Animal rescue expects more animals from Harvey, needs people to adopt and foster

Animal rescue expects more animals from Harvey, needs people to adopt and foster (ABC7)

“Yes! I know, look at you babies!” Mary Hickey squealed, reaching into a crate where two rescue puppies climbed over one another to get to her.

Hickey is giving the two pups a second chance.

“We saw the news last night and said, ‘You know, we need to go back up and help out some more,” said Hickey, a Hollywood, Maryland resident, of seeing a story on ABC7 News.

She said she and her husband planned to foster one puppy from a truck load of animals that arrived to Last Chance Animal Rescue from areas near where Hurricane Harvey was expected to hit.

“I know I can’t save them all,” she said, “but if I take one, then it gives another one a chance.”

Instead, she and her husband went home Saturday evening with two puppies.

“It’s like grandchildren!” Hickey said, smiling, as one of the puppies licked her face.

“We’ve had calls all day today. And it’s a beautiful thing—people want to help,” said Cynthia Sharpley, Director of Last Chance Animal Rescue.

Sharpley says they are also expecting hundreds of dogs to arrive this coming week from Texas and outlying areas.

“Obviously, that’s way beyond our capacity, so we’re really reaching out to foster homes to help,” she said.

She is now teaming up with other rescues to help take in as many animals as they can. They still need volunteers to foster and adopt the animals.

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement on Saturday:

“The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the City of Corpus Christi for the last 48 hours to coordinate the safe transport of animals in the city out of Harvey’s path and to safety, and have received confirmation that all the animals at the Corpus Christi animal shelter have been removed and are safe. We are very grateful to the dozens of shelters and rescues across the state who stepped up to make that possible and are standing by to help more. We heard reports that the Nueces County shelter had euthanized animals at the shelter, and are happy to report that is incorrect. The shelter worked with a rescue to move the animals out to safety. We are now in a position in our country where shelters all over nation are willing to help take in animals from natural disasters, and have multiple transport options available, including air. There are groups that have sent hundreds of animals out of the area to safety, and we’re working with local groups to assist as well. We’re hearing there are groups that are planning to ride out the storm, and we strongly encourage these groups to reach out to us and local authorities for assistance. For individual pet owners, please make sure that if you’re evacuating to take your pet with you, and if you’re in a position to help the animal organizations in the path of the hurricane please look at their social media and websites for ways to help.
Sára Varsa , Senior Director, The Animal Rescue Team, The Humane Society of the United States”

“You ready to go home?” Hickey said, holding one of the puppies.

Sharpley says of about 80 puppies and adult dogs that arrived last week, there are about seven that still need a home.

Workers at Last Chance Animal Rescue ask anyone interesting in fostering an animal to reach out via email: or by phone: 240-412-5751. You can also find out more information on their Facebook page:

They are also planning an adoption event on September 16 in Columbia, Maryland.

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