PET PROJECT

Dogs from Texas shel­ters come to lo­cal SPCA to make room for those dis­placed by hur­ri­cane

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­line.com di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter Online: More photos of the Texas dogs at the Ulster County SPCA can be viewed in a gallery at ME­DIA.DAILYFREEMAN.COM

TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. » Seven dogs that were housed in Texas shel­ters have been brought to the Ulster County SPCA as part of a na­tion­wide ef­fort to free up space in those shel­ters for dogs lost dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

The hope, ac­cord­ing to SPCA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Tina Mur­ray, is that the space made avail­able when Sam, Felix, Be­owolf, Elly, Cody, For­est and Tippy, and thou­sands of oth­ers, are moved north will al­low dogs with whom own­ers are des­per­ately seek­ing to re­unite to be found more eas­ily in Texas.

Mur­ray said the lo­cal SPCA con­nected with the An­i­mal Res­cue Corp. to co­or­di­nate pick­ing up the dogs, who were brought to New Jersey first, then the

shel­ter on Weidy Road in Ulster. She said they are but a few of the thou­sands of an­i­mals — dogs, cats and farm an­i­mals — be­ing moved to free up Texas shel­ter space.

By Fri­day, all but two of the new town of Ulster shel­ter res­i­dents had set­tled into their tem­po­rary home and were ex­pected to be ready for adop­tion by Sept. 23, Mur­ray said. Two tested pos­i­tive for heart­worm and will need about two months of treat­ment be­fore they are adopt­able, she said.

The dogs range in age from 8 months to about 5 years.

Mur­ray said the shel­ter an­tic­i­pated the need to take in more an­i­mals af­ter Hur­ri­canes Har­vey

and Irma struck Texas and Florida. “We had al­ready reached out to say we could help,” she said.

Be­fore long, Mur­ray said, ad­di­tional dogs will ar­rive at the shel­ter from Florida.

She said all sorts of an­i­mals have been af­fected by the storms but the lo­cal SPCA is work­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions likely to bring dogs north.

Mur­ray said there are “stag­ger­ing” num­bers — “thou­sands upon thou­sands” — of lost or aban­doned an­i­mals pour­ing into shel­ters in the af­fected ar­eas, and she stressed that those be­ing brought north were not lost in the storms but rather are mak­ing room for those need­ing to be re­united with their fam­i­lies.

“All of the trans­ports that you’re hear­ing about and all of the or­ga­ni­za­tions that are re­ceiv­ing

these dogs are re­ceiv­ing ex­ist­ing shel­ter an­i­mals, and these an­i­mals are be­ing moved up to the north to make room for the Har­vey and the Irma pets that are dis­placed be­cause of the hur­ri­canes,” Mur­ray said. “So that, hope­fully, when peo­ple are ready to start look­ing, they can go to their lo­cal shel­ters to ... be re­united . ...

“They’re happy. They look like they’ve set­tled in nicely,” Mur­ray said of the new ar­rivals. “They look like they trav­eled very well up here . ... They look great. They’re nice look­ing dogs ... very friendly.”

She said there will be an adop­tion event on Sept. 23, though de­tails were not im­me­di­ately avail­able Fri­day.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREEMAN

Ulster County SPCA An­i­mal Care Man­ager Ju­lian Mulee sits with Felix, left, a 1-year-old ter­rier mix, and Be­owolf, an 8-month-old ter­ri­er­shep­erd mix, as the two dogs play with each other Fri­day at the agency's shel­ter in the town of Ulster.

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