100 cats, dogs rescued from Harvey make it to Atlanta

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, about 40 cats and 60 dogs up for adoption in Houston made their way to Atlanta early Friday.

Atlanta Humane Society spokeswoman Christina Hill said people loaded up trucks in Houston on Thursday and drove 14 hours to make the delivery to Atlanta.

The animals came from the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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“By coming here,” Hill said, “they’re making space for animals who’ve been lost and displaced in the hurricane so that they can find their homes locally in Houston.”

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Animals rescued from Houston arrived in Atlanta on Friday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Harvey, which was downgraded to a tropical depression by Wednesday night, has led to more than 30 deaths, devastating flooding and record rainfall.

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Heather Harris, one of the volunteers from Texas who made the trip to Atlanta, said she and a man spent more than 13 hours trying to rescue people and animals in Houston.

“We drove around barriers,” she said. “We pleaded with the police to let us in.”

Veterinarian tech Heather Harris talks about rescuing animals from the floodwaters. Video by John Spink/AJC

They weren’t able to get far because of rising floodwaters. They suspended their search until people donated boats to their effort.

The cats will be transfered to other agencies, Atlanta Humane Society officials said.

“All of the dogs ... will be available for adoption in the coming days,” Hill said.

They will be taken to the Humane Society’s Howell Mill and Mansell Road campuses.

The Atlanta pet rescue agency previously took in 30 adoptable dogs and cats from the Louisiana SPCA and placed them at its Mansell campus in Alpharetta. 

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