Local pet shelters assist with hurricane relief

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texas shelters are preparing for a wave of lost and displaced pets. They’ll need room, so other shelters are taking in animals to help make space – including at least two local ones.

KRON4 reports that the San Francisco SPCA (which has a branch in the Mission) and Muttville senior dog rescue are among those part in the relief effort.

The pets coming to the Bay Area are not the ones displaced or lost in the storm – those, the Texas shelters will need to make room for so they can be kept safe and hopefully reunited with their owners. The new arrivals to the Bay Area were already up for adoption in Texas.

Local groups traveled to Texas to retrieve the pets. Muttville’s founder Sherri Franklin headed to Austin, and brought back all of the available seniors, which is Muttville’s focus.

That’s six arrivals at the one shelter so far, with another 10 or so expected to arrive later this week, said Muttville’s Sophie Cheston. They’ll be examined by a vet and then become available for adoption starting Wednesday.

“These senior dogs, they know that they’ve been rescued and they have so much love to give. They usually have come from places where they’ve been with families or loving forever homes and they’ve lost that, so they are just amazing companions,” Cheston said. “And they’re great for the majority of us in San Francisco who live in apartments, because you don’t need to go running them around at the beach or park for four hours a day…They do really well with city life.”

Muttville is looking for volunteers to help feed and walk their dogs, and potential adopters can call or email to set up a time to meet a pet during the week, or come to open houses this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Another participant, Oakland’s Milo Foundation, reports 69 animals arrived from Texas in total last night, and 26 of them came to Milo. The foundation is seeking donations.

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