This summer, the Souris River in North Dakota rose to record levels, severely flooding the city of Minot. People rushed to evacuate to safety. About one in every four Minot residents had to evacuate — and they had to figure out what to do with their beloved pets.
Our Red Star™ Rescue Rig tractor-trailer and Animal Emergency Services team deployed to Minot to help shelter and care for more than 300 displaced animals.
For months on end, evacuees have lived in friends’ homes, temporary shelters, even open
campsites — and many of them may never be able to return to their homes. While families recover and secure housing, our Red Star team made sure their animals got what they needed: shelter, food and a little bit of love.
Check out the photos and updates from the field below.
When our Red Star responders arrived on Aug. 10, they could see the terrible damage the floodwaters had caused. Huge earthen dikes had been built right through Minot’s downtown area to hold off the floodwaters.
Our team got right to work helping the Souris Valley Animal Shelter respond to the large influx of displaced pets. North Dakota State University allowed us to park the Rescue Rig at its agricultural research facility, where an emergency shelter had been set up to house the vulnerable animal victims.
When evacuees came to retrieve their pets from the emergency shelter to take them back home, we celebrated with them and wished them well.
SPECIAL DELIVERY TO DENVER: Nine dogs rescued from Minot arrive at the Denver Dumb Friends League.
On Aug. 18, our Red Star team finished its scheduled deployment, and our staff responders headed back to Denver — with nine homeless, adoptable dogs in tow!
The lucky dogs rescued from flood-damaged Minot were transferred from Souris Valley Animal Shelter to Denver Dumb Friends League, where they’re up for adoption. Give one of these survivors, or another dog in need, a loving forever home.