Harlingen Animal Shelter Headed Out to Rescue Stranded Animals

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, August 29 2017 Aug 29, 2017 August 29, 2017 10:39 PM August 29, 2017 in News

UPDATE (9/1): The Harlingen Humane Society will be heading to Rockport on Sunday. Staff will be taking supplies and helping rescue and recover animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

Crews already rescued 36 animals from a shelter in the Refugio area after it was destroyed by the storm. 

The organization is in need of donations to continue to assist. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by calling the Humane Society at 956-425-7297


HARLINGEN – Local shelters are helping to take in displaced pets in hurricane-impacted areas.

On Sunday, the Harlingen Humane Society said they saved 36 animals from a shelter, which was destroyed by the storm. They are also going to other animal shelters in nearby cities that were either destroyed or flooded.

The shelter said their plan is to give food, medicine and vaccines to the pets they pick up. They're also helping them find homes.

Harlingen Humane Society executive director Kim Warunek said they have been in contact with shelters across the impacted area to see how they can help.

“Most of the help that they would get normally would be coming from Houston and San Antonio areas. And as we all know, there’s not going to be any help coming from there. They are going to be needed help so we know we are in a position to help. This very well could have been us,” she said. 

Warunek said they know they won’t be able to house all the animals, so they will be sending some to a shelter in Illinois.

The humane society is urging anyone who may be interested in becoming a foster parent for these pets to stop by their shelter in Harlingen.

The PAWS Center in Edinburg is also collecting pet supplies to send to storm-impacted areas.

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