The Chattanooga Humane Educational Society is working to set up a large temporary shelter to take in more than 100 homeless dogs and cats that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Volunteers will deploy to San Antonio, Texas, to pick up the first 25 dogs. The rest will be brought in from Houston, Texas, and possibly Louisiana by the Humane Society of the United States, according to a news release.
The National Guard is providing tents and lights to serve as a temporary shelter, which will be set up directly behind the Humane Educational Society.
None of the animals being transferred to HES are owned pets, according to a news release.
But HES staff will scan every animal in an attempt to make sure animals aren’t separated from an owner.
The organization is asking for the community’s help in caring for the animals. Donations of dry dog and cat food, water bowls, blankets, towels and newspapers are welcome. Monetary donations toward the medical care of these animals can be made at HESChatt.org.
All animals will be vaccinated, treated for parasites, tested for heartworms and spayed/neutered.
“This is peak time for shelters around the country; most, including HES, are at max capacity,” according to the news release. “While our first priority is the animals and citizens of Hamilton County, HES has a reputation for helping out in times of crisis. During this tragic time, we feel that it is our responsibility as animal welfare advocates to help our neighbors in Texas, both two-legged and four-legged.”