With flood waters displacing thousands of people from their homes, naturally pets are being separated from their loved ones in the storm-ravaged state of Texas. With already full shelters taking on these pets until they can be reunited with their families, shelters from across the country are stepping up to help.
Shelters are stepping in to take adoptable cats and dogs to make room in local shelters for strays to be cared for until they are found by their owners. It's expected that about 1,000 animals will be transported from the Houston areas to various shelters nationwide.
A plane carrying 34 dogs and 20 cats from shelters in Houston arrived in Oregon and will be ready for adoption to families in their new state.
"All the shelters needed to be cleared out to make space for the animals that would be brought in as a result of the storm and the flood," said Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon director of the Humane Society.
The trip for these animals was financed by GreaterGood.org and the plane was flown by Wings of Rescue.
All of the animals will be examined by veterinarians before being put up for adoption, a process that is estimated to take anywhere from a couple of days to a week.
"They are a broad assortments of big dogs, medium sized dogs, small dogs - the one thing they have in common is they are all wonderful dogs that all will need placement with good loving families," Beckstead said.
The cats are headed to Everett, Washington where they will be up for adoption soon.
This isn't the only time America has stepped up for their animals in times of a disaster.