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34 dogs rescued from Hurricane Laura land in Michigan and await adoption

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 20:34:44-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Nearly three dozen dogs from Louisiana are getting adjusted to life in Michigan. We first told you Friday that the organization Michigan Humane rescued the pups before Hurricane Laura hit.

Now we are learning these dogs will need some extra love and attention. The plane carrying 34 dogs arrived Friday afternoon.

“All they knew is that it got real windy, they jumped on a plane and ended up in Detroit,” said President & CEO of Michigan Humane Matthew Pepper.

The pups were in a shelter in Louisiana looking for a new home, but with Hurricane Laura heading their way, Michigan Humane stepped up. When shelters are full during natural disasters, it becomes harder for local volunteers to help and/or house other pets who become displaced or stray during a storm.

That’s why organizations like Michigan Humane take in homeless animals from those shelters.

“If we have the ability to help we have the obligation to help,” Pepper said. He says that's Michigan Humane’s motto.

Pepper tells 7 Action News this group was the last rescued at the Louisiana shelter because they are considered harder to adopt out.

“Because of our ability to provide medical and behavioral care, we took up some larger breed dogs, some medical issues, heart worm, things that we knew we could address and find homes for ultimately,” Pepper said.

The 34 dogs will be housed at different Michigan Humane facilities as they decompress from traveling. In the next week or so, the dogs will be assessed and given care they need before being put up for adoption.

Pepper says they’ve been helping other shelters since Hurricane Katrina and will continue to be ready to spring into action when needed.

“I’m glad that we can help,” he said.

To learn more about the dogs and when they will be up for adoption, follow Michigan Humane’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.