After the tornado in Mayfield, displaced dogs are still looking for a safe place to stay.
MAYFIELD, KY (WKYT) – The Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter is still finding missing animals in the wreckage four weeks after a tornado destroyed the town of Mayfield.
The sanctuary has rescued a total of 140 animals to date. People are now striving to reunite dogs with their families.
Nearly all of the animals now at the shelter, according to David Spalding, were displaced by the hurricane on Dec. 10.
Some dogs are being boarded at the shelter until their owners get back on their feet. To make place for the storm survivors, they transported all of the animals who were at the shelter before Dec. 10 to other facilities or into foster care.
The Humane Society of the United States' Diane Robinson stated, "We want individuals to be able to get their family members back." "It's sad to realize you've lost everything and now you've also lost your family." It's simply heartbreaking."
After the hurricane, Spalding enlisted the services of the team to assist with the tremendous effort to match families with pets. They claim that the procedure has been slowed by well-intentioned groups scooping up stray pets and transporting them to neighboring counties or even out of state.
"Running down after an occurrence and removing these animals from the region does not help," Robinson added. "You must be able to operate within the constraints of the system."
"If you locate a pet that isn't yours, report it to your local authorities," Spalding said.
Spalding hopes that families will not lose hope.
"Don't stop at your local shelter; keep looking." "Your pet could have gotten out of the county," Spalding added.
Call the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter at 270-251-0130 if you have lost or discovered a pet. You can also fill out a lost pet report and leave a photo of your missing pet at the shelter in person. Visit facebook.com/MayfieldGravesCoAnimalShelter for additional information.