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Shelter helping animals of mudslide victims; dogs, cats still missing

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After a hillside in Oso, Wash. collapsed, the mudslide destroyed homes and killed at least 21, while the search goes on for the missing. Also missing, or found with no homes to go back to, are family pets.

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The Seattle Times reports that it's currently unknown how many animals were killed or displaced from the mudslide.

Although neighbors have been taking in pets they find wandering, in order to make it easier to reunite pets with their families, the Everett Animal Shelter is working along with the Red Cross and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Operations to house the animals.

The shelter will provide food and medical treatment for pets brought to the shelter. The animals will be kept until they can be reunited with their owner.

Owners with lost pets can call the Everett Animal Shelter at (425) 257-6000. The Everett Animal Shelter also provides information on pets lost during the disaster on their Facebook page.

EAS says on Facebook: “The Everett Animal Shelter is taking food donations that will be delivered to the affected areas. We will be taking canned and dry cat and dog food. You can bring those to the shelter. We’re located at 333 Smith Island Rd., Everett. We’re open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week.”

Monetary donations are also being accepted through the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). If you would like to donate to help animals affected by the Oso disaster, please click here.

The slideshow above shows just some of the dogs and cats still missing; more photos of pets lost after the mudslide can be found on the Everett Animal Shelter Facebook page.

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