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Animals given shelter during Irene

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(AP, WJLA) - The Virginia Beach SPCA says it provided shelter for more than 200 animals during and after Hurricane Irene.

The total includes 155 rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife.

Thirty-four dogs, 18 cats and eight birds also were taken in by the organization. Most of them are first responders' pets.

The organization says any orphaned or injured wildlife found by the public should be brought to its facility.

In D.C., the Washington Humane Society had a disaster animal response team on call during the storm, but they did not receive any requests for help, said Scott Giacoppo, a spokesman for the Washington Humane Society.

The Maryland SPCA reported on its Facebook page that it lost power due to the hurricane and was closed Sunday, but still had staff on hand to care for the animals.

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