SPCA of Texas
  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    The SPCA of Texas received 181 dogs and cats evacuated from two animal shelters that were in Isaac's path. Maura Davis, the vice president of communications for the SPCA of Texas, said they received 87 cats and 60 dogs from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, La., and 34 cats from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Miss., ahead of the storm.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    The animals from New Orleans went to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinny, Texas, and the cats from Gulfport went to SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. These three dogs arrived at the McKinny location on Aug. 28.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    The SPCA of Texas got the call to come get the animals from the Louisiana SPCA on Aug. 24 and the call from the Humane Society of South Mississippi came in on Aug. 26, as Tropical Storm Isaac loomed offshore. These were not surrendered animals. "All the animals brought into our shelter...were already available for adoption," Davis said.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    One of the cats evacuated from Humane Society of South Mississippi and brought to the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas on Aug. 28.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    SPCA worker holds a nervous pup. The main reason the animals were evacuated, Davis said, was to make room at the New Orleans and Gulfport shelters so staff there could respond to animals in crisis. Both New Orleans and Gulfport have been battling massive flooding, heavy storm surge and power outages.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    At the 35-acre McKinny location, the SPCA of Texas set up temporary kennels outside, where the dogs stayed for 48 hours before they were brought inside when room was available.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    A brown and white dog evacuated from New Orleans peers out of a kennel. The SPCA of Texas spays or neuters each of their animals before they go up for adoption, Davis said, so the animals they received from the Gulf are still being prepped and will be available soon. "But the animals do not have a clock ticking here," she said.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    The SPCA of Texas has a Memorandum of Understanding with a group of shelters to help transfer animals when a natural disaster strikes, a hard lesson learned from Katrina. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf in 2005, Davis said there was a "massive outcry" from the public to make sure animals were taken care of, so they developed this transfer system.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    But after receiving the cats and dogs from New Orleans and Gulfport this week, Davis said they are "stretched to the maximum," with an estimated 300-350 animals now at both SPAC of Texas locations. On a normal day, Davis said they hold about 200 animals. They are asking for the public to please adopt. "We just need to make more space," she said.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    In the meantime, Davis said the SPCA of Texas has temporarily stopped accepting surrendered animals from the community because they don't have the space. "We only take animals we have room for to prevent overcrowding," she said. The shelters are staying open late this week and dropped their adoption fee by 50 percent to encourage adoption.
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  • Animals Escape Hurricane Isaac's Path

    A SPCA worker holds a dog named Andy, one of the 60 dogs brought to the McKinney SPCA from The Louisiana SPCA. "All our thoughts are with everyone down on the coast," Davis said. "It's such a scary time for people and animals."
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