In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes, there are more than 20 people confirmed dead, homes, schools and businesses have been leveled, and there are people who are lost, trapped in rubble, and injured. There are untold numbers of pets in the same situation. Pets that have been displaced by disaster are frightened, hungry, dirty, confused and lonely, and need help being reunited with their families.
Many displaced pet centers exist in the wake of natural disasters, and in Moore, Okla., one of them is in a Home Depot, according to Oklahoma’s News 9. This center is both a displaced pet center and a pet triage center, treating injured animals and holding them until their owners can come to claim them.
Other establishments and organizations trying to help include the Oklahoma Humane Society, which is working with the city of Moore to provide shelter and care for lost pets.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated entirely to lost and found pets. Lost & Found Animals Oklahoma Tornadoes allows people to send them pictures of lost and found pets, with contact information so that people can find each other and be reunited with their pets. This page also has useful comments from visitors about other, sometimes creative, ways to find your lost pets after a disaster.
Another Facebook page called Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals has the same thing, plus an email address where you can contact them about lost and found pets.
Edmond Animal Shelter has a list of lost pets on their website as well.
Another Facebook Page, the Pet Owners Resource Center, is also working on a list of lost and found pets around Oklahoma, and Love Meow has a link in one of their Oklahoma stories where people can post lost or found pets also.
Rescue officials and people from animal rescues have been coming to the aid of trapped and injured animals. Maeghan Hadley, of One Day Ranch Pet Rescue, helped rescuers with a young kitten that was found underneath what was left of a mobile home. And Rachel Hilton pulled stray kittens out of the rubble of her parents’ house.
If you would like to help, you can contact One Day Ranch Pet Rescue, Edmond Animal Welfare, the Oklahoma Humane Society, or the Red Cross, to find out ways to help and items to donate. You can also bring items for the Moore Animal Shelter to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds at 615 E. Robinson, in Norman.
UPDATE: A couple of readers provided information on another page for pictures and descriptions of lost and found animals. Information can be found above.