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Animals affected by Harvey get much needed help from around the country

Dozens of shelter animals rescued from areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey touched down in Seattle Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (Photo Credit: KOMO News)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey forced many people from their homes throughout Southeast Texas. Judge Ed Emmett encouraging residents to bring their pets with them to the shelters.

But many animals are still in need of support to help pets in affected areas. Cities from around the country have pitched in to help our four legged friends in Texas.

Dozens of shelter animals rescued from Hurricane Harvey were flown to Seattle, Wednesday. Organizations like Seatle Humane and PAWS are helping to house 35 large dogs.

Some Seattle residents showed up at the shelter to personally welcome the dogs to the area.

The Best Friends Animal Society from Utah sent a team to Texas to help rescue animals. The BFAS established a rescue hub in Austin and have already saved more than 100 cats and dogs. The y have made the majority of their rescues by going house-to-house in boats searching for animals.

The San Antonio Zoo partnered with Sea World, Fort Worth Zoo and Equipment Depot to assist the Texas Zoo in Victoria. The Texas Zoo flooded Wednesday night. Rescue crews will use the aid of a drone to help them access the animals safely.

Rescue crews brought food, water and supplies to rebuild with them.

The Harris County Animal Shelter has worked to reunite animals with their owners. San Antonio Pets Alive! has also asked for volunteers to act as temporary fosters for displaced animals. The organization has also worked to save animals from flood areas.

300 squirrels were rescued from Austin and transported to Amarillo over the last few days. The rescue mission was in part to a collaboration between the Austin Wild Life Rescue and the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The center posted to Facebook pictures of the sleeping squirrels nestled in warm blankets.

"To some people, it may seem like it's just a squirrel, but it's a life and we're responsible for helping God's creatures," said Stephanie Oravetz, Executive Director of WWWRC.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the McKamy Animal Center is also asking for help to foster animals rescued from Hurricane Harvey.

Animal Care and Placement Director Katie Christie from the center is asking for just 10 days to help with the number of animals.

"Of course foster parents are welcome to foster for longer than the 10 days," Christie said. We felt that if they can at least give us 10 days—that’s another Harvey animal we can take in. “

If you live in the Chattanooga area and cannot foster, they are taking donations of treats, bath towels, both canned and dry food for cats and dogs.


Editors Note: The following Sinclair Broadcast Group stations contributed to this report: KVII, KOMO, KUTV, WOAI, KABB, WTVC, WSBT

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