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St. Tammany Humane Society seeking storm refuge for animals
by The Times-Picayune Wednesday August 27, 2008, 11:32 AM
The St. Tammany Humane Society is seeking emergency foster homes for numerous dogs and cats in preparation for the arrival of Gustav.
The Covington-area shelter, which is prone to flooding, has 92 dogs and 60 cats not enough vehicles or volunteers to transport them to safety, the organization said in a news release.
The facility on Harrison Avenue can take in water during a heavy thunderstorm, so a hurricane brings the threat of real damage and danger, the release said.
The organization is asking the public to provide temporary foster homes for the animals beginning Thursday and bring them back Wednesday after the storm has passed. The shelter also is interested in any transport programs available, the release said.
The shelter is no longer accepting animals, and the parish Department of Animal Services has already closed due to hurricane preparedness, according to the release.
For information on fostering an animal from the St. Tammany Humane Society, call 985-892-PETS(7387).