Tampa Bay Humane Society helping animals from natural disaster areas

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 7:38am

Folks in Florida are reaching out to their neighboring states to help dozens of puppies displaced by natural disasters. The dogs were left homeless after tornados over north georgia and more are expected to arrive from flooded areas of Mississippi.
natalie shepherd has the story.

Sebastian and Sabien are playful, rambunctious puppies but these two are also survivors. They wound up far from home at the humane society of Tampa Bay Tuesday.

Pam Backer the Director of the Humane Society in Tampa Bay says "they are clearly not the same age, not the same size, not the same breed, and they found each other and were wandering down the road with no where to go. "

The Humane Society took in 26 puppies rescued by the hand foundation in Georgia.

Tornadoes destroyed their homes and separated them from their families.

Backer says "puppies are very resiliant, if they experience something traumatic, and those two probably have the edge, because they've had each other to cling to during the whole ordeal. "

The puppies are a variety of breeds, with lots of different personalities. Backer predicts flood water from the mississippi will force more animals from their homes in the coming weeks. She says "we are always available whenever there's a disaster. if we can help, we'll be there."

The first group of puppies is already up for adoption. People started lining up to take them home before noon. The humane society expects these puppies to find new homes real quick, too.

The humane society of tampa bay says they're also in need of food donations to help feed all of these extra mouths.

--Natalie Shephered reporting.

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