TUPELO – Downed tress often accompany damaged homes and fences, leaving some animals displaced along with their owners after Monday’s tornado.
Tupelo-Lee Humane Society Executive Director Donna Jarrell said they have taken in 10 animals since the tornado struck Tupelo yesterday and expect to see many more in the coming 48 hours.
“We started getting lots of calls late last night and this morning,” Jarrell said. “I think it takes a little while before they can get to their animals or work to find shelter for the animals.”
Jarrell responded to two animals near the train tracks in the Lumpkin Avenue area that were injured and traumatized by the storm Tuesday after lunch.
Workers from the humane society set up an area for the animals of people who are displaced and seeking shelter at the BancorpSouth Arena.
“We’re encouraging people, unless they’ve actually lost their home, not to bring their dogs to the arena,” she said.
The tornado damage has caused many animals to get out of their homes and yards, and Jarrell said anyone who encounters a displaced animal to contact 911 or the humane society.
“If it seems friendly or you can get your hands on it, then great,” she said. “You can bring it to us. If the animal seems traumatized or unfriendly, we will handle it. We have picked up every animal we’ve gotten a report of so far.”
For those missing animals, Jarrell said the humane society can also help. Workers are keeping their Facebook page updated with animals they have picked up and are also helping to spread the word for anyone who is missing an animal. Jarrell said anyone looking for their animal can send a Facebook message or cal the shelter at (662) 841-6500.
Anyone who needs to report a stray or displaced animal can call animal control at (662) 871-2425 or 911.