When Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Texas coast and parts of Louisiana, many owners had to make the sad decision to give up their pets. Some of the first groups to arrive on the scene to accept abandoned dogs and cats were from California. Now, some of those shelters located in Sonoma and the Napa Valley are having to be evacuated because of the wildfires. Therefore, animals may be on the move again.
Dogs Surrendered During Hurricane Harvey
Dogs, cats and other animals were quickly taken away from the flood waters during the hurricane. Many shelter administrators stress that it is important that people not pass judgment because many of the owners were heartbroken about giving up their friends but felt that they had no choice as they were forced to move to hotels that did not accept pets. Others had to stay with relatives who could not have pets in their apartments. Additionally, not all emergency shelters accept pets. In all, it is estimated that up to 600,000 animals were killed or dislocated because of the hurricane in late September.
Animals brought to California
Dogs and cats were brought to California on private jets and in trucks and cars. Many of the animals that needed additional care were put at the Milo Foundation’s Willits Sanctuary. Now, this sanctuary has been forced to evacuate. Other organizations have stepped up to take these animals despite the fact that most shelters already were full. Therefore, if you are looking for a pet to adopt please head to your nearest shelter regardless of where you live.
If these animals could talk, they would have quite a story to tell. First, they were evacuated from Hurricane Harvey and brought to California. Only to discover that their shelter was not safe because of wildfires. Therefore, people are being asked to open their homes to a new furry friend.