Animal Group Could Head to Texas to Help Pets - NBC Connecticut

Animal Group Could Head to Texas to Help Pets



    A Connecticut animal group is on standby to head to the Houston area to help pets that are affected by Harvey.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017)

    People aren’t the only ones being impacted by Harvey.

    Many animals are heading to shelters, but the worry is that supplies could run out to help them.

    One organization in Connecticut said they will potentially leave to respond to those animals in need after the Category 4 hurricane.

    The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS), which responds to animal emergencies, said it is ready to help if needed.

    Jon Nowinski is part of their specialized team of about a dozen people who could head south.

    “We have actually been in direct contact through e-mail and a couple of calls with staff members who are at the Austin Animal Shelter, which is one of the big locations right in the middle of things. And the Houston American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) who are out in the field bringing the animals in,” Nowinski said.

    Nowinski said from there, pets are being checked in and potentially being evacuated out of state.

    “Those trucks with those animals are going to be evacuating those animals to some place like South Carolina, Kentucky, you know a midway point. Then they’re going to be going back so our goal at that point would be to get the supplies to those trucks," Nowinski said. 

    That’s when EARS comes in. They have a list of supplies requested by the Houston ASPCA and the Austin Animal Shelter; everything from towels and blankets to dog bowls.

    If they’re called to help by those organizations, the items would be ready to go in their critical care unit.

    Along with that unit, will be a team of about a dozen people ready to assist.

    EARS has not started a collection of supplies needed, but if they’re deployed, they tell NBC Connecticut that they will put out a list of supplies needed on their Facebook page.

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