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Displaced cats reach Portland via Hillsboro Airport

COURTESY PHOTO - Cats that used to live in Louisiana but were displaced by flooding in that state during August have reached the Oregon Humane Society shelter in Portland.Thirty-one cats and kittens from flood-ravaged Louisiana arrived at the Oregon Humane Society via the Hillsboro Airport last week to get a second chance at life.

The first of the newly-arrived cats were made available for adoption Friday, Sept. 9, at the OHS shelter, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd. in Portland.

The pets came to OHS from Acadiana Animal Aid, a nonprofit shelter outside Lafayette, Louisiana. Acadiana, which was not hit by flooding, is one of many Louisiana animal groups struggling to cope with a huge influx of animals from residents who can no longer care for their pets and from other shelters that are no longer operational.

The pets were flown into Hillsboro Airport Sept. 8 thanks to a network of organizations that are "working to save thousands of pets," according to David Lytle, OHS public affairs manager.

Flooding in Louisiana hit a peak in August, when prolonged rainfall in southern parts of the U.S. submerged thousands of homes and businesses. The recent transfers of cats and kittens to OHS and other shelters marks the first time the Louisiana shelter has been able to partner with other groups to find homes for cats.

“Every pet that arrives at OHS from Louisiana represents a life that has been saved,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “OHS has a long history of helping other shelters and were glad to lend a helping hand during this disaster.”

To learn more about the rescued cats, call OHS at 503-285-7722.