Dogs displaced from Harvey find shelter in Oregon
Thousands of pets affected by Hurricane Harvey are making their way to shelters across the US, including 50 pets from Houston which arrived in Hillsboro Friday afternoon.
These dogs will be placed in shelters, treated by veterinarians and then evaluated for adoption.
"The animals that are arriving in Oregon today actually were being held in the San Antonio, Texas animal shelter prior to Hurricane Harvey making landfall," Scott Beckstead, the senior Oregon director for the Humane Society of the United States, told KOIN 6 News. "We arrived at the area and it was immediately obvious that all the area shelters needed to be cleared out of animals so there would be space for the animals that would be brought in as a result of the storm and the flood."
When Harvey hit, thousands of people had to evacuate very quickly and "many felt they had no choice but to leave their animals behind," he said.
Beckstead said 34 dogs and 20 cats are coming to Oregon of all shapes, sizes and breeds.
"The one thing they have in common is that they are all wonderful dogs that are going to be needing placement with good loving families," he said.
The shelters and humane societies will follow their procedures to check the animals' health before placing them up for adoption.
"We think within the next few days or maybe weeks these animals will be ready to be taken in," he told KOIN 6 News.
The cats will be moving along to Everett, Wash., but the dogs will be placed with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, the Columbia Humane Society in St. Helens, the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in Vancouver.
The Vancouver office will get 11 dogs and hopes to begin adopting Tuesday.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.