How to help pets after a disaster

How to help pets after a disaster

How to help pets after a disaster

Animal shelters are trying to find homes for animals rescued from the floods after Hurricane Harvey.

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"We're a really a collaborative community", Hill said.

Pittman says they've also made preliminary arrangements with at least one other shelter in Georgia to take in 25 other animals. They are transporting the animals at most risk of flooding to the safety of animal shelters up north, and to make room for animals displaced, abandoned, or lost during the storm.

The National Weather Service says more than 40 inches of rainfall have fallen in some parts of Texas with another 20 inches possible before the storm moves on. The Rescue Village is in touch with the Houston SPCA and others with the offer to help, opening its doors to animals in need of life-saving support. "They're doing the best they can", one volunteer worker at the shelter told CBS News correspondent Melissa Villarreal.

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This isn't the first time PETA's rescue team has come to the aid of animals put at risk by a natural disaster.

The Texas Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had received 50 pets as of Tuesday afternoon, ranging from dogs to birds to hamsters. Early on, there will likely be temporary shelters set up in hopes that some animals may be claimed by their owners, so rescue groups might not be needed right away.

The animals will be transferred to partner shelters throughout New Jersey, including Father John's Animal House in Lafayette which has worked closely with St. Hubert's for many years.

"We are happy to be able to assist in the disaster relief effort for these animals", said Becky Tegze, Executive Director at Pets Alive.

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