In the wake of every natural disaster, it’s inevitable that so many animals are going to find themselves in desperate situations. Ferrell and homeless animals lucky to have survived, along with pets separated from their owners – often permanently.
So once again, animal charities are doing their best to rehome as many rescued cats and dogs as possible. As it stands, 69 dogs and cats pulled from the storm are now looking for new homes in Bay Area.
Sunday night saw a packed plane arrive at Oakland International Airport, which had a somewhat elevated contingency of kennels. 69 dogs and cats were packed onto the chaotic flight, in order to get them away from the rising floodwaters in Texas and onto safer ground.
“It was absolutely crazy. We decided we would get as many crates as we could,” said Sherri Franklin, founder and CEO of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
As always, initial efforts focus on reuniting stricken pets with their owners. When this isn’t possible, the animals are put up for adoption as quickly as possible, in order to get them into good homes and on the road to recovery.
Four local organizations managed to put the operation together in less than 24 hours – Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, San Francisco SPCA, Mad Dog Rescue, and the Milo Foundation, with the help of Austin Pets Alive in Texas. The private jet was provided free of charge by Charlie’s Acres of Sonoma.
Along with the animals, the plane was also packed with all manner of pet medications and essentials – collars, leashes, flea treatments, food, bedding and so on. In short, the 54 dogs and 15 cats were provided with the last-second lifeline they needed to survive in the face of such enormous adversity.