PORTLAND, Ore. – Dozens of shelter animals from storm-ravaged Texas arrived in Oregon and will be available for adoption likely by next week.
A plane carrying 34 dogs and 20 cats arrived at the Hillsboro Airport Friday afternoon.
Harvey has caused widespread flooding in the Houston area, leaving many shelters packed with pets waiting to be reunited with their owners. Shelters across the country are stepping in to help take adoptable dogs and cats, to make room for all the new strays. About 1,000 animals will be transported from the Houston area to shelters nationwide.
"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 Oregon Humane Society, along with humane societies across the region, GreaterGood.org and the national Humane Society of the United States, welcomed the animals Friday when they arrived in Hillsboro.
The trip was financed by GreaterGood.org and the plane was flown by Wings of Rescue.
The animals will be be placed in shelters and examined by veterinarians before being put up for adoption. The Oregon Humane Society estimates that process could take a couple of days to a week.
The dogs will go to humane societies in Oregon and southwest Washington.
"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.
The Oregon Humane Society also sent a crew of staff and volunteers to Houston, to help animals at a shelter there.