Humanitarian aid can apply to more than just humans. Relief efforts in the Gulf Coast are working hard to bring families to safety, but many pets were separated from their owners in the face of Hurricane Harvey and shelters are overflowing.
“We saw the need just by watching the news, so we wondered about different ways we could help,” said Liz Gantt, practice manager of Heartland Veterinary Clinic in McPherson. “We decided that we have the space and availability to help. If we were in a situation like this, we’d hope that other people would help us too.”
This Monday, employees of Heartland Veterinary Clinic, 1120 W Kansas Ave. McPherson, will travel to an overflowing shelter in Texas to pick up 10 dogs. The dogs will then be available for adoption from the clinic.
“We’re the county pound so we know what it’s like to be a shelter, have a lot of dogs that you’re trying to find homes for, and having to make those hard decisions based on space,” Gantt said. “The shelter is 6 hours from here, so we’re going early Monday morning. I’m going to pull a horse trailer and put crates in the back so we can haul everyone safely. We’ll pick them up and head straight back.”
The clinic is partnering with K-9 Karma Rescue Advocates in Wichita in doing adoption events and advertising the dogs as well.
The 10 dogs coming back to McPherson have been at the shelter for some time, so out-of-state adoptions will ease burdens through rebuilding efforts.
“These are dogs that were in the shelter when the hurricane hit so they’re not looking for their owners, they’ve already been in the shelter system. We’re moving them to make room for the incoming ones,” Gantt said. “Based on how our adoptions do, we will go back and get more and will continue to help them as long as there’s a need.”
Right now, families looking to adopt can apply for pre-approval, or maybe find a new friend already at the clinic.
“When the dogs come in and they find one they like, pre-approval will speed the process along. There’s also other dogs currently in our pound that we’re looking for homes for them to make room,” Gantt said. “Some of the dogs coming have some medical concerns so they might have to have some things done before they’re released, but quite a few already have their spays and neuters done and have their current vaccines, so they’ll be ready to go right away.”
The clinic is also accepting donations of blankets or towels to use as bedding for the new additions at the clinic.
For more information or to donate items, contact Heartland Veterinary Clinic at 620-241-3662, or http://heartlandvetclinicks.net.
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