CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- While the damage continues being assessed for Hurricane Harvey, some special guests from Texas impacted by the storm will soon be arriving in the Chippewa Valley. The Chippewa County Humane Association is ready to welcome in 14 dogs later this week traveling all the way from the Lone Star State.
“We heard about Hurricane Harvey coming and wanted to help,” interim shelter manager Holly Morrison said.
Morrison and her team at the shelter heard about Hurricane Harvey about three weeks ago and jumped into action. Thanks to an already established connection with Texas-based Denison Animal Welfare Group, the shelter is now gearing up to house 14 dogs who were up for adoption in Texas shelters before Harvey hit.
“All of the animals coming were at the shelters before anything happened. They were adoptable in the shelter but then the flood happened and they needed to get them out because they knew strays were going to come in,” Morrison explained.
The 14 dogs, expected to arrive on Thursday night, aren't the first to arrive from Texas in Chippewa Falls. The shelter currently has a litter of puppies and their mom that came up before the hurricane hit. Pearlie and her pack of puppies have been at the shelter for exactly one month.
“She is the last one that came up before this whole hurricane situation and she is finally available this weekend for adoption,” Morrison explained.
The pups and Perlie will likely find new homes quickly once they're ready for adoption this weekend and Morrison says she expects the other dogs arriving from Texas this week will find their forever homes fast too.
“All they need is someone to walk through the door to adopt them and they go home,” she said.
The shelter says there are a variety of different dogs expected to arrive on Thursday. Morrison expects many of them to be ready for adoption by Saturday.