When torrential downpours caused unprecedented flooding across Vermont and New Hampshire, much of the area was left underwater.
Contacts at Central Vermont Humane Society (CVHS) reached out to us for help. While their shelter was not physically affected by the flooding, many area homes had become uninhabitable, and families had nowhere to go with their pets.
CVHS asked us to take adoptable pets already in the shelter so that they could assist the pets of people locally affected by the flooding – in hopes that they could be reunited after a short shelter stay. Together with the MSPCA-Angell, we placed nine dogs, 10 cats, and one Chinchilla on an emergency evacuation flight sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation. NEAS welcomed all 10 cats, settling them into our shelter for their mandatory 48 hours of quarantine prior to health checks.
Those health checks revealed that a number of the animals evacuated from Vermont needed additional medical care prior to adoption, including some of the cats at NEAS.
Peep, an energetic seven-month-old kitten, required an echocardiogram and a full cardiology workup. And sweet 13-year-old Kitty needed bloodwork and treatment for an upper respiratory infection prior to adoption. Thanks to our collaboration with the MSPCA-Angell, Peep and Kitty swiftly received vital veterinary care. The good news: within two weeks of arriving, nine of the 10 cats found homes, including Kitty! Peep is currently in a foster home awaiting an adoptive home.
And while we were busy finding homes for these Vermont evacuees, we were also busy helping the pets of Vermont residents whose homes were devastated by the floods. We provided on-the-ground support in the disaster area, delivering a truckload of pet food and supplies to a local food bank for distribution. Thanks to friends like you, when a natural disaster occurs, we are ready to help.