, understanding and time to adapt, but these may need a bit more.  As we do with all adoptions, we’ll meet with interested families and talk with them about what they’re looking for and what an animal’s needs are to find the best fit for all of them.”

Anyone interested in adopting one of the Carolina dogs or any other animals at CHS should continue checking for information on available pets.

CHS will also be accepting donations at toward the ‘heartworm-positive pooches’ treatment; The treatment can take many months to get rid of parasites from a dog’s system.

You can also visit The Humane Society’s website here.

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