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Harvey Aftermath

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Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

North Texas Groups Rescue Hundreds of Dogs, Cats From Flooded Baytown Shelter

    Dogs Saved From Flooded Rescue Shelter

    Dozens of people with several North Texas organizations banded together to rescue more than 100 pets from a Houston-area shelter affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Published Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017)

    Dozens of people with several North Texas organizations banded together to rescue more than 100 pets from a Houston-area shelter affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    Dallas DogRRR executive director Patti Dawson said she received a message Monday from a partner shelter near Houston that had flooded.

    "Immediately we put a team together, she said.

    Tall Tails Rescue and Transport's Kay Wlodarek said the normally five-hour trip to Baytown took nearly 12 hours due to flooded roads.

    We've been turned around so many times," she said. "We had several very scary moments. "I cannot imagine what those people are going through."

    With the help of volunteers with boats and trucks, the groups removed the pets from the flooded shelter and loaded them onto a trailer.

    "We just loaded what we could as fast as we could," Wlodarek said. "As many [animals] as we could."

    Once the group had loaded the roughly 100 dogs and 15 cats and headed back to North Texas, Dawson said she posted a plea for a facility to house the pets.

    "Within 10 minutes, [MacArthur Hills Senior Living] called us and offered this facility," she said.

    MacArthur Hills executive director Travis Wick said his wife saw Dawson's plea and asked if he knew of any places.

    "I thought, 'Why not ours?'" he said. "It just seemed to work out. I thought it was a perfect match."

    The convoy of pets arrived at the Irving senior center at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

    "I can't wait for the residents to wake up and help out or maybe adopt a dog themselves," Wick said.

    Dawson said some of the pets needed medical attention, but they should all be fine.

    To help, visit the Dallas DogRRR Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DallasDogRRR/.

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift