Brandywine Valley SPCA shelters 43 animals rescued from Harvey flooding

Veterinary technician Emma Fennelly holds a cat named “Snickers” while working with adoptions counselor Nicole Grohowski (right) at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) on Saturday welcomed 43 animals from Louisiana that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

The 22 dogs and 21 cats taken in by the SPCA chapter came from a shelter in New Orleans that suffered severe flooding. A BVSPCA campus in West Chester took in nine dogs and 21 cats, while another campus in Georgetown, Del., sheltered the remaining 13 dogs.

The animals were part of a 200-animal airlift transport out of New Orleans. Several rescue organizations helped move the animals into facilities for medical care and subsequent adoption.

“The animals are the first of what’s expected to be several intakes of shelter animals from Texas and Louisiana to help make space for local displaced pets to stay in their community so their families can find them,” BVSPCA spokeswoman Linda Torelli said in an email.

The BVSPCA will evaluate the animals and make them available for adoption next week.

Each year, the BVSPCA cares for more than 10,000 animals in need.

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John Busin, a volunteer from Animal Lifeline in Pittsburgh, greets a dog named “Gepetto” at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester.