GEORGETOWN, Del. - Dozens of lives and tens of thousands of homes have been claimed by Hurricane Harvey, but the number of animals affected by the storm isn't yet known. Thousands of displaced animals are in need of shelter.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown took in twelve dogs from Louisiana.
"It's really hard to see those animals displaced and their families go in different direction so that's why we're moving the pets from local shelters bringing them to other states, other facilities, allowing those pets that were without homes because of the flood to stay in their local areas," said Walt Fenstermacher, Director of Operations at the branch.
Its missions like this that are giving owners forced to evacuate the gulf coast, a better chance to be reunited with their four-legged family members.
"The idea is to clear those shelters in that area so that pets that are displaced from the storm have somewhere to stay local for their owners to reclaim them," said Chris Farrall.
This won't be the last time the SPCA will bring animals in need to the Eastern Shore.
"We're actually planning rescue transport later this week to bring in more pets from an area affected in Texas," said Fenstermacher.
There's only so much room at the local shelter that's why officials are asking the public to pitch in and help out.
"Adopt to save a life. adopting a pet from any of your local shelters can really make space for another animal that may be affected by the flood," said Fenstermacher.
The shelter is still processing paperwork on these new arrivals. All the new animals are spayed and neutered and current on their shots.
For more information on adopting one of the dogs, or other animals at the shelter, you can go to bvspca.org.
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