Orphaned by the spill, Gulf pets head to NJ

The Gulf oil spill may finally be contained, but the trauma for both human and animal victims continues.

One hundred lucky Louisiana dogs, surrendered by owners who could no longer afford them, are being trucked to safety in New Jersey.

The third large scale animal transport since the oil spill began four months ago, was scheduled to leave Louisiana today bound for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison. The dogs are coming from overwhelmed shelters throughout the Gulf Coast which have seen their numbers spike since the oil spill began nearly four months ago. 

"These dogs are all highly adoptable and just need a second chance to find forever homes," said Inga Fricke, director of Sheltering Initiatives for the Humane Society of the United States which coordinated the transport.

"New Jersey is a coastal state so we can comprehend how devastating an oil spill could be on a local economy," said Heather Cammisa, president of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. "Our hearts go out to the families who were forced to surrender their pets and together with our placement partners; we will take great care of these dogs and find them the new homes they deserve."

These dogs will be available for adoption through the following organizations: St. Hubert's in Madison and North Branch, Noah's Ark in Ledgewood, Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, Animal Alliance in Lambertville, Somerset Regional Animal Shelter in Bridgewater, Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City, and the Franklin Twp. Animal Shelter.