Pets were packed in crates early Aug. 28 in Louisiana for the 1,000-mile, 15-hour drive to Western North Carolina.
Once they arrived at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue late that night, it was a quick walk around to stretch the legs, then back into fresh vans.
The animals were immediately driven off to partner shelters in New York and Vermont, where they will be adopted out.
This transport effort prevents these animals that were already in shelters when Harvey hit from having to be euthanized or trapped in rising water.
The people at Brother Wolf say what amounts to a long distance evacuation of pets is logistically difficult, involving a lot of coordination and cooperation.
“This is just me having the opportunity to do my best work,” said Brother Wolf Adoption Center Manager Audrey Lodato. “It’s emotional to save all these lives. I’m really really grateful that I get to do it.”
Some 46 dogs and eight cats arrived in the first group. Brother Wolf says there will be more. Only a few will stay here.
If you’d like to help animals displaced by Harvey, visit the Brother Wolf website; this Fundly page; or mail checks to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 8195, Asheville, N.C. 28814. Mark all donations “Hurricane Harvey.”
Written by By Frank Kracher for CNN.
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