MAUMEE (WTVG) - Dozens of animals from a shelter in the hurricane zone were brought to Toledo. 30 cats and kittens from the Hilton Head Humane Association were moved to the Toledo Area Humane Society.
The cats were flown to the Columbus area, and then driven to Toledo Tuesday night. Staff members at the shelter say they are all settling in well.
Many shelters in the path of the storm moved animals to make sure they're able to help animals in emergency situations both before and after the hurricane. The pets were already up for adoption, they do not have owners.
This system is one example of lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. During that catastrophic storm in 2005, thousands of people were separated from their pets and never reunited.
Steve Heaven is the head of the Toledo Area Humane Society. He says after Katrina animals were moved to shelters all over the country with no way to track where they came from or who they belonged to. He says clearing out shelters in the storm's path allows people and pets in need to go to a local shelter.
Since they were already up for adoption, the cats and kittens are all up-to-date on shots and have been fixed. They were also checked over by a vet at TAHS before being put up for adoption. They are all available for adoption as of Wednesday.
Heaven says its important to point out that these cats don't prevent the shelter from helping local cats in need. He says the same day the cats arrived from South Carolina, TAHS took in about 25 local cats.
The cats were brought here as part of a joint venture between the ASPCA and Wings of Rescue. The effort has already helped hundreds of unowned animals get out of the storm's path.
If you're interested in adopting some of the animals or making a donation to any of the organizations involved in the rescue effort, we've posted several links.