HWAC mobilizes to rescue shelter animals

RANCHO SANTA FE– Animal rescue employees rallied after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, which abandoned overwhelming amounts of flooding waters behind into action. 1 organization lending a hand was Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe which rescued 64 creatures after getting a call in Operation Pets Alive! on Aug. 31.

Four HWAC staff members, such as vet techs, flew to Austin, Texas, since all flights to Houston were rerouted.  

Operations Pets Alive! , headquartered in Texas, raises awareness regarding the motion. Operations Pets Alive! Was in need of assistance for shelter animals.

“All these were displaced creatures, with no households when Hurricane Harvey struck,” Jessica Gercke, PR and communications manager of HWAC explained. “These shelters were suddenly underwater and the food was destroyed. They had no electricity and their behavioural abilities were shut down.”  

Gercke said the Lone Star Convention Center was utilized by Montgomery County Animal Shelter as an emergency refuge. And Operation Pets Alive! Is currently working to flip Montgomery County to a county.  

During the hurricane ruin and chaos, people who lost their houses turned into functioning animal shelters until they settled into a new location, to house their pets.

Concerns mounted over the safety of shelter animals — there was a panic that shelter animals would be euthanized because of the kennel space.      

Operation Pets Alive! Reached out to HWAC inquiring if they might take some animals.

HWAC couldn’t get there.

“Southwest Airlines, who’s an amazing friend, gave us a airplane free for us to use,” Gercke explained. “Their team donated their time.”

HWAC stayed for a few days.

“Many creatures were needing,” Gercke explained. “Our staff helped take donations, stacked up food, provided veterinary attention, walked the animals and did whatever they could to help out. She noticed there were about 700 creatures in the Lone Star Convention Center.

On Sept. 5, HWAC team members returned home on a Southwest Airlines flight, bringing back 64 Harvey Pets ranging from dogs to cats, puppies and kittens.  

Gercke shared that SeaWorld San Antonio donated trucks with air conditioning to transport the animals during a driveway straight back into the Austin Airport.

When HWAC touched ground in San Diego, Sea World San Diego supplied animal transportation.

Was enormous, Gercke explained.

“We do not know their backstory, but all of these are dealing with various things,” she explained. “A number of them are brand new babies needing special attention, while some could have been abused. And this storm strikes, and there is all this devastation. Then these shelter animals are taken to Lone Star Convention Center where they are surrounded by a ton of other creatures and they then fly here.”

When the creatures arrived in San Diego, the HWAC team determined if any had wellness difficulties, like a cold and gave them a remainder interval. Till they find their forever homes, HWAC nurture families then assembled to take these home.

“Our foster families have been such lifesavers to us,” Gercke explained. “Majority of our Harvey Pets are in foster right now, and we provide our fosters everything, plus they attract the creatures in for veterinary checks.”

But first and foremost, HWAC’s Harvey Pets are currently getting attention and the love they need. Gercke wants possible forever families to stay in touch with HWAC for updates on Harvey Pets adoptions which formally began on Sept. 9.

As each recuperates, they will be up for adoption. Gercke inquires that contributions be made to Operations Pets Alive! or the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.

“These associations are still discovering and saving creatures,” Gercke explained. “Obviously, that takes so much cash, therefore we ask that people consider continuing to help them out.”

To Learn More about Operation Pets Alive! Visit www.operationpetsalive.org, for Montgomery County Animal Shelter www.mcaspets.org and for HWAC log onto www.animalcenter.org

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