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.
Austin Pets Alive! expects a significant number of animals and is already at capacity.
It is also essential not to detract time or resources from emergency responders. “We will go to any of the shelters where there already are dogs that are being put up for adoption – we will clear the shelters out for them to make room for the people who do not have a place to take their animal”.
The transfer of the pets is part of a joint effort by Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Labradors and Friends Rescue, the San Diego Humane Society and Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
“When disasters strike and the country needs help caring for lost, strayed or abandoned pets, they turn to San Diego”, said John Van Zante with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The organization is asking the community for supplies and donations to help more animals in need.
Animals transported to Austin from coastal shelters. They’ll also be available for adoption.
If you want to help, there are plenty of local shelters, like Austin Pets Alive, where you can donate money.
If you’re now safe and sound, but live in areas surrounding the Gulf Coast – animal shelters are in need of volunteers while they intake hundreds of pets from the storm. Even if you don’t live in an area near Harvey – volunteering to help animals is never a bad move. If you have the time and means, keep an eye out for animals who might need a hand. The Animal Defense League of Texas, The North Texas Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive are all actively looking for people to take animals in.
Donations can be made through SAPA’s website.