The ASPCA is sending responders to Minot, ND, to help care for animals affected by severe flooding in June that displaced thousands of residents. Responders are helping care for more than 500 animals, mostly the cats and dogs of those who have relocated due to the disaster, at a special emergency shelter at the North Dakota State University Research Center.
ASPCA is participating in this large-scale sheltering mission as a member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), which has been managing the emergency shelter since soon after flooding began in Minot. The coalition stepped in to help at the behest of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
“The ASPCA is grateful to all of the NARSC member agencies that quickly stepped up to offer assistance,” says Sandy Monterose, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach and NARSC chair.
Other groups that have been working to help the animals of Minot include American Humane Association, Code 3 Associates, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, RedRover (formerly United Animal Nations), the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, PetFinder.com Foundation and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
“It has been a long haul for the people of Minot,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We are proud to be able to offer support through the coalition as this community recovers.”
ASPCA responders are spending 10 days in Minot. The operation is expected to last till the end of August.