Left Behind: Pets in Hurricane Evacuations

They are urging people to donate to organizations, which will send supplies to affected areas.

Texas shelters in San Antonio and Dallas were being emptied this week to make way for pets rescued from the flooding and devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

On Wednesday, two workers from the Humane Society waded through knee-deep water and trudged into a destroyed home in Dickinson, Texas. That included Rosana Nagera, 27, who took shifts with her husband in the rain with their shivering dog.

"We would never want to interfere with local reunification work", Harvey added.

Volunteers and Klein fire fighters carry pets and possessions of a rescued resident that was stranded in her home along the flooded Cypress Creek in Klein, a north suburb of Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2017.

Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, animal-welfare groups are opening their doors to homeless dogs and cats threatened by the storm.

None of the animals being transferred to HES are owned pets, according to a news release.

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"The most hard part of all of this is really not knowing how many animals we're going to get", Davies said.

"I promise you that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions", Roman Forest Police Chief Stephen Carlisle said in a statement. Although they whistled and called for the missing animals, they were greeted with silence.

Many of these owners were able to rescue their pets and keep them by their side. Numerous rescued clutch beloved pets. She was the only dog let out of her crate by a volunteer with Wings of Rescue, an organization that provides air transport for pets in need of shelter.

"We are pleased to be working with American Humane as relief operations in Texas and Louisiana are set in motion", said Chris Mitchell, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Pets.

As a result of the influx of animals due to Harvey, the surrenders and long-term stays at various shelters are being shipped to nearby states to free up space.

Earlier this week, 100 animals from San Antonio Animal Care and Control were delivered to St. Hubert's shelter in New Jersey, according to Humane Society spokeswoman Thai Da Silva. Seattle Humane is one of many shelters helping to make room for pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

You may be thinking there's no way that Wings of Rescue could use all of these pet crates that are stacked up in a hangar at the Livermore Airport, but believe it or not, they chartered a plane for this coming Saturday. He said the team departed from the Oklahoma-Texas border Tuesday morning.

  • Sonia Alvarado