Chattanooga shelters in desperate need of homes for Gulf Coast rescue animals as Hurricane Laura approaches

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Taylor Hixson pets Darla, a dog that was evacuated from the path of Hurricane Laura earlier in the week on Tuesday. The Humane Educational Society currently features reduced adoption rates due to an influx of animals from Louisiana that were evacuated in anticipation of the impact of Hurricane Laura.

As the Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Laura, dogs and cats from evacuated areas are flooding into Chattanooga's animal shelters, which are already at or near capacity.

The summer months are always among the busiest for animal shelters, McKamey Animal Center Director of Development and External Relations Mindy Kolin said, and both McKamey and the Humane Educational Society are in desperate need of families to adopt or foster animals.

McKamey transported 18 dogs and 15 cats from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi, to its shelter in Chattanooga on Monday.

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The same day, Humane Educational Society staff brought 33 dogs to its Chattanooga shelter from the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Orleans.