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Arizona's 'Elk Whisperer' back from Hurricane Harvey duty

Posted September 12

— The Arizona veterinarian who gained internet fame as the "elk whisperer" after saving an elk in her yard last year, recently spent several days helping with other animal rescues in Houston.

Dr. Debera Butler, who lives in Pine, Ariz., flew to Houston shortly after Hurricane Harvey left thousands of people homeless.

She got a special license to practice at a unique shelter, setup to house both people and their pets.

"They said at first, people were actually outside in the rain hovered over their pets because they weren't going to leave their pets," said Butler.

When Butler arrived, around 700 pets, and their owners, were settling into their cots crates.

"The pets actually got to sleep next to their owners. Having the people and animals together really made the difference for both. Both the people and the animals. It was the most incredible thing I've ever done," said Butler.

Many of the shelter residents left home with just a bag and their cat or dog.

Luckily, the shelter was full of donated dog food and medical supplies.

"It was the first time I've been able to do anything I needed to do and cost didn't matter. It was so rewarding. It was a highlight of my life," said Butler.

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