Hurricane Harvey Animals Flown to Save HavenSeptember 6, 2017
The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has been described by families and homeowners on news networks globally over the last weeks. There are those, however, who cannot share their stories – the orphaned pets in shelters that are facing displacement due to the influx of thousands of animals who need shelter as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Yesterday, 64 dogs and cats were rescued from various shelters in the Houston area and gathered at Best Friends Total Pet Care in Spring, Texas. The furry and four-legged passengers were then driven to Austin, Texas and were being flown across the country to their new temporary, safe and secure home at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
This extraordinary rescue was made possible by donated manpower from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and both SeaWorld San Antonio’s and SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Teams and volunteers. SeaWorld’s animal experts in San Diego also donated transportation for the pets to their new home. Once at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the animals will be evaluated by a veterinarian and receive medical treatments, vaccinations and spaying or neutering before being placed in loving homes with adoptive families.
“Whether we are providing care for the animals living in our parks, or all those we help rescue, we’re living our mission by inspiring others and working together to make a difference in the world,” said Chris Bellows, Vice President of Zoological Operations.