Feb 22, 2021
AUSTIN, TX — Within the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri, hundreds of Texas pets entered shelters. Many of those pets are actually liable to euthanasia in shelters which can be already full or lack the assets to assist them. Austin Pets Alive! is urgently working with dozens of shelter companions, with the aim of transporting 1,000 or extra animals to secure shelters all through the USA within the subsequent two weeks.
“We’re receiving pressing pleas for assist from shelters all through Texas,” stated Maddie’s® Director of Pet Provide and Demand, Clare Callison. “Many of those organizations are small, rural shelters that don’t have indoor kennels or enough area for the variety of puppies, kittens, and grownup pets they’re receiving.”
Animals are being transported from Texas cities and cities together with Tyler, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Devine, Gonzales, Laredo, and Harlingen. Receiving cities embrace Cheyenne, WY; Chicago, IL; Salt Lake Metropolis, UT; Spokane, WA; Arlington, VA; Denver, CO; and a number of other others. Air and floor transports are deliberate for this and subsequent week. These transports are made doable by a whole lot of particular person donations in addition to items from organizations like Merrick Pet Care, who gave Austin Pets Alive! a $10,000 fund to get pets to security.
“Animal shelters can turn into shortly overwhelmed by infrastructure harm and elevated consumption following catastrophic climate occasions,” shared APA! CEO and President, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVM. “After Hurricane Harvey, we rescued 5,000 animals. We’re utilizing the teachings we discovered then to avoid wasting each cat and canine we will. We should act now as a result of animals are in danger at the moment.”
Texas shelters who need assistance getting pets out in addition to shelters which can be capable of transport and/or obtain cats and canines ought to contact [email protected]. The largest want at the moment is for organizations that may safely transport pets. To assist make these transports occur, individuals are inspired to give to Austin Pets Alive! right here.