Nearly a dozen dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey are now at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, getting ready to go up for adoption.
Megan Rombalski and two others drove a horse trailer from Tucson to South Texas. The trailer was filled with pet supplies donated from to community, including many from Cody’s Friends Charity.
When the team arrived, they realized local shelters in the area were overrun and in desperate need of help.
“Shelters nowadays, everyone's always full. And then you have a tragedy like this where they're even more full,” said Rombalski. “So we decided let's take some of the animals that were already in shelters or owner surrenders from either before or just after the hurricane. That way we’re not taking anyone’s pet that they are looking for.”
Rombalski’s team arrived back in Tucson last Friday, and dropped off nearly a dozen dogs at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSAZ).
“When a nation gets into a crisis mode like that, people kind of mobilize to help pets and people,” explained HSSAZ’s Chief Operations Officer, Brandy Burke. “It's not the first time we've helped out of state pets, and it just felt like the right thing to do.”
The dogs are undergoing medical treatment before going up for adoption. Some are expected to be available as early as September 13th.
“I'm telling you, having been through all of that and then a twenty hour ride in an un-air conditioned horse trailer, they are a great group of dogs,” said Burke.
Cody's Friends is still collecting donations for pets affected by the hurricanes. For more information, click here.
Rombalski said she's planning to make another trip to help four-legged friends. For more on her group, Fur Get Me Not Animal Rescue, click here.