Harvey pets arrive in Utah Monday

More than 100 dogs and cats seeking new homes

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - As Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana, the future was not only uncertain for human victims, but also animal victims. Utahns are stepping up to help animals displaced by Harvey's wrath. 

More than 100 dogs and cats arrived in Utah Monday afternoon. Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) of Utah worked tirelessly over the weekend to ship animals that were surrendered by owners and who were already in overwhelmed shelters in the Houston area. 

The dogs and cats will be dispersed to different no-kill shelters throughout Utah. 

The process of bringing the animals to Utah was a daunting one, but rescuers said it was made possible by generous donations from kind-hearted humans. 

Temma Martin with Best Friends Animal Society of Utah said her organization is aiding CAWS in finding foster homes for the pets arriving to Utah. Some pets who were owner-surrendered during Harvey's chaos could possibly be reunited with their owners, however it is a long and difficult process. 

"A lot of these animals are very scared," said Martin. "We have so many wonderful staff down there who are walking the animals, giving them hugs, and playing with them."

CAWS staff left Texas with dozens of animals in tow Saturday. They hope to get the animals into permanent homes as soon as possible.


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