Noah's Ark

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Operation Noah’s Ark: A Success!

American Humane Association returns to Colorado after caring for 162 animals in North Carolina

Updated 9/22/08

American Humane Association left Denver, N.C., last week after completing a 20-day animal rescue and sheltering mission.

American Humane Association helped care for the animals until Lincoln County Animal Control fostered out the 162 dogs, cats and rabbits remaining at the emergency shelter. Each of these animals will live with their foster organization or family until legal decisions are reached in the case.

Their new lives hold promise of happiness and compassion, unlike the future they had just weeks ago when they were rescued from cramped and neglected living conditions.

When American Humane Association arrived on the scene, volunteers found cages like this that were used to house an inhumane number of cats.

The emergency shelter is now dismantled and volunteers have returned home after what many report was one of their hardest responses ever.

A total of 390 animals were seized from a private property on Aug. 26, 2008, by American Humane’s Animal Emergency Services, functioning as part of a team with local law enforcement, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency, the North Carolina State Animal Response Team (SART) and others in what local media called “Operation Noah’s Ark.”

A Red Star responder examining a malnourished horse.

The emergency shelter was established in a vacant warehouse, donated by the Denver Baptist Church.

All the animals were identified, examined and either held at the warehouse shelter space donated by the Denver Baptist Church or transported to other organizations. One area shelter took in well over 100 rodents and small mammals. All livestock and most of the birds, including 36 parakeets, were immediately fostered out.

At the emergency shelter space, the remaining animals were given toys and enjoyed daily walks and regular schedules. Large cat dwellings were constructed with multiple risers so that cats were able to seek comfort. Generous donations of food and toys came in and were used to prepare these animals for fostering.

American Humane Association’s Animal Emergency Services national responder Karen Spaulding said the mission was a success.

American Humane Association’s Animal Emergency Services national responders and local volunteers pose with rescued Chihuahuas.

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