More than one month after Harvey, Harris County Animal Shelter at Veterinary Public Health (VPH) still needs to find homes for 1,000 displaced animals.
Because of the high number of pets lost during the storm, VPH temporarily increased the stray hold window for animals from 72 hours to 30 days to allow ample time for an owner to reclaim their pet. Now that the stray hold period is up, VPH is urging the community to adopt or foster unclaimed animals.
“Every animal we have received since the storm has been held longer in hopes that they will be reunited with their owner within the 30-day hold period. Although this has caused us to reach capacity, we have been able to manage by placing animals into foster care with individuals or rescue groups,” said Dr. Michael White, HCPH Division Director Veterinary Public Health. “Adopting or fostering is not only more beneficial for a shelter animal, but it opens up kennel space to allow us to accommodate more animals in need.”
To foster or adopt an animal, visit www.countypets.com. All animals adopted from the Harris County Animal Shelter located at 612 Canino Road, Houston, are spayed or neutered, vaccinate, and microchipped.
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