A five-person team from the Humane Rescue Alliance is flying to Dallas today to assist the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response team in the effort to help animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
The group will be helping with animal sheltering, care, and transport and will know more about the exact location of their work upon arrival in Texas. HRA’s team includes:
HRA is proud to be able to assist in this live-saving and vital effort and we’ll continue to provide daily updates from the field below.
The Chambless family has lost a lot in the past several weeks but thankfully not their nine beloved dogs. The family was rescued in Louisiana by the Cajun Navy when neck-high flooding hit their town. Since arriving at the emergency shelter in Dallas, our team on the ground reports that the family visits with their dogs every day and spends as much time as possible with them in the make shift play yards. Chinook, who Mrs. Chambless calls her partner in crime, even gets daily one-on-one time with her.
Our team on the ground in Texas is continuing their work in providing daily care for the more than 150 animals being housed in the emergency Dallas shelter. In addition to morning and afternoon feedings as well as cleaning, the team is working on several special projects including: the set up of a pediatric canine care unit, increased cat enrichment and visiting areas, exercise enclosures, and working to build relationships with and the confidence of several of the dogs in their care.
Our team on the ground in Texas is continuing their work in providing daily care for the more than 150 animals being housed in the emergency Dallas shelter. Between morning and afternoon feedings as well as cleaning, the team has been incredibly busy around the clock.
In addition to helping to care for more than 175 pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the HRA team helped build kennels, exercise pens, and quarantine areas in preparation for a transport of 50 animals scheduled to arrive to the emergency shelter in Dallas.
The team continues to put their expertise to use by utilizing HRA shelter care protocols to improve the makeshift shelter, and took the lead to create a low stress, low risk area for the cats. By setting up privacy curtains, utilizing feliway, and building cat kuranda beds the team was able to create a humane area for the cats.
Our team has been assigned a temporary emergency shelter in Dallas, Texas housed in an abandoned parking garage. They are taking care of dogs, cats, and birds, primarily from families who have been displaced by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey. The families are housed at a nearby facility and they have been dropping by for visits. Texas SPCA is running the shelter and we are glad to be able to lend a helping hand along with the ASPCA.
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