Volunteers come from across country to help Austin Pets Alive!

So far -- they've taken in 17-hundred cats and dogs displaced by Harvey.

AUSTIN - Austin Pets Alive! volunteers are continuing to work around the clock. So far, they've sheltered 1,700 pets displaced by Harvey and more keep arriving by the hour.

The pets are being kept at a temporary shelter in north Austin. Hundreds of people have volunteered from all over the country to help them. Sunday, volunteers from California loaded up dogs to take to organizations and shelters in their home state.

"Today has been great," Mike Kaviani with Austin Pets Alive! said. "It's been a huge amount of amazing rescue response to come and pull these animals to their care."

A couple traveled all the way from Nashville to help, driving 15 hours and taking vacation days to volunteer this week.

"My wife is a member of a bunch of veterinarian groups on Facebook," Josh McCourt said. "They mentioned they needed help here in Austin. I had some vacation time so we jumped in the car and here we are. We've been both working in the medical section because my wife is a vet tech."

The majority of pets in the temporary shelter were in shelters on the coast and had to be moved for their safety. Currently, APA! volunteers are trying to find them a permanent home. The pets found outside the shelters are staying put while volunteers try to find out who they belong to.

APA! reports they're mostly in need of monetary donations.

If you'd like to help, click here.

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