Humane Society helps with pets during flood

WEST UNION, Ohio – Animals affected by the recent flooding in the area will have a safe place to stay dry thanks to the Humane Society.

According to Humane Society of Adams County Director Samara Ackers, the organization is offering temporary boarding for pets of people affected by recent flooding.

The shelter is accepting animals for temporary boarding as long as it has space. Pet food for families struggling to feed their pets is also available while supplies last, Ackers said.

The move comes after river flooding and flash floods swallowed up parts of the Ohio River Valley this week. The river crested at 53.55 feet in the Maysville area and is expected to crest again at 53.6 feet later, according to the National Weather Service. The area is also under a continuing flash flood watch until Sunday morning.

“Pet owners who evacuate their homes are advised to take their pets with them,” said Ackers. “We are glad we can provide temporary sheltering and pet rescue, when necessary, to pet owners affected by these dangerous floods.”

According to the United Kingdom-based animal charity Blue Cross for Pets, the best way to protect your animals at a time of flooding is preparation. Make sure your local human shelter allows animals, make sure food and any medicines are well stocked and arrange for a trusted neighbor to take your animals if you are away from home when an evacuation order comes.

Blue Cross recommends that during a flood warning you move horses to high ground, keep tack and rugs off the floor, bring all small animals inside and upstairs where possible and keep portable pet carriers at hand.

During a flood, it could be several days before you can return home.

“Leaving behind, even if you think you’ve created a safe place for them could leave to injury or loss,” the charity’s website states. “Remember to take your animals’ food, water, bowls and bedding with you. Small animals must be transported in suitable carriers.”

The site also said that human life should never be put in danger to save an animal.

Anyone in need of assistance with pets during the flood, including boarding or pet food, is asked to contact the HSAC at 937-544-8585.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the HSAC can send checks to P.O. Box 245, West Union, Ohio 45693 or donate online through the GoFundMe page “Animal Flood Victim Fund.”

The HSAC is located at 1148 Ohio 41 in West Union next to Tractor Supply Company.