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Maryland SPCA to take in animals from Texas shelters affected by Harvey, calls on residents for help

The Maryland SPCA has made arrangements to take in around 20 dogs from animal shelters in areas of Texas that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey this Saturday, and the animal shelter and organization is calling on local residents to help make room for the new animals.

The Maryland SPCA will travel to Virginia on Saturday to pick up dogs that are being transported from Texas, according to a recent Facebook post from the animal shelter organization, and they have asked people to donate money or to consider adopting or fostering pets from their shelter.

“Just like you, our hearts have been heavy watching and hearing how the heavy winds, rains and flooding caused catastrophic damage to communities in Texas, leaving tens of thousands of people and pets displaced from their homes,” the association’s Facebook post read, noting that the association is now one of the Humane Society of the United States’ emergency shelter partners.

The humane society is working in Texas to help coordinate the transportation of animals that were in shelters prior to the hurricane to shelters in other states. This will help make room and provide a better chance for pets with owners to reunite with their families.

Health conditions of all of the dogs are unknown, according to the Maryland SPCA, but some appear to have heartworms or non-contagious but serious diseases that need to be treated.

The estimated cost to transport and care for the dogs could cost in the thousands, SPCA wrote. The group encouraged donations, which can be made by texting any amount to 410-324-7297 using the message “HARVEY.”

The SPCA also encouraged people interested in adopting or fostering a pet to visit the SPCA this weekend, which will help pets find homes and make room for the incoming animals. Those interested in adopting or fostering can visit the center at 3300 Falls Road from noon-5 p.m Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact kthomas@mdspca.org or visit mdspca.org.

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