Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Hurricane Harvey rescues: California groups helping displaced animals

Hurricane Harvey rescues: California groups helping displaced animals

Seattle Humane is prepared to take in up to 200 cats and 100 dogs from animal rescue organizations in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Fifty-three animals arrived at Pets Alive Tuesday afternoon, August 29, as rescue workers drove the long hours to Orange County from the storm-tossed Gulf Coast. Maura Davies, SPCA of Texas spokeswoman, told the Dallas Morning News that the transfer helped free up space in Corpus Christi for pets displaced by the storm.

As now-Tropical Storm Harvey continues to chase Texas residents from their flooded homes, animal rescue groups, shelters and adoption centers are scrambling to accommodate a surge of dogs, cats and other animals who, like their owners, suddenly need a place to live.

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Numerous dogs were scheduled to come to New Jersey even before the storm hit, but the schedule was moved up because of the storm.

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Some owners may chain their animals in the house or yard in an attempt to keep them safe-but it actually does the opposite, she says. The organizations are working to fly dogs and cats that were already in Texas shelters before the storm to other centers out-of-state. We are grateful to all of our shelter partners on the ground for working around the clock with us to care for people and their pets.

Miller said as long as shelters need room and pets are in need, St. Hubert's is ready to help them.

The OHS team will work hand-in-hand with the Houston SPCA, and will provide assistance in caring for animals at a facility located in the Houston area. We'll be doing whatever is necessary, whether it's supporting established emergency shelters or going door to door to conduct rescues. "We haven't seen this type of unprecedented flooding in more than a decade".

While Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across the Texas coast and all over southeast Texas, animal shelters in the Austin area braced themselves in anticipation of helping shelters in areas that were hit the hardest.

"Anything they need, we're here to help", she said.

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