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Surrey rescue group looking for homes for 30 dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey

Gordon McIntyre

A dog rescued from a flooded home stands in a cage on a street in Orange, Texas as the state slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 5, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A dog rescued from a flooded home stands in a cage on a street in Orange, Texas as the state slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 5, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

An organization in Surrey that takes in rescued dogs from Texas has issued an urgent plea to find foster and permanent homes for as many as 30 dogs stranded by Hurricane Harvey.

Members of Black Dog Rescue, a nonprofit rescue group that saves dogs and cats from kill shelters in Texas, headed to the Lone Star state on Sept. 6 with supplies to help Texas rescue volunteers.

They could not bring dog food across the border, the group's Cindy Archer said on Black Dog Rescue's Facebook page, and have opened a PayPal account to receive donations for food once they are in the United States.

"Shelters are over capacity and need space," she said. "The reality is, without fosters and transportation, many of those shelter strays my be euthanized to make room for homeless, lost and displaced animals that need to stay in the area."

There have been reports of thousands of dogs stranded by Hurricane Harvey, some of them still chained up in their yards or locked in their homes by fleeing pet owners.

Thousands more are believed to have died.

"Many of the dog and cat rescues we are in contact with are literally under water right now," Archer said. "To stop these animals from dying or being euthanized, they need urgent help."

Black Dog Rescue has worked with shelters in Texas for a few years.

"We cannot bring them up (to Canada) until there are adopters here in B.C. willing to adopt them," Archer said. "When adoption happens, the fosters in Texas are free to save more shelter dogs.

"Currently, Texas shelter dogs have little hope."

Adoption of the dogs transported to B.C. will include a microchip, spaying or neutering, and shots.

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