Hurricane-displaced pets at Animal Friends awaiting new home
Pups flown from the hurricane-ravaged South will keep a part of their home with them even after they’re adopted out in the Pittsburgh area.
With names like Virginia and Chesapeake, the six dogs at Animal friends – five others were taken to other area shelters – could be ready for adoption as soon as the end of the weekend, said Shannon Clarke, communications director for the Ohio Township shelter.
The dogs, which include two puppies, arrived in Allegheny County over the weekend. They were flown from a shelter near the Virginia/North Carolina border to make room for pets displaced during Hurricane Florence.
Clarke stressed that these are not pups who had families and were separated but rather were taken from shelters as Hurricane Florence moved in to make room for those lost during the storm.
All of Animal Friends’ kennels were full when they got the call, Clarke said, but they made room for more than half of the 11 dogs taken from the southern shelter.
The dogs must be medically cleared before they can go up for adoption, and they’ll also be tested for temperament by a behavior specialist.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.