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Posted: August 30, 2017
Anna Caplan, Rare.us
As thousands of people are displaced by rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they are bringing small amounts of personal belongings to area shelters. But evacuees are not leaving their furry friends behind.
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“It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters.
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Because many people stayed behind – and died – during Hurricane Katrina because they were fearful that they wouldn’t be able to bring their animals to shelters, this time around, authorities are welcoming the pets with open arms.
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At the George R. Brown Convention Center, where some 9,000 evacuees are currently housed, there is a separate area for people and their pets.
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Not everyone has heeded the call to save pets. A woman claimed on Twitter that her neighbor in Corpus Christi left behind a dog.
My neighbor left their dog out in the back yard and evacuated... so lord knows I took him and brought him into my house pic.twitter.com/pMObSmMNto— Cøurtney∞ (@weiszass8) August 25, 2017
My neighbor left their dog out in the back yard and evacuated... so lord knows I took him and brought him into my house pic.twitter.com/pMObSmMNto
And a shelter in San Antonio has taken in around 200 displaced animals, the New York Times reported.
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“Our commitment is for as long as it takes and as long as the nation needs our help,” Heber Lefgren, the department’s director, said in an interview.
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