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Animals Are Brought To 'the Ark' to Escape Floods in Gulf Coast

Aileen Montgomery, vice president of the Montgomery County Humane Society, holds a dog that survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Aileen Montgomery, vice president of the Montgomery County Humane Society, holds a dog that survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Montgomery County Humane Society)

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As the animals were examined by Olney veterinarian Sol Perl, they were checked for an imbedded microchip carrying information about registration and ownership. Those that didn't have microchips were injected with one so that the society could keep a registry on the rare chance that their owners might track them down.

The society planned to keep the animals for 30 days to give the owners an opportunity to find their pets, according to Margaret Zanville, its president. The animals will be euthanized if no one adopts them.

For now, the society was looking for foster families, and by the looks on the faces of the crowd, there would be many takers. By day's end, nearly all the animals had found homes, according to Cohen.

Cheri Conner of Damascus said she'd come expressly to get a miniature poodle that she'd heard was among the rescued animals.

"I knew they had a poodle and I came to claim the poodle," she said as she nuzzled the dog's curly white fur.

The Katrina dogs were fussed over as an occasional "I'll take this one home" was heard. Even a television newsman was caught up in the scene, pulling out his cell phone to check with his wife about taking home a tiny brown puppy.

None of the animals, which had been hand-chosen by the rescue team, were badly injured. Most suffered from dehydration, starvation and infestation by parasites, all curable problems, Perl said.

"Basically, all these guys are going to make it," he said. "They've been through hell and they're coming back."


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