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