Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

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“It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters.

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Because many people stayed behind – and died – during Hurricane Katrina because they were fearful that they wouldn’t be able to bring their animals to shelters, this time around, authorities are welcoming the pets with open arms.

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At the George R. Brown Convention Center, where some 9,000 evacuees are currently housed, there is a separate area for people and their pets.

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Not everyone has heeded the call to save pets. A woman claimed on Twitter that her neighbor in Corpus Christi left behind a dog.

And a shelter in San Antonio has taken in around 200 displaced animals, the New York Times reported.

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“Our commitment is for as long as it takes and as long as the nation needs our help,” Heber Lefgren, the department’s director, said in an interview.

Hurricane Harvey: Dog Carrying Bag Of Food Goes Viral

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