WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is seeking placement for 65 rescue animals taken from areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The animals, 40 dogs and 25 cats, are currently being held at a Maryland boarding facility until the humane society finds shelters for them through its placement partners.

On Aug. 30 the HSUS based out of D.C. drove to Louisiana in a large semi-truck, specially designed to transport animals, to assist the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter after it received an influx of animals due to the hurricane. They picked up a total of 161 cats and dogs.

"It was a bit of a scramble," Michelle Cascio, Emergency Placement Partner Program Manager for HSUS said. "I surveyed 26 Emergency Placement Partners (EEP) in six states and most of the response came from North Carolina."

Out of the 161 rescues, 86 were placed in EEP's throughout North Carolina and 10 dogs were taken in by the SPCA in Virginia Beach.

"We were able to place 96 dogs and cats in 48 hours," said Cascio. "We are so grateful for their help."

Once the rescues are placed in a shelter they should be readily available for adoption unlike cruelty victims, added Cascio.

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