This week, around 80 orphan cats and dogs were flown from overcrowded shelters in storm-hit Houston to California for adoption.
Many animal rescue volunteers helped the shelter animals to take the flight to San Diego and moved them to an animal facility in Rancho Santa Fe. All these animals come from overfull shelters in Texas who were on a list for euthanasia. Luckily, they took the flight to their new animal shelter and made a free space for those pets whose owners have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
“Operation Pets Alive! has taken in an overwhelming number of orphan dogs and cats who had inhabited those shelters before the storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply because they had no place to go,” said Mike Arms who worked in a Texas animal rescue group.
San Diego wasn’t the only place that received many of Houston’s four-legged evacuees.
The charity group Wings of Rescue also flew around 180 dogs and cats from Texas to Waukegan, Illinois this week to find them new homes. Many animal shelters around the country have been participating in similar efforts since Harvey hit. They have been encouraging people to adopt or temporarily foster pets, in order to free up more room in local shelters for animals that are left homeless or separated from their owners during the storm.