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Shelter animals from Texas arrive in Seattle in wake of Harvey

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

SEATTLE - Dozens of shelter animals rescued from areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey touched down in Seattle Wednesday.

The Wings of Rescue flight arrived just before 4 p.m. at Boeing Field.

The approximately 35 large dogs that arrived will be placed in local shelters, including Seattle Humane and PAWS, rescue officials said.

The animals were already up for adoption and in animal shelters in Texas before the storms hit. They were moved to Seattle to open up shelter space in Texas for lost pets or those in need of temporary housing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey while their owners are in evacuation shelters.

"Those animals you want to keep in Texas because you want to reunite them with their families," said Laura Follis, Director of Marketing and Communications at PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society).

"So, we’re freeing up space from the other shelters, so they can respond immediately to the disaster," said David Loewe, CEO of Seattle Humane.

The pets that arrived in Seattle will likely be up for adoption here within the next week. Some will be available for adoption within the next 24-48 hours, Loewe said.

"Geographically, we’re a couple thousand miles away from a flood, but we can still help here just as much as being closer," Loewe said.

The animals will be examined by veterinarians to make sure they are healthy before they are eligible for new homes here, Julie Hausweman with the Humane Society of the United States said.

Anyone interested in fostering or adopting a pet can visit Seattle Humane's new facility at 13232 Southeast Eastgate Way in Bellevue or the PAWS facility at 15305 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood.

Editor's note: Sinclair Broadcast Group and their local news organizations have joined hands with the Salvation Army by Standing Strong for Texas to get families affected by Harvey the resources and help they desperately need. Click here to donate.

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