Hundreds of animals rescued from Hurricane Harvey at Austin area shelters

Several Austin animal shelters are housing hundreds of homeless dogs and cats left stranded by Hurricane Harvey.

AUSTIN - Austin Pets Alive! has taken in around 2,000 animals since Hurricane Harvey wiped out thousands of homes along the coast and in the Houston area.

The nonprofit has rescued pets from Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Port Aransas and the Houston area. The cats and dogs are now staying at the West Cesar Chavez location and Burnet Road facility.

Several of them have been adopted and fostered. 

Mary Heerwald, the Director of Communications for APA, said about 700 dogs and 700 cats have been fostered out. Usually, the number of fostered animals is around 200.

She credits the increased number to Austinites like Laurie Orman, who are eager to help.

"We have so many friends and family in Houston and we couldn't get to them to help them," explained Orman.

So Orman drove straight to the APA and fostered a German Shepherd mix, named Stephanie.

The 9-month-old was brought in from Port Aransas.

The APA continues to receive large donations of food, crates and kitty litter. All of which are going into storage for now.

"We really want to pay it forward. we have the supplies needed for shelters up and down the coast to get back up on their feet and make sure the pets they have streaming in are able to be cared for," Heerwald said.

She also said their immediate needs taken care of for now.

The Austin Humane Society has taken in some 500 animals stranded by Harvey.

At its peak, the City of Austin housed nearly 60 pets at their shelters. Currently, the one evacuation shelter has 19 animals.

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