Humane Society hopes to reunite flood victims with their pets

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Humane Society hopes they can reunite Millington families with their pets after they were separated when their owners were forced to evacuate.

When flood waters poured into Millington, not every family managed to rescue their pets.

"They weren't allowed to go back in their homes," said Amanda McNeely with the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, "so all of these pets scattered on their own."

At the Humane Society, one pit bull puppy was given the nickname Phelps after Olympic athlete Michael Phelps.  His neck was still raw from being chained to a fence in Millington and treading flood waters for a day and a half.

"Swimming that whole time," McNeely said, "and in the process, got caught up in several bicycles and we found him literally maybe a foot of chain to be able to move."

Seventeen pets were being housed at the Humane Society, most of them cats and kittens rescued by a team from the Humane Society and Collierville and Bartlett animal shelters.

McNeely said this crisis was a perfect example of why owners should I. D. their pets with a personalized tag, a rabies tag, or a microchip that will increase the chances of reuniting with their pet.

"We all are going to have them on the website, so they'll be able to see them there and hopefully find their pets if they're missing them," McNeely said.

If the pets are not claimed, they will be up for adoption in two weeks.

The Humane Society plans to spay, neuter, vaccinate and microchip all the animals.

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