Hurricane Harvey Relief
Camden County Animal Shelter Commits to Help Animals from Texas
Camden County Animal Shelter has committed to help animals from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As a network partner of Best Friends Animal Society and collaborating with local rescues, Camden County Animal Shelter anticipates its first transport of dogs early next week. Over the next few days, we are asking the community to adopt and/or foster pets from our shelter so we can make room for more animals in need from Texas.
“We have been watching with compassion as the people in Texas rescue their pets from the flood waters with boats, shopping carts and even carrying them on their shoulders,” says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “It is touching to watch and we have the ability to help. By taking animals already in the Texas shelters find new homes in New Jersey we are helping the overcrowded shelters and allowing the families in Texas find and keep their pets with them.”
The emergency response efforts involve transporting animals available for adoption from shelters in Texas to New Jersey. Animal welfare agencies are in desperate need to clear shelters in the Houston area. This allows the shelters in surrounding cities including Houston to house owned and stray animals so they may be reunited with their families.
New Jersey animal welfare rescues were the first to receive animals from the area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The recovery efforts will take weeks to months to heal from the impact.
A pet friendly shelter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston is housing a few hundred pets; some pets were turned away and families were waiting outside in the rain with their animals. A local mattress store opened their doors for families with pets.
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center mobilized its Sister Shelter WayStation transport program to welcome the first wave of 78 shelter dogs from Texas to New Jersey on August 29th. Humane Society of United States (HSUS) organized the flight of the dogs by Wings of Rescue from San Antonio Animal Care and Control. Camden County Animal Shelter plans to receive pets from the next transport from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.
Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston late Friday, August 25 and has since flooded the Houston City and surrounding Texas cities. As of Wednesday, August 30, Hurricane Harvey downsized to a Tropical Depression Harvey has made its way to Louisiana. In some areas, the rain totals exceeded 50 inches – resulting in misplacing over 13 million people and thousands of pets, with numbers expected to rise.