MENANDS – The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society took three vans to Rhode Island on Thursday, Sept. 7, and brought back 23 dogs from Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Houston, Texas.
As a member of the Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner team, The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has accepted animals in times of crisis in the past and were standing by to help out this time around.
But, MHHS President and CEO Todd Cramer said, with Hurricane Irma already hammering Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is headed directly for Florida, more animals will need shelter in the near future.
“Local support is really important, and the community has always been there for us so if anyone is thinking about adopting, now is a good time,” Crammer said. “We know people want to adopt the pets who came in from a disaster zone but our local pets are just as deserving and when we find a home for our of our own it makes room for one of these.”
Cramer, who was a member of the ASPCA disaster response team during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is headed to North Carolina on Friday, Sept. 8, to assist a team from the Humane Society of the United States.
The animals that came into Menands on Thursday were not directly displaced by the storm. Rather, they were already in shelters and moved to make room for animals whose owners’ homes were destroyed or damaged by Harvey and who need to figure out living situations.
Anyone wanting to adopt can go to the shelter at or check out animals ready for adoption on the shelter’s website. Anyone who can’t adopt but who still wants to help out can make a donation on the website.
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