Countless Cats, Dogs Rescued in Galveston, Texas

Rescuers say there’s more work to be done in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ike.

Posted: September 20, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Photos courtesy Mark Cirillo,
spcaLA Public Information Officer

Animal welfare organizations on the ground this week in Galveston, Texas, continued their work with cat and dog rescues in the wake of Hurricane Ike, according to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. The eight humane agencies that were permitted to enter the areas hit hardest are busy as ever.

“Since Tuesday, spcaLA has been hard at work rescuing the animals left behind in storm-ravaged Galveston, with a lot more work to be done,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA president.

The nonprofit organization made 70 search-and-rescue attempts in the past two days, she said. The Disaster Animal Response Team was deployed for another full day Thursday.

Since arriving, the rescuers have assisted countless cats and dogs, five ducks, three geese, three pet birds, three prairie dogs, and a hedgehog. Members of spcaLA make up part of the Texas State Animal Rescue Team, led by the Houston SPCA.


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Maria   Tacoma, WA

4/30/2010 10:49:39 AM

Thank you for helping helpless animals. People
abandon their pets should never be able to get another one of god's creatures. Shame on you and you know who you are.

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Michelle   Columbus, OH

9/22/2008 4:47:22 AM

How do you leave and take some important material belongings with you let you leave a helpless animal to fend for itself in any situation let alone a HURRICANE. This is disgusting and those who left them should be ashamed of themselves !!!

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Patty   Youngstown, OH

9/21/2008 6:54:21 PM

Why do they leave them? I will never understnad this. I am so glad that there are agencies that are helping them, none of these animals deserved to be left without a home.

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shuei and mika   Sherrill, NY

9/21/2008 4:32:48 PM

our mom thinks that really good that people would do that!!!

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