Hurricane Irma: Broward sending shelter pets to California

Steve Phelps
September 8, 2017

"While we know that thousands of pets and the people who care about them have been dealt a awful blow by Hurricane Harvey, cattle are also suffering, and substantially so", Dr Dickie Vest, senior medical director of the HSUS' Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, America's biggest large animal sanctuary, said. HAWS partnered with the Humane Society of the United States on the ground, and Wings of Rescue in the air to get the dogs to Wisconsin.

More than 150 animals from southeast Texas are now safe in the Midstate following Hurricane Harvey's devastation.

"We work with the Mutt Nation Foundation, and they requested our assistance for rescues of the shelters in those areas", said Evan Fade, executive director of the Tulsa Humane Society.

"The shelter is not designed for events like Irma, so it would be better for an animal to ride out the storm in a home rather than in a shelter", Bowling said.

They came back Monday evening - in the trailer and an airplane - with 67 dogs in need of permanent homes. Let's just say a lot of "poop bags" were handed out!

Volunteer vets with Mukwonago Animal Hospital took six for medical treatment.

She said they will go through the same application process to find a qualified home as she would with any other animal.

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The rest of the dogs would be cleaned, fed and allowed to rest.

"It's critical for pet owners to consider their animals when preparing for any disaster, and we strongly urge them to always bring their animals with them if they have to evacuate their home", said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team.

HAWS officials said they've received an overwhelming number of applicants for foster caregivers.

They are also urging people not to abandon their pets at this time.

Patrice Andrews, who is general manager of Animal Planet, said Thursday that the network hopes to promote the need for donations to organizations that worked on the rescue effort. As the rescue progresses, HAWS officials may re-open that list, but they've stopped taking names now.

For those who abandon their animals, such as chaining up their dog in a backyard without food or water, they will be issued two citations - animal cruelty and abandonment.

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