Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on many areas of Texas. With people displaced and homes flooded, the animals in the area are equally in need. Though many animals have been left behind or lost in the wake of the storm have now been found and rescued, they all still need a place to go. Many have been lost or simply left behind, but one Hudson Valley shelter has jumped in to help from over 1,600 miles away.
Pets Alive, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Middletown has worked feverishly to help pets in the affected areas, with assistance from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue of Ashville, North Carolina. A total of 53 animals were rescued from various shelters in the path of Hurricane Harvey and have made their way to New York and the Pets Alive facility. All the animals that traveled to New York were in Texas shelters looking for new families prior to the storm. While this rescue effort was to help flooded shelters that needed to evacuate, this will also create space for the many lost, abandoned, and displaced animals that need shelter.
“Brother Wolf is extremely grateful to our northern partners for making this life-saving effort possible,” said Audrey Lodato, Adoption Center Manager at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in a press release from Pets Alive. “Without them, these animals might not have made it out.”
On Tuesday, August 29, Pets Alive took in 20 dogs with the remaining rescued animals going to Hudson Valley SPCA, Humane Society of Walden, Suruluna Animal Rescue in Pine Bush, and a facility in Vermont. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue drove countless hours to bring all 53 animals to the hurricane evacuation zone in Middletown, where Pets Alive, in conjunction with several area rescue groups in Orange County, worked to stage the area for the new arrivals.
“We are happy to be able to assist in the disaster relief effort for these animals,” said Becky Tegze, Executive Director at Pets Alive in a press release. “In times of crisis, it’s important that we all work together. That is how we make the biggest impact and save the most lives.”
The dogs at Pets Alive will be looking for new homes once they have been fully evaluated after their long journey. Updates will be provided by the shelter in upcoming weeks, informing the public which dogs are available for adoption and which dogs will need fostering during their medical treatments. All 20 dogs will require vaccinations, microchips, deworming, spaying/neutering, flea treatment, and treatment for other parasites and medical conditions.
While the facility is happy to provide whatever is needed, the cost of such medical care can get very expensive straining the shelter’s already stretched budget. Heartworm treatment can cost up to $1,000 per dog, as well as other vaccines, skin treatments, and daily care that add to the shelter’s overall expenses.
Pets Alive is looking to the community for help in its efforts to welcome these new additions to the facility. Response for aid so far has been tremendous, however more is still needed. There are several ways for people in the community to help in the transition. First and foremost, monetary donations are welcome via mail or online. All money donated will go to any expenses, especially medical, that the dogs require.
However, if you can’t give a monetary donation at this time, supplies are the next best things. Canned dog food (Pedigree is preferred), bleach, contractor garbage bags, 3-pound paper trays, blankets, and linens are just some of the items needed to care for the new additions. Supplies can be dropped off daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Pets Alive or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kristt Company, or you can even order directly from their Amazon wish list to have items delivered.
Do you love to volunteer? Great! Volunteers are needed for all sorts of tasks like animal care, property maintenance, laundry, fundraising, and more. Contact Pets Alive by email if interested.
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