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Hurricane Laura Pet Rescue

Humane Society of North Texas [Facebook]

Transports like Wings of Rescue  are a vital link in rescuing pets from the path of an oncoming hurricane.  But most of their efforts are aimed at relocating endangered pets from high intake shelters to areas where pet overpopulation is not so much of a problem.  One of their mottos is "flying at-risk pets to safety".  Pipsqueak, for one, is grateful for their efforts!!


As Hurricane Laura headed toward the coastline of south Texas, animal welfare organizations worked frantically to ensure the safety of pets in their care. Part of that plan included a joint effort by Wings of Rescue and to move shelter animals out of the Gulf Coast area aboard eight flights before Laura made landfall. More than four hundred shelter animals were flown to safety before the storm hit.

One of those planes flew eighty animals from Galveston Island Humane Society to the Humane Society of North Texas (or H-S-N-T). Their cargo included twenty dogs, fifty-six cats, three rabbits and one little mouse named Pipsqueak.

What had started as a sad story for that little mouse – he was taken in as part of a cruelty case in Houston and had only three legs, then escaped a hurricane by flying on an airplane – turned out to be a Cinderella story. His adoption information was posted online by H-S-N-T, and less than 24 hours later they had a long waitlist of potential adopters, all eager to give little Pipsqueak a home. He was eventually adopted by a loving family that the rescuers felt was a great match for him. Now he is safe, and dry and living in his new forever home, all thanks to dedicated hard-working animal lovers.

Even with eighty animals to place, Humane Society of North Texas wasn’t done. The next day they took in even more animals from the Houston and Beaumont areas. And the amazing thing is that they are not alone. So many organizations and people worked to get animals out of harm’s way, and shelters in places like Chicago and Richmond and Delaware took in these evacuated animals and are helping to get them all adopted into new forever homes.

And the thing that makes it all possible is the generosity of people willing to contribute their money and their time to what they believe is a truly worthy cause, when they’re speaking of pets.


Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.
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