Dis­placed cats and dogs ar­rive from Texas, Louisiana

Shel­ter an­i­mals sent north to make room for pets sep­a­rated from own­ers in ar­eas hit hard­est by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@dai­ly­lo­cal.com

It’s rain­ing cats and dogs at the West Ch­ester Cam­pus of the Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA.

Or, maybe, it just seems like it is.

The heavy rains and flood­ing associated with Har­vey dis­placed hun­dreds of fam­ily pets.

A full van­load of cats and dogs ar­rived from Texas and Louisiana Satur­day evening at the shel­ter on Phoenixville Pike.

Twelve dogs and 26 cats made the flight to, and sub­se­quent drive from, Manas­sas, Vir­ginia. Twelve dogs were also trans­ported to the Ge­orge­town, Delaware shel­ter.

The an­i­mals were shel­ter res­i­dents prior to the hur­ri­cane. Pets from Texas and Louisiana were shipped out of state to help make space for lo­cal pets which will re­main in the com­mu­nity. With help from the in­ter­net, an­i­mal lovers will be able to lo­cate the right lo­cal shel­ter and re­cover their pets.

Three of the West Goshen Har­vey dogs were al­ready adopted and found for­ever homes on Sun­day.

Linda Torelli, BVSPCA mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said that we learned from Ka­t­rina to not ship pets di­rectly im­pacted by a dis­as­ter long dis­tances. It is much eas­ier for pet own­ers to find their dis­placed four-legged friends when they are both in the same gen­eral area.

John Busin, vol­un­teer with An­i­mal Life­line, drove the pets from Vir­ginia to West Goshen.

For the first 10 min­utes of the road trip the an­i­mals me­owed and barked, Busin said. They then set­tled down, with most sleep­ing, ex­cept when the van stopped for gas.

Busin typ­i­cally trans­ports one or two an­i­mals at a time.

“This is the most ful­fill­ing trip I’ve done,” Busin said. “In my heart it’s a warm, fuzzy feel­ing.

“Vol­un­teers ei­ther love to do it or they don’t — so the ones who do it love it.”

Lind­say Par­sons is a vol­un­teer with the BVSPCA.

“When nat­u­ral dis­as­ters hap­pen we all want to help in some way, and for me this is the way,” Par­sons said. “Who knows what would have hap­pened to them.”

SPCA Vol­un­teer Andrea Wiltz also helped out.

“It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to bring some help to an­i­mals,” she said. “It’s good to vol­un­teer.”

The re­lo­ca­tion was a team ef­fort. The Hu­mane So­ci­ety of The United States, Wings of Res­cue and An­i­mal Life­line all par­tic­i­pated.

There are more dogs on the way. The shel­ter is ac­cept­ing an­other 27 dogs Tues­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.bvspca.org or call 610-692-6113. You can also reach the BVSPCA by writ­ing to 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Ch­ester PA 19380.

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