How to help: Austin shelters expecting influx of animals after Hurricane Harvey

How to help: Austin shelters expecting influx of animals after Hurricane Harvey

How to help: Austin shelters expecting influx of animals after Hurricane Harvey

This is the first of several expected flights to Seattle to help shelters that are directly housing displaced pets outside of Houston.

Residents and pets evacuate Houston during Harvey. The organization along with local groups like the Houston Humane Society are also accepting financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.

Mary Heerwald, the shelter's spokesperson, said Tuesday that 169 dogs and 122 cats were on their way to Austin, along with 40 other animals.

Speed said the lesson for pet owners is to prepare before a storm hits.

He said the testing for each dog will be $600.

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

As federal agencies focus on bringing the many Texans stranded by Hurricane Harvey to safety, animal rescue groups are also mobilising to save beloved pets that may have been lost or left behind.

"We're going to be flying all month", Smith said.

In a Facebook post, Stephen Carlisle, chief of police in Roman Forest, a town of about 1,600 people in Montgomery County, Texas, recalled the death of a dog that was tied to a tree as the waters from a 2015 flood of the San Jacinto River rose.

But one volunteer doing boat rescues, Barrett Zuskind, told The Washington Times he didn't see pets being treated differently. They housed 179 dogs, 51 cats and one gerbil named Rufus. The move clears kennels to make room for animals directly impacted by the disaster.

Wings of Rescue has transported more than 100 animals from temporary shelters in Texas to out of state shelters.

According to an August 29 statement released by the Russell Township no-kill shelter, "Rescue Village is now working to assist animals from shelters in Texas and Louisiana that are being flooded by Hurricane Harvey". Almost 200 dogs and cats were taken in by San Antonio's Animal Care Services, including 30 dogs from a flooded shelter in Pleasanton.

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