Lexington Humane Society helping animals impacted by recent hurricanes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The impacts of Hurricane Laura and Marco on the Gulf Coast may seem far away but more than just rain spread from the coast to Kentucky.

In fact, some still are coming, especially stray or abandoned pets.

The Bissell Pet Foundation is bringing animals from Texas and Louisiana to shelters throughout the country, and with limited space, the Lexington Humane Society and the Scott County Humane Society wants more families to open their homes and hearts to adoption.

Development Officer Liz James says, “We definitely would encourage folks to come and do a meet and greet because you never know until you come out and visit with an animal if it’s the right fit and there’s so many different animals. Cats, dogs, kittens with all different personalities looking for all different types of homes.”

So far, 274 pets have safely settled in at 20 different animal shelters across the country, and now they’re looking for forever homes.

The Lexington Humane Society is expecting several animals to arrive at the end of the month. They’ll be pets that have been in the shelter longer so families may still reconnect with their lost loved ones at shelters near their homes.

“It’s a win win across the board. We help the animals in our community, we help the animals in other communities and we’re just excited and appreciative to be included in this event,” James said.

Animals included in this week’s empty the shelters promotion will be microchipped and spayed or neutered.

Adoption fees will be reduced to $25 for cats, kittens and dogs from September 10th to the 17th. James says if you don’t want to adopt there are other ways to help out such as donations.

For a full list of shelters involved with the week, head to the Bissell Pet Foundation website.

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