A happy dog from Texas jumps up to greet a Seattle Humane member after being in a plane and van for hours. Raechel Dawson/staff photo

Bellevue-based Seattle Humane animal shelter receives first truckload of dogs affected by Texas hurricane

The Seattle Humane animal shelter, located in Bellevue, received two truckloads of dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas Wednesday afternoon.

Animal rescue organizations in Texas sent the dogs to Bellevue in an effort to relieve overcrowding and open up space and resources for pets displaced by the storm, and for those in need of temporary housing while their owners reside in evacuation shelters.

Seattle Humane is prepared to take up to 200 cats and 100 dogs. The first trip, transported by Wings of Rescue to Boeing Field, carried about 20 dogs. The animal shelter expects to have more truck loads throughout the next week. All of the animals will be available for adoption.

“With the natural disaster in Houston, Seattle Humane is proud to be part of a national effort to help with moving animals out of the Houston area that are currently at shelters,” Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe said in a news release. “This will make the space needed for the short term housing of strays and the immensely important task of reunification of pets with their families.”

Seattle Humane is organizing an emergency foster care orientation for prospective volunteers who can temporarily house pets currently in their care to create more space for animals flying in from Texas. Those interested in volunteering can email emergencyfoster@seattlehumane.org.

For more information on how to adopt, visit www.seattlehumane.org.

A Texan dog roams around the Seattle Humane picnic area. Raechel Dawson/staff photo

A Seattle Humane van filled with dogs drives up to drop them off. Raechel Dawson/staff photo

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