Local SPCA deploying to Houston

A team of 1o Brandywine Valley SPCA employees is deploying to Houston today and tomorrow to provide operational leadership in two locations as part of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area.

Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, UT) asked Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO, to help setup a temporary shelter at the NRG Arena in Houston to handle more than 1,000 animals based on the growing need for animal sheltering services in that area.

Specifically, Lamb will serve as intake manager for the new facility, leading the establishment of intake, medical and outcome protocols along with several BVSPCA staff members. The temporary shelter is expected to open this weekend and will handle a combination of rescued animals and overflow from area shelters. 

Another BVSPCA team will help the SPCA of Brazoria County (Lake Jackson, Texas) based on a request from the Texas A&M incidence commander for that county, which has been assisting the shelter. The BVSPCA team will lead the establishment of intake, medical and outcome protocols at this shelter, which sits approximately one hour south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico. This area continues to experience secondary flooding, and search and rescue efforts for pets are still underway.

To further assist this shelter, the BVSPCA is asking the community to help fill a supply truck destined for Brazoria. The Fill-the-Truck-for-Brazoria effort will begin at the West Chester Campus on Thursday morning and will run through Saturday night. Donations can be dropped off at any BVSPCA location and will be picked up as the truck leaves West Chester for Texas on Sunday. Top needed items include the following.  (The shelter reports that they have ample supplies of food and treats.)

·         Crates, especially larger sizes
·         Puppy pads
·         Paper towels
·         Disinfectable toys, such as Kongs
·         Paper gowns, booties & masks

The BVSPCA has been asked to assist in these situations based on the organizational expertise as a high volume, open admission, no-kill shelter.  “We’re honored to be asked to assist during this critical time in the Houston area for the animals and their families,” Lamb said. “We’re looking forward to working alongside so many local and national organizations doing heroic work for the animals.”

In addition to these deployments, the BVSPCA has welcomed almost 80 animals to date from Texas and Louisiana as part of hurricane recovery efforts, and such intakes will continue as space allows. The first group of 50 cats and dogs arrived on Saturday, and another 27 dogs arrived early this morning. The animals are available for adoption at the BVSPCA West Chester and Georgetown Campuses. They are animals that were in shelters prior to the hurricane, and that were relocated to make room for rescued pets to stay local with the hope they will be reclaimed by their families.

The BVSPCA asks for the community’s help in supporting these relief efforts by donating at bvspca.org/donate or by mail to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

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