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Montgomery County Office of Animal Services Prepares to Assist Louisiana Animal Shelter Damaged by Hurricane Laura

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC), located in Derwood, will be helping animals from a Louisiana animal shelter severely damaged from Hurricane Laura.

As a Best Friends Network Partner, MCASAC received requests for aid and reached out to a shelter whose buildings were damaged when the Category 4 storm hit. Morehouse Humane Society in Bastrop, Louisiana has been out of power since Aug. 27 and, despite generators and fans running, the area has been under a heat advisory. The dogs desperately needed a safe place.  

MCASAC agreed to take 16 dogs, which will empty the Morehouse Human Society Shelter and provide time for the shelter to be repaired. The dogs are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Each dog will be evaluated medically and behaviorally before being made available for adoption. All dogs are treated individually, and some may be available within a week of arrival. Others may need more time to settle down after a traumatic week. Prior to adoption, all dogs are altered, microchipped, and given core vaccines.

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC), operated by the Office of Animal Services, provides high-standard sheltering and care to the homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our community and ensures the safety and welfare of the County’s residents. The Center is the County's only open-admission, municipal shelter. Through adoptions, education, outreach, and more, MCASAC serves as a critical community resource to promote and advocate for responsible pet care.  Animal Services Officers are on-call seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day.

For more information, visit the MCASAC website.

Release ID: 20-469
Media Contact: Maria Anselmo 240-383-5995 , Maria.Anselmo@montgomerycountymd.gov