“You’re saving a life,” Shelter dogs from Houston transferred to Oklahoma City to find homes

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- There was no turning away from the pictures and video of displaced animals in southeast Texas.

Hurricane Harvey strong winds and historic flooding left many families and their pets without a home.

Fortunately, Oklahomans knew they had to help.

“What happened is that they flooded with animals,” said Dana McCrory, CEO and President of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area with a powerful punch, forcing many families to get out fast and leave their pets behind.

“So we ask, 'Is there anything we can do?'” said McCrory.

Flooded with lost and abandoned dogs, Houston animal shelters had to find a new temporary home for the canines already sheltered in their facilities.

Therefore, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society stepped in to help more than 20 dogs, like Dolores.

“We started realizing in order to save the dogs in Houston and get them back to their families, we had to take the dogs out of the shelters that were already there prior to Hurricane Harvey,” McCrory said.

Scared and confused, the next step for Dolores is to get healthy and ready for a new home.

“First, the dogs go into foster and then when they're ready, they can be adopted,” said Erin Pace, foster concierge coordinator.

For now, these animals are safe and dry. However, the humane society needs Oklahomans to step in and provide a good home for dogs like Dolores.

“You're saving a life and not only are you saving a life, but you're saving two because you're taking that dog home and leaving a space for another one to come in,” Pace said.

If you want to foster one of these dogs, click here.

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