Close to a 100 Hurricane Harvey rescues arrived in Maryland on Thursday and animal shelters across our region are expecting even more in the coming days.
Alamo, an adorable puppy, was one of hurricane rescues that arrived at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Waldorf, Md.
By the end of the day Thursday, Last Chance Animal Rescue Director, Cindy Sharpley, said most of the adult dogs were already rescued out.
The puppies and kittens are all that's left…and two senior dogs who need a lot of care, 12-year-old Chester, and Chandler.
"He has a mass over here somewhere. But he uh, he got a bath he got started on some meds,” said Sharpley holding Chester.
Fostering is the best way to get the animals acclimated to homes. Some of them have only ever seen a shelter. And once ready, the fosters will have the first pick at their adoption.
"How long is fostering?” we asked Sharpley. She answered, “Two-three weeks … Typically. Now sometimes if there's a medical condition, it might be a little longer."
Some shelters taking Harvey’s rescues may be offering adoption right away.
"A lot of groups are taking in animals from the areas affected by Harvey … it's going to happen; somebody's going to be like, 'Oh my God, that's my dog!"
Shapley said it, unfortunately, happened to her.
"There's no really good answer except micro-chipping your animal,” she tells us. Then there’s no question.
Once an animal is adopted and not microchipped, Sharpely said it's officially yours. If that's challenged, well, she describes it as more of a moral decision.
"What's the right thing to do? I think I would probably have to return it,” said Sharpley.
Right now, her focus is on getting the animal away from the hurricane trauma and into loving homes. She’s also preparing for another some 100 Harvey rescues to arrive in a couple of weeks.
The kittens and cats will be made available at an adoption even later this September.
"I was down there for Katrina, and it was similar. I feel like the whole country needs to come together,” said Sharpley, “Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States is flooded, so we need all (to kind of) step up and pony-up and donate and help."
This is her way of doing so. Providing all the animals care, before they go out to foster and adoptive homes, is expensive. However, Sharpley said she prefers any monetary donations go to the Humane Societies of Texas and Louisiana.
What Sharpley said what they need most are crates and foster homes!
Closer to the District, Matt Williams with DC’s Humane Rescue Alliance, said, they're expected to receive Harvey Rescues this weekend.