Local animal shelters are seeking a little help from area pet lovers to make room for rescued pups coming to Kansas City from flood ravaged areas in Texas and Louisiana.
Shelters such as Great Plains SPCA and Wayside Waifs are urging the public to adopt so they can clear out beds this weekend and take in some furry homeless critters heading here from Hurricane Harvey.
Great Plains is expecting about 100 animals. To boost the effort there’s a 50 percent discount on all their adoptable animals through the weekend.
“The big challenge is, all the adoption centers in Texas are at capacity, so we want to bring adoptable animals into the metro working with other animal welfare organizations,” Great Plains President Nate Meador told local news organizations.
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Great Plains workers said the idea is to bring to Kansas City only the pets that were up for adoption in Texas. That would free space there to house animals who might later be reunited with their owners.
Other Kansas City area shelters and pet foster parents have already pitched in to help with the pet-care shortages in the flood areas. According to news reports, Wayside Waifs traveled to Louisiana and picked up 44 animals they are sheltering in Kansas City at 3901 Martha Truman Road.
A group of area residents who foster pets took up a collection of food, collars and animal care supplies last week and drove them to Houston to help out, said Diana Clark, who fosters small dogs in her home.
Shelters are also accepting donations to cover extra medical care costs.