Beginning on September 1st, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a national animal protection nonprofit responded to requests for assistance from multiple animal protection agencies in Southeast Texas after the devastating destruction of Hurricane Harvey left the region under several feet of water, and without power or water. ARC assembled resources and enlisted the aid of multiple partners in preparation to provide assistance during the natural disaster. ARC coordinated three separate transports of homeless animals from a total of seven animal shelters in the affected region bringing to safety 113 dogs and 43 cats who were already in the care of these agencies and available for adoption at the time the hurricane hit.
The rescued dogs are in Lebanon, Tennessee Now:
ARC is currently sheltering the animals at their Rescue Operation Center in Lebanon TN where teams of volunteers are caring for them. This coordinated relief effort allows the affected organizations to clean and repair their facilities and focus their limited resources on animals newly displaced by the disaster, keeping them close until they can be reunited with their families. ARC will provide daily care until they can be transferred to shelter and rescue organizations that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes. For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are transferred to these groups.
Responding initially to a request for assistance from the Humane Society of South East Texas (HSSET), after their facility was inundated with floodwaters, ARC reached out to other shelters and groups in the area to offer help and provide transport and placement for their existing adoptable animals. ARC rendezvoused with animal transport companies, coming from Tennessee and Georgia, in Beaumont TX and over the course of six days navigated treacherous waters and road closures to secure the animals from the seven shelters. In addition to HSSET, ARC assisted Orange City Shelter, Groves Animal Control, Nederland Animal Control, Vidor Animal Control, PAWS Beaumont, and Montgomery County Animal Control in Conroe, Texas.
"We don't know what we would have done if ARC hadn't come through" Said, Monica Lee, Development Director of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, "We are so grateful for them and everyone that is working to help these animals in need. It's been truly remarkable to watch our animal care community come together to save as many lives as possible."
ARC will provide daily care until they can be transferred to shelter and rescue organizations that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes. For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are transferred to these groups
"Right now Animal Rescue Corps' greatest needs for the next two weeks are volunteers and monetary donations," said ARC Shelter Manager, Ada Dever. "We keep our most needed items on our Amazon wish list which can be purchased and shipped directly to our shelter."
Animal Rescue Corps performed Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort in conjunction with The Bissell Pet Foundation, HEARTS, LLC of Greenville TN, My Buddy's Transport of Byron GA.
For more information about Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.