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Flooding Leaves Nearly 50 Pets in Crisis Foster at the ARL

posted on Friday, July 6, 2018 in News

FLOOD UPDATE (07/06/18 10:30 a.m.) This weekend, as floodwaters waters ravaged our community, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) was there to help the pets that were displaced. As waters continued to rise, our Mobile Rescue Teams assisted in removing 19 horses from a flooded property and transported them to safe housing after the owners’ horse trailers were surrounded by several feet of water.

Crisis Foster Pets Seek Shelter at the ARL due to FloodingWhen people were awakened by dangerous waters pouring into their homes, they quickly gathered what mattered most – their pets – and were taken to temporary shelters where the ARL was there, waiting to help. Sadly, for some, the water filled their homes too quickly and many pets did not survive.

We have already taken nearly 50 pets into our Crisis Foster program.

We have converted both of our training rooms at ARL Main into emergency pop-up shelters for the pet flood victims. The only belongings they have left sit atop their wire crates. These pets are from families whose homes have been destroyed by the floods... and we continue to receive more animals each day.

Last year we responded to the devastating hurricanes along the coasts, but this year the devastation is in our own backyards. We need your help today so we can continue to provide a safe haven for the nearly 50 flood victim pets who are already in our care – and the others we expect to help as families remain displaced.

Horse TrailersThe waters have already receded and the recovery process is now in place. Your donation today can help reunite families who have lost everything with the only thing they have left: their pets.

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Until then, these animals are safely in our care, and with your help the ARL will continue to be here when disaster strikes and people have nowhere else to turn for help with their pets.


FloodingFLOOD UPDATE (07/02/18 7:00 p.m.) ARL rescue teams are continuing to assist Polk County Emergency Management with animal-related housing and supplies for families who have been displaced by catastrophic flooding in the area. Since early Sunday, we have taken 23 pets into our Crisis Foster program to provide temporary care until their owners are able to be reunited with them. The 12 cats and 11 dogs are now safe, dry and being cared for by our staff. Our rescue teams also assisted in removing 19 horses from a flooded property and transporting them to safe housing after the owners’ horse trailers were surrounded by several feet of water.

If you have been impacted by flooding and you need help with your pets, call 211 to be connected with our rescue team and resources.


FLOOD UPDATE (0701/18 3:00 p.m.) Since early this morning, Animal Rescue League of Iowa rescue teams have been assisting Polk County Emergency Management with animal-related rescues, housing, and supplies for families who have been impacted by flooding. If you need help with animal supplies, rescue, or temporary housing, please call 211 to be connected with our team and any other resources you may need.