UPDATE: Nine dogs arrive at Angels of Assisi Wednesday after evacuating from Ida

Roanoke Valley News

UPDATE 3:22 p.m. (9/2/21): All nine dogs evacuated from Louisiana because of Hurricane Ida arrived safely in Roanoke late Wednesday night thanks to Angels of Assisi.

However, the shelter says at least three of the dogs rescued have heartworms and will need to undergo extensive treatment.

The shelter will provide updates when these new furry friends will be ready to find their forever homes in the Roanoke Valley.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thanks to Angels of Assisi, nine dogs are set to receive a warm welcome in Roanoke Wednesday evening after being evacuated from Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida.

According to Angels of Assisi, a number of pets were evacuated by the Tulsa Humane Society ahead of Ida’s path and then flown and/or driven to more than 10 shelters across the country.

The shelter says this effort not only aims to relieve overcrowded animal shelters in the state as hurricanes and other summer storms threaten animals’ safety, but also to make room in shelters in Louisiana so they can take in pets that are displaced from the storm. 

Angels of Assisi announced shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 that their rescue team was heading for the Manassas Regional Airport to meet the evacuation flight and bring the dogs back to the Roanoke adoption center.

“We are so grateful we have been able to work with the BISSELL Pet Foundation and numerous animal rescue organizations to help open up shelter space for pets from Hurricane Ida,” said Dayna Reynolds, Director of Community Engagement, Angels of Assisi.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has been part of this collaborative effort, from our partners on the ground in Louisiana to those helping here in Virginia, taking these pets into their shelters so they can be adopted,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “This was a massive team effort with people all across the country helping each other, and while part of the work is finished, there is more to be done as we continue to help the displaced pets in Louisiana.” 

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