HUDSON — Four dogs and 11 cats left homeless when Hurricane Laura rumbled through Louisiana are getting another chance at life in Columbia and Greene counties.

The 15 animals arrived at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA on Aug. 29, President Ron Perez said Tuesday.

They were examined, tested and treated for any minor health issues, and isolated from the other pets at the shelter until they were able to be put up for adoption, Perez said. Two dogs had to be treated for heartworm, but are expected to make a full recovery.

“We want the pets to be healthy when they are adopted,” Perez said.

The 15 pets arrived in Hudson after making the journey from The Humane Society of Louisiana in New Orleans.

The dogs and cats made a stopover at an animal shelter in Virginia, and were then transported to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Perez said.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a network was established between humane societies and rescue groups across the country to assist in relocating animals from storm-ravaged areas, Perez said. When a disaster strikes, word is sent out electronically, with photographs of and information on the individual dogs and cats.

The other shelters then decide how many animals they can take in, Perez said. The largest number of rescues was during Katrina, when the Columbia-Greene Humane Society took in 28 dogs.

“Since Hurricane Katrina, CGHS/SPCA has opened its doors and assisted humane societies and SPCAs throughout the country by accepting homeless pets that were displaced because of natural disasters,” Perez said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that were affected by Hurricane Laura,” he added. “We’re proud to assist in rehoming these pets that were displaced because of this disaster.”

For more information on adopting the rescued dogs and cats from Louisiana, or any of the animals at the shelter, call 518-828-6044, ext. 100, or email info@cghs.org, Perez said.

To be preapproved for adoption, visit cghs.org and submit an adoption application online.

Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana on Aug. 27, making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, with winds of 150 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The Category 4 hurricane tied the record for being the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in almost two centuries.

The old record was set in 1856 with the “Last Island” hurricane, according to the National Weather Service.

The Humane Society of Louisiana coordinated hundreds of animal rescues, from smaller shelters and rescue groups across the state, that were affected by Laura. Plans for the evacuations began even before the hurricane hit.

“We know from firsthand experience that it’s critical to get an early start in a crisis like this,” Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson said Tuesday in a statement.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is a private animal protection charity that was in established 1988, and is funded completely by private donations, Dorson said.

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