Displaced Gulf Coast Pets Will Find New Homes in New Jersey

Displaced Gulf Coast Pets Will Find New Homes in New JerseyImages of oil-soaked birds and dying sea creatures are cemented in the public's perception of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Pets tell another story.

In the wake of the April 20 disaster and the economic catastrophe that followed for the Gulf Coast region, people living the affected areas have surrendered their dogs and cats in droves because they can no longer afford to care for them. ABC News reported that nearly 200 Gulf Coast pets given up by their owners have recently been euthanized.

A Chalmette, La., shelter pleaded for help on its website, saying, "Dogs and cats by the scores are being surrendered to the St. Bernard Shelter by residents who can no longer afford to keep them or who have to move but cannot take their pets with them. The shelter is overflowing with some wonderful animals who need new families to love."

To deal with the overflow, some shelters are sending animals out of state. The Humane Society of the United States and the Louisiana SPCA recently transported about 100 dogs from nine overwhelmed Louisiana shelters and rescue groups, including the one in St. Bernard, to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. Most of the dogs will be available for adoption at St. Hubert's, and the rest will be placed with other New Jersey shelters.


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Hal

WFC...

August 05 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dal31550

Come along little doggies. We'll take better care of you than some people. After all, you are better than some people.

August 05 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lin

This is not pectcular to there or the oil spill. It's due to economic conditions all over the country. More and more people are surrendering their pets. Good thing there is no pound for kids.

August 05 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
fdaloisio

Beware residents of NJ, there is one Insurance Company in particular that will not sell you home owners insurance, Travelers, if your dog is on it 'breed list'... just a warning. This policy is unfair and discriminatory... and oh by the way, they won't insure you even if the dog is a mix, and 1/8 of that mix is a dog on their list....

August 05 2010 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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frfreistak

Why is BP not giving money to the animal shelter? It is just another consequenc of the oil spill. The shelter needs to put in a claim for the upkeep of the animals.

August 05 2010 at 7:57 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
kreidy5504

I would give up two meals a day to be able to keep my dogs. Dogs are the only creatures that give unconditional love without any strings. All they need is food and love. I work in New Jersey and it is the New Yorkers that come to town that give it a bad name.

August 05 2010 at 6:28 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
lynette

hsus could use a small fraction of it's 90million dollar budget and rescue every single pet in that area. a measly hundred just so they can say they actually spent some money on animals. shame on them

August 04 2010 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
heavymetalmary

Maybe BP should be held accountable for this as well! Just saying....

August 04 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Lin

A new survey shows that is the laziest state in the USA. Just repeating what the survey said.

August 05 2010 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr & Mrs Batek

I think it is so sad that these animals have been given up by their owners.I hope they all find new, good homes.

August 04 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
velociwrangler

People make whatever excuses suit them. Dogs cannot make excuses. I fosted a beautiful female Doberman in Sarasota, Florida years ago whose owner gave her up because the wife got new white carpeting and insisted the dog go. That poor Dobie had no idea what just happened to her or why. For the life of me, I can't figure out why he kept the wife...good ending to that story, BTW.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wife killed in auto accident two weeks later while the Dobie was still in Foster, so he got the real love of his life back.

August 04 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jivenjingle

Wife killed in a car wreck and you call that a good ending? I think you need your head candled.

August 04 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply