SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - The MSPCA showed off nearly 100 animals that have just arrived in Massachusetts from storm-battered Texas on Monday — all of them looking for their forever home.
A team of eight volunteers drove down to the Lone Star state last week to rescue 91 cats and dogs from shelters that became overwhelmed by a deadly winter storm.
“Shelters have experienced issues trying to get water, electricity and heat. And Texas is already a really overpopulated state for homeless animals. So as soon as this issue happened, so many more animals needed to come into shelter systems. So, they started to get overwhelmed with the number of animals overall,” Director of Adoption Centers and Programs Michael Keiley explained. “So, we said look we have vans, we have people and we have space so we’re gonna come to you.”
After spending a few days in quarantine, dogs will be checked out by veterinarians and then they will be ready for adoption.
“They’re probably a little disappointed that they just got out of their first snowstorm and back into a snowy area,” Keiley joked.
MSPCA staffers said none of the animals were taken from their previous owners.
“Dogs like Whiskey were already looking for homes and not having any luck where there’s so many homeless animals in Texas,” Keiley said. “So we relieved a little bit of their stress by getting these animals up to us into a place where there’s so many people looking for adoptable animals right now in Massachusetts.”
The pets will be spread out to shelters in Salem, Methuen, Boston and Centerville on Cape Cod.
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