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Dozens wait in line at animal shelters to adopt a 'Harvey pet'

Posted September 3

Elma Moreno comforts her dog, Simon, as they are loaded on a truck after being evacuated from their flooded apartment. Tropical Storm Harvey is causing major flooding throughout Houston and Southeast Texas.

— Some four-legged, furry evacuees of Hurricane Harvey have traveled thousands of miles to find a new home, and, luckily, there are people waiting for them.

So far, about 52 dogs and cats from Houston have been transported to the shelter in Seattle, Washington. On Saturday, when the shelter opened, staff said the line was "out the door" with people wanting a "Harvey pet."

"Our phone has increased dramatically -- our client services team has told us that they're getting 20-30 calls a day," said Anya Pamplona, Animal Services Manager. "Our emails have increased with people asking what they can do and can they come and adopt. "

According to NBC News, the Seattle Humane Society has offered to take 200 cats and 100 dogs from areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

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