About 130 dogs and cats from storm- and flooding-ravaged Oklahoma landed at Manassas Regional Airport last week in search of new homes.
The Humane Society of the United States assisted in transporting the animals from shelters in areas of Oklahoma impacted by recent severe weather, including a rash of tornadoes and flooding.
They were flown into Manassas to place them with shelters and rescues in Virginia and Maryland.
“This transport aims to increase the capacity of shelters and rescues in impacted areas in Oklahoma as organizations prepare for an anticipated influx of displaced animals in the wake of severe weather,” according to a Humane Society of the U.S. news release.
The Tulsa Animal Welfare League requested the assistance of the both the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Humane Society of Tulsa. The latter prepare the animals, which were already up for adoption in Oklahoma, for transport to Virginia.
The animals were transferred to the care of the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, Richmond Animal Care and Control, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, Humane Society of Washington County, Tri County Animal Shelter and Humane Rescue Alliance.
“By enabling the transport of adoptable animals out of shelters in communities that have been impacted by tornadoes and flooding, we are able to provide these animals safe haven and a chance to continue to seek forever homes,” said Sára Varsa, vice president of animal rescue for the Humane Society of the United States.
“Our efforts increase the capacity of communities to care for animals displaced in the storms, paving the way for animals to remain with or be reunited with their families.”