NORFOLK, Virginia – The Norfolk SPCA is now hosting transfers from the Gulf Coast, in an effort to help free up space in shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi.

An emergency pet rescue flight operated by the nonprofit Wings of Rescue has recovered nearly 140 adoptable cats and dogs from shelters in Mississippi and Louisiana. On Saturday, the plane touched down at Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Chesapeake, where 15 dogs were taken by the Norfolk SPCA. The Richmond SPCA took 20 cats. The plane then traveled to partner shelters in Maine and Pennsylvania.

According to Wings of Rescue, the animals are transported to safety to free up space and resources in areas particularly affected by Hurricane Ida, which passed through parts of Mississippi and Louisiana on the weekend of the 28. and August 29.

“Seeing these animals that were in danger of being euthanized, then a few days after the theft, maybe even a day after the theft, seeing them on someone’s couch – it never gets old,” said Ric Browde, president. and CEO of Wings of Rescue.

Kimberly Sherlaw, executive director of Norfolk SPCA, explains that the shelter typically has around 100 adoptable animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. She said recent transfers have been reviewed by a veterinarian and are microchipped and vaccinated, if necessary. They will also be sterilized or sterilized if they have not already been.

The Norfolk SPCA is located at 916 Ballentine Boulevard. Adoption hours are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except they are closed on Tuesdays.

For more information on Norfolk, SPCA, Click here and to learn more about Wings of Rescue, Click here.

Related: How You Can Help Those Affected by Hurricane Ida

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